|Pattern source Fusion Beads|
I made the bracelet above for my good friend Nancy at pugmomquilts.
She loves leopard print, pink and purple, shiny sparkly, and treats made by friends. She is a giver, she makes many quilted items to give to others. Now it's her turn to receive...
I started with these:
I used those purple crystals on the outside edge.
The bracelet was done, bead by tiny bead with peyote stitch
Just like with quilting, sometimes you try and discard designs or beads til you find just the right one. The clasp is just the perfect touch I think.
Of course I HAD to try it on...
Then, my good friend Cindy, my beading and quilting partner, a woman with talent and great kindness tempted me to add to her bead order at Fire Mountain Gems.
Twist my arm
Well, it's always more fun to shop with a friend, even on-line, so when the order came in I was surprised to get this...
Perfect colors, turquoise and fuchia and gold and dogs. I was so excited then she said, it's got stuff in it...
Huh:?? What's this!?!
The beads I ordered ...
plus, this!! A bracelet made for me! Out of shiny silver and bronze and black crystals...
and the cutest clasp. Cindy takes great care with details, and she put little seed beads inside the links to the clasp
and the company sent a little Barbie-sized carrier of bead soup that she passed on to me. Oh my stars! I am a 4 year old in a grown woman! These are so much more sparkly than anything I own!
What is it about plastic boxes that makes us all think organization is within reach??
So I had to put on my new bracelet right away and admire my too fat wrist now embellished with a little bit of love...
She works large, and I work smaller and she gives me glorious Enormous scraps. In fact we met at a workshop when I was hovering over her table admiring her fabric choices. When I saw her trash pile I asked if I could take them. They were so big to me! She said, wait and I have more for you.
As it turns out she and I became great friends She is a rare gift to me. Smart, well read, human rights activist who stands up for her beliefs. She loves travel and history and art and we never run out of things to talk about.
So I took a fat quarter and folded it into a square, brought the four corners up together
Just writing this post reminded me how important my women friends are to me. Each person brings a connection no one else can. Each friendship is so very important to me. It's not something we regularly talk about but I am sentimental.
Eliza and I often note that we are very sensitive which some people see as a weakness but we realize makes us even stronger in a way.
After all, the important thing in the world is what we love and what makes us vibrate with love.
It is circular to me...
Loving and being aware of loving. Receiving love and being aware that we are loved.
It is so important.