I thought I was being so genuine…

I just read this inspiring post from TheBeadedWireWork, and realized I have gone about this blogging thingy all wrong. Everything you read on blogging says to be genuine and I thought I was until I read the above post. So here is the new me with the REAL story.

I have been crafting all of my life and I have my parents to thank for this talent. My Dad loved to make Halloween costumes and my Mother would transform the American Legion Hall each month into some spectacular venue for their dance club.  I single handedly have the Guinness Record for carnation flowers.  

After retiring from technology, I was free to explore every whim and I did. They say it is not the destination but the journey but for this post it’s my latest destination – Beads and Beading. If you are a serious crafter you know that any hobby needs a serious stash. When you are inspired to create something you can’t slow down the process by shopping for your items. I thought my knitting and crocheting period was bad but OMG beading requires a HUGE stash of stuff. Thus this crazed Beadaholic was born.

Let’s fast forward to 2 years ago. My wonderful husband had a hip surgery that did not go well. He and I, as his caregiver, were pretty much shut ins for at least 6 months. I desperately needed an outlet for all my home time and so I decided to sell my jewelry creations online. This was a perfect solution. Everyday I was here to watch and help my husband steadily improve albeit glacial and I had plenty of time to create. The triple bonus was all those necklaces needed tons of BEADS! At last, we are ready for The Twisted Sister Journey.

It all began when I got hooked on bead embroidery. Beautiful stuff but REALLY time consuming. Weeks to finish one piece and the rage was and is now really chunky collar and bib statement necklaces. Seed beads were just not going to cut it. So, I started noodling around with wire and larger beads.  I liked the wire because it gives the piece dimensions that you would never get with bead stringing. After many failed designs and attempts, I came up with this twisted wire wrap technique I call “Twisted Sister”.

Twisted Sister Method

Then an opportunity arose for me to teach The Twisted Sister and viola I was off and running but I had a problem with not having enough bandwidth to create, sell and teach.  So that is why I now offer Tutorials, Beading Kits AND my Jewelry.
I just finished my Chanel Crocheted Necklace Tutorial pictured here. It is so fun and really easy to make. (Even if you don’t know how to crochet.) 

Chanel DIY 2 Photos White Back

If you would like to get your free copy of this Tutorial just click HERE. I’ll email you your link.  

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Carol

PS Next up – Not So Easy Peasy!

Serendipity at it’s best…

Interesting people show up in the strangest places!

I met this very interesting and inspiring lady yesterday named Betsy at a luncheon for breast cancer survivors and their families. We started talking about jewelry. (Shockingly surprising topic for me, I know.) She told me this amazing story she calls The Immortal Necklace. It all started with a remodel of an old farm house in Ohio in the 1940s. The house was built in the late 1800s and needed a serious upgrade. Betsy was the only girl in a family with 5 brothers and 1 bathroom. Her father decided the bathroom was the first room to be remodeled. He began ripping out the walls to make it larger and in so doing found a very old tattered pouch that contained a beautiful pearl necklace with a complete chronology. The necklace was first worn by the Bride of an Austrian named Uttendorf in 1799. The chronology goes on to describe the passage of that necklace to the oldest daughter on her wedding day until it abruptly stopped in 1901. Betsy’s father told her that it was their obligation to continue its legacy of immortality. But now Betsy has a problem. Betsy had 4 sons, who in turn had only sons. She is a proud grandmother of wonderful BOYS. She is really at a crossroad. What should she do? Or, better what would you do?

Here is a sketch of the necklace and my attempt to recreate.  Click Below!


Here is my version:
Immortal Photo

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Mangia Motifs! Read if you need a Giggle..

You know I’m obsessed when…..

Beading techniques invade my kitchen.

I have been dabbling with making beaded motifs. They’re fun and a very freeform way of making pendants. Some samples below. Hey, were’s the Giggle????

Amethyst Druzy

Amethyst Druzy

 So my husband comes to me and shows me this picture and says let’s make Hot Dog Motifs!!! And so we did!
This dish was positively delicious and so much fun to make. Richard has now renamed the dish “Dogatelli Ricardo”.  Click the picture for the recipe!
Mangia!
So let’s chat again soon,
Carol
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