Here’s My Beading Story, It’s Easy, Really!

Beading? It’s Easy?  Really?

“Here’s My Beading Story, It’s Easy, Really!” you read and think, “Yeah, right!  I don’t even know where to begin!”  Maybe you want to try beading, but just don’t know if you can do it.  Well, I’m here to say, “It’s easy, really!”  If I can do it, YOU can do it.  Or maybe you are already beading jewelry & you KNOW how easy it is.  Either way…

Here’s my Beading Story.

This is me. I'm the Happy Beader. Read "My Beading Story, It's Easy!"
The Happy Beader, who discovered, “Beading, it’s Easy!”

My first time making a bracelet got me hooked.  It was so easy, I couldn’t believe it.   A friend called me up and invited me over for a beading party.  I was a little skeptical, never having done it before, but agreed.  “It’s easy, really!”  she assured me.  So I figured, “Why not give beading a try?”  She provided the beads, I picked the colors, strung them on & she showed me how to add the clasp.  My very first bracelet and it was really easy!  Easy & fun!  (Hey, we “Otter personalities” have to have fun!  If it’s not fun, it’s not worth it!)

As a child, my story was that I when I didn’t understand something in class, it was very stressful to me because the Golden Retriever Personality part of me wanted to please.  So, I worked really hard to do well.

Part of My Beading Story is that my personality is part "Golden Retriever". I care, I want to help, I'm loyal, just like Gold Retrievers.
Golden Retriever Service Dog Changes Owner’s Life. Click to read the story.

Let me explain a little more about my challenges.  My chiropractor, Dr. Rod Melvin, says I live inside the clock.  What he is referring to is the Clock Tower in Back to the Future Movie–you know the scene where the Doc has just climbed out of the Clock Tower?

My Beading Story is that I can see things from inside the clock tower (seeing the back side of the clock face) or outside the Clock Tower, like the majority.
Doc just climbed out of the clock…

Inside the tower, the clock chimed loudly but you could see the back of the clock face.

My story is that I can see things from both sides.  I can imagine being in the clock or outside–seeing it like everyone else.  Afterall, clockwise is relative to which side of the clock face you’re on!  LOL  That can be a really good thing, it helps with creativity & being able to show others how to do things in many different ways, but it also can make learning new things (like Math or even creative arts) a real challenge for me at times.  For example, when I was in Geometry class in high school, what would take others only 3 or 4 steps to prove took me 14!  My story is I just see things differently, and usually make them way harder than they really are.  But once I’ve conquered something, then I can usually explain things really well because I can see it more than one way.  Math was my biggest struggle in school, and I had many a tear over it.  BUT I worked & worked at it & even majored in it in College.   Then I went on to be a (very understanding) math tutor.  Now, as an adult, I don’t want the kind of stress I had learning math.  It’s gotta be fun.  If I don’t get it, it’s stressful!  And stress is not fun!

Okay, so what does all that have to do with to my beading story?  Read on…

After the beading party was over, I wanted to continue this fun beading story!  (Of course, right?!)  But then I found myself feeling lost in the bead store with no one to help me make good selections.  I wanted to get some beads & supplies so I could do more beading, but just didn’t know  where to begin.  My friend wasn’t an instructor, and didn’t know how to help me choose.  But that didn’t stop me!  LOL  My beading story didn’t end there!  This little otter girl was up for the adventure!

Once I had a collection of beads to play with, I did some basic stringing & loved it!  I was hooked!  I decided to try out some beading patterns.  Man, oh man!  That can be tricky for a beginner who lives “inside the clock”!   But being the determined little otter I am, I worked at it until I got it!  And is it fun!  And my beading story is, “It’s easy, really”!   You don’t have to worry–even if you are inside the Clock Tower like me!   This little otter girl is here to help!  I have beading classespatterns, kits & supplies, and even FREE Resources to help you on your way, and lots of experience in helping others.  I even schedule Gem Faire Shopping Experiences, for personal assistance.  And whether you are experienced and just want to follow the charts, or are brand new and need the step by step words & pictures, my goal has been to provide that in all of my patterns!  Granted, there may be a few that aren’t as thorough as others, but I’m here to help either way.  Just call or email me!

 

 

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Misti Cleveland has been designing jewelry for over 12 years. She loves working with crystals & developing her own patterns. She loves people & especially enjoys bead weaving, wire working, and selling her pieces at small boutiques and online. Misti Cleveland is Owner/Designer/Instructor of MistisJewelry.com. Maybe you met her at the 2014 Los Angeles County Fair, where she demonstrated her jewelry-making skills & also taught some free Make & Take Bracelets and Earrings in the DIY Design Studio at Fairplex, Pomona, CA. Her experience also includes instructing & demonstrating at Gem Faire, being a past instructor and demonstrator at Michaels stores in Chino, CA, instructing & selling her pieces at PasadenaBeadAndDesignShow.com in Pasadena, and BeadAndBoutique.com in Concord. She also designs custom jewelry for clients, offers Home Jewelry Parties & on-site classes, and has organized small boutique fund raisers for churches like Crossroads Community Church, La Habra. Misti currently teaches out of her home in Ontario, CA, at Bead It in Chino, and at Beads U Need in Anaheim as well.

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