Tuesday, October 25, 2016

GOMO // 12 Ideas to Get You Walking

Eventbrite, the largest self-service ticketing platform out there (!) coined the new term, "Go Out More Often," abbreviated "GOMO," made up to counteract this other term, "Fear of Missing Out," abbreviated (betcha can't guess) "FOMO."

I don't have any, like, any (ANY) desire to go out more often, and I can't relate to this fear of missing out that people seem to have.  I've got lots of school to do these days, and when I'm not doing school, I'd like to be all nicely cooped in my house doing crafty thangs.

BUT, I do enjoy a good walk now and then, so when I started brainstorming a list of ideas, I actually got really excited about the idea of going out more often, if only to go on a walk!  Perhaps you could use Eventbrite's event management software to host your own walk of sorts, like a charity event or something!
Many people who write posts for EventBrite put "Go on a walk" as one of their listees.  I decided to  go all out with that one option.  I tried to make all of these ideas free of the need to spend any money.  However, many of these, if not all, require a good bit of time.  Also, most of these would be best done someplace with many people, and like, in a cool dowtowny place.  As I made the list, I kept thinking of downtown Wake Forest near us.  It would be so much fun to tramp around there!
Sooo, here is a list of all sorts of different walks you could go on to Go Out More Often!
  • Scavenger Hunt >> Come up with a list of things to look for, based on where you're walking, and check them off as you find them!
  • Word Search >> Come up with a list of words to find, words you would expect to see where you're going, and some you wouldn't expect.  Bonus if you can find words you didn't expect to see!
  • Talk to Total Strangers >> Come up with a list of random and silly questions, and then go to town or somewhere with many people, and ask random people your random questions!  And then give them candy or something for their participation.
  • Random Acts of Kindness >> This isn't specifically a walk, but I mean, how can you do this without walking some?  Honestly, this idea kind of scares me a little.  I'm like, "You said what now?  You want me to advance out of the regions of my comfort zone and talk to people - total strangers (again)?!"  But it's a very good thing to be kind to everyone all the time anyway, and this is an opportunity to share the love of Christ!
  • Hide-and-Go-Seek Walk >> This would be a good option if you have four or five people.  Together, plan your route, and then everyone except "it" will hide somewhere along the route.  (It might be a good idea to have everyone meet at a certain place after some amount of time.  You don't want to seek for too long!)
  • Not Halloween Walk >> We've never done Halloween, and I'm totally cool with that, but I still really like the idea of giving out candy to total strangers (especially kids, but I digress).  So, carry around a bucket or basket of candy (or homemade cookies?), and randomly give it away!  Even better, do this sometime not around Halloween or the holiday season!
  • Christmas Light Sightseeing >> Crazily, Christmas is not that far away, and pretty soon, Christmas lights will start to appear!  If you live in or near a neighborhood where lots of people decorate for Christmas, take the opportunity to walk (or drive) around and look at them all!
  • Make Someone Else Go On a Walk >> This would be a fun birthday surprise!  Arrange for a friend to arrive (notice I did not say meet) at a specific location.  Before they come, grab some sticky notes or small pieces of paper and tape, and put them up around, on light poles and the like, with directions on each for where to go next, or maybe just arrows!  Where the friend first arrives should clearly be the starting point, and the last should clearly be the end point.  At the end, have some little (or big) surprise for the person.
  • Color Walk >> Make some sort of chart (or not!) and tally how many times you see each color, and then make something using however many swatches of however many times you saw each color.
  • Shop Hop >> Bar hopping is where you "hop" from bar to bar, so shop hopping is "hopping" from shop to shop.  You don't even have to spend money if you don't want to!
  • Draw Your Journey >> As you go along, draw any interesting, or not interesting, places you see, and label what place it is.  You could also photograph, but to me, drawing sounds better for this.
  • Night Walk >> Need I say more?  Try to do it on a really light, bright night.
And there you have it!  Which of these will YOU try out?

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Card Tutorial // You (Yes, You!) Take Me Someplace Special.

The centerpiece of this card had been sitting on my desk for, literally, months, before I finally got around to making the card!  (In fact, I think I created this centerpiece around the same time I made this card, and I used the same sharpie for both!)  (I go through extra-fine back sharpies rather quickly.)  I was playing around with fonts and cheesy but sweet sentiments, and this is what I came up with.  I wanted to make a card that would be just as lovely, because this was somethin' special here!

