Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Sunshine & Blue Skies
Hi! I'm glad you could join me for my latest "T-Day" post, which I'll be linking up with Elizabeth and Bleubeard for T on Tuesday. After my last post, in which I shared some of the beaded jewelry that I've made, I felt inspired to get my beads out again and make something new. Since we had lots of sunny weather last week, I made a necklace that I call "Sunshine and Blue Skies."
Unlike last week, I do not have "soda pop beads" in this necklace. Instead, this time I have a mix of beads from a variety of sources (too many to list). The twisty yellow focal beads are Czech glass beads--some of my favorite ever beads.
This necklace opens and closes with a magnetic clasp, which is something new for me. Adding the clasp to the necklace was a bit of a challenge, because it kept sticking to my pliers as I tried to crimp the crimp beads. I finally prevailed, though. I chose the magnetic clasp because the arthritis in my hands is getting a little worse, and it's getting harder for me to open and close regular clasps. The magnetic clasp is working really well so far: it stays closed when I wear the necklace, yet it opens easily when I pull the two halves apart.
I've been having lots of iced drinks (water, juice, Gatorade, etc.) over the last few days, since the weather has been hot. But today my glass is serving as a makeshift vase for a sprig of lily of the valley. This is my favorite flower, and I'm so excited that it's finally blooming again here. As you can probably tell, I am very happy that warmer days have come to Minnesota at last. :)
Enjoy your day, and feel free to drop by Elizabeth and Bleubeard's blog if you'd like to see more arsty/beverage-related posts.