In the meantime, I've surprised myself by completing a few simple pieces. I think working on my bead soup must have jump started my beading mojo. Anyhow, here's what I made - a bookmark, a macrame bracelet and a pair of earrings:
ETA: the earrings are now listed in my Etsy shop. The bookmark is slated for a charity craft show and the bracelet has been claimed by a friend.