Do your beads make up on the bead board overnight?

Beading is a process.

You hardly know when inspiration will hit, or what will trigger it.
Take the necklace in this picture, for instance.

Sister-in-law Molly gifted these special medals to me a year ago during one of our visits to Kansas City. The little treasures lived in my stash.

I found the best little tin bracelet with 18 crosses at an estate sale. Naturally I added it to my stash although I didn’t immediately connect it to the medals.

Another friend who continues to encourage my beading habit brought me a plastic bag of colored jasper. Oblongs. Ovals. Tiny squares.

One day my mind screen flashed a picture of a charm necklace that combined medals and crosses.

Why hadn’t I thought of that before? Quickly I pulled the pieces together.

The bead board smoked. “Pray with ME” was born.

“Pray with ME” has seven 2-1/2-inch charms on the outside strand and nine tiny crosses on the inner. The third strand in the middle has no charms, so it lays smoothly. The matching earrings add to the overall presentation.

It’s interesting to see how women react to this necklace. I passed it around a circle of a dozen women and watched as each person fingered a different medal. (ME, I like St. Anthony, patron of lost causes.)

I’m also intrigued by the energies a necklace generates: friends, relatives, memories, emotions…

Anyway, some necklaces like “Pray with ME” make themselves. That’s MY story, and I’m sticking to it.

What do you think?