I thought I'd show you a couple of the Short One's favorite things today. I may have mentioned before, but we don't have a huge amount of storage space in my house. I have a small set of plastic drawers full of the beads and findings that I use daily on the fireplace mantel in our living room - a space that I fondly think of as the "final frontier", as it is one of the few areas that is still completely inaccessible to the SO's curious little hands. Although the SO has a set of cute wooden stringing beads that we use to practice motor skills, he definitely knows the difference between these and Mama's beads. As you can imagine, it drives him bonkers knowing that all of the fascinating shiny baubles are just a few feet out of reach. One day, when he was being particularly eloquent about the unfairness of it all, I rummaged around and found these two beads that I felt were big enough (it's hard to tell from the photo, but they are slightly larger than his Duplo blocks) and sturdy enough for the SO to handle without being so heavy that they would cause injury if dropped on a foot, etc.
I'm embarrassed to say that the SO has enough toys that we could easily open a play center in our home right now. However, when the mood takes him - which is often - the only things he wants are his "two beads", and he goes around the house all day playing with them (often putting them in and taking them out of a cardboard jewelry box, which is hours of fun) saying cheerfully, "two beads, two beads!" He is still too young to actually string these beads, but I still find it very encouraging that he will cast aside his usual toys to make up creative play with them, or with origami or the little paper cutout figures that I make for him. One of the things I think about quite a bit as he grows is how to encourage a sense of creativity in his everyday life. In a few years, I imagine he will participate with me in working with clay, drawing, and designing beads, as well as many other crafty endeavors, and I hope as he outgrows his interest in these things that being inspired to work with his hands and be creative will stay with him. In the meantime, however, he has two beads - it's a sign of good things to come, don't you think?
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I am an intellectual property lawyer by training and have a background in English Renaissance literature. I love science fiction. I primarily watch Sesame Street these days and find myself humming "Pop Goes the Weasel" at odd moments (guess why). I can happily eat ice cream in the middle of winter when the wind chill is 20 below 0. I have been making beads and designing jewelry since 2007.
2010 - Winner, First Place, British Bead Awards, Other Finished Bead Jewellery 2010 - Winner, Second Place, British Bead Awards, Metal Clay Jewellery 2010 - Winner, Second Place, Bead Dreams, Metal Clay
2010 - Grand Prize, Gold Medal Winner, Fire Mountain Gems and Beads, Metal Clay, Metal Beads, Wirework and Chain Jewelry-Making Contest
2010 - Finalist, Bead Star, Stones, Plastics and Designs with Heart Categories
2009 - Winner, First Place, British Bead Awards, Metal Clay
2009 - Winner, Second Place, British Bead Awards, Beyond Glass, Handmade Beads and Components
2009 - Winner, Second Place, Bead Arts Awards, Necklace
2009 - Finalist, Bead Dreams, Metal Clay
2008 - Finalist Fire Mountain Gems and Beads Beading Contest, Metal Clay
2008 - Finalist, Bead Star, Pearls
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