I've always heard that admitting you have a problem is the first step in curing an addiction.
Well, here goes...My name is Kathy and I'm a Jewel-aholic!
I blame it partially on my sister-in-law, Susan. A couple of months ago, she hooked me up with her "dealer" who buys up the whole lot of loot at estate sales, pulls out the precious metal items and then sells off the remaining bits and pieces to addicts like myself.
I can't resist the allure of shiny metal, the sparkle of rhinestones, and the creamy white glow of vintage faux pearls. I find satisfaction in sorting though and organizing my new jewels. This is the second shoebox full that I've purchased - 5 1/2 pounds of bling! The problem is that even though I've spent time dreaming of what I could create,
I haven't actually made anything yet.
I do have a plan for the new year, though. It is my self-appointed JA (Jewel-aholics Anonymous) 12-step program to help justify my addictive habit. I vow to make at least one item each month for the next twelve months. Who knows, I may even sell one or two pieces and then I can make more trips to my "dealer's" house!
I have my first piece in the works and I will be sharing it in a couple of days.
***Side note about my sister-in-law, Susan... She is an amazingly talented woman who gives new life to all sorts of discarded and found objects. I guarantee that you will not be disappointed when you check out her fabulous creations at
Update: Links to each challenge project that I've finished.Step 2 - February - Tin Heart
Step 3 - March - Good Luck Wishes
Step 6 - June - It's Heating Up!
Step 7 - July - Golden Dreams
Bonus Project - Masquerade Mask