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Sunday, July 07, 2013

Beads... Wow

My Mum was a crafter, from an early age I could remember her making me dresses, doing macrame, needlework, and more.  She finally settled on just two main crafts over the last 20 years, quilting and beading.  Out of us kids, I'm the only one who has inherited the passion for crafting.  My Mum taught me how to cross stitch when I was about 12 or 13.  I of course didn't keep up with it much when I was a teenager... it was as an adult I fully embraced stitching.

Being the only crafty child, this has left the task of sorting through all of my Mum's crafting supplies to me.  A few weeks ago I brought home what we think is all of my Mum's beading supplies.  I'm not sure what else I may run into when we finally tackle what was stored in her room.  It took me a couple of weeks to go through all of the beading supplies.  Passing some of it on and organizing the rest.

I tried to express to Christin the other night just how many beads I had inherited... she just couldn't picture it!  So Christin this post is for you!!!

 Watchmaker cases and tick tack boxes of seed beads

Second box full of seed beads and pony beads, this one is tick tack boxes and baggies

Just to give you an idea of what size the box is,  5x6x10 in

Pearls and Swarovski Crystals

Assorted beads

 Assorted beads and seed beads

 Delica Beads

 Small watchmaker cases full of assorted beads
 
 Findings, etc.

 This is what I originally had for beads... Delicas

 Assorted beads

 Assorted beads, charms, chain and findings

I don't know what I'm going to do with all of this... the seed beads I'll use for finishing on stitching, the fancier beads I'll use for scissor fobs, and maybe adorning ornaments, etc.  Who knows but its ALOT and I don't think I need to buy any beads for a very long time!


Today, I made a scissor fob, using some of my Mum's beads, I can assure you this did not make a dent in the collection!

48 comments:

Barb said...

Your Mom was a very serious beader! Wow, I think you could open a shop!

sharine said...

I agree with Barb. Your off to a pretty start using them:)

Angela P said...

What a lovely, amazing collection of beads :) Love the scissor fob you made.

Catherine said...

Wow! What a fabulous collection of beads ~ and love the fob you made!

Kielrain said...

That is quite a lot of very wonderful beads!

cucki said...

Wow very pretty collection x

Christine said...

Wow, and I thought I had a lot of beads

Annette-California said...

Your moms collection is beautiful & outstanding. Love the beautiful beaded fob you made. All very special treasures Dani!
love Annette

Cath said...

Wow, what a huge haul , but lots for you to use and remember your Mum by.X

Chris said...

Wow! Lots of beads. So nice that you can use them and remember your Mom this way. Fabulous fob!

Jackie said...

Your mom had a wonderful collection! I'm sure you'll come up with the perfect use for them.

Sally said...

Wow what am amazing collection of beads your Mum had. Love the fob you made.

♥ Nia said...

Woooww! I would say... you'll never need to buy any beads for the rest of your life! :p LOL

Denise said...

Wow thats a lot of beads! have fun playing with them and using them in projects
Happy Stitching
Denise

riona said...

Use them well and keep your Mum's memory green and fresh and lovely/

Bette said...

Wow! I'm impressed! And jealous. LOL! I know you'll think of your mom whenever you use the fob and maybe by spreading some of the beads around you can spread a little of her love as well. Have fun with them!

Giovanna said...

Goodness, that's a huge stash! I think you can seriously compete with Martina of Chatelaine for sparkle possession. Lovely fob!

Annie said...

Incredible bead stash. Like any other hobby, stashing is part of the game and your Mom seemed to fully embrace it. Have fun and hope you have a place to store it all!

Vickie said...

I love the new fob you made Dani.
What an awesome stash you have inherited. And you will always think of your Mum while using them.

Dee said...

Your new fob is great.

That is A LOT of beads. I'll enjoy seeing what you make with them. I'm guessing your Christmas ornaments will be very festive this year. :-)

I'm sure your Mom was very happy that your were crafty too.

Erin said...

Wow! How wonderful that you have this "piece" of your Mom, and will able to put a bit of her into some of your own projects now.
Your post reminds me of something I wrote years ago, about how our stash is our route toward immortality... :)

Mrs. GraceWorks said...

You'll be able to start your own Etsy shop making scissors fobs and thread pickers! I like the first one you made! : )

tricia

Carolyn said...

Dani,
Wow! Your Mom had quite the collection. She kept them all organized! Your so lucky and she is so happy that you have them and will make use of them. awwwww!

Hugs,
Carolyn

Julie said...

How wonderful they have co e to live with you Dani. You might find it very therapeutic in the coming months to be able to delve in and make some pretty things knowing mum used to do just that.
Much love xxx

Linda said...

What a fabulous collection of beads Dani. Your fob is really pretty.

Linda

natalyK said...

What a wonderful stash of beads!! I absolutely love the scissor fob you created and it will always remind you of your mom. Fantastic!

Andrea said...

Wow Dani, you could open a shop with that lot. A serious collection!

Von said...

You are well stocked for just about any bead project now! What's next on the list? :)

Marsha said...

That's a LOT of potential fobs!

Kathy Ellen said...

That is an amazing stash of beads, Dani! It seems that you are definitely talented, like your Mum, creating such a beautiful scissor fob with those pretty flowered beads. Have you considered making some more and creating an Etsy shop to sell scissor fobs? I love the one you made.

Blessings !

jhm said...

Dani

I love your blog but have not been reading it lately. On my screen all I see is silver dots on a red background - not readable at all.

NOthing I've tried has helped so far.

Love the photos because they can be seen.

JHM
http://needleworkerssamplings.blogspot.com/

mytimestitching said...

Wow, Dani! What a collection your Mom had. I guess you won't be buying beads for a very long time if ever. The scissor fob is beautiful and I love the little angel on the end.

Jan said...

That is a lot of beads! You are going to have a lot of fun with all of those.

Lindsay said...

I thought I had alot of beads but your Mum beats me hands down!

You'll find a use for them and as you do you'll think of your Mum

Melanie said...

It's an amazing collection. And so wonderfully stored too. You can tell how much the hobby meant to her. You could have a little beading party with your stitchy friends. :)

Kate said...

Love the fob Dani.
Lovely that you are able to connect with your Mum in using her bead collection.
Hugs

Melinda said...

oh my goodness!!!!What fun.

Carol said...

How nice that you shared a passion for crafting with your mom, Dani--that is so special that she taught you to cross stitch! Your inherited beading collection is stunning--I hope you'll show us some photos of your mom's work if you get a chance...

Toni said...

Wow wow wow! I envy your inheritance! Isn't it fun inheriting and sorting such beauties. I remember when a cousin who passed away left some cross stitching stash and I am so excited sorting everything out, her threads, patterns, etc. Wish someone will feel the same when it's my turn to go and I will leave all my stash.

Stephanie said...

Wow.

Lesleyanne said...

Wow what a gorgeous collection of beads you mum had. I love the scissor fob you made with some of them.

Annette said...

Ow My, what a wondefrull stash of beads.. they are to great!!
Really wonderfull.

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Lillie said...

Wow! Dani, it's a treasure and your mom is very organized.

Loved the fob. Happy beading :D

Karen said...

Wow Dani! What a fantastic collection. Every time you decorate an ornament with some of these beads you will be adding a touch of her to the piece. :)

PS: Love your scissor fob!

Lynn said...

Wow, that is some collection!! You are so lucky that you shared a passion for crafting with your mom. Every time you use these you will be reminded of her and her wonderful crafting.
I love that scissor fob you made.

Meari said...

That's a lotta beads!!

Virpi said...

All I can say is wow.

Aurelia Eglantine said...

Your scissors fob is lovely! The little angle charm is a beautiful touch. Your Mom had some wonderful organizing tips, I'll definitely be on the look out for some watch cases for my own beads ;)

Just an idea - maybe you could bead some gifts for your family members? Like stitched ornaments with the seed beads in the stitching and trimmed with the larger beads and crystals? Or jewellery. I'm sure you could make some lovely special heirlooms :)