As it turns out, the card I made with it was not my best, and if I could go back and remake the card, I would do it a bit differently, but you know what?  IT'S OKAY!  I still love the sentiment.
Sharpies (multiple shades and thicknesses of one color, + an extra-fine black sharpie)
Baker's Twine

So first, we're going to start with a doily, like we've used many times before.  Now look at the doily.  It has ten sides, see?  So we're going to cut it into ten little triangles.  You'll cut from the "1" to the "6," the "2" to the "7," and so on.
After you cut the doily in half the first time, you'll need to hold the two halves together as you cut it in half another way.
Then you can use the pointy middle to make sure you're cutting it straight through...the middle!  (Do I make sense?  Me thinks not.  So this is where you refer to the picture.)
There, ten little triangles!
Get out your trusty sharpies, and draw some horizontal lines on those triangles!  I used five sharpies, and did two triangles per sharpie, drawing the horizontal lines opposite ways for the two (except I accidentally did the lines the same way for those two on the right).  Can you tell which sharpies I used for which triangles?
It makes a pretty good stack of colored triangles.  We'll only use four of them today, so you can stash the others away somewhere.  (My extras are still...ahem...on my desk.)
Yay, baker's twine!  This stuff is so pretty, don't you think?
I got this idea from this pin I saw on Pinterest, but wanted a little something more, and that's why I added the stripes.  Eep, this is so pretty!  Set this aside for latah.
I already had my centerpiece made when I got around to making this card, so I didn't take pictures of it as I drew/wrote it, but you probably don't have one yet!  If you're nervous about trying fancy typography, you don't have to try it!  You could totally just use your regular old handwriting, or, if you want, you may be able to find a stamp with a similar sentiment that you could use.  But it is really fun to experiment with hand-lettering.  If you would like to try hand-lettering, you should check out Jennie's post on the subject!

After you get it written, you can cut it out in an oval shape.  I used a stencil.
 Now all the elements are made, and all we have to do is figure out how the card will be layed out.  This was my first idea.  I actually really like this, but I nixed it because I wanted to include a bow, and there didn't seems to be a place for a bow with this layout.  Also I would have had to cut off parts of the triangles, which I didn't want to do.
 So I played around a bit more, and came up with this.  As you can see, there are now only four triangles visible.
Now that it's decided, we can begin to glue everything down permanently.  But first, I wanted to knot the ends of the string, to kind of give the impression that it's hanging up.
After the ends are tied, put a little glue under each knot, and let dry.  Don't try to do anything else until they're dry, because the string will move from the glue very easily before it's dry.  And if that happens, you just might go crazayyy!
Alright, cool.  The glue under the knotted string is dry now.  (That was quick!)  So now you can glue down the triangles.  Which, surprisingly, can be a little tricky.  Because you want them to be at exactly the right place so that the centerpiece will be right in the middle of them.  I kind of had to maneuver them into place until they were right.
Then when they're all behaved and glued down and dried, you can glue down the centerpiece.  As the catchy commercial goes, "Push it REAL good!"  Meaning, push that centerpiece down.  Keep it calm. Give it a nice long back rub.
There we go!  All the main elements are glued on!  (What do you think of it at this point?)
I was not satisfied at that point, so I added some outlining lines.  I'm not sure I really like the look of it, but you know what?  IT'S OKAY!
I knew it needed a bow the whole time (remember what I said up ther'?), and finally!  The chance came!  I made a pretty little bow from the baker's twine used for the doily triangles.  (Hey, did you knooow, there's actually a fancy name for that, other than doily triangles?  It's called bunting.  Yes, I do know words sometimes.)  Maybe someday I will show you people how to make one of these perfect bows, but alas!  Today is not the day.
Then I still thought it needed somethin' more, specifically, black adhesive pearls, which I do not own.  So, I just drew some, which do not look near as classy, but you know what?  IT'S OKAY!
There we go!  It's all done!  Whew!
The finished card!
What do you think of the sentiment?  Do you think it's cute as can be, or plain cheesy?

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Journaling ~ What to Write?

I love the feeling of a pen in my hand.  I feel safer with a sharpie at my disposal.  That's part of why I love journaling, and letter writing, and writing blog drafts (on real paper).

It's addicting, almost.  Where most people nowadays find it hard to get off their devices, I find it hard to get off my journal, whether writing or reading it, and I am totally fine with that!  (Although, it is sort of a waste of time to sit for an hour reading my own thoughts when I should be doing homework...)

