Tag: beaded jewelry

Birthday Beads

I made these for Kat, whose birthday is tomorrow. I hope she likes them!

Tree of Life Pendant necklace

Sparkly Party Beads

I had such fun making these. I am discovering that beading is quite as satisfying as crocheting, although in a very different way. When I crochet, it is a leap of faith that the pattern and yarn colors will work together well, as I am never (even after all these years of crocheting) really able to “see” how the project will look as a finished project until it is done. The real work is the actual crocheting and there is a sense of excitement as the project begins to finish up if everything has come together as planned. With beading, I can lay out the beads, move them around, try this and that and actually tell how it will look before they are strung. All the real “work” is done in the planning and playing with how the necklace will look. The actual stringing and finishing is done in no time at all and almost a let-down in how quickly the project finishes.

I do need to set up a “bead center” in one of our spare bedrooms – I believe Bill became weary of moving bead boards and bins around the dining room table whenever he wanted to eat.

September Goals

My September goals are much smaller and more personal than my August goals (which I feel were probably 90% successfully attained). I am currently reading The Happiness Project at the urging of my friend Missus Wookie and I am so glad that she recommended it to me. It is definitely a book that I am going to keep and reread frequently. More importantly, it is a book that is giving me concrete ideas of small changes I can make to my life that may have a large impact. So this month’s goals are, in large part, my own small “happiness project.”

Goal One – Sing out loud every day. When I was a teenager, no day was complete without putting an LP on my stereo, cranking up the volume, and singing aloud to every song on the record. I miss that. I have music playing all day long, but I rarely sing aloud anymore, and even more rarely do I sing really, really loud! Some days I feel like I am losing memory of what my own voice sounds like. So for this month, I will be digging out some of my LPs, finding good sing-a-long stations on Pandora, and just generally getting back in touch with my singing voice. Already these first few days I notice that I am happier after even just a few minutes of singing. That’s a good thing!

Goal Two – Play more with making jewelry, both crocheted and beaded. It is just plain fun!

Goal Three – Set up an Etsy store. My daughter Kat gave me a good store name and so there is no more excuses! I don’t anticipate having hundreds of items to sell there, because I get great joy from giving away so much of what I make, but there is always some overflow that I know I could list in an Etsy store and it might help recoup some of the cost of my projects.

Goal Four – Get back into the habit of daily exercise, whether it is dancing or walking or yoga or just anything. I was sad to learn that the yoga class I participated in last winter will not be starting back up in October, as I really enjoyed the class and discovered that I really enjoy yoga in general, but not having a class is not an excuse for not doing anything on my own. I have many options available. I just have to pick something and DO IT!!!

And that is probably enough goals for one month. I really wanted to take an online photography class that Missus Wookie recommended, but I may have jury duty in Tucson later this month that could go on for two weeks. I decided that trying to do any sort of formal class while possibly spending two weeks on jury duty just would not add to my happiness!

Beaded Jewelry Class Success

Saturday I took a two-hour Beginning Beading class to learn how to make a beaded necklace and earrings set. The teacher provided all the supplies we needed (clasps, wire, fill-in beads, tools, etc.) and all we needed to bring was our own beads. I wasn’t exactly sure what was needed, so I waited until the instructor came in to ask what type of beads would be needed, and then purchased mine from Crafted Luxuries, the craft store where the class was held. I had a particular outfit in mind that I wanted to make the necklace for, so it took a little while to pick out what I thought would work together. I chose some green beads that looked similar to jade and then some simple white beads. I was very pleased with the results.

I had such fun! I told Bill later that day that I wasn’t sure if this class had just saved him a lot of money or cost him a lot of money. He seemed pretty sure it would be that latter choice. He’s probably right! I have so many ideas! I will need tools and supplies and beads and … Oh my!