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.