I'm curious, when and how did the beading obsession take control of your life? Or, are you one of the unlucky ones that can just make the odd bit of jewellery and put it away for a while. Have beads completely taken over your home? Do your friends roll their eyes as soon as you mention the 'b' word? - I'd love to hear your comments, and your story!
I'll go first - grin
I'm pretty sure it started somewhere around the time I was 14 - 16. There used to be a bead shop in Scarborough called the Nautilus. It was fairly close to my home, and one day my mom and I popped in to see what they had. Well, I was hooked right upon entering. They had tons of cabs, and semi precious beads, bins of rocks that you could glue into those cheap expandable bales. I picked up a stash of semi precious beads, and a bead stringing/knotting book. I'm pretty sure we went right home, and I don't think I emerged from my room except to show off my newest necklace for about 2 days!
Over the years, my obsession has only expanded. I've done silversmithing, metal clay, lampwork beads, seedbeads....you name it, if it's remotely bead related I've tried it. Lampworking and metal clay are my current true jewelry related passions. Aack...I have others too :-)
So, What's your story?