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Q: I am intrigued ... lightup bead trees? May I ask how you made them? I am very new to beading... I only started about two months ago. I prefer using wire at this point, and don't like the things like peyote stitch, but I enjoy making earrings and the few necklaces I made. I did make some ornaments, beaded and non, which were a big hit among my family.

A: I finished a gift to my friend and hairdresser. She is only 42 and had a heart attack this year. Since she has to keep nitroglycerin with her at all times, I made her a beaded vile necklace to keep it in. You have to keep your hairdresser happy. I know, because I am one and I do her hair as well. I am just glad that she is still with us. She is too young to die. I made a fetish necklace for my sister. It took me a year to find an assortment of animal fetishes. I had to have 25 to complete the necklace. I shopped from Pennsylvania to Vermont to find the little stone animals. I finally finished the necklace and my sister loves it. I finished a necklace for my sister-in-law - I forgot to scan it though, so I'll ask my brother to take a photo. I also made a friend who collects mini-shoes, a tiny leather beaded moccasin - it came out really cute. I didn't finish the suncatcher for my oldest brother - it's woven with a hole in the middle - sky above, waves below, and will get a dolphin bead hung in the center. All those ends to work in. I just didn't get the time.