Early July Morning, Cocoa Beach, Florida

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Beaded Bookmarks

If you are looking for Bead Soup 8, click here to see what I made.

School is about to end and so is Seminary. I have had such a wonderful experience getting up and teaching five wonderful high school students before they head to school each morning...and I am NOT being sarcastic!

Each school day morning from 6:30 to 7:20 a.m. we get together and study the scriptures. This year it has been the Book of Mormon. I have learned so much, and my testimony has grow quite a bit too! Next year they will study the Old Testament. 

We were suppose to be finished this Friday, but due to the "wonderful" weather we had this winter, we have 13 snow days to make up, so we still have a couple more weeks.  

I know these two weeks will go by quickly, and I knew I wanted to do something special for these kids. 
I've been making a lot paper beads lately, and thought about what I could make with them that both boys and girls would like and maybe even use. Bookmarks! I decided to put their initials on one end and a paper bead on the other. 

I hung some charms on each end too. I wanted them to be different and decided to make them in their favorite colors. Only one of my girls didn't really have a ONE fav color, so I picked the purply/pink paper bead and used different color seed beads for the shank.
Two of the students will be graduating from high school and heading off on a mission soon...one of them has already received his call to Las Vegas Spanish speaking. I had a couple of 2000 charms left over from the year 2000...14 years ago!!! lol I had wondered what to do with them, and it came to me, I'll just use them on these bookmarks, representing the 2000 Stripling Warriors. This story can be found here.
After I was finished, I made my mom one. Her favorite color is red, so, she is getting a red one.
Look closely at one of the charms...it is of the Apollo 11 Lunar Module. My dad is a retired NASA engineer and he worked on all the Apollo's. We have a lot of memorabilia from that time frame, and I thought Mom might like this.
Did you know MOM upside down is WOW! lol
Then I thought of my two Pam friends. We do a lot together, YMCA classes, stitch group, and dulcimer group. Someone came up to one of my Pam friends and asked if she was "The Terry of the Pams." We just laughed. I guess we are famous, lol
 Well, I decided to make them each one. Soon (if I can ever get this house sold), I will be moving back to Louisiana. I'm sure going to miss these gals! I wanted to give them something to remember me by.
I'm planning to get an etsy account as soon as I get moved and settled. Everyone keeps telling me I should.  I love making things, but I don't need it all, so I dabble right now in making beaded stuff for my friends and family. It would be nice to start selling it and then I can make more!

By the way, sorry for some of the poor photography. I was having a heck of a time with the lighting. I just wanted to get this done and posted today before I had to head out...so bad photography it is. At least you can get an idea of what these bookmarks look like...

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