Saturday, January 16, 2010

Brunch for Patty; A Day At the Bead Shop!

When Patty comes to brunch she always comes bearing fresh flowers!

I got up early and got the house in order, and brunch started before Patty arrived...

Set the table with nice linens, Valentine coasters, mother's cut glass and grandma's china...put out the juice, jam, cream cheese, yogurt with fresh fat blue berries...warm cinnamon and raisin bagels, and hot herbal tea... When Patty came in I only had to make the omelet. Here she is nicely telling Henry she knows it smells good but sorry, nothing there for him.

omelet is with mushrooms, green onions, avocado, fresh spinach, cheddar cheese

On full stomachs we leave for the bead shop where we get individual attention as we start our first ever projects...Dave, who works there and is quite the artist, helps Patty get started.

Here Dave is showing me the art of making a loop in my wire

Diane, who was just there on her day off to bead herself, spent more time assisting Patty and me. Here she is teaching me how to back thread my wire through the bead again to attach larger beads to my longer necklace.

The shop was a hub bub of activity all day long with men and women coming and going, getting instruction, picking out beads, sitting down and making jewelry. The woman in this photo behind Patty in the red sweater sat down at the table across from me and I immediately recognized her.

She told me her name. I graduated high school with her and was seeing her for the first time in 50 years!

Here on the table were all the tools we had at our disposal to use.

After five long hours Patty was quite proud of her endeavors! She made a most beautiful delicate necklace using lovely, lovely beads.

Just about done now!

My beads are from a friends recent visit to Kenya. The square ones and the larger ones in front and the turquoise ones are all from Kenya. The others also are bone beads from Africa.

And I am proud to say I wire wrapped the large beads myself!

And then we were done, time to go home and Patty turns to me and tells me she made her necklace...........................for me!

What are you going to do with a best friend like this?

Thanks again, Patty.

You shouldn't have.

And I love it!



  1. It's instantly apparent that you and Patty have the most special friendship. So glad you had the happiest of days together

    Carolyn x

  2. Wow, that is a beautiful documentary of such a lovely day shared between two friends! The beadwork came out great too!

  3. What great fun and love your new necklaces!!!!! GOOD friend!!!!!

  4. You know you can tell a person about a day you had but adding these pictures just makes it that much more real. I feel like I was there with you having all that fun. What a great place he has. Smart business man giving lessons and getting one hooked on beading. :) You and Patty both made such lovely necklaces. Patty is a very special & good friend as are you. Glad to see you nurture & treasure each others friendship. Thanks for sharing.

  5. What alovely day!
    So nice to share friendship like this and do fun things together.
    And how cool to meet an old schoolfriend!
    So sweet Patty gave you her beautiful necklace!
    Good to see you so happy!

  6. I smiled to think of you spending the day like that, with a good friend. And the photos, yes, made the day come alive for me. My new therapist says I am missing times like this and need to nuture my friendships.

  7. what a great idea to spend the day like that with a best friend..I'll have to talk mine into it

  8. Sounds like a perfect day; friend, food, creating and wonderful gift.

  9. Wow what a lovely day you and Patty had together. Thanks for taking us along. What beautiful jewelry you made too!

  10. You are mightly blessed. It is obvious that you two had a marvelous day together.

  11. It was, she is, we's great!

  12. What a great friend! You know, all Patty's are like that. LOL. I loved your African beads and you did a great job wrapping them.

  13. What a cool day & what a great friend - thanks for sharing! What fun you two had!


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