Monday, June 18, 2012

Bead Soup Blog Party & an Intro

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Welcome to the 6th Bead Soup Blog Party!

Or I should say the pre-BSBP since this is an introductory post before all the festivities kick-up a notch when we're assigned our partners on June 22nd.

Lori of Pretty Things, who is our party hostess for this event, asked us to introduce ourselves and write about our jewelry journey; I'm pretty sure I have it somewhere in the beginning postings of this blog, but I'll re-tell the tale of one girl's journey into the great beading unknown...

I have been making jewelry for several years thanks to a former teacher, also chronically ill (for those just new to my blog, I have chronic Lyme Disease), who took me under her wing and brought me to a support group she belonged to where the craft of the month was making jewelry.

Needless to say, I was hooked from my first stretchy bracelet!

Going a little deeper into things, the story of the founding of both my shops is quite an interesting one. I've been sick with chronic Lyme Disease for the past 8+ years and have tried my hand at 'real world' work, but due to my unpredictable health and not knowing if I will be walking one day or bedbound the next, working was impossible. I needed to find something I could do when I was well enough, but also something that I could do when I was down and out that would help bring in a little money.

Those of you who know me or those of you who get to know me know I don't do idle very well ^.^
That was nearly 3 years ago and even though I'm still on and off health-wise, my two businesses and jewelry making have been a constant in my life and both have been a big part of what helps keep me going!

I would have to say that aside from my jewelry making being one of the things that keeps me sane and going day in and day out, scouring thrift stores, garage sales, and flea markets to find OOAK and unique supplies would be my favorite thing about my designs. There's just something about upcycling truly unique components and breathing new life into them that gives you such a sense of accomplishment :)

If you're here from the BSBP, please, please, please leave a link to your introduction blog post or your blog in general; I'd love to be able to stop by and "meet" you!


Mandi said...

Love your intro! Thanks for sharing your story. It's so wonderful that you found such a beautiful outlet. I look forward to seeing your BSBP reveal.

Stop by any time!

Unknown said...

I know exactly what you mean about the healing energy of beads! I've been a beader for 20 years - don't know what I'd do without 'em. For me, it's a meditation. I'm a full time student and do lots of "head" work. Beading gives me a much needed time out!

My blog on why I make jewelry won't be up for a few days, but feel free to check out my blog:

Happy beading! -

Pookledo said...

nice to "meet" you. It's my first time joining the BSBP so am looking forward to it.

Unknown said...

Love hearing your story every time :)