Welcome to My Beady Little Eyes. Not only do I love to bead, I love color, and shape and anything to do with color.
have started this blog to give an accounting of my foray into the
wonderful world of beads and all things pretty. I love to make pretty
things, and besides making jewelry I am also a painter, knitter,
crocheter, woodworker, and crafter. Let me see, have I forgotten
anything? Oh yes, I LOVE to learn! I want to learn everything and
anything I can. For example, I am currently in the process of taking
courses to complete my Early Childhood Education Diploma, even though I
already have my Human Resource Professional Certificate. And for fun?
Well, that includes many creative things as well as dying arts. I
recently found a friend who has an old shorthand textbook. Hee hee, I
am so excited!
Oh, one more thing, my family is very musical. So, I also tend to enjoy learning new instruments.
So, now that you know a little about me...lets discuss the beginning of my beaddiction and how I got to where I am today.
being under the weather for about 8 years, I discovered beads through a
long time friend. On a beautiful (and typical) northwestern Ontario
May long weekend, she taught me how to make my first beaded bracelet
using pearls, seed beads, and a circular Russian netting pattern. Well,
I was hooked! To this day pearls remain my favorite beads to work
After the long weekend, I couldn't wait to find a
beading store and get started. The only store around is in the city an
hour away. So, I called up the owner of this store, Jangles in Thunder
Bay, Ontario and asked the owner if I described a few things to her if
she could put an order together and I would have a friend pick it up for
me. Sure, she said! Well, I described the book that my friend had and
what colors and sizes I was hoping for. She was great! She sent me
everything I needed to get started, including her very own (and last)
copy of the book I had described her. For the first few visits/orders,
she even sent me some surprises, and that lent to my venturing into
different kinds of beads and techniques. Oh, what fun!
So, here I am, two years and many patterns, beads and techniques later, and I still love to make pretty things!