Beads. I am a bit obsessed. It is so weird how jewellery (or, rather, jewellery-making) has taken over my life. I’m not particularly blingy, don’t wear a lot of jewellery myself and shy away from colourful baubles and trinkets to adorn myself with. But I like making stuff for other people to wear. Maybe I am living vicariously, letting my inner colour wheel get it’s groove on. I don’t know. But I am currently obsessed with beads of all colours and shapes, sizes and styles. In case you hadn’t noticed.
I’ve been having a crappy time of things this last week or so and I am trying to remain cheerful and not let things get me down, like I always do. I am in danger of becoming an unsociable hermit (again), am really tired (again) and have been having horrible nightmares (again) so I’m a bit drained and in need of some pick-me-ups.
Yesterday, at lunchtime, desperately needing time away from work after an exceedingly trying morning, I nipped out to visit a local op-shop in order to fossick through their jewellery piles to see what beady treasures I could come up with. After wasting time perusing a rather lack-lustre display on one counter, I started to look around the shop for other things (I broke yet another pair of shoes that morning – I am just about down to my last pair and cannot find anything in the shops at the moment to fit me). As I passed the counter, my eyes just about exploded, for there, almost hidden from view (or at least my obviously short-sighted view) was a WHOLE WALL of necklaces, bracelets and earrings! Flipping heck! I have been in that shop before and NEVER seen that wall.
Where were my eyes? What have I been doing all this time, completely ignoring this treasure trove?
Anyway, hyperventilation under control, I rummaged through (oh how I do love a rummage and a fossick!) and found some pretty nice stuff, at reasonable prices. I still am yet to find some nice yellow beads (is there some sort of yellow-bead-boycott that I don’t know about?) but I picked up plenty of other pretty things:
These turquoise beads are nice and heavy and are a good shape and size.
I know I have a tonne of turquoise already, but you can never have enough, right?
I really loved these black “rose” beads – they look like they may be vintage
but I don’t know. I just liked them 🙂
Red beads on a bracelet with this cute little butterfly charm.
The red goes so well with turquoise and is a combination I use often.
Loved this necklace. The beads are lovely and glossy and remind me of sweets.
Probably why I have been craving jersey caramels…
These purple/pink beads were a nice surprise as I thought the smaller round beads were plastic
but they are actually heavy glass. Love the big square ones…
Yummy berry-toned glass beads, that came with…
…these interesting silver rods which will make some fab earrings.
Lastly, I bought this pendant for me, just ’cause I liked it. I probably should have given it a wipe-over before
taking the photo…it’s a bit dusty! I just thought it was pretty. A bit more glitzy than I would normally wear but it’s black so
not too outrageous!
I also went to a couple of markets on the weekend. I would have photos of the markets themselves but, as per usual, let my phone die before I could take any pictures. Duh. I did, however, buy some cool stuff, including some lovely felt balls, metres of porcelain beads in pale blue, coral red and cream (the lady at the stall didn’t look very happy when I told her I wasn’t going to wear them as necklaces but break them up for the beads…), wooden cube beads, a pottery ring and a metal crow! Actually, he is supposed to be a blackbird but I choose to call him a crow (because I love crows & ravens and have them in various forms throughout my house).
So, all I need now is some time, maybe a nice weekend at home and I can actually start making some things with these goodies. I REALLY want to start making some clay beads and other bits and pieces, plus some plaited bracelets. And make some cards (which I haven’t done for AGES). And get into watercolours again. And start an art journal. And make myself a skirt. And do some embroidery.
So basically I want to do lots of things and need to find approximately 48 extra hours in each day to get any of them done, or even started. Sigh.
Hope your week is going well so far, and that you are succeeding in bringing a little bit of creativity and colour into every day. I’m trying 🙂
PS to “K” – I’m sorry I didn’t ask you along to the markets…hope I am forgiven x