My first necklace was one I made for myself after doing a lot of reading on the internet. I found these purple fish at a European internet shop that gave free shipping with an order of 20 euros or more, and I just had to do something with them! I wasn't too sure of myself, so I decided to try something reasonably simple: a long lariat with no closing -- just fold it in half and put the ends through the curve.
Or come up with your own creative way to wrap and close it! I made earrings to match, but they're a bit heavy for me, so I seldom wear them. I think perhaps I need to redo them.
I was thrilled when one of my colleagues asked me to make her a necklace just like it! So I did. (It seems purple is her favorite color.) ~
This was one of my first pairs of earrings, though not the absolute first - those were gold-colored hoops with brick-red glass coin beads, accented with jasper, bone, and seed beads. But I really wasn't into hoops, so I finally took them apart and re-used the beads.
Since then I've made lots of earrings, mostly for myself, though I've made a few for friends and family. I've also made some necklaces, rings and a couple of bracelets.
During the 2006 Christmas season, it occurred to me that it would be beneficial to see what I could learn from other people who love creating with beads. I searched Yahoo! Groups and found Beadingaholics, a group of kind and talented bead artists - from novices to professionals - who share all sorts of tips about techniques, tricks of the trade, opinions, and most of all, a love of beading! I'm happy to be a part of this group, and if you're into beading, then it just might be the right place for you, too. Just one caution: Spammers are not welcome! ~
I've always been fascinated with color and texture, but my interest in creating jewelry started when I noticed an ad for an arts-and-crafts shop opening in a local mall. I had lost one each of a couple of pairs of my favorite earrings and decided to try my hand at making my own. I bought some hoops and a few beads, put them together and had some left over... bought a few more to go with them... picked up a pair of pliers, some earring hooks, a little of this, a little of that...
And the rest, as they say, is history.
I'm a Carolina country girl transplanted to the Ile de France - a resident tourist, an amateur photographer, and a teacher for a very large international language-teaching company. We provide English lessons to French businessmen (and women) who need it to compete in this global economy.
Visiting France was a lifelong dream, but I never imagined I'd live here one day. Now I'm living in a Wrinkle-in-the-Outskirts of Paris with my husband and soulmate DiGi - about eleven miles from the center of the city.