Here's one of my fave get-togethers, guaranteed to provide loads of laughter and escape for an evening or two. Plan your own Bead Along. Get together with your beady pals and play. Whether you can meet once a week or once a month, commit to a six-session schedule. Your first session is the planning phase. Everyone brings their favorite beading books and magazines and you decide which project to start. This is the hardest part! There's a deeply rewarding bonding process that takes place when you're all in the same boat, making the same project, muddling through the trials and tribulations of a new bead stitch together! The more advanced folks can alter the pattern/project if desired.
Once you decide on a project, get all your supplies and materials. Order everything together so you get a better price on larger quantities than placing separate orders.
The theme for your Bead Along can be warm and sunny such as Tropical Breeze or Sandy Beaches. Put umbrellas in your drinks (even if it's ice tea) and munch on delish Coconut Shrimp (see recipe below), apply self tanning lotion and start beading.
Here's a great design idea for wine charms to get you going on your first Bead Along project! Have fun!
These crispy shrimp are rolled in a coconut beer batter before frying. For dipping sauce, I use orange marmalade, mustard and horseradish mixed to taste.
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"Loved the ideas and loved, loved, loved the recipe! ;-)"
"What a great idea! I love this article and the recipe was a very nice bonus! Thank you!"
"It was fun to read about. I wish I had more time to devote to my beading and beading friends. This is great for people who love to bead and have lots of free time. Unfortunately, that's not me. I run a nonprofit breast cancer organization that I founded 23 years ago, with my first diagnosis, and it's a 24/7 job for life. I will say that my Bosom Buddies group loves to bead and about once a year we make pink bracelets to sell to support the group. For me, beading is my therapy and it brings in some much needed dollars for Bosom Buddies."
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