This story should perhaps start with, "Once upon a time, there was a soulbead sister named Grace..." What is so amazing is that I've never actually met Grace, but somehow we are getting to know each other quite well through our mutual love of all things beady. This often happens with bead people - we can't seem to help ourselves. That's a long story in and of itself, but the important thing I want to share with you is that Grace has sent
the most incredible gift!
A collection of beaded cards - story cards really, each with their own theme - full of so much whimsy and delight, I just have to show them to you. Have you ever in your wildest, seen a flying butler?! What is he doing out there in the garden with the chameleon and the ladybugs?
~ Chameleon eating buzzy bug ~
Czech brown striped beads, lampwork ladybugs, faceted Prenhite beads containing rutilated inclusions
Grace made all these cards all by hand. They are hand stamped, with beads from her stash carefully stitched in place. She kindly provided me the description of the various beads since some of them I had never even seen before. Oh, be still my heart :>]
~ Hoarding hedgehogs ~
Lampwork beads: turquoise discs & clear beads with cobalt dots, Tibetan bone beads
I should let you know that I have this *thing* for hedgehogs...ever since living in England awhile back where they'd come out at night and cavort on the lawn. Took quite a strong liking to the little mites. But I didn't know that Grace knew this!
~ Sealife ~
Stick pearls, seed pearls, African-trade Chevron beads, Japanese seed beads, vintage glass Czech beads
~ Draw your own beads! ~
Japanese seed beads, German molded glass beads (long "petal" beads & turquoise scarab beads)
I can't say I've left the best for last because all of these are so, so splendid, but I just get so darn happy whenever I look at this one:
~ Hedgies in my garden ~
Peruvian hedgies (ceramic?), green turquoise (tubes & pebbles), Howlite melon beads, amethyst beads
There's just no way to have a bad day when you've got hedgies around doing this,
and when you've got wonderful, creative people in the world who shine their light on you by gifting you something so AMAZING.
But that's not quite the end of the story. The evening of the day that Grace's gift arrived, the sky put on a beautiful light show. I took this photo quite late in the evening across the veg garden. After a rainy afternoon, the sunset turned the sky all pinky-gold...and this appeared,
a double rainbow. You can just barely see the 2nd one, off to the right. I couldn't help but think of Grace's gift as my own very special *pot of gold*...