Friday, May 8, 2009

New Hobby

After reading Annie's post, I decided that I'd really like to try my hand at some jewelery making. I've been thinking about this for a while and decided today's the day to start. I also did quite a bit of reading today on The Nienie Dialogues. If you've never ventured over there, please do. Stephanie and her husband Christian were in a very serious plane accident last August and are dealing with the difficult and painful recovery process. Stephanie had burns on over 80% of her body, and you would think she might be bitter or angry. But that's not the case at all. Her amazing spirit and positive outlook on life shine through every one of her posts. I love how she appreciates and is grateful for her family and all the little things in life. Reading her posts is so inspiring. And she's so creative! Even her posts have the look and feel of scrapbook pages. I definitely had her in mind as I poked around Michaels tonight.
If you'd like to read more about Stephanie and Christian, Stephanie's sister Courtney chronicled their recovery process during the time they were both in the hospital (start off in August/Sept 2008 on the Blog Archive).
  • Jewelery Starter Kit $14.99
  • How to book $19.95
  • Tools Starter Kit/Plastic Case for beads $9.99
  • All these were from the dollar bins: scrapbook paper $1, ribbon $1, 2 packs stickers $2, cardboard cut-outs $1 and journaling tags $1
  • Total was $54.50
  • 2 Casio KL-60L Label Makers $19.99 each, will get back $19.99 each as Easy Rebate (Limit 2) = FREE
  • Total was $42.78 so I'll end up just paying the tax for these - $2.80


Precious said...

You were lucky to find the label makers. I tried the other day at my Staples and they were out of stock.

Jenny said...

My mom used to love doing bead-work. She did jewelry, decorated clothing with it and even made several pictures with just beads. If you saw one of the pictures from a distance you'd think it was painted but near it you'd see each stitch has a bead on it making one very smooth surface. Unfortunately I don't have such patience. Good luck with your jewelry!

Laurie said...

Jewelry making is on my "learn to do" list too. I have a ton of beads left over from when I was a kid but I still haven't managed to sit down and read up on it. Keep us posted with how you do!

frugalsuz said...

This was about the 5th Staples I'd checked. One store told me you could order the labelers online and you get free shipping if you spend $50, so that might be another way to go.

Wow, that sounds really cool!

I used to do some jewelery stuff when I was younger too, but I have no idea where the supplies went. They probably weren't high quality stuff anyway.

Chicagolandia said...

Frugalsuz - If you want some beads to help you get started, let me know what colors you like, type of project, etc. and I'll be glad to send you some.

frugalsuz said...

That sounds wonderful, thank you so much! I'll email you...