Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by Jane Cruz
on Wednesday, November 27, 2013

This 'Beading Pal' by Ezel Findings came in very handy at piano lessons this week.
My family and I will be among the 4.3 million American’s expected to travel during the Thanksgiving holiday! Luckily I have only a three-hour drive (189 miles) to go, but unfortunately, I have to do the driving so that’s six hours (there and back) that I can’t work on my projects. However, I do plan to bead once I get there so I’ve already started packing my tools and supplies. Funny how I haven’t begun to start preparing the food I’m taking! A girl’s gotta have priorities, you know. Over the last few years of beading-on-the-go, car, train, plane, on the sidelines during soccer, swimming, piano, and dance lessons, I’ve commandeered a number of household items, like toolboxes, totes, briefcases, etc. to serve as portable bead studios. This year as I travel, I'm trying out a genuine made-for-beading case! This particular case is the Beading Pal from Ezel Findings and I've already used it during piano lessons this week and found it very helpful and convenient.

The other exciting news is that during this holiday weekend, I’ll be working on three projects for the April issue of Bead&Button Magazine (the Beading Pal is going to get a workout over the next four days!). One is a gorgeous soutache pendant/brooch designed by Amee K. Sweet McNamara, one is a Design Workshop featuring a lovely patterned beaded bead designed by Pamela Jensen, and the final one is a really clever triangle bangle designed by Eleanna Zegkinoglou. I can’t wait to see how they turn out!

Another bit of beading news that is particularly relevant this time of year is that last night I was in Michaels Arts & Crafts store, and the glass ornament bulbs were 40% off. I picked up a couple of boxes because beaded ornaments make excellent gifts. Check out our collection of ornament projects here.

My daughter is very proud of the ornament wreath she just made! Isn't is beautiful?
While not necessarily bead-related, I wanted to share a great holiday project with you. My eight-year old daughter and I made this beautiful wreath that we are taking home to give to my mom. We watched this video by Naomi Fujimoto, Editor of Bead Style Magazine to learn what supplies we needed and how to tackle this project. The results exceeded my expectations. To my surprise, my daughter didn't burn herself, or me, with the hot glue gun and the wreath is so beautiful. My mom's going to love it.

Happy Thanksgiving!

--Jane

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