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.