Saturday, November 17, 2007

Where it ALL began

How did Adam and I get started with our creations? That's a long story:

When Adam and I were dating, I took a basic beading class and walked out with a Victorian Choker. It was pretty. I made it. Cool. (Fall of 1999)

I flew to San Diego to spend Christmas with Adam, and brought along my necklace to show him what I made.

His response: "I can do that." My response to that: "Of course you can."

That was IT! He pulled out the phone book and started looking up beading stores in San Diego. We drove around to 3 or 4 stores, picked up basic supplies, met a really famous beading person (can't remember her name, all I remember is when I went back to the beading store I took my class in, and told the owner, she had a melt down that I didn't get the lady's autograph and photo) and headed back to the apartment.

Adam started beading. Then he started doing chain mail. Then he started making really intricate chains, necklaces, bracelets, anklets, and earrings.

At that point, I had stopped beading. Didn't love it. I did bead my wedding necklace, but it wasn't a hobby like what stamping has turned into for me.

All in all, my making a Victorian Choker at a bead shop in Dover, New Hampshire, then showing Adam what I had made, is really where our insane compulsion to create manifested and snowballed.

So, what's my point?

Yesterday, a friend of mine called me about what she could make people for Christmas gifts. My immediate thought was: EARRINGS! So, I told her I'd make a pair, post them to my blog, and e-mail her the directions.

Famous Last Words.

"Adam, would you please show me how you make earrings?"

He did, and I made a pair.


Then I said: "I guess I'm changing my Christmas gift giving list a bit.... I'm making EARRINGS!" (dramatic music in the background...)

So, eight pairs of earrings later..... Here's a handful:

Oh, and check out these beauties Adam made for ME last night:

I sat right there while he made them, but ohhh, how I LOVE THEM! LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE THEM!

As I was photographing them, I was noticing how the beads have black, green, blue, and a tiny bit purple. So, I did an experiment with different background colors for the photos. It's amazing how color changes the entire look:

Peace & Blessings!

PS - It was during that trip, is when he asked me to marry him! (December 22nd)

1 comment:

Sheila D. Staves said...

Wow! Way cool! Quick, easy and gorgeous creations.