Saturday, February 13, 2016

Beads Are Good Medicine

Life brought me a few unexpected days at home this week - in the form of a nasty bug. But while sitting on the sofa looking and feeling fairly miserable, a tray of beads and findings that I've gotten through a monthly subscription to Bargain Bead Box spoke to me. Okay, maybe that was a fever hallucination. Whatever.

Apparently, a low-grade fever can also be a creativity spark, because a couple of necklaces almost made themselves as I sorted through the beads.  The first thing that caught my eye was some lovely light blue faceted beads with a slight iridescence, which were a match for some beads I'd been hoarding, waiting for the perfect pairing. 

See the cream/blue/brown beads there? Those were the ones I had been hoarding. They are so pretty.
Paired with some transparent light brown crystals with the same iridescence, and a few dozen knots later, I had a lovely long necklace.

Then another combination jumped out -- this time in deeper teal/turquoise. The findings that had come with one of the Bead Box selections included a packet of eyepins, so this necklace was more of a rosary style.  

When I laid the two side by side, a sickroom miracle occurred -- they actually went together nicely! They are both very simple, but simple was what I needed. And everything doesn't have to be at a triple-back-flip-with-a-double-twist level of difficulty, right?

And yes, I did choose a work outfit specifically to wear these necklaces together when I went back to the office.

The beads were very therapeutic. Now, if I could only figure out a way to have the doctor prescribe a nice visit to the bead store - do you think the insurance company would go for that?


Karin Slaton said...

Great combinations, Bobbie. I especially like your first necklace - a fusion of last year's Marsala with the airy blue of this year's Serenity. I hadn't tried those colors together yet, but I was thinking they'd be fantastic together. Glad you're feeling better!

AntiquityTravelers said...

First of all if you figure out how to get an insurance company to pay for beads I'm all in - and I mean ALL IN! My focus has been simplicity lately, and I have to say your's are beautiful. These two did come together nicely and match perfectly!

Patti Vanderbloemen said...

Sorry you have been sick - seems everyone everywhere has caught that same nasty bug!!! These are beautiful - I love the sparkle in those color combinations - teal is one of my favorites!

Christine Altmiller said...

Simplicity should never be undervalued.
And especially not with these two lovely necklaces. I am especially drawn to that first one. Those Hoard Beads are wonderful!!! How patient beads are, biding their time for the right company to keep.
I do think insurance should give us all a generous stipend to spend on our hobbies. What better therapy is there?! Happy people, less doctors and such.
Sorry you needed the Ick to make these beauties and hope you are much better now!