texas zombie girl and all her shinies
texas zombie girl and all her shinies

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

back when i was just a wee beader

I remember clearly the day that I walked into Naomi's shop for the first time. My father had just decided, along with my half shi...uh, sister, to turn my world completely upside down. Finding her again, and walking into her shop, made me feel like maybe I could find a place to be okay. I had never done beading of any kind before, and no idea what the difference was between a crimp and a headpin. These are pictures of the first two things I ever made, and after 8 years, they are still in one piece, so that is saying something lol.
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I made this bracelet sitting at Naomi's kitchen table, absolutely fascinated by all the shiny baubles that were laid before me. That, and keeping a close eye on her two Cockatoos that still, to this day, make me nervous heehee. For the knowledgeable beader, you will see I used connecters and leather crimps as dangles. Even Naomi was too kind to laugh at me, instead saying, "Well, I would have never thought to use that *that* way!"
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These are worry beads that I made from glass and resin beads, bells and a kokopelli all strung "professionally" on white beaders string. I put these together while sitting on my bed in my childhood bedroom, listening to Shawna have a screaming fit about something while my father had my mother at the hospital. That was when I truly learned how calming beading can be.
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These pieces 8 years ago have morphed themselves into herringbone stitch bracelets and wire-wrapped rosaries that I, back then, would have told you I could never ever do. There is nothing you cannot do when you have friends to share their knowledge and time.

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6 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh...I am SO IMPRESSED! I had no idea your work was sooooo beautiful! I noticed your bead room is done in turquoise...it sort of has a southwestern flavor... was this on purpose or just a mere coincidence???

    Love your work...and will be adding you to my sidebar.

    Mich

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  2. Cockatoos. Not cockatiels. Those are the tiny ones...makes you seem like a sissy to be nervous of them. Cockatoos, on the other hand, have big ass mean looking beaks...okay to be nervous about them. :)

    Also, stop saying such nice things about me!! It makes me have guilt...like I should be living up to them. :)

    I love you.

    Of course they lasted 8 years. You do amazing work. Stop down-playing your talent. Sheesh.

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  3. Bird names corrected. Phoebe is nice, but taht other one....oh my. They do have mean beaks, just ask Naomi's mom about her unplanned lip piercing lol.

    Naomi, you already live up to what I say...always have, so stop down-playing *your* talent. Double sheesh lol.

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  4. I don't think you're supposed to comment on your own blog.

    Ha ha.

    Love you.

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  5. I can comment *anywhere* I want babe lol!

    My blog, my world....MWAHAHAHAHAHA!

    Love you too

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