I have been destashing beads for the last four days and it’s creatively delightful. There is something liberating about having the only goal to be using what you have and not overthinking the designs in which you’re using them.
Some of my beads go back at least a decade (if not more) of sitting in an air tight container and not seeing the light of creative day.
The destash challenge has made me look through everything I have and make quick decisions about what needs to go first.
For the first week of the challenge, my default was jewelry so the bead destash has been going full bore. I already blogged about Destash Day 1 and Destash Day 2, but then realized it was probably more interesting just to do a weekly round up.
And I must be getting a little punchy because I thought the homonym of “for” and “four” is quite funny since I will be sharing what I’ve made for the last four days.
Without further adieu, below are the most recent creations and soon-to-be additions to the Goods Giving Back marketplace.
Destashing Beads Four Days
These mother of pearl beads are some of my favorites and I want to make sure to offer a variety of styles so everyone can find something they like. The smaller necklaces are hung from a cable chain while the piece with three beads is hung from a curb chain to give it a chunkier, fashionable look.
Earrings are often the easiest things for me to make, but they are also the things for which I second guess my designs most. For these four pairs, I polled my peanut gallery and got a thumbs up for each pair. I originally bought the striped green beads to make mini dumbbells for Words to Sweat by. After making some earring sets, I realized they were better suited for elementary school girls or middle schoolers.
The rainbow beads are some of my favorites and I only have a limited quantity since they’re no longer available. They are my teeny, tiny contribution to let someone declare that LOVE WINS.
After working on the earrings, it was time to add some bracelets to the mix. I also had some fun with the little evil eye beads and made some funky rings. The earth-toned beads are painted wood so they’re super lightweight.
I felt like I was on a roll with the bracelets so for day six I decided to make some simple, everyday designs along with some more evil eye rings I’m going to use for a giveaway.
Destashing Beads Is Done For Now
While it’s been fun making jewelry every day, my fabric stash is feeling a little jealous so now it’s time to tackle some of the sewing projects that have been calling to me.
Share The Goods
What kinds of things do you make with your fabric stash? And if you’re not into sewing, what kinds of handmade products do you like to purchase? I want to make sure to stock the marketplace with your favorites!