I started beading in 2006. I was the Business Office Manager for a retirement/ assisted living facility at the time. Our Activities Director held a little beading workshop for the residents and some of them made the staff gifts. I was a recipient and loved what they were doing. I’ve always been into crafts and I faught the urge for as long as I could because I knew I would fall head over heels into the beads. Well, here I am 3 years later and still loving it. My wallet isn’t, but my husband is very supportive. I frequent this site almost daily and find inspiration from all of you. I primarily use gemstones. I like to highlight the stones with bali, or hill tribe silver, swarovski crystals and pearls.