..... on a stormy winter day here at the beach with a cup of cocoa and a movie, "Julie & Julia". Inspired, I wanted to do something similar. A cookbook had been done, quite well I might add. While I enjoy cooking at times baking is more my “thing”. I decided that would be far too dangerous. Really how could I not taste test everything? Finally “light bulb”! Why not a beading book? Less calories and just think of all the great jewelry I’d have at the other end.
Next, which book? Trust me I do not suffer a shortage of choices in my library. How to choose? The book would need to challenge me, hold my attention, and look forward to the next project while I’m still in the midst of the one before. Cover to cover. I knew which book it would be, which one it should be.
While at Bead & Button this year I took Under the Mast II with Marcia and Liz. As I was beading away I asked Marcia how much she would guess just the crystals would cost if one was to bead every project in the book. Wish I had a picture of the look on her face. Those familiar with Beaded Opulence and Swarovski crystals the answer is not for the faint of heart. Somehow this is when I told her of my plan, crazy as it may seem. It had been my plan all along to talk to Marcia before going public. To my surprise and delight she liked the idea. Here’s where this story differs from Julie & Julia, I am fortunate to know Marcia. Have her as a mentor, both bead and blog (I’m much better with beads than computers so…warning, there will be a learning curve), a cheerleader, a sponsor and best of all, my friend. Thank you Marcia!
The beads are calling……..