I never used to wear jewelry. It seemed at the time, too flashy. I was not that person. Not a girly girl. Not into bling or glitz. Diamonds…? Meh.
My husband used to buy me beautiful necklaces, sapphires, diamonds, opals. I loved them, but I just never found an occasion to wear them. Maybe he should have just gotten me computer stuff. I am such a nerd.
Then a few years ago my Aunt Delores gave me a jade necklace and I began to wear it. It seemed right somehow to relate with my Chinese heritage, and my Aunts and my cousins all wore there jade necklaces and this was a family thing. I did not want to be left out. I wore it with pride.
Last year, I got interested in DIY projects on Pinterest. I started a new hobby making paper bead jewelry. I had so much fun that I just couldn’t quit. I made hundreds of bracelets, necklaces and earrings. I decided to do some in Morse Code messages. I tend to be inspired with Native American styles but I will make any custom look someone else wants. Soon I had so many I could not wear them all…but I tried (lol):
I do love my paper beads, but this led me to find more “found” beads to use with my paper beads. I was then looking for jewelry to re-purpose at the Goodwill and garage sales. Finally I located bead sources to order new beads. Now I cannot stop. I started an Etsy Shop called Beadwalker Jewelry. I decided to go to some craft fairs. Where can I go from here?
I think I will try to take a jewelry making class with silver.