Curse words from the craft room

20 12 2011

Last night I crafted these for my friend Judy to give as gifts to relatives this Christmas. She picked out the styles and together we figured out how to do them without instructions (eek!). I know how to make some projects, but this was my first attempt at making “cluster” beaded earrings. I just know you’ll love the first pair and if even one of you ask me to make a pair for you, I will gather my beads and head for the hills. Before I run, I will unfriend you on Facebook, screen your phone calls and block you from e-mail. You know I will.

In that first pair of earrings, each of those little beads has to be mounted on a headpin and a loop created to attach to a very, very tiny chain. When you attach them, they will fall off at least three times per bead. You will drop them on the floor, not find any of them (and pray that your cat doesn’t hoover them up), then have to start over with a new headpin, bead and loop. And when that happens often enough, you will utter words that will make a sailor blush. The process will take up more than two hours of your life. Just one pair of earrings. Two hours. (I tried to entice her with simple designs by promising to make her 20 pairs of them—she wouldn’t bite. And really, I could probably make 50 pairs of simple earrings in two hours!)

When you finish making this pair for your friend, and she says “Only two pairs to go,” you will tell her, with nary a blink from your weary eyes, that she will pick another style or suffer the consequences. And so she does, and in the process, you learn how to do two other styles that are not quite as torturous to your eyes, hands or psyche. Then you will fall asleep at 1:00 a.m. and pray that those teenagers appreciate that more than five hours went into creating these beauties, and that their aunt did not buy them at Claire’s Boutique in the mall. Even though you picked out the most complicated designs ever, I still love you, Judy.

© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved.

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7 responses

20 12 2011
barbaragarneaukelley

I have seen Cindy’s craft room. I never knew it was there…it was like a secret garden. One day she showed me what was behind that door…that wonderful craft room where Cindy creates your dreams!

20 12 2011
Molly C. Corum

Beautiful !!!!! Trust me, I do understand all the labor and creative spirit that goes into any craft projects. I treasure our friendship and won’t ask for anything!!!!!!……………..HUGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

20 12 2011
Betty Londergan

What do I have to do to get on your Christmas list???

20 12 2011
cindydyer

Just say the word (and don’t ask for that first pair of earrings! 😉

24 12 2011
RedheadedWoman

Just got around to reading this Cindy and I was laughing out loud…at your descriptive blow by blow…not at your expense 😉 I feel for you my dear. You know how I just love to WATCH you create. But I’m afraid this would have been like watching me sew. We all need some new colorful words once in awhile tho.
Miss you and hope you have a wonderful Christmas with family. Say hello for me.

1 01 2012
GlassPoet

Agree. Making that type of earring is cringe-worthy agony. It started when my daughter liked a ~$36 pair of cascade type earrings in a Fossil store. Like you, I searched similar types of earrings, studied, reverse engineered in my brain, then bought the supplies and copied. Soon, I was humming bars from the musical Oliver, “What I did for love….” I made another pair or two for a friend, and one for my store, but not any time soon again. Maybe only after a special request by people very dear to me.

As Bartleby the Scrivener would say, “I would prefer not to.”

1 01 2012
cindydyer

Hi GlassPoet! Loved your comment. After reading what song you were humming in your head, I am struggling to decide what song I would have been humming (had I been in a humming mood) when I was making those “cringe-worthy agony” earrings for my friend. The first two that come to mind are Tom Petty’s “Don’t Do Me Like That,” and the second is Johnny Paycheck’s “Take This Job and Shove It.” 😉 I’m off to look at your jewelry in your etsy store!

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