Who knew a simple request for charity could inspire a new obsession?


The American Cancer Society's Coutre for Cancer event always has great ideas to get people involved. Last year, they asked several leading women in the community to hand-paint ceramic shoe vases to be auctioned at the event. I was among those taking part and getting in touch with my creative side - with the help of the talented folks at Potwin Pottery.


This year, the request came in to create an original piece of jewelry. "Fun!" was my first thought. I've never made jewelry before, but it sounded like something I might enjoy. Kim Scott is coordinating the effort and is offering her assistance at any time. But this weekend, I was walking through a clearance aisle at a local store and spotted a jewelry kit. It was so inexpensive, I thought it wouldn't be a bad way to get my feet wet before launching into my auction-worthy creation.


Sunday afternoon, my husband and father-in-law went outdoors to so some labor-intensive project while I set about inside stringing beads. It was fabulous - all sparkling blues and crystal! I ended up with a lovely four-strand necklace. I tied up the strands together, dabbed them with a spot of glue, and cinched them into the cover. The guys came back inside and I held up my masterpiece for my husband to see. I'd say there was a crash, but tiny seed beads don't really make a crashing noise - the string from one of my strands wasn't tied in like I thought it was, and it fell out, sending beads scattering across the floor. We spent a half-hour on hands and knees crawling around to collect them all. And now I have a lovely three-strand necklace!


Don't worry - Coutre for Cancer isn't until April 18th so I have plenty more time to practice! And I will be. Days after my debacle, I found myself in the bead aisle of a craft store, dazzled by all I saw with no idea how to use most of it! Ladies, be sure to contact the American Cancer Society office in Topeka for your ticket to the event to raise money for a good cause - and see what are sure to be some one-of-a-kind show stoppers!


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