And, well, yeah... The inevitable has happened.
I've turned into a squealing fangirl.
In my defense, though--these artists are just so cool. And I want to share their coolness!
For example, just look at these:
All lamp-worked beads, made individually by hand by the amazingly talented Juls over at Julsbeads (and her shop is here). I am in awe of the shiny things that she creates... She makes the glass sing.
(And, on a sidenote, not only is she insanely talented with glass, but she also has a wonderful way with words--it is pleasant and whimsical, and often reminds me just how blessed I really am.)
With so much love and hard work that goes into these beads, who can blame me for liking them so much?
So, yes, the beads I bought.
First up: the focal bead.
It's called a Serenity Stone, and is described as a "small something to carry in [your] pocket to serve as a touchstone of faith, a reminder to live in the positive and focus on the moment." That is already something that I try to do anyway a regular basis, so it's cool to have a physical reminder--something that was made specifically for that purpose.
But, that's not all I got!
Next up, the purple ribbed glass beads:
Then, the "Cape Cod" beads...
And, last but not least, the beach-colored beads:
And here is everything together!
I had originally planned to string the focal on a simple piece of cord and keep it in my pocket, while I made the rest into hairsticks.
But now I'm thinking I might use them to make a necklace and matching earrings and keep them for myself... because they're mine, all mine, mwahahahaha!
Well, let's just say I'm undecided.
...And when I do finally decide what to make, rest assured that I will be sure to post pictures of it here!
So, there you go. My first--but definitely not last--foray into squealing fangirl-ness. I have at least two more artists I want to burble about, and I'm sure there will be more down the line.
The world is full of talented, wonderful people... And I am so blessed to meet some of them! :D
And, for those interested in such things--no, Juls did not pay me or bribe me to write this entry. Not in the slightest. I'm just really, really excited about the lovely things that she makes, and when I get really excited I like to share.
After all, this blog is, in part, my chronicle of happy things... And, to me, these beads are really happy things! :D