Here's a pic of the Short One's stash of Mardi Gras beads. It's always surprising to me how much kids love these shiny, cheap beads - every small visitor we've had to our house, whether boy or girl, has zeroed in on this pile with the accuracy of a jackdaw. The SO enjoys having me hide them around the house and then playing pirate to find his "buried treasure".
For myself, I remember at my very first Bead & Button Show several years ago, a vendor walking the show, exclaimed "You're not wearing any beads!" (this was back before I started beading - I attended the Marketplace to look for buttons for my knitting projects) and put a strand of these around my neck. I remember I wore them for about an hour before noticing I was getting a bunch of peculiar (in some cases horrified) looks from other attendeees. I finally realized they couldn't figure out why I was wearing such terrible beads at such a high-level show. I have to admit, though, I definitely have a fondness for them, myself.
I'm going to try to go back to my old posting schedule (ie, posts during the week with weekends off), so here are your bead and jewelry links to enjoy this weekend:
Candie Cooper Candie's back with some beading adventures...check out some earrings she made with her editor!
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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As indicated in the copyright notice, the contents of this blog are copyright by me. To the extent that instructions to make jewelry, beads, knit items or other instructions are included in this blog, they are free for you to use to make the projects for personal use. They should not be used for commercial purposes, ie, to make items for resale.