"The Beginning of the End"

WOW! First, many apologies for taking so long to add another post! How can it be mid-April already?!

Here is a quick summary of what has kept me away these few months. We have redone our home office- including my craft/bead stuff but I will address organizing such things another day. We did our taxes We had a big family birthday party to celebrate my great nephew, 6, and my husband, 60, on the same day- FUN! I had a birthday where my unicorn tendencies were fully celebrated. We planned a closet makeover for the master bedroom and had it installed. Lots of sifting and sorting of things stashed in there since we moved in three years ago and learning some organization skills. OH! Fired the neurologist I thought was helping me with my rare health issues but suddenly wasn’t. Once again my primary care physician and her referral coordinator stepped up for me and got me in to see a specialist at Emory quickly. I really like the new doctor and we are adjusting my medications so she can re-evaluate my situation in June.

WHEW! NO wonder I didn’t post here! I think I can start getting back to posting more now. Getting back to my creative journey….

When sweet Kristen, then 6, asked, “Mama, can you learn to make it.” I started searching for information on beading….something I had never thought of doing before although, I fell in love with Native American beadwork seen growing up due to my Cherokee and Choctaw ancestry.. With the advent of the Internet and the local library, I was able to do find some good information. We found a kid’s bead loom kit at the toy store and I started dabbling with. it. Soon I was creating barrettes for my girlies and myself :

First Works: Loomwork Barrettes, 1995. Created by Melanie T. Robbins. Well worn by the Robbins Girls. In the Straybeads Collection.

First Works: Loomwork Barrettes, 1995. Created by Melanie T. Robbins. Well worn by the Robbins Girls. In the Straybeads Collection.

Then I connected with a great group of beaders on the AOL Jewelry Crafts Board . That was over two decades ago and some of those beaders are still dear friends today. This group was encouraging and willing to help . They directed me to a book ( I love books!) which had instructions to make the necklace I had promised my girl I would learn to make. We took Kristen to the bead store and let her choose the beads (colors I wasn’t certain worked together, LOL) and headed home to try my hand at the desired piece. Here is the result:

“The Beginning of the End” Created by Melanie T. Robbins, 1995. Mandela from Carol Wilcox Wells’  Creative Beadweaving.  now in the Straybeads Collection.

“The Beginning of the End” Created by Melanie T. Robbins, 1995. Mandela from Carol Wilcox Wells’ Creative Beadweaving. now in the Straybeads Collection.

It came out great. My girl was happy, my promise to her fulfilled and , umm, I. was. HOOKED! This is where my beadwork journey started. So, I kept learning more and more and making my own patterns. My head was overflowing with ideas of what to do with those teeny, tiny seed beads. I loved it! More about learning my new hobby next time.