This may seem like a very silly blog entry on a site that is devoted to Mystery Books… in particular Cozy Mystery Books BUT:::
I am pretty sure that I have mentioned that I enjoy cross-stitching a whole lot! Recently most of my cross-stitching involves 11 mm glass beads in one way or another. I use "regular" cross-stitching patterns and simply add the beads that coordinate with the floss colors to achieve a truly 3-D effect…. and I love it!
I started "adapting" my cross-stitch charts shortly after I became addicted to the Mill Hill beaded cross-stitch kits. I thought… why am I purchasing these kits when I have oodles and oodles (that’s a term I haven’t used in "oodles and oodles" of years!) of cross-stitch books and pamphlets?!? And, since I had so many of those little glass beads left over from my past kit projects, I decided to put them to good use.
Of course, with my rather compulsive personality, this meant that I had to separate the mixed beads into little packets, which almost meant that I had a new separate hobby… Thanks to my reading glasses I have been able to "keep ahead of the game" by separating the beads as they become available. I was able to supplement my cross-stitch beading addiction with new bead additions… while our local Michael’s and Hobby Lobby kept the beads in stock. Unfortunately, neither of the stores carries them any longer (anyway our local stores don’t) so I have had to resort to other "suppliers"… See what I mean! It does sound like I’m talking about a true vice addiction!