Bead Journal Project

Saturday, May 26, 2012

May Bead Journal Project

I have about depleted my cancer experience ideas.  I am ready to move on.  I  do think it has been a good thing to turn some not so pleasant memories into something beautiful.  One of the last things I wanted to portray with a necklace was the whole issue of chemo brain.  When several people start a conversation with "I don't know if you remember..." you know you have a problem.  I confess to be a little dingy at times before chemotherapy but this took it to a whole new level.  It was like a severe case of attention deficit disorder.  I started collecting elephants and had a whole variety of different types and sizes.  Elephants are usually associated with wisdom and good memory.  I thought they were a good symbol of my lack of either one.  Once again some ideas didn't work.  I will have to consider that I may be too picky. 

The choker is a Russian spiral.  I really like the stitch because it provides a lot of opportunities for color play.  Once I had my new photography space set up I decided to try different types of props.  The wooden bowl was from a gift from a friend in Africa so I thought it was appropriate.  I intended to put more elephants on it but I seem to have forgotten..


  1. Another wonderfully beautiful piece. the spiral beaded chain is gorgeous and I love the elephant pendant. Anyone looking at it will just see a beautiful piece of jewellery, yet for those of us who have read your post it says so much about your experience. Fantastic!

  2. Thank you for sharing your journey. Love the latest necklace. You do wonderful work. Happy Beading

  3. Beautiful! Dont' I know about "brain fog"! Isn't it frustrating when it happens in front of people! But it's just a matter of time before all of them become old enough to face the same challenge! Thank you for sharing so much about you.

  4. Thanks, Anne-Marie. I hope you are doing well. I think about you often.