Family bracelets for 3 generations

This week I got an order for family bracelets – she was ordering one for herself, her mom, her sister, and her daughter, each in their favorite colors.  Things worked out perfectly that I had lampwork beads in each color!

Friendship at the beach

This weekend I was contacted by an old friend (not that we’re old, you understand, I mean that known her since before Madonna was making albums) about making four matching bracelets for a girls’ week at the beach with her three best friends.  We went through a few false starts in finding a design that suited her needs, as we first tried to go with a “beachy/ocean” theme and nothing was really coming together just right.  She suggested we not concentrate so much on beachy and let the flip flops signify the summery feeling.  Eventually we ended up in a texting conversation while I was at Hobby Lobby and she was in a meeting, trying to keep her texts at a businesslike minimum while I send photos of possible beads.  Just as I was about to give up on finding the perfect round blue beads, a friend who had come with me grabbed a random strand of beads off the shelf.  They ended up being EXACTLY what we were looking for.  Success!  And luckily, the only color they had four flip flop beads in the same color was blue, so it all finally came together.

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Looking at my own photos of the first couple possible designs, I’m sooooo happy we kept going for more possibilities.  I really love these colors together, and I’m probably going to make myself something combining the blue and black as well.  The picture doesn’t quite do the color justice, it’s a really beautiful blue and pops really well against the black.

To the beach!

Custom Orders… and 31 Bags

Custom orders are my favorite.    It’s much more fun than trying to come up with something an unknown someone may someday maybe kinda want to buy.  With a custom order, I know what colors to work with, what charms to offer, stuff like that.   I like when someone orders ones with a phrase on it (I recently had one that asked for “Awesomesauce” which is now one of my favorite words).

A few weeks ago I did these prayer beads for a friend of mine.   She and I spend much of our day texting, often throwing ideas back and forth regarding Church and working it into our daily lives, and she said she’d been looking for prayer beads on a bracelet and hadn’t been able to find any she really liked.  I feel very fortunate that I was able to put something together that finally suited her needs!

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Hers are the wooden ones.  The red ones were for a friend of hers who is a 31 Bags consultant, and I was ordering from her, too.  It’s a nice exchange.  🙂    And speaking of the bag…

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I absolutely love it!  With all the pockets on the side, I no longer need to use a series of Ziplock bags to hold my tools and wire.  The trays stack inside nicely.  And most of all, I love the green “Gamolie” against that grey.  Now I just have to curb my bead-buying habits or buy a second bag for more trays.