Tag Archives: Bead

You May Have Noticed…

5 May
Image representing Etsy as depicted in CrunchBase

Image via CrunchBase

There’s a new section in my Etsy shop! Huzzah!

Cream Stone Pendant... YUMMY!

So.   If you readily admit an addiction to all things beaderific (in this case, stone and glass),

And then channel that addiction into an income source (mmm…delicious sterling silver…),

Would it be wrong to use said income to send yourself to bead-hab?

Reclaimed Shell Pendant

Hmm… at any rate, I encourage you all to enable my bead frenzy by ordering a Happy Little Something today!

Charming!

27 Apr

I may have had a few beads left over from my earRINGringRING experiment.

I may need to step slowly, carefully away from the beads.

Buddha charm!

It may be in everyone’s best interest to send me to some sort of beady rehab facility.

is it just me, or does that little guy have a moustache?

I may or may not have done a Google search for Bead Crafters Anonymous.

I may or may not have spent a small fortune having Amazon overnight ship me more beaderific supplies.

Yeah, me and Amy Winehouse are like, BFFs now. We hang out on the weekends and everything.

Bead-hab, anyone?   *grin*

Beaddiction

16 Mar

I know I promised to give up the beads.  I know.  I KNOW.  But I just wanted to try one more thing.

 

What if I CROCHET the beads???

It started off well…

Things were actually going pretty good for a while.

 

SFSG!

Then a thing happened.

Then another thing happened.

 

mrow?

Then I realized…

…Fail beads are fail. (I know, I know… the Storm Trooper is a bit of a stretch, but Google thought he was a great example of an Epic Fail).

Sorry, beads.  I give up.  For now…

 

Safety Dance

14 Mar

I’ve been on a bead kick.  My cousin Jess made me this awesome bracelet that she swears will align my chakras and turn me all zen and stuff.

 

Buddah beads = beautiful!

Isn’t it awesome?  You should totally get her to make you one.  She’s got a website and everything!

So I figured I’d give this whole beady bracelety thing a try.  I discovered a billionty-seven safety pins in my bead box.  I put on some music.

I failed miserably.

 

If I put it on a candle it becomes awesome, right?

I tried again.

 

St. Patrick's Day Fail.

Third time’s a charm, right?

 

Wrong.

*Sigh*

If you were in third grade this would be cool, right?

…Right?…

 

…second grade?…

 

Anyway, I suppose I’ll leave the jewelry making to the jewelry makers and get back to the crochety side of the universe.  Also, someone should really take away my safety pin stash  before I turn it into a lamp or something…

Free Pattern Friday: Tiny Beaded Flower Applique

11 Mar

I haven’t gotten much hookery accomplished this week; I’ve been distracted.

delicious distraction!

I did, however, think it fitting to hook a new little bookmark in honor of my newly purchased book (Ohhh, it smells so yummy… I love the smell of books).

Anyway, here’s the tiny flower applique, which if you ch70 and add another flower to the other end, becomes a delightful little bookmark:

Here’s how to make it:

1. Get yourself a bead, a bit of thin thread or yarn, and a “B” hook (2.25mm).

2. BEFORE YOU START CROCHETING, string the bead(s) on your yarn.  If you’re making a bookmark, string two beads.

3. ch3, push a bead up as close to your ch as you can get it, ch 3 more, and sl st to form a ring.

You should now have a chain of…erm…chains around your bead.

4. ch3, 3dc, sl st.  (One Petal).

5. Work four or five more petals around the ring.  If you’re only making an applique, STOP HERE & FO!

6. To make a bookmark, ch70, then repeat steps 3-5 & FO.

VOILA!

I’d love to stay and chat, but I’ve got a hot date with Kvothe this evening.

Happy Hooking!

Happy Beads are Happy!

28 Feb

So, what’s a girl to do with a whole bunch of sentimentally important beads she recently cut out of their hempy, hippie homes?

WHY, make wine glass charms, of course!

…can’t make wine glass charms without a *little* bit of crochet…

And the best part?  These little bad boys are hinged, so they’re easy to remove!

(Why, yes, OBVIOUSLY I had to drink a bit of wine while I made them…)

And, because I never, EVER get carried away, I absolutely did NOT go digging through my craft supplies for more beads, which I ABSOLUTELY did not turn into more wine glass charms.  Nope.  Not even a little bit.

 

these beads used to be a bracelet...

 

I removed this butterfly from an anklet to make it bracelet-sized. Let's face it... grown ups don't wear anklets, either.

 

these guys are from The Bead Mine in Pittsburgh... gosh, I miss Pittsburgh.

AAAAAnywho, no more sad comments, okay friends?  I have now upcycled, repurposed, and otherwise transformed my very favorite beady beads into functional, pretty, *way* more adult-ish type things.  YAY!

Pinot Noir, anyone?  =)

Sad Beads are Sad.

23 Feb

You may be wondering how old is too old to wear hemp.  Well, I’ll tell you.  It’s 31. (Actually, it’s much younger than that – seventh grade, I think, but at 31 most people realize if they continue to wear hemp people will stop taking them seriously and start asking them for rolling papers).

 

I'll miss you, my hippie friends...

For some reason It just seemed weird to wear this:

 

mmm...delicious Tacori...

and this:

just look at how well worn those are! I loved them...

at the same time.

Yes, I’ve been wearing my wedding rings for years now, but it was only last weekend, when I cleaned out my jewelery box, that I finally worked up the courage to disassemble my three favorite hempy necklaces, which, though I’ve had since high school, I haven’t worn for darn close to ten years (ugh, I’m old).

See that whale tail bead?  It’s actually hand carved out of an Alaskan whale’s tooth.

See that red and gold bead?  My best friend from high school gave it to me.

See those blue glass beads?  I bought those in college while discovering Radiohead and realizing that some boys are better friends than boyfriends.

So.

 

my Chibi gave me the daisy bead... isn't it sweet?

 

The search is on to discover something classy, age appropriate, and less…erm… Rastafarian to make with these, my now hemp-less favorite beads.  Any ideas?