I’ve been telling people about making my 3000th necklace in August and their first reaction is “Amazing” but there is always a second and it is always “How do you know?”
When I started making necklaces 24 years ago, I told myself to run it like a business. So I bought an accountant’s notebook in which I numbered and named each necklace; listed all the beads I used and their cost; and noted my labor which I valued at $25 an hour (and still do). I’m on my fifth notebook.
It only took seven years to reach one thousand; eight years for the next thousand and nine years for the third millennium. Estimating ten years to achieve 4000, it will be in 2029 and I would be 87 years old. That is too scary to think about.
I made a necklace similar to this about 15 years ago and I found my “record shot” of it when I recently went thru my files of record shots. I stopped taking them when Instamatic cameras went out of fashion. I used the same yellow glass circle and found its twin in my circle storage box. It was love at a second sight and I had my inspiration for number 3000.
The necklace is two strands of shiny black and yellow seed beads punctuated by black onyx and opaque muted yellow beads. It is 28″ long and has an antique cone shaped button closure. The 6″ dangle features the yellow circle and a rectangle of onyx attached with matching seed bead rings. Earrings are included and are 2″ long. $109
A Max Moment
This is what Max the Labradoodle looks like without his hair. His groomer got sick and he had to wait 11 weeks. In the meantime he got all matted and had to be shaved to a stubble. I snapped this at the vets and realized he lost one pound of hair.