Friday, September 23, 2011

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy: Childhood Hobbies--Hollywood Cerise and Bead Looms

Although there are no really good Web images of Venus Paradise color-by-number sets, they were a favorite hobby of my sisters and me. Remember Hollywood Cerise, one of the low-numbered pencils? Sure, the color looks garish to adult eyes, but to young ladies, it was perky and impossible to resist. We wore that pencil out again and again!

Then there was my college hobby, beading necklaces and belts on a loom slightly larger and sturdier than this one. My favorite was the necklace I made with red seed beads accented by a yellow beaded lightening bolt. I say "was" because alas, the necklace is long gone.

My bead period came during the height of the Age of Aquarius, when handmade adornments were in vogue. It amused my mother to see me picking up tiny beads one by one with my needle, hour after hour after hour. Maybe I'll revisit this hobby one day!


  1. I've seen the bead looms but I never used one. I did draw little flowers on enough dried cantaloupe seeds to make myself a necklace in the '60s.

  2. Kristin, I remember seed necklaces too! Thanks for sharing.

  3. I remember spending many hours on beaded bracelets and belts. One rainy day I spent so many hours doing this I woke up the next morning with a stiff neck and couldn't get out of bed! My sister still teases me about this whenever we pull out the old bracelets...

  4. Heather, you still have those bracelets? Lucky!