Inspiration found during absolute boredom.

I have days that I can’t do anything.  ANYTHING!  Let me explain it this way…..

For those of us that are over the age of….say 45.  We feel like we are still in our 20’s.  We don’t feel the changes of “Middle Age”.  We have a few grey hairs and a few more wrinkles.  Our spirits though, inside of us, think we are still 20.  I can tell you that I have felt this way for a long long time and I have just reached the age of 60.

Okay.  So we feel young and still full of piss and vinegar.  We can still do everything we used to do.  That is until we get with one or more of the actual “20 somethings” and walk with them.  They are faster than us and we have to double step it to keep up with them.  Okay, okay.  So I have to double step it to keep up with my kids.

This illness confounds me.  I wake up in the morning and feel fantastic.  I feel like I did before I got sick.  I feel like I can get back to work.  One load of laundry in the washing machine, a few minutes sweeping the kitchen floor, and several more minutes emptying the dishwasher and I’m done for.  The remainder of the day is spent in a stupor, like I am in desperate need of a nap.  Push it a little further and I get a headache that won’t go away.

Let me tell you this.  I get extremely BORED!

I can get a couple hours of my paperwork done a day before the tiredness sets in.

So…I have taken to watching YouTube videos.  Makeup videos.  Some are very good.  Some are totally wild and out there.  Hair style videos.  Have you watched any of the hair style videos?  Although they are pretty good the presenters are very young.  The ages of my granddaughters.  Now that is a good thing, girls helping other girls I think is quite awesome.  My problem is the hair styles are for the young and not for me.  I’m too old to hold my arms in the air for long periods of time with my curling iron.  Besides, I think that thing hates me :/

I went through a period of time that I had totally lost interest in all things crafty.  That is part of the reason why it took me nearly a month to make the book I made for my grandson Simon.

During one of my video watching spells I came across BSUEBOUTIQUES on YouTube.  This woman has a great sense of humor.  She has someone running the camera during her video tutorials and she mentions his name from time to time as she instructs him where to focus the camera.  Her vast knowledge of antique jewelry is way over my head but she would be a good source for anyone that wants to learn about vintage jewelry.  I watched her video on making a necklace she calls “THE KITCHEN SINK”.

 

And I found KELLIE MURTON featuring her “PURSE CHARM FOR MY FRIEND CARRIE”.

 

I don’t know if you remember this or not.  I have a drawer in my craft room that is full of beads and stuff.

Bead drawer

Bead drawer

I have some glass beads I purchased from Tuesday Mornings….circa 2010.

Glass beads

Glass beads

I can do things for long periods of time that only require minimal exertion.  Don’t look too closely at my looping skills on these charms I’ve made.  The first ones I made are a bit “gappy” in their spacing.  Learning a new skill has its own process.  Oh, and don’t remind me of my messy table.  I will be cleaning that off in the coming days.

Okay, here you go.  This is what I have made so far.

Pink glass

Pink glass

Pink crystals

Pink crystals

Pink texture

Pink texture

Large white

Large white

Large blue floral

Large blue floral

Blue dice, glass

Blue dice, glass

Blue glass

Blue glass

Blue textured, glass

Blue textured, glass

Red glass

Red glass

Brown glass

Brown glass

Amber cylinder, glass

Amber cylinder, glass

I have NO IDEA what the sizes of the beads are.  All I can tell you is that I’ve used 2 inch head pins to connect all the beads on a charm.  None of the beads I own have any kind of label on them that states the size or even what it is called.  Some of the beads have come from necklaces I purchased at a truck stop because I liked the colors.

I won’t be making any necklaces.  I am going to try to make some of the purse dangle things for my daughters and granddaughters for their Christmas gifts.

If you are interested in making jewelry there are tons, and I mean TONS, of videos on YouTube featuring all forms of jewelry making.

Look.  If I can put some beads together on a pin and make a loop then YOU CAN also.  Hope this has inspired you to start thinking about your Christmas gifts to friends and family.

Leslie