There is a young designer in Sedona, Arizona by the name of Scarlett Lanson. Her work is incredible for her age. She has decided that beads and beading will be her life's work and she is definitely committed to her goal. She has a beading contest on her website, TheBeadersMuse.com, called "Use the Muse". The contest is sponsored by Artbeads.com, which is a wonderful resource for beaders. Scarlett sends you a kit of beads and crystals along with a component which she designates as the "Muse". You can use as much or as little of the kit as you choose just so long as you use the Muse. You can add anything from you own stash as well. The only other stipulation is that you keep the muse a secret until the winners are revealed on her site. It's a great contest because anyone can enter regardless of their experience. Scarlett's choice of bead colors is wonderful, and different every time. You can also use any technique, beadweaving, stringing, polymer, anything as long as you use the muse. The variety and quality of the beadwork that results is wonderful.