Sunday, August 12, 2012

I'm So Lucky

Did you know I have a twin sister? Probably not. Growing up I never felt that 'twin connection' that some twins feel. We are nothing alike. Where she is a bit loud, I am more quiet. She loves sports and hates art, and I love art and hate sports. She keeps a spotless house and mine...well not so spotless. She lives about 35 miles away but comes down on Sundays to go to church, and many times we wear the exact same outfits to church--it's totally by accident! Just today, we both wore khaki Capri's and an orange shirt.

Anyway, on to the lucky part. As we were leaving for Chicago, my sister was arriving home from a fabulous trip to Africa where her family and the in laws went on a safari. Today my sister gave me a big bag of beads from there. You can see them in the photos below. And now you know why I'm feeling so lucky!


The top beads appear to be wood, and I'm not sure about the red beads, maybe glass or ceramic. And there's a huge strand of quartz beads, more wood beads, some brass beads, and those white beads are very light weight--not sure what they are. At first I thought the aqua beads were recycled beads but they actually feel like plastic. Still they are a great color. And the green beads on the left--I'm just not sure about them. They feel a bit cool to the touch making me think they are glass. They have a rustic color and feel.

19 comments:

Libellula Jewelry said...

I'm sure you're going to have a lot of fun with those. They are such a lovely assortment!

Juliette Williams said...

Wow, lucky you!! Those beads are gorgeous. I especially like the cream colored wood beads.

xoxo Juliette

Kimberly said...

The red beads are called green hearts because of the. green center, They're trade beads that are over 100 years old. How lucky you were to get a new stash additions,

Kimberly said...

and I meant to add that they are glass, probably made in Italy and then traded.

Gale said...

I want a twin! Lucky you! Have fun designing with your new beads.

Sharyl said...

Oh lucky you! There was an African jewelry store where I used to live. Loved that place!

Sharyl said...

I forgot, being a Kansan you may know the place! Africa(n) Adorned in Lawrence, KS.

13 said...

Those look fantastic, can't wait to see what you do with them

Bobbie said...

What great gifts -- a chance to see your sister on a regular basis, and the beautiful beads you got!

Jenni said...

How lovely to have a sister who brings home beads! They are gorgeous! Possibly the litle green ones are from recycled bottles? Love the red ones!!
Jenni

Mags said...

Another great 'beadsoup' you got, lucky you :-D

TesoriTrovati said...

Lucky you! I love all those beads and they would be fabulous for those who are getting inspiration from an African nation for the challenge! ;-)
Enjoy the day! Erin

richelle said...

Nice! I think the red ones are bauxite--the same type I showed on my blog that my friend gave me 10 years ago from Ghana. I actually see many of the same types of beads in your lot!

Did you ever happen to be affiliated with the Kansas Twin Association, or go to any of the twin conventions during the 80s? If so, you may know my mother and aunt; they were very involved and presidents of it or something.

There's an African jewelry store in Lawrence? darn!!!

Gallery 13 - Lela Bouse-McCracken said...

WOW! Love those beads. What a nice sister! :)

Toltec Jewels for Jewel School Friends said...

How amazing! Lucky you and what a lovely twin sister :)

Mary K. McGraw said...

Can't wait to see what you make with these beads. You definitely are lucky.

CraftyHope said...

You are a lucky, lucky girl. While your twin may not be in to beads and art and may not be much like you, she did a fabulous job picking out some beads. They're so cool!! I know you will work some magic on them!

LoriF said...

Squeee!! You lucky, lucky girl!! You must have been VERY good! :-)

Shaiha said...

Oh you are lucky! What a wonderful assortment of beads to play with especially with the rustic look so 'in' right now.