Last spring, my friend Susan Beal invited me to contribute a project to her new book, Bead Simple.

At first I was way nervous because Susan’s designs are so crisp, clean, and gorgeous – and well, I always tend to go overboard. i can’t help it, I get so excited that I can’t stop myself. Every time I think I’m done with a design, I add three or four more elements. Sometimes Patrick will walk over to me at my work table, hold my hands and say: “Mujer, step away for a few minutes before you add that…”

I happily accepted Susan’s offer! It also happened to be right around the time that I was going to New York City to teach a class, so I used my trip wisely and scoured the city for cool beads and charms. I knew I wanted to make a “love charm” that had lots of dangling doo-dads and such.

This is what I came up with!
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Love is multi-layered and complex. So this wild and whimsical charm has everything you need to get lucky in the romance department: lots of hearts, milagros, and a few other surprises. You can show it off by wearing it as a necklace, a belt charm, or even a car ornament. Believe me – you will get noticed!

Congrats to Susan for a job well done on her book, I’ve seen it everywhere, everyone is raving about it and I am so proud to be on page 200!!! Thanks, Susan!

BTW: If you would like the directions and resources for this project, you will have to buy the book! The more that people buy books, the more we will have a lot to choose from. Eh, does that make sense? You know what I mean! Support your book authors ūüôā


* All content/photos copyright, © Kathy Cano-Murillo, 2008.

Love & light,

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