I am the worst kind of shopper – the impulsive kind. And also the I might need that kind. So when I started buying beads I got them in sets of 4 or 5 of each… just in case I might need extra. Added to this kind of hoarding-buying-spree, I also want to keep 1 or 2 for just in case in use it; but I never do. So I always have a bit of whatever I was working on left over: be it a single unpaired glass bead, half a small bowl of icing sugar, or the last 10 ml of fruit concentrate. (you get the picture right?)
So my beads box has a lot if little containers now with odd beads and charms and doodah’s in a rainbow of colours, just sitting there waiting to be used.
I felt a bit more inspired after reading this book, Beading for Beginners. It really shows you the bare basics, but I also got some nice ideas for future projects.
My first earring set I made with yellow beads because it’s not a colour I wear often, so if I stuff it up it’s ok. Ended up wearing them with my Bafana-bafana shirt on Football Friday anyway – I loved how they came out!
I found our local craft shop has some stunning painted glass beads – you just have to hunt a bit.
The cool thing about all this craftiness, is how fast you can work as well. On Saturday I put on a new sweater and while checking out the mirror I thought I have some beads that will look perfect with this. Few twists, cuts, matching seed beads and quick-quick I had a set of earrings to complement my outfit.
And I’ll probably never wear this set again as I’m using the white-flowery beads in a handbag charm for myself.
Highlight of my week though was that a friend asked me to make a handbag charm for another friend of hers for her birthday; she offered to pay me – you know it’s serious business when there’s money involved
And second top highlight was when I stumbled onto this site. I know there is this huge warehouse-type shop in Cape Town, Beads for Africa, which has almost any and every beads imaginable. So when we moved to the platteland I though that I will miss out on al the big craft suppliers. Price wise looks like The Bead Shop is affordable, and their shipping is based on weight. I’ll order from them sometime next month and see how their service is. Let’s get beading!
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