Wednesday, October 5, 2011

One Bead At A Time

I am a beader. I make beautiful earrings and necklaces. I'm going to give Lene Hessner and Becky Steritz a run for their money!


I really want to learn how to make my own jewelry. But, as usual, I got the cart before the horse last Saturday and decided to buy some beads. I actually decided to buy ONE bead for "my collection". (My collection of zero.)

Donna thought I had gone insane. We went to the bead store where I soon learned that it's difficult to buy one bead, so THE-NEW-ME-WHO-TRIES-TO-THINK-BEFORE-ACTING didn't buy any.

It was a watershed moment. A turning point in my personality development. A miracle.

Of course, I did have Donna, one of my rocks, with me. She's seen the spontaneous I-want-to-do-this-and-I-want-to-do-it-now behavior before. In fact, though she won't admit it, she's been an active participant.

A few years ago, Donna and I saw a friend's set of beautiful wine glasses decorated with thick wire and flat marbles.

.................................Kind of like this......................

That night, we went to Hobby Lobby and bought wine glasses, flat marbles, wire, and wire cutters.

Approximately three years later, I threw the flat marbles into my rock garden and just pulled the wine glasses out of the box and started using them. The wire and wire cutters went to wherever lost single socks, my grandmother's wedding ring, and my Cinderella watch from when I was five live.

Last Christmas, I decided to crochet mufflers for Tyler and Donna. (Now, I have to stop at this point and ask you, do you call the long crocheted or knitted things you put around your neck in the winter a muffler or a scarf? I grew up calling it a muffler. Barb Barber won't quit correcting me and giving me grief about it.)

Anyway, I bought nice soft brown yarn for Tyler's muffler, beautiful sparkly black yarn for Donna's muffler, and three different sizes of crochet needles.

Then, I realized that I didn't know how to crochet.

So, in my closet is the Hobby Lobby bag with the yarn and needles. Just waiting for someone who knows what they're doing.

What does this have to do with eating?

I am a starter of things.
I start craft projects.
I start gardens.
I start budgets.
I start diaries.
I start diets.
I start exercise plans.

I am not a follow-througher.

How does one develop the trait of follow-throughism?

I'm going to try to figure that out.

If you've got any ideas, let me know.



  1. you get some one to follow through with you...duh!

    i'm a really good follow-througher about some things (fun things).

    others (exercise, diets, blogs) not so much.


  2. Yes, it is another name for a scarf, usually heavier than regular scarfs.

  3. Jen, I am too. I am horrible about making goals and not following through. One day I realized why. I'm used to failure. I'm used to "being the fat girl" or "having an obstacle". In short, I was afraid to succeed.

    I think the way to get past it is to start with small goals that you KNOW you can achieve. Start seeing the small successes (even if it's just to make sure that a certain "chore" is done before you go to bed every night) and you will get addicted and WANT to do the bigger things.

    Oh, and it's a scarf.

  4. I'm going to start a poll, y'all.
    So far...
    muffler 1
    scarf 1

    And Tara, you're a Texan!
    Ask Damon. Maybe it was just people on our block that called them mufflers!! ;-)

  5. OK, first of all, a muffler is the tubular thing you put your hands in on sleigh rides.

    Secondly, you just described me with all the starting and not finishing.

    Christy (Elisa's friend)

  6. Muffler:
    n. 1. A heavy scarf worn around the neck for warmth.
    2. A device that absorbs noise, especially one used with an
    internal-combustion engine.
    The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition

    P.S. The tubular thing is a "muff."