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teriann is the “Bedazzled by Beads” Contributor on Squidoo

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAToday we’re happy to introduce you to teriann. She’s our “Bedazzled by Beads” Contributor on Squidoo.

Tell us a little bit about your niche topic.
Anyone ‘Bedazzled by Beads’ is completely wild about beads and jewelry making. They can be found at bead store either off or on line every chance they get. Dreaming about beads in not uncommon.

Tell us about the moment you fell in love with your topic. Was it an immediate thing or did it happen over time?
I had always been enamored with beads, I am a crafter after all, but I never knew what to do with them.

It was the year 2000, it was a new millennium, there was a baby on the way and I was looking for a new hobby. It had to be kid friendly, easy, a no brainer, not take up much storage space and it had to be a type of hobby that when I was interrupted in the middle of a project I could come back to it and pick it right back up not missing a beat. That was TALL order.

Making beaded jewelry fell into my lap accidentally on purpose and once I became aware of it I wanted to know more. There were no classes in my area and I fought hard to learn this new hobby.

After months of struggling and once I got over the fear of failing I completed my first bracelet. That felt good….but it wasn’t until I realized my bracelet was not going to fall apart that the light bulb went off and I realized I had just discovered my new direction in life.

I love the basics and it fit every category I was trying to fill for a new hobby. I was hooked on learning more about making jewelry but what I really fell in love with was the notion of teaching others the basics so they wouldn’t have to struggle as hard as I had. That is what has kept me ‘bedazzled by beads’, the opportunity of teaching others.

Who had the most influence in your life?
My Mother owned and operated a home decor sewing business working with her hands creating her designs for clients. She freely shared her knowledge.

I got to grow up around that and work in the business.

I was around fabrics, colors, textures, lots of different supplies and tools. Mother always encouraged me to work on my ideas, buying supplies and allowing me space to explore.

Many things I learned from sewing easily translated into stringing beads and creating jewelry. It was a natural fit and not nearly as labor intense.

You’ll also find teriann at the following sites:
Bead at Home
Bead at Home on Pinterest
Bead At Home on Facebook

Robin Svedi aka rms is a Community Organizer and member of the Creative Team at Squidoo.com where her daily mission is to help lensmasters build better and more successful lenses about the things they know and love.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/kinworm kinworm

    Bedazzled by Beads is a great name for your niche topic. I love beads but I prefer to use them in fabric crafts like embroidery rather than jewelry making. Congrats on your new role :)

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/teriann teriann

      Hi kinworm, thx for your support and commenting I always enjoy acquiring a new beading buddy. I have been so engrossed in working to master my teaching and finding those that need help that I have done very little to connect with those who already know how to bead. So this was the year of change and when this opportunity fell in my lap I went for it. I love the fact that there are so many different facets to beading and embellishing on fabric is a great avenue. We need to talk, I would enjoy featuring you to my audience. I merely share the basics to beginners, introducing tools, techniques and lots of tips, where they take it after that is up to them but I love being part of that beginning process.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/Brite-Ideas Brite-Ideas

    congratulations on heading up this area!

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/teriann teriann

      Thx for your support and cheering me on…it continues to be a work in progress reaching as many new beginners as I can and having such a supportive group validates why I keep doing what I do. Thx again.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/Lewisgirl Lewisgirl

    You are well qualified for this niche. I love to bead and will read your lens on the subject.

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/teriann teriann

      Thx for your kind words, I love connecting with other beading enthusiast. Would enjoy connecting up and exchanging stories and featuring what you have done with your love for beading.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/Sylvestermouse Sylvestermouse

    Jewelry making has always fascinated me! I love beads and I have always wanted to learn how to make the more intricately detailed American Indian jewelry. Congratulations on becoming our Bedazzled by Beads Contributor. I definitely look forward to reading what you share.

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/teriann teriann

      it amazes me and baffles me at the same time how these little things as beads can be so incredibly fascinating. Thx for your support and glad you stopped by, will look fwd to connecting up.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/grammieo grammieo

    Great Beginnings for you and congratulations on your new role! I’m looking forward to following your niche and see what comes out of it, who knows it may start me on another hobby too!

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/teriann teriann

      You’re so sweet and come on in, the beading water is fine. Don’t hesitate to ask any question you may have, if I don’t know the answer, [and there are a lot of them] then let’s find it out together.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/Judy_Filarecki Judy_Filarecki

    I’ve just started getting into beading so I’ll appreciate any knowledge I can gain from your lenses.

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/teriann teriann

      So glad to have you in the beading community and I always enjoy making new beading buddies. I would love to connect up and talk basics.

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/teriann teriann

      So glad to have you in the beading community and I always enjoy making new beading buddies. I would love to connect up and talk basics.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/MSchindel MSchindel

    Teri, you’re already off to a fabulous start with this fun niche topic! So glad we’ll be collaborating with our related jewelry making niche promotion. Congratulations!

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/teriann teriann

      Ditto MSchindel…I’ve already learned so much just from what little we have gotten to chat. I am so looking fwd to growing our topics of interest together. Thx for connecting and congrats on your ‘bangles, baubles and beads’ contributor assignment.

      • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/MSchindel MSchindel

        Thanks so much, Teri! The feeling is mutual. :)

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/lisa-reynolds-359126 lisa-reynolds-359126

    Fab article. :-)

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/teriann teriann

      Thx for stopping by and cheering me on. It means more than you know. Getting such kind comments just validates why I do what I do. Beaded Blessings.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/RenaissanceWoman2010 RenaissanceWoman2010

    The best things in life seem to be those “accidentally on purpose” things. We are so fortunate to have you sharing your talent. Congrats on your feature and all that you are accomplishing by applying your gifts here.

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/teriann teriann

      Thx for your support and kind words, I have found that my greatest inspiration comes from what others share. It reminds me why I do what I do and love it so much. It’s a truly beaded blessing.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/SherwinG SherwinG

    Congratulations.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/SherwinG SherwinG

    Congratulations.

    • http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/teriann teriann

      Thx for stopping by and reading a bit about my corner of the world. I appreciate the support.

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