Sunday, May 5, 2013

Crafting for BlogPaws

Getting ready for BlogPaws I wanted to bring something to give to people I met.  I bought some starfish charms because of my love of the "Starfish Story"
Once upon a time, there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work.

One day, as he was walking along the shore, he looked down the beach and saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself at the thought of someone who would dance to the day, and so, he walked faster to catch up.

As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, and that what he was doing was not dancing at all. The young man was reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects, and throwing them into the ocean.

He came closer still and called out "Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?"

The young man paused, looked up, and replied "Throwing starfish into the ocean."

"I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?" asked the somewhat startled wise man.

To this, the young man replied, "The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don't throw them in, they'll die."

Upon hearing this, the wise man commented, "But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can't possibly make a difference!"

At this, the young man bent down, picked up yet another starfish, and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, he said, "It made a difference for that one."
— Adapted from The Star Thrower by Loren C. Eiseley
I ended up getting 75 charms from the Oriental Trading Company, and I was quite pleased with them considering the price I paid. I went out and got some silver and brownish beads to make it a little more interesting and got to work..

 and I came up with this.

shown on the cribbage table my grandfather made before I was born :) 

I am quite pleased with how they came out.  The earlier ones have just one brown and one silver bead, later ones have two brown.

Then I got ambitious and finished a couple of projects I started a while back.  The fish bead I bought years ago and had no idea what to do with... I'm kind of pleased with how it came out. I also finished up a bracelet I had been working on and made up another one with tiger's eye beads I bought.  No idea what to do with that one.. *shrug*

it is a little on the small side at the moment, but I can easily add another link or two.. Could probably even turn it into an anklet if I wanted


  1. I love that story. What beautiful jewelry to go with it.

  2. Beautiful story and wonderful jewelry.

  3. Those are awesome! And that starfish story is one of my human's favorites too.

  4. This is terrific!
    xo Catherine

  5. Those are soooooooooooo beautiful and the story is simply delightful!!! I WANT ONE PLEASE!

    1. Find me at BlogPaws.. :) Or send a self addressed stamped envelope ;)

  6. those are great!to bad I'm in the uk,xx Rachel

  7. Pawsome story and necklaces!

  8. You did a great job & we love that story too! We are going to Blogpaws, so we will have to look for you!


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