I recently wrote this post about journaling, listing all the reasons you might have for needing to journal.*  But, I did not go into what you could journal about, which seems to be a major roadblock to many people who would like to get into journaling.  So, I came up with this very long list of things to journal on, just to get you started!

*I'm not actually saying every single person absolutely needs to journal.  Maybe you like gardening, or building, or driving, or whatever else.  What I'm saying is, journaling isn't for everyone.  People say they'd like to journal, but either a) don't have time, or b) don't know what to write about.  Well, the fact is, if you really want to enough, you'll make it happen!  If, deep down, you really don't feel like journaling, and you have plenty of other things to occupy your time, then you're probably not going to get to journaling.  And you know what?  That is fine.  Journaling is a kind of therapy, and maybe it's not your preferred form.  That is okay.  Alright, rant over.  :)

For those of you who find it hard to think of things to write about, maybe this is what you find yourself staring at when you sit down to write:
And then, after staring at it for long enough, you decide to close it up, and you're looking at this:
You don't want that.  (I hope not, at least!)  So, I'm here to help you be able to look at something like this:
As you can see, you don't have to write all fancily or prettily, in words you say or the way they look on the page.  This your journal.
Sooo, here (finally) is a list of possibly all the things anyone could think up to journal about/on, so you can sit down to write, and write.

What to Journal About/On
  • Lists
    • Happy lists
    • Sad lists
    • Favorites lists
      • Season (you know mine!)
      • Colors
      • Holidays
      • Siblings (ha! jk)
      • Shoes
      • Memories
    • Thankfulness lists
    • Fears lists
  • What do you wonder about?  Write about it!
  • Secrets - duh.
  • Prayers to God
  • Letters to people, like...
    • Friends
    • Celebrities
    • Your younger/older self
    • Your children (whether or not you have them)
    • Your spouse (^^^)
    • People you'll never see again
    • People you see everyday
    • Total strangers
  • Memories
  • What you did today
  • Imaginary conversations
  • How (and why?) you don't want to eat your veggies
  • All your problems with broccolli
  • Rants on what makes you happy
  • All your wonderments
  • All you wanderments
  • Quotes you like
  • What makes you...
    • Angry
    • Jump for joy
    • Nervous
    • Sad
  • Your life...
    • Plans
    • Ambitions
    • Dreams
    • Hopes
    • Goals
  • Special verses
  • Devotionals
  • Just doodle, or whatever.  Don't even write if you don't want to.
  • Your crazy ideas that you're too embarrassed/ashamed to tell anyone else (or maybe you wisely decide not to?)
  • Your plan to take over the world (gotta write these things down so you don't forget, ya know?)
  • Whatever you're obsessed with
  • What you're eating for lunch tomorrow (or yesterday, or right now)
  • What if you lived in an alternate universe?
  • Praises to God
  • Observations
  • Why you're passionate about whatever you're passionate about
  • Mind map
  • Brainstorm
  • Experiences
  • What would your perfect day be like?
  • Ideal...
    • Day
    • Summer
    • Week
    • Pie
    • Weather
  • What are all the things you want to be "when you grow up"?  (Whether or not you've already grown up)
  • Expectations for the future
  • Struggles
  • Free write
  • Post on social media every day?  Write in your journal what you would post on social media.  (Probably all your friends don't mind if you neglect to tell them your two cents about life for just one day.)
  • And um, so much more!
Hopefully this has whet your appetite!  Then, later on, you can look at this again, satisfied this time, knowing you done wrote in your journal!  *high five!*:
There are literally a thousand things you could write about in your journal.  This was only a few of them.  Or, this was all (?) of them, but generalized.  Okay, no, let's be real.  This only scratched the surface of what you can write in your journal!  Hopefully I've inspired you, and you can come up with even more things to write about!
Basically, you can write about ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING you want!

What are your favorites from the list?  What can you add to the list?

Saturday, October 1, 2016

You Need to Journal If...

I didn't use to journal much.  It's not like I didn't want to.  In fact, I've always liked the idea, I think.  But for the longest time (meaning up until, like two months ago), I only kept a journal sporadically and only wrote when I would die if I didn't.  (Strangely, I very often now feel like I'll die if I don't write.)
It ain't gotta be fancy.  I use a plain ol' spiral noteook!
But lately, I've wanted to get into it more, not just as an occasional thing, but an almost every day kind of thing.  And man, I am so glad I've jumped into it!  When I used up my little purse journal in early August, I began a new purse journal, and simultaneously, a new start to journaling!

