I like to use creativity to release stress. In the past, I have tried Japanese painting, scrapbooking (creating some amazing pages that took sometimes 2-3 hours to finish), and, of course, writing. Though I am not done with writing (just on extended hiatus), I was unable to perfect painting, and became bored with scrapbooking after several years of dedicated page-making.
Recently, though, I decided that I wanted to try my hand at jewelry-making. I bought some basic supplies -- beading wire, cute beads, tools and clasps, and created these basic pieces for my nieces for Christmas.
Since then, I have learned a few more techniques and refined my creations a bit. I can now create necklaces with more than one strand, bracelets with stretch cord, and I am in the process of making a beaded watch band for my step-daughter. Here are a couple of bracelets and a necklace that I made for my mom.
She and I went shopping and she picked out the beads and wire with my assistance. The local store had some awesome bead selections on clearance, like the lovely purple-black clear bead with a white "shadow" inside that she chose for her necklace. Such an unusual, unique bead, and at an amazing price. I love sales!
Of course, jewelry-making wouldn't be complete without one or two for me, like this bracelet...
...as well as a few to sell, to hopefully support my new habit...er, hobby.
A little tip if you're looking for a great bead storage case and don't want to spend a fortune: head to the fishing department at Walmart or Target, and purchase a plastic fishing case with removable inserts. I found several in clear plastic with dark blue inserts and chose a large one for $5.99 (there were smaller ones as well); a similar "bead case" at JoAnn's with the same functionality was at least twice that price. With the one I purchased, you can adjust the inserts how you wish to accommodate larger or smaller quantities or sizes of beads.
Now if only educating a smart 9 y/o boy with Asperger's was so easy.
Tomorrow on Social Stories: the dreaded IEP meeting and change of placement -- what it all means.