I usually take out different containers of beads with an idea in mind. I choose the beads and test how they look together on a multi-strand bead board and mat. I know some people can sit in front of the television, doing their handiwork, but I need magnification and a flat surface.
When I complete a piece, I take a few photographs. I either lay the item out on stone, or wrap the necklace around a large gourd.
Then I place the piece on Etsy, or give it up for consignment.