This "new" journal I began again in, was actually an old, unused journal I still had from years ago, that I had written verses in at the top of each page (except for the last few), which is just perfect!
If you're wondering why it's blurry, it's because no, you may not read my journal.  Ha!

Wewere at a friend's (multiple friends, actually) house last weekend, and amidst doing homework pondering life upstairs on Saturday night, I came up with a long list of reasons YOU need to journal!  Because I really think journaling is so beneficial.  All Most of these apply to meself too!*  Here's the list (I'm not referring to the picture...).  :D
I wrote this list for Jennie's Creative Play Challenge, week two.
*If all of these apply to you, please go turn yourself into jail before taking over the world.  Thx.

You Need to Journal If...
  • You feel guilt when you write suuuper long letters to friends because you're afraid of boring them, but you need to write it all down.
  • You have big dreams.
  • You have words practically pooping out of your brain and YOU JUST NEED TO LET THEM OUT.
  • You're an emotional teenage girl.
  • You're an emotional human being.
  • You have a disorganized brain.
  • You feel like no one else understands you (this would also be a fantastic time to talk to God + read the Psalms).
  • You want to practice your handwriting doing something productive.
  • You want to be able to write and not care how your handwriting looks.
  • You have lots of secret thoughts and must tell someone, but there's no one you want to tell.
  • You have secret evil plans to take over the world.
  • You are super duper annoyed about someone/something, but you don't want to gossip to others.
  • You've pledged to keep a secret, but you HAVE to tell someone.  RIGHT NOOOW.  (And who better to tell than yourself?)
  • You want your life story recorded for future generations.
  • You want to be remembered in history and have your journal put in some cool museum for people all around the world to see.  After you die.  Duh.
  • You want to record your thoughts, dreams, wonderments, wanderments, and joys, throughout the years to look back on later.
  • You want to remember the small things, as well as the big.
  • You want to come back later and see how your handwriting has evolved.
  • You want to come back later and see how your thought process has evolved.
  • You want to remember the good times, and the bad, and learn from them.
  • You have any life problems, at all.
  • You need to sort your thoughts.
  • You discovered something amazing that will impact the rest of history.
  • You're stressed about life.
  • You want to talk to yourself, but you know it's more socially acceptable to journal.  (Who cares?  I do both!)  (They're basically the same anywho!)
  • You want to talk to yourself, but you're in a situation where if any sound issues forth from your mouth, you instantly die.
  • You need a productive way to procrastinate on school.
  • You need a productive way to procrastinate on life.
  • You're an introvert and people stress you out.
  • You're an extrovert and people stress you out (does that happen?  I wouldn't know.)
  •  You have a speaking disorder but love to talk.  A lot.  (AKA, you mumble and mix up words a lot so it's very hard to talk, and you find it easier to just write it all down.)  (AKA, me.)
I know there have got to be so many more reasons that YOU (and I) need to journal.  What are they?

P.S.  Should I do more posts on journal-y stuffs?  I like the idea...

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Seven+ Reasons Why Fall is the Best Season. Ever.

Tomorrow is the first day of Fall, and guess what!  I!  Love!  Fall!  Don't you?  PPPFFF, what am I even saying?  Of course you do!  But, maybe you have forgotten all the many reasons you love it, or, perhaps, you just want to know why I love it!  And so I shall tell you all the reasons!  And then you'll obviously have to agree that Fall is the best season.  Ever.

