Saturday, January 28, 2012

Taking the Plunge

My Bead Room
I've finally decided to take the plunge and start a blog.  It's a little overwhelming to tell you the truth -- there's so much to tell, I don't even know where to start.  I guess the beginning is as good a place as any.

I've been a crafty sort for as long as I can remember and my entrepreneurial spirit has been alive and kicking almost as long.  Even as a small kid, I was thinking of businesses I could launch.  My first entrepreneurial endeavor was in the field of entertainment.  I rounded up my brother and the neighborhood kids, put together a script for a show, set up a theater in the carport (after asking all the neighbors to move their cars), and charged all the adults to come see us give our Oscar-worthy performances.  Well, OK maybe not Oscar-worthy but if you saw my little brother with the Hawaiian grass skirt on his head like a wig, and him singing Tiptoe Through the Tulips, you would have sworn it was Tiny Tim live and in person.  I was 11 at the time.

From there, it was one venture after another -- some stories I'll save for a future post.  My first jewelry venture was in the 70's when I was living in San Francisco and going to high school.  I was into macrame at the time and was making everything from plant hangers to chokers.  My beaded chokers were pretty nice and didn't require a big financial investment.  After perfecting my technique, I took a handful of my chokers down to Ghiradelli Square and found a small hippy boutique that would suit my merchandise.  The owner was just what you would picture for that time and place - she had long, straight hair, long flowy skirt with a loose cotton shirt, and sandals.  I can't remember her name now but she loved my chokers and bought them all.  I made and sold chokers for a year or so until I tired of it (or maybe I was distracted by the boyfriend d'jour, I don't remember).

Fast forward 30+ years and I've re-discovered the magic of beads.  I can't really explain the passion I have for this craft but I find it immensely satisfying to take a small pile of beads and make something beautiful out of them.  Even more rewarding is seeing people (friends, family, and customers) wear and enjoy my work.

Well, now you know where it all started.  The question is, where will it go from here?  Through my blog, I will share my adventure with you all and I'll share a few stories from my past.  I've got lots of other fun things planned (give-aways, contests, challenges, etc) so buckle your seatbelt and let's get this show on the road.


  1. Congratulations and best wishes! Blogging can be very rewarding for you as well as all your future readers. May you always be excited to share your art. Cheers, Dawn

  2. Cheryl, I am so impressed that you were able to sell your designs way back in high school! Can't believe its taken you all this time to get back to your passion, but, speaking as one of the friends who is loving wearing your work, bravo. Good luck with your blog and your business. Love you! (P.S. I use my middle name for blog commenting. aka Wendy Karen)

  3. Congratulations on your blog and sharing your stories and passion with the rest of us! I've always had a knack for the crafty things, so I can relate. I wish the best of luck as you venture into this new chapter of Get Your Bead On !!

  4. I can't wait to hear all the stories! It's been exciting watching you develop Get Your Bead On and all the advancements in such a short period of time. I see this being an incredible business adventure for you. You definitely have the talent and the creative vision for design. Best of luck! Cassandra

  5. Congratulations on your business and your new blog! I wish you much success and I hope you enjoy blogging. Great first post :) Debi