I cut this a little close to the wire, pulling beads and putting together a combination only yesterday. I’m not sure why holidays keep sneaking up on me this year! My Valentine’s combo came together later than planned. I finally figured out my Easter combination a few days ahead of the day. I almost missed Mother’s Day (I know, it looks like I missed it entirely; I put together a bracelet that morning, I just didn’t post it).
When I consider my track record this year, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that I was tardy on this one too!
The good news is that when I finally got my beads out, the combination came together pretty quickly. Having only two colours helps quite a bit. ;)
I try not to repeat combinations too much, so I put together this year’s combination without looking at last year’s. But, after I was done, I looked to see how they compared. I was surprised by how much my collection of reds has grown! I’m still a bit shy of a full bracelet this year, but I can almost fake it with a shorter chain and longer lock. ;)
I thought I’d have plenty of time to get the Novobeads Maple Leaf lock this year, but time flies! So, no lock. Another thing to strive for next year, I guess.
But, I managed to get the Ohm Maple Leaf bead for the centre of my bracelet. And the other silvers also match the theme (or, at least better than they did last year). Usually someone in our group of friends hosts a Canada Day BBQ, so I added the Get Your Nog On since a BBQ seems to always involve a beverage or two. This year we’re planning on attending the Canada Day celebrations hosted by one of our local universities. It’s very family-friendly, but also very popular, so I added the Smiley in the hopes that the crowds won’t dampen our enthusiasm. We’re also contemplating making it to the fireworks this year, so I added Star Universe and Sparkling Star.
All that remains to be seen is whether the rain will hold off long enough!
Happy Canada Day!
*The Maple Leaf Forever is a song written in 1867, the same year of Canada’s Confederation. Although it seems to be rarely sung these days, I learned it as a child so some of the lyrics are still imprinted in my brain :D