Beading and a Thanksgiving Confession

So I have to tell you.

Don’t take this the wrong way.  I am not complaining.  I love Thanksgiving – the time with friends, family, and the food.

But there’s one thing I should tell you.

Are you ready?

I don’t like turkey.

I know.  You’re shocked.  How can anyone NOT like turkey?

This *actually* shouldn’t be that surprising, if you knew that I am not a big fan of roast chicken.  I like chicken, but not a whole, roasted chicken.  I know – slightly odd.

But I like the stuffing.

Oh, how I like stuffing.

I could stuff myself with stuffing.  And sometimes I do.

But I am hoping that I won’t do that this year.


Oh, random question:  Has anyone heard of a Turducken?  Have you ever tried one?  I’ve heard of them, but never had one.  They sound…interesting.

Well, now that we’ve covered that, it is time to get to the fun part.

Last week I pulled out my beading supplies when a friend was visiting.  I hadn’t taken my beads out since last year, when the same friend was over.

So we did some beading.  She made a bracelet.  And I started an anklet. 

I’ve wanted to make an anklet for awhile.  I can’t wear bracelets, because they aggravate my wrists.  So I thought anklets would be a good alternative.  And I have one anklet that I made when I was maybe 10.  But it no longer fits.

Wow.  That was a bit ramble-y.

So after some brainstorming, and grabbing a handful of jewelry that I had made, I decided to take apart an old necklace and remake it into an anklet.

So this is what I ended up with.

Nothing fancy.  Just a simple everyday anklet.  It is about the color of denim, so I can wear it with most of my skirts.


These are rather uninteresting pictures


But I’ll post the more interesting pictures later

Once I had finished this anklet, I saw some other beads that I had, and they inspired me.  So I then made this bracelet for Mom.


I am really happy with how this turned out



And now for the fun pictures.  =)




Love the specular highlights





















It’s Sparkly!

When I was nine or ten, I became interested in beading.  Mom bought some beads for me, and I got others from my grandmother.  After making a few things, the beads were retired, and they have been in a box in the basement at least since we moved (about four years ago).  The other day I got “the bug” to make a necklace, and I just had to take the beads out and look at them.  Well, I found a bead mix with some lovely blues and whites, and they really appealed to me.  Using this “Ice Blue” bead mix, some pearls, and some small crystals, I made this necklace.  I am quite happy with how it turned out!

It turns out that necklaces are also lots of fun to photograph, so I took quite a few photos. 🙂


The necklace


And now the fun begins!






Once I got the flashlight out, it was so fun catching those sparkles!




I especially like this photo and the one following


And what do you think of the snow? 🙂