Hello, my name is Tracy, and I have a bit of a bead problem. What can I say, I like pretty things!

A friend started me on this crazy bead journey a few years ago with an innocent gift: a Pandora bracelet. After a few months, I caught onto Trollbeads and quickly fell down that hole. Then, before I knew it, I had started adding Ohm Beads, Faerybeads, redbalifrog, and X Jewellery. I also pick up artisan beads from time to time, and recently started making my own silver beads.

I often find a combination that works and stick with it for a while. I also like to switch things up with the seasons or to mark holidays or special occasions. I think that’s one of the things that I like about beads – the infinite arrangements. I also love that beads can lift my mood.

My bead budget never stretches far enough for me to buy everything on my wish list, so I’m often a release or two behind. And I’m fine with that. If I rushed out to buy every bead that turned my head, I’d probably end up with many more regretted purchases. Which is not a good thing on a limited budget!

What do boots have to do with beads?

Nothing! But, one of my pet peeves is nylons. No-one, and I mean NO-ONE, should have to wear nylons. If you like them, good on you. But, much like my distaste for green peas, my opinions on nylons will never change. Thankfully, none of my jobs have required nylons, but I live in Canada. And Canada is rather cold in the winter and I need to cover my legs when wearing skirts in the winter. So, tall boots are my friend. Boots + skirt = only a few inches of exposed skin. Black goes with most things, so most of my boots are black.

A co-worker once forgot my name in a conversation with another co-worker and called me “black boots, long legs.” It always made me laugh that she described me that way, so I named my site after it.