Well speaking of summertime and my bead challenge and home brings me to today's blog post. The last bead challenge I got was from Kimberly at Madeforjake. She wanted to see what I could make with "watermelons" as my theme. Now, I just love watermelon. I mean, who doesn't? Just the thought of a big sweet juicy slice of watermelon takes me back to my childhood.
I remember my Daddy bringing home a fresh from the field watermelon and leaving it setting on the porch until Sunday. Then, before leaving for church, he would put it in the freezer to get it good and cold. Later in the afternoon Mama would gather up some old newspapers, a knife and the salt shaker and we would all head outside to the back porch. It was Daddy who would cut open the watermelon and hand us out each a big wedge. Yum! It's hard to say what's sweeter, the melon or those great memories: the sticky juice dripping from my chin and running down my arms, spitting the seeds in the yard and when we were full, throwing the rinds out into the woods for the raccoons or possums to finish. Good ol' country livin'. Memories that me and my sisters now share.
Now making watermelon beads is brand new to me but thankfully there are lots of tutorials on the web. So I started out making a fairly simple round watermelon cane. But then, I got stuck. Where do I go from here? I sliced the cane and made a few flat beads but I wanted more. I wanted something a little different. So, after thinking about it (more like putting it off) I finally came up with an idea. A way to turn these flat slices into a round (sort of) bead that I haven't seen before. I am happy with the way they turned out. So what do you think? Do these beads make your mouth water for that sweet summertime fruit? They do for me. And it just so happens I have some in the refrigerator. So I think I will go have me a slice while I think back to those sweet, simple days when I was a child.