Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Beads, Beads, Beads

Ok, I admit it. When I get an idea, it quickly turns into an obsession. What was once an idea for one piece of jewelry has turned to a huge collection of beads, beads, beads! And my lust for more is never ending!

My sister and a good friend are beaders, and they have produced some really neat stuff. Many of their creations I quietly yearn for, trying to keep the slobber off the merchandise. My sister showed me her collection of beads and beading supplies, and was nice enought to offer to make me some things from special beads I found while on vacation with her. My friend offered her creations for sale for a modest price. I have quietly developed an interest in beading as a side hobby to my sewing craft.

One day a spring or two ago, I saw a beautiful bracelet in a magazine that caused the lust for luster to spring forth in my veins. Price tag--$135.00! Wow, what could make that so expensive? Well, it was turquoise and sterling silver, and quite unique, AND was in the Sundance catalog, founded by Robert Redford, who has plenty of clients who wouldn't bat an eye at spending $135 for a bracelet.

So I approached my sister and my beading friend about making one for me. I even had a special item that was on this bracelet that they might not have had, a special buffalo nickel button that was used for the clasp. No bites from either of them on creating this for me.

I took the bull by the horns, and said, "I can do this myself!" A trip to Michaels and way over $135.00 in materials later, I had my bracelet made!

Well, this was just the beginning of my obsession. I created and created, and don't have enough jewelry boxes for all my creations. I have a couple of friends who like what I make and have purchased a few of my things.

This weekend there will be a bead show in a town nearby. You bet, Monkey Girl and I will be there. You see, among Monkey Girls many hobbies is a small one involved in beading. She is trying not to let this hobby run wild, lest she need yet another craft room to accomodate her bead obsession. Right now, SewWhat is limited to a few shelves in a spare bedroom for this hobby. But believe me, you can fit a lot of beads on a few shelves in a spare bedroom! And after this weekend, perhaps there will be a need for another shelf to be cleaned off for the newest acquisitions in the bead collection!


Ty'sMommy said...

Oh YAY!!! I'm so glad you two are going to the show! I am going to be there saturday mornign at 10 when they open. Hopefully we'll run into each other there!

sewwhat? said...

I found out yesterday that I am babysitting rugrats Saturday, so no bead show for me that day. Can you imagine the havoc that a 3 year old and her 4 year old brother could wreak in that place? I'm going to try to make it on Sunday. Sorry, I'd love to meet you there!

Ty'sMommy said...

Awwww, what a shame! I totally udnerstand though, I'd never try to take my 3 year old there. It would be a disaster of untold proportions. Oh well, some other time!