If you remember a few months ago I was moved by higher powers to give away some of my most valuable possessions from a monetary perspective. Off my own back I felt that I'd like to give something precious to Red Mel. For she has been a wonderful friend for the twenty years since we met in the common room of the now demolished St Loye's School of Occupational Therapy on our first day as students there. She's kind, funny, a bit dippy and assertive in the most gentle of ways. I love her dearly. 'What would you like of mine?' I asked her. She remonstrated and then she said that if I was getting rid of beads she would be very happy to give them a home.
So as part of my mammoth tidying project I had a sort out of my crafting materials. I kept just a few of the beads I'd accumulated but gifted a huge bagful to Red Mel. 'Here's a present from God'. I told her because I knew that as, an atheist it would piss her off a bit! The picture above is some of the selection. She'll use lots of them to make jewellery to sell to raise funds for St Mungos, the homeless charity in Bristol where she lives.
All that tidying that's going on here seems to have cleared psychic space. I'm making stuff here on a more regular basis that I've done for yonks. I cobbled together this bracelet yesterday to add to the mad wrist. There's stories behind the materials used.
I put the beautiful glass beads in a homemade Christmas cracker. I wasn't going to leave myself out when I chose personalised gifts for the family festivities. Most of the sterling silver findings come from a bracelet that I'd rarely worn. When Louis was born my mum and dad gave me some money to buy some jewellery to celebrate. I bought four pieces in a favourite silver shop in Exeter. Two bracelets and a necklace get a lot of wear but the last piece was redundant. It was too chunky to be comfortable.
So I've took it apart. There's silver beads that I kept and yet to be recycled. Other semi precious ones went into Mel's stash. The conjoined jump rings and the fasteners that I salvaged have been used here. A homage to the old piece of jewellery but much more wearable.
In fact it's already on that mad wrist and complements the semi precious bracelet bought in the Animals in Distress shop for a quid rather nicely.