1.  It is beautiful to behold!
  • Colors - All the colors of Fall are just so...scrumptious!  Seriously, this is one of the biggest reasons I love this season so much.
    • Goes with deep purple (best color ever!) - Yes, deep purple is my favoritest color!  And Fall looks SO good with it!  I think so, at least.  I'm aware that not everyone agrees with me on that.
    • Goes with my hair - And well, who wouldn't love that?  I mean, a whole season to match your hair?  Yes, please!
  • Leaves - See this picture here, the one right below?  Yeah, that one.  Isn't it amazing?  I took that last Fall in Tennessee.  This is what I love.
2.  It smells beautiful to the nostrils!
  • Air - Have you ever stopped to smell the roses?  Just wondering.  Have you ever stopped to smell Fall?  It's 10x better!  Literally, just go outside in the middle of Fall, and sniff.  I'm thankful to God for the gift of Fall for our nostrils.
  • Food - To tell you the truth, when I think of traditional Fall foods, pumpkin pie is the first thing that pops into my head, and I really don't like pumpkin pie.  But other foods, like...
    • Warm drinks - Okay, not even a food, I know.  Not like I actually drink warm drinks all the time anyway.  But the idea is nice, y'know?  (I talk more about this down ther' under numbah four.)
  • Fire - Doesn't fire smell so good?  Perhaps not if your house is going up in flames, but y'know.  Usually it's a glorious smell.
3.  It feels beautiful on the skins!
  • Cool weather - I'm a warm-natured person, so I really enjoy this.  Other people, however (eg. my mothah), don't like this so much.  And along with the cool weather, comes...
    • Rosy cheeks - Small point, but so enjoyable.  And we don't get to enjoy the enjoyableness if we don't go outside in the wonderful cold and play in the leaves and run around and stuff, which is wonderful in itself.
    • Start of fire building season - Okay, so, we actually haven't done many fires the last couple of years, but I have good memories of having warm fires in the family room, and standing right in front of the left vent because it's warmer than the right, hogging the heat, being freezing after moving away...funny how I somehow don't have many memories of really making one myself...
  • Breeze - Bring on the breeze, please.
  • Clothes - Yeah, I like to wear clothes in the Fall.  HAHAHA I'M SO FUNNY.  What I meant was, I prefer Fallery clothes to Summery clothes.  And sadly, I can't wear Fallery clothes in the Summer.  Why do I love Fallery clothes?  (See below.)
    • Cozy - Cozy clothes are the best!  Just because I'm warm natured doesn't mean I don't like to be warm.  Quite the opposite!  I like the climate to be cold so that I can wear warm clothes.  Make sense?
      • Start of bathrobe wearing season - I own three bathrobes, and each one is special to me.  They're fuzzy and soft and smell oh, so good.  (But somehow I'm the only one who thinks that?)
    • Fashionable - Also Fall clothes are so fashionable, I think.  I much prefer them to Summery apparel.
      • Boots - My gray boots are probably my favorite pair of shoes.  They're almost up to my knees, and they have heels, and they have straps around the ankle and up towardser the top, and the toes are rounded, not pointy, and as I said, they're gray, which is such a good color for boots, and they match almost everything, and they are JUST SO STYLISH.
      • My favorite shirt - is a soft, long sleeve, darkish but not navy blue, uber comfortable piece of clothing, and it's not even absolutely necessary to wear a cami, which I think is superb!  It's so fashionable that I can wear it to church, but I love it so much that I also wear it to my ever'day life.  If I was a cold-natured person, I could probably wear it in the warmer months too, but I ain't cold-natured.
  • Leaf Pile - So...actually this does not feel good on the skins...It's quite the scratchy situation.  But this was the best category to put it in.  Let's say the memories of leaf piles feel good nestled up in your brain.  :)
Yes, that's me, in the midst of jumping.  And that is my little bro in the tree.
4.  It tastes beautiful on the tongue!
  • Warm drinks - I don't actually consume warm drinks often, but when I do...
    • Hot chocolate - Yummy.  It's chocolate.  It's good.
    • Tea - This is one of those things I occasionally drink, but don't enjoy it enough to drink all the time.
    • Cider - We don't get this often, but it's fun when we do.
  • Apple Pie - Not like you can't make this any time of year, but it's usually around Fall when we do.  Also chocolate pie, which is even better than apple, but that's not traditionally Fall-y.  (Wanna split a pi'?)
5.  It sounds beautiful to the ears!
  • Wind in the trees - Go listen to it, and take in the wonder.
  • Laughing - So this isn't something that only happens in the Fall.  For me, it happens every!  Single!  Day!  But with the coming of the holidays, come siblings from faraway lands, and with them come old stories and good vibes and...laughter.
  • Fire - Crackling embers, hollow wind out the window, tea kettles screaming on the hearth...it all goes together so nicely.  Alright enough of the cheesiness.  (Heehee, does it worry you that this is the third time I've mentioned fire?)
6.  Holidays!
  • Reformation Day - Which is on the same day as Halloween, isn't that funny?  But we don't celebrate Halloween!  Instead we celebrate the day that Martin Luther nailed the 95 theses to the door of the church, and began the Reformation.
  • Early Christmas - For several years now, our neighbor and we have celebrated this holiday we made up, called Early Christmas.  We play in the leaf pile, