I've been a beading banshee over the past week & here's a glimpse of just a few of my limited "Kinship Strands" featuring an array of colors & stones and, best of all, beautifully hand carved, vintage, Fox Fetishes from a reservation in Arizona!
I was propelled into the art of seed beading by a friend who admired the most special collection of one of a kind beaded necklaces I wear incessantly! My dear friend coveted them so much that I feared mine would go m.i.s.s.i.n.g one day (only kidding girlfriend)! I'm the type of person who believes, to a certain degree, that if you cherish something so much that your heart aches each & every time you see it, well you better do your best to find a way & make it yours! And I have, on occasion, been known to give a dear friend jewelry that was mine...really meant for her…but no way could I part with the collection I wear, the very special ones that I truly call mine, N.O. way! So I custom made her a gorgeous set! Then, last week, I wore them to her birthday celebration knowing full well she would squeal when she saw them, and she did! I enjoyed watching her expressions as her eyes wandered over each & every stone. She recognized the turquoise, jade & coral but sighed at the rhodolite garnets & tourmalines. It was my treat to reply to her gentle suggestion that I need to share them with her…and so I did. I gently removed them from around my neck & placed them in her open hands. "These a.r.e yours," I said, "always have been & always will be." Never once did she utter an "Oh No, you shouldn't have." She knew they belonged to her. After a huge hug & a kiss, she squealed again & the party began.
Inspired by the wild west & created in the glow of a summer moon, my Kinship Strands are a circle dance of seed, glass, heishi, stone & turquoise beads. They are a celebration of color, spirit, individuality & affinity…ties that bind us. And they are in the Trading Post of my Etsy shop now!