One of the things that I have learned throughout my life is that stress brings out the worst (and usually the nastiest) snarky sarcasm to come out of my mouth. This year however, has been a humbling experience for me in my personal life, as I have struggled with a new health issue that I would not wish on my worst enemies (well, maybe my ex-husband, but that’s another story!), and not only has it taught me to value each day – each minute of each day as a gift, it has taught me extraordinary fortitude through some very unstable emotional moments.
When my granddaughter was born in August, 2014, I spent every day at my daughter’s house to help her out with the new baby a.) so she could get some rest and get her regular household chores done; and b.) so I could spend as much time as possible with my new little Doodlebug! Once my daughter decided to go back to work, we agreed that I would continue to keep my granddaughter at her house. It was just that much more convenient for both me, my daughter, and my granddaughter, to be around all her things already there, rather than lug them back and forth to my house, and I did NOT want her in daycare, especially that young! When my grandson was that age, they lived a couple of hours away, so I missed out on a lot of his baby “firsts” and I just was not about to with my Doodlebug!
I would spend her nap times beading and crocheting, and all was well with the world. Then, during the holiday break in January when my grandson was also home with me, I had a Grand Mal seizure just totally out of the blue. Not exactly what I wanted my five-year old grandson to have to witness – ever. Yet he has witnessed three since then. Since that day I was having seizures regularly, not all of them that big, but still seizing nonetheless. I couldn’t get a diagnosis, was going from doctor to doctor, and was becoming very depressed.
A friend of mine suggested that I take my feelings out in my beading, and the next thing I knew, I had a lovely outline of a butterfly drawn out on some Lacy’s Pattern Sheets which are wonderful in bead embroidery for transferring your designs to your backing. You just draw out your design and then print it out on these sheets, then stick it on your backing and sew your beads directly to it. Once your are done, you just gently pull away any excess. For those of you like me who just aren’t that great at freeform beading (I’m WAY too OCD!) these sheets are a lifesaver! Anyway, I read about them on a blog or webpage somewhere and just knew I had to have some, but the only place that I could find that carries them is Lima Beads. They are great to deal with, and get their orders out super fast!
So anyway, butterflies are my “thing” anyway (just ask my tattoo artist! ha!) and they also happen to represent the hope and courage of seizure sufferers. I found one that I liked, traced it over to the Lacy’s paper via my inkjet printer and voila’! I had my pattern! I then attached it to my absolute FAVORITE bead backing, Nicole’s Bead Backing. You can also find her on Etsy here, where she is running some GREAT specials on combo packs of her bead backing with matching ultrasuede and/or soutache supplies.
Purple is pretty much the universal awareness color for any kind of seizure disorder, whether it is epilepsy or not. That’s just fine with me, because it is my favorite color anyway! In this piece I used practically every color purple delica carried in my LBS, plus some I ordered, along with ALL my purples in regular seed beads! There are beads ranging in size from 8/0 – 15/0, and in shapes of delica, rocaille, hex, triangle, and charlotte’s. I even used a few bugles here and there. For accents, I used some Swarovski flat back stones in crystal ABX2. They represent my little glimmers of hope of coming out of all this seizure mess!
Seizure suck. There is just no other way to describe it. What makes it a million times worse is having your young grandchild witness it happen not just once, but multiple times. I will get past this. I am on medication to regulate it, and they think they even might know not exactly what is causing them, but why I have them when I do. Al I know is opened up a brand new expanded horizon in bead embroidery for me, who was new to that ballgame anyway.
I love bead embroidery, and currently am working on several projects. After all, a beader never has just one project going on! I plan on participating in the Dry Gulch Beads & Jewelry December Color Challenge and this month I intend on doing a little bead embroidery in my challenge. I will post the finished results at the end of the month. For those of you who have never entered their challenge, it is great fun, and the 1st place winner receives a $50 gift certificate to their website/store and $25 to the 2nd place winner. All you have to do is use ALL the colors in the color palette for their challenge. That’s it. It doesn’t even matter what medium your entry is. You could even enter cupcakes!
I hope everyone is having a great holiday season! I also hope you found the tutorial from last week on Chenille Stitch easy to follow! I promise there are more tutorials coming, so head over to the that email subscriber box so you can get it first in your email inbox! As always, I love hearing from you, so please leave me a comment about what you are beading, crocheting, a recipe, or whatever! Send your sarcasm memes to me at email@example.com and I promise they will be used in a future posting with full credit going to you!
Until next time, stay smart, or stay smart sassy!