Fireflies, freshly mowed grass, s’mores on the crackling campfire at dusk, hide-n-seek till dark, root beer floats, sand in my toes, collecting seashells on the shore, bright sundresses and groovy sandals—all fond memories of summertime.Another summertime favorite of mine was the stretchy penny candy necklaces you could wear and eat! This offered me my first crack at jewelry design. I ate all the candy colors that didn’t “go together” in my eight-year-old’s color palette and proudly wore my masterpiece; that is until it melted in the hot sun, leaving my neck a bright, sticky mess!
My design sense has grown a bit more sophisticated since those early days, as I’m sure yours has, too. It’s a pleasure to be able to share and explore beads and jewelry design with you as the new Beading Daily editor. I am thrilled to be a part of the Interweave family and have been reading Beading Daily forever. What an honor to personally be a part of it now. I'm excited to hear your beady stories, see your creations, and share mine with you (tales of woe as well as go)! It’s a privilege to enter your studio each and every day, be it a cubicle or kitchen table, bringing with me a diverse background as international award-winning jewelry designer, author (Fabulous Fabric Beads), teacher, vendor, TV personality, Swarovski Ambassador, and inventor of Sassy Silkies handcrafted silk beads. My motto is Fearless Creativity; come join me on the ride (seatbelts optional).
Need some grown-up summertime inspiration that will bring back the fun? We have dozens of colorful summery projects for all levels, from easy to intermediate, with all projects 20% off through June 2, 2010. There are several designs that are on my summer “must make-it” list.
So you’re invited to grab a porch swing, a nice chilly lemonade (or a mint julep on the veranda), and start beading the summer away with me, my friends!
||My new favorite summertime project: more bling
for my new puppy, Bling!
She needs a summertime collar dangle. What's your favorite summertime project? Share your ideas below.
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