Tuesday, October 14, 2008

A Family Affair

One of the toys I bought for my daughter, Katie, when she was tiny was some large baby beads that pop together. When she was a bit older, I bought her some very large acrylic beads with a large hole so she could learn to string. A couple of months before she turned 4, I had some girlfriends over, one being one of her teachers in preschool. We were beading, and Katie told her teacher that she wanted to make a "real" necklace, so I sat her down, got her some beads from my stash, cut her a length of wire, and waited for the constant interruptions and complaining that she couldn't get the wire in the hole. A while after, she calls out "I'm done", and much to my astonishment, her string is strung, not one complaint, not one bead dropped, nothing but a completed necklace. From then on, she had her own beads ;)

My husband, James, already worked with chain mail, and had bought a book on wire jewelry, which he put away along with several other hobbies. When he brought up the subject of wire jewelry again, I bought him a jig and some wire and another book, and so far he is really enjoying it. I hope no one clues him in to all the work I will want him to do for me, though I've already gotten a necklace and earring set out of the deal. He made the links, I just designed it :D


Crickets Creations Handknit Scarves said...

What a great family--and I'm totally jealous of Katie's name! I used to always try and get people to call me "Katie" and the nickname never stuck...must be because I was meant to be called "Crickets," which I like just as well. :)
Celeste (Crickets)

J. Leigh Designz said...

WTG getting your hubby involved LOL! My hubby would NEVER craft!

MrsThunder said...

Thanks for the posts! Katie is as feisty as Kate from Taming of the Shrew, but so sweet as well.

I have to admit I have had luck in finding someone that shares many of my interests, plus he is a great guy ;) a guy nonetheless, but a good one :D

MrsThunder said...

Note to self: Never put the wire necklace haphazardly into your purse pocket. It will get tangled up in itself and will need the patient hand of another to untangle it ;)