Yesterday, in a fit of utter boredom (to which I usually reply, "Would you like me to hire you a band?") the girls asked if they could break out my supply of beads. And in a fit of utter desperation, I caved.
I have a LOT of beads. And charms. At least I think I do. I don't really have anyone else to compare stashes with, but it certainly seems like a lot to me.
I used to love to make charm bracelets (like these and this and this). It was one of the most fun things I ever did, and I looked for cool beads, vintage beads, unusual charms, vintage buttons, ribbons, everything...everywhere I went. Then I made the mistake of trying to sell them, and I lost the creative spark. But I still love my beads-n-stuff.
So, yesterday, while the girls crafted away on their own masterpieces, I killed a goodly amount of time taking pictures of my beads and charms, color-coordinated. It really was the best fun I've had in a while...Total play, girls chatting in the background, pretty shiny baubles and things. Crafty heaven.
Would you like to see? 'Cause here they are!
(This one includes a hand-knit Kelly doll sweater. I couldn't resist.)
A mere sampling...Mostly this is just the fun stuff, but there's lots of lovely glass beads and other things, too. But so fun! I love 'em. And if anyone is interested, I'm happy to see them go on to more productive lives...It's sad to see them just sitting there. (Barring that, I'll be playing away.)
Have a great one, my friends!