Monday, August 11, 2014

Soggy Stitch Day And The Bead Weed

Yes, we need the rain.  But it came down in buckets on Saturday evening!  Saturday was the day of our monthly stitch day with the Sisters In Stitches.  Instead of our usual place (In the same building as the police department and fire department.  What does that say about us?), Thea hosted stitch day at her beautiful home.  It was sunny for most of the day as we stitched, but Sheila and I stopped for some dinner on the way home and that's when the deluge started.  The worst of it happened when we were on I-285, also known as Atlanta's perimeter, and that's a road that can be difficult to navigate on the most lovely of weather days.  Sheila's driving skills proved to be top-notch, and we made it home with no problem.

I did get quite a bit of stitching done at stitch day.  The project I was working on for most of the time is for a gift, so I can't post a photo today.  Here's the progress I made on the tulips.
It was a very nice day of stitching and talking, as always.  We enjoyed the delicious dessert that Thea prepared for us, as well as the use of her sunny dining room.  A couple of our members couldn't attend, but we are looking forward to seeing them soon.

I've made a decision to finish some projects before I start more.  One of them is the Song of the Seasons mystery sampler that I posted about before.  Much of it is completed, but I put it down to work on other things.  I'll make that one a priority.

As for the beads......

Let me just say that I have a lot of beads.  I used to sell beads, mostly vintage, on Ebay.  Then two things happened:  my vintage bead supplier disappeared into thin air, and about 10,000 other people started selling beads on Ebay.  You see, beading and jewelry making wasn't as big when I started my Ebay venture as it is now.  So I used my bead supply to make jewelry and scissor fobs.  One day I realized that I had way too many beads.  Waaaaaaay too many.  It was ridiculous.  So I finally did a bead weed.  This is everything I weeded out.
Do I NEED all of these?  No way. There are about 5 pounds of beads there, most of them glass, a few metal.  Now I just have to figure out what to do with them.  Sell them as a lot on Ebay?  Do a Facebook group page and sell them by the package?  Post them on our local yard sale site?  I'm still pondering this.  Any ideas? 

I do feel better now that I've removed all of the stuff that I don't need.  By doing my bead weed, I also took a nice inventory of what I did keep.  So no more doubling up of something or buying stuff I don't need when I want to do a certain project.  And this is how my bead organization should look.
No, this is not all that I've kept.  There are several (ok, more than several) more drawers like this.  Hey, I'm still a fan of beads and do intend to keep creating lovely things with them.  And I'm quite proud of my organization skills. 

So if you have any questions about my weeded beads, or if you know someone who might want to buy them, just let me know!


  1. How fun to have a monthly stitching group. I think it must be wonderful to meet other like-minded creative people.

  2. Oh I love beads! I need beads! LOL! Love your stitching! Let me know about the beads you want to get rid of

    1. Michelle, I tried to e-mail you, but they came back as undeliverable. Please send me your current e-mail address.

  3. Lovely stitching on Tulips. Who is the designer? I have a good friend who loves them and would love to stitch this design.