Thursday, August 25, 2011

blast from the past

My how I got where I am today post was well received so I decided to write another post about a past aspect of my beading.  This doesn't relate directly to Etsy, but I thought that you would still find it interesting.

I've enjoyed beads ever since I was little.  For a long time, the primary jewelry that I made with them was simple strung bracelets.  I still have a number of them.  Typically I wear newer pieces so that I can promote the jewelry that I sell.  But these are still fun to wear sometimes.  I have so many of them in every color that I can always grab a few that match my outfit.

I also think that it's important to promote stringing beads for a couple different reasons.
1) Stringing beads is an easy technique that allows for opportunities to experiment with different beads and color combinations.  I think that it's important to have some background with these skills before experimenting with more complex beading.
2) Stretchy bracelets are a great jewelry option for girls.  It's great for young girls to start accessorizing, but they may not be ready for more complex jewelry with clasps, etc.

With that being said, here are a few favorites from my collection.

I designed this first set for my wedding.  I love the bigger focals with gold/carmel stripes and the glass pony beads for my "something blue."

Chunkier rounds.  I love the yellow beads in the bracelet on the far right.  They remind me of lemon drops.

Skinnier bracelets.  You can pair these with anything.

I love these round evil eye beads.  I've been searching for another round set ever since that isn't horribly expensive.  The first set of bracelets was one of my favorite for a long time, as evidenced by the worn thread on the bracelet on the right.

I created bracelets with the evil eye beads in other colors, too.


  1. It's so great that you still have these and still wear them :)
    I still have my first scrapbook and laugh every time I look through it :)

  2. Thanks Edi! It's fun to hold onto some of those things. :)


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