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We just got back from a weekend camping with friends.  I had a blast and even got some beading done!

It was a great time and I am not nearly as tired as I thought I would be.  Granted I finally slept a full 8 hours last night, but I was certain that wasn’t going to be enough to make up for the shear exhaustion I felt heading to bed!

It was!

I wasn’t sure how much time I was going to have to bead this weekend so I took along one of the kits I got from the Bead Studio.  The Channel Set Crystal Bracelet is a super cute bracelet!  I got the pretty metallic teal one and I love it!  It works up very quickly.  I only had a few minutes to work on it this weekend and got it nearly complete!

Next week we move, so I am having to pack my beads away.  I will move them myself, even though we are hiring someone else to move all the rest of our stuff.  They are too important and I am a control freak when it comes to my beads!

Once things have settled down and I’ve got my work space settled expect more pretty things!

Life has been crazy here!  Between settling into a new job, getting ready for the wedding and getting ready to move life has been busy, busy, busy!  Still,  I am still finding time to make beautiful things! I need to take pictures of all my earrings for sale but the storms recently have kept the sun out of sight which makes for very dark and uninspired pictures.  Hopefully in the next few days I’ll be able to get some good photos and upload them to the webpage.

Until then, here is a teaser of what is coming!  I loved making these guys.  Fun, lightweight and super sparkly!

Last Friday I had the honor of having a Jewelry Party for one of my friends and her Mother-in-Law.  She decided that she wanted to try her hand at the Super Simple Bracelet and was quick to gather some friends to join her!

It was a blast!  We had some amazing snacks and drinks while we worked on our bracelets and I think they all did a wonderful job!

Thank you ladies for letting me share with you my obsession with beads!

As of today I’ve got all my current stock of bracelets and necklaces up but for four. I should be taking those photos soon.

Bracelets still to be posted:

Diamond Tila Bracelet in Black and White (yeah, hard to photograph a black and white bracelet…who knew?) Twinix Bracelet in Blues and Bronze Super Simple Bracelet in Turquoise Kyra Bracelet in Bronze and Blues

Apparently I’ve got a thing for bronze recently. *chuckles*

I also need to finish up the Zonnetje pendant and take photos of that one. But here is a sneak peek of the work in progress.

 

It’s a beautiful pattern by EllaD2, the colors remind me of the ocean.  I’ll be adding a chain and a few hand-stitched beads to finish it off.

I’m finishing up the Morning Glory pendant this afternoon if all goes well.

I still have to take photos of the earrings and post those, I need to find the best way to photograph them, but the sun isn’t out today so it will have to wait until she returns.

I have so many ideas to take to the workbench, this is just the start!  I’m looking at a line of phone covers as well, as I have found a lovely set of cross stitch phone covers that would work fantastically with beads!

I need to check to see if the local store got any of the Green Iris Superduos yet so I can finish the first Kyra Bracelet I started.  THAT one is a beauty!

So much to do!

Life is too short to do maybe’s, or I wishes.  I am going to be 35 years old this year, and while I fully expect to live at least another 35, I don’t want to waste another moment on anything that isn’t going to get me where I want to be in life.

Beads have always been a source of sanity for me.  Way back when I was an 8 year old kiddo I started using beads as therapy.  To help focus my thoughts, and to make me feel like there is beauty in a world that didn’t seem all that beautiful.

I still do that today.

Beads are a prayer.  A prayer that despite all the negativity and all the horrors that exist in this world, that someone will look at this tiny piece of glass or rock and see something beautiful.  Something worthy.  That they will understand that not everything has to be dark and scary.  Beads are a reminder that even though it might seem like life is focused on blood and bombs and pain, it also has joy, and light, and laughter.

At least.  They are for me.  Perhaps they can be a reminder for you too.

If all I accomplish in my life is creating reminders that life is full of goodness and joy in a time when it’s hard to see it as such, then I will not feel as if the short time I spent here on this planet was a waste.

So say I.