After last week's lackluster sales and collection of visiting weirdos to the shop, I decided to beat those blues back with my best buddy. Yes, our own VIP (very important puppy), Chico. She always puts a smile on my face. Even though its been a busy day, its been really nice to have hug here and there from someone who cares for you unconditionally.
I've been working on our accessories nook for a couple days now. New scarves in, a tote bag here and there...and lots and lots of jewelry.
I made these; Native American brick stitch earrings. I've actually made these off and on since high school (we don't have to talk about how long ago that was). They were a bit of the rage back then and I remember begging my mother to take me to the bead shop in this nearby speck of a town called Lacombe, Louisiana. I'm not sure how I knew this was the place to find out how to make these pretty earrings...it turned out to be, yes, somewhat of a bead shop but also the home of a young Native American woman (who I thought was just lovely with long thick black hair). Of course, I must have been the hundredth adolescent girl that had landed on her doorstep in reference to these earrings. We came all that way and she was pretty put out; told us "no" she didn't have any books, patterns, or supplies. I must of just looked heartbroken, and perhaps it convinced her I was honestly interested. Exasperated, she said "just wait" and went to the back of the house and retrieved a small booklet. I've treasured it for years.
It takes me about two to three hours to make a pair; I'm not sure I should admit that I'm such a slow poke. Most of these were made while I was pregnant and it was good fun when I couldn't do much of anything else. Currently these are available in store; if I can find the time, I'll add them to my Etsy shop.