After my post on the index card paintings, a friend at school came up to me and said, "Keren, I want you to make me something". My mind went multiple places at once. "Make what?" "Using what?" "What should it say?". I asked her what she wanted me to make and she said, "Anything". You'd think that would have made it easier, and it did in some ways. I eventually settled on making something with her name and incorporating a Bible verse because we became friends through our Christian Fellowship. The name for these is still a work in progress but I've settled with "Not Quite Coasters". They're not quite coasters because they really shouldn't get wet.

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The title may be a bit dramatic but I am definitely happy that I have my beads near me again. Once I got home and familiarized myself with the mess that is my room (there were more than a few semi-frantic moments of me saying things like, “Mommy! Where are my needles??”). But things sorted themselves out and I sat down with some of my beads. I’ve worked on two bracelets so far.

1. Colourful Spiral Rope

I like spiral rope because it’s relatively simple and very repetitive. Once you choose the colours you’re using, you just add a core bead, add the outer beads, and then go up through four core beads. This sounds like gibberish – I know –but trust me, it’s less glamorous than it sounds. You can look at the week that I focused on spiral rope during my directed study. I chose to do a spiral rope bracelet because I wanted something that would finish relatively and give me a confidence boost that I still knew what to do with my beads.


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I'm guilty of taking my home for granted. Whenever I mention that Jamaica is my home, people conjure up images of pristine beaches, warm sunshine and tropical forests. We do have these but when they're always there it's easy to forget. You get caught up in the grind of every day or you want to go but you don't have the time to. I'm trying to remedy this so last week I visited Galina Lighthouse in St. Mary on Labour Day.

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