Listen, Learn & Love

It’s been an emotional, inspirational, heart-wrenching, and heart-lifting couple of months. In the span of just a few months there has been feelings of fear, anxiety, frustration, burden, depression, anger, sadness, sorrow, tiredness, aimlessness, boredom, hopelessness, love, and joy, for many people. It’s already over halfway through 2020 and I kind of feel like we just started.

With the onslaught of COVID-19, not only have people lost their loved ones, but there has been a lot of mental and physical suffering due to it’s side affects. It’s been hard to understand and grapple with the new reality. It has also brought forth a different way of living for many people that has been insightful. Things like staying home, being with family, or taking time to just be. Seems like everyone has taken up doing puzzles, baking bread, or Marie Kondo’ing the crap out of their homes. :)

Not only has 2020 brought forth a global pandemic, it also brought forth a needed change/discussion in this country about racism. It’s so unfortunate that it has taken so many deaths to finally be having this conversation out in the open. After the death of George Floyd in Minnesota, the country took to the streets to protest and show that they are fed up with what is happening in this country. I am ready to have these discussions (and most likely make some mistakes) but I have the best intentions to support, listen, and learn from my friends and the Black community.

So in times of confusion or when I need to center myself, I gravitate back to the things that fill me with joy. I tend to go quiet while making something, and being focused calms me. I recognize that I have the luxury of this escape, and I am grateful for it. Now crafting in a pandemic doesn’t always allow for all the materials to be readily available, so lately I’ve been working with what I have. On the bright side, I’ve been using up all these supplies taking up space. :)

For this craft I wanted to do something that was about love and connecting. I didn’t think too hard about it (I tend to overthink) so this time I just started finding odds and ends and putting something together. I just starting making. I luckily had some wooden hearts stashed away in my closet (leftover from a Valentine’s Day craft.) Why not use up these materials instead of buying new ones (this is what you call Craft Kondo’ing).

It didn’t feel right to do DIY instructions on this craft, so I just included a few photos of my process. Hopefully this will inspire some other crafts in the name of love. ♥

(Above quote by Martin Luther King Jr.)

Geometric wood bead necklace

I love the geometric/fractal trend, as well as wooden crafts, so it was inevitable that I would end up doing a craft including both. I ordered these wooden beads hoping I would get them in time for my Longest Day Craft Open House but of course they showed up a few days after. Isn’t that the way? :) Nonetheless, I broke these open this week, and finished my friends long overdue birthday present. I painted a variety of colors so she can make whatever combination she likes! :) (This one is for you Panda!)

MATERIALS

Materials

TIME TO COMPLETE

Depending on how many beads you paint this DIY should take you under 30 minutes.

INSTRUCTIONS

Step 1:

Painting the beads is the fun part. :) You can paint them partially or full. The more beads you paint, the more combos of this necklace you can create! Make a combo for every outfit!

To paint the beads easily, slip a bead on the end of a skewer. Once you have your desired paint job complete, place the skewer in an upright position, and let it dry. I find that most craft paints you don’t need more than 1 coat, but some colors (like the dark ones) need 2 coats.

Step 1

Step 2:

Cut your ball chain to the length you desire. Then attach your chain connector to one end of the chain.

Step 2

Step 3

Step 3:

Once the beads are dry, attach your chain connector on one end of the ball chain. Then slip the beads onto the chain in the order you prefer.

Step 4

Now you are ready to rock the geo!

Geometric Wood Bead Necklace

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