Saturday, March 22, 2008

Bead puddle

At one of the local bead stores, Bella Beads and Beyond, there is a bead puddle. The bead puddle is a container about 8 inches deep and 36 inches in diameter. It's filled with beads and findings. I think the intent of the bead puddle was to entertain kids while their moms shopped. However, it has become therapy for older kids, like me.

There is a certain zen about running your hands through the beads and then selecting the ones that catch your eye. I like to go to the bead puddle with no particular bead or color in mind. Just let the beads select themselves.

I went to the bead puddle yesterday and it was marvelous. I came home and started designing. I'll post some pics soon.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

How I started...

Bead collector or jewelry designer? Not a whole lot of difference. LOL. I started beading about three years ago. I needed a sedentary hobby due to rheumatoid arthritis. I first tried drawing but I stunk at that so I moved on to beading.

I started with bracelets. Mostly elastic. Then I learned how to use crimp beads so I moved on to using toggles. After bracelets, I moved on to earrings and finally necklaces.

Here is a slide show of some of my work