Fooling Around with Beads Lately

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And where have a been lately, you might ask? Making jewelry. Random! I have such capricious interests and habits. Every month it's a new obsession. For the past two weeks, all I've been doing is figuring out how to make necklaces. Literally have spent hours a day very happily doing this. I have not even started my May Tender Year yet, agh. I ordered a ton of different kinds of beads on Etsy last summer. I have wanted to make necklaces absolutely forever but I could never really figure it out. Making jewelry can be kind of tricky until you figure out exactly WHAT you need. And there are a lot of choices, so this is often easier said than done. I wound up making a few different kinds of necklaces, some for adults and some for kids. Naturally, now I will be opening an Etsy shop to sell them. I go big. Make three necklaces and find yourself designing a packaging concept. Welcome to my life. These are not my fancy pictures, just stuff I snapped on my iPhone to show my friends. I need a sturdy, sunny day to take some pictures and then I will show you. The weather has been as unreliable as I have. One minute sunny, next hailing, next sunny, next raining. 


Look at my tree. It's so beautiful it almost makes me cry. Spring is my absolute favorite time of year.


The tree is beautiful! We received a tree, that looks very similar, as a wedding gift. We planted it in my parents front yard. We now live across the country but every year on our anniversary my Mom sends us a picture of it in full bloom. I cry every time I see it. 39 years later it is still standing and so are we!

LOVE the tree in bloom in your back yard. We have one in our front yard and it is a-buzz with bees. I think your jewelry is adorable! I have a whole box of beads and must try my hand at making something. You have inspired me! Happy Spring!

Beautiful necklaces! Can't wait to see your Etsy shop! I've been also picking up hobbies too. I started learning how to knit and now I'm interested in getting into quilting, lol!

Your tree is glorious!

Your jewelry looks fantastic! That tree in the backyard looks so beautiful! It looks like a bit of paradise in that backyard. Your daughter has grown so much, whau!!Around here it has been crazy in terms of weather, wonder if Spring will ever came. Thank you for the lovely photos! Have a great week!

Those necklaces are gorgeous! You are so talented. I can't wait to see what you'll have available in your etsy shop.

And *wow* to that tree! Spring here in the Chicago suburbs is...all over the place right now. Extra cold this April, that's for sure. I feel like the cold and gloom are never going to end. I told my husband today that I'm SICK of wearing my winter coat. It's been 7 months straight! Ugh.


Michele Holmes says: April 28, 2022 at 04:59 AM

Beautiful tree! I love the way the petals "rain" down - so lovely! And those necklaces ... Girl, you nailed it! Nice work and can't wait to get on Etsy when I can purchase my own Posey original!

When it snows blossom petals, we're in the glorious season of Spring! Your tree brings joy for such a short period of time. Your beautiful photo makes it last a lot longer.
P.S. Treat yourself to a catalog from Fire Mountain Gems for more inspiration, ideas, and beads. I love incorporating seed beads into my thread crochet. You could knit beads into your sweaters, too! Your necklaces are awesome!

Christine says: April 28, 2022 at 07:58 AM

I love everything beads right now. But I have just been buying bracelets on Etsy and look forward to you having a shop. My 11 year old is into making stuff with beads. I had noticed you have lots of bead jewelry on Pinterest. Your smocking pins led me to order a vintage smocked apron pattern. Thank you for that!

Your beautiful raining blossoms tree. What a gorgeous photo! :D

Beautifully captured and beautifully made. I'd say if you were a season it would be spring so I'm not surprised it's your favorite. I hope you are enjoying every moment of it.

Ooooooh, I love the beads!! Youโ€™re amazing! And Meems! The perfect model ๐Ÿ’œ๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿ’œ

I'm excited to see more of the necklaces and no worries on the Tender Year for May, I'm still running behind๐Ÿ˜‚ Your yard with the blossoms looks so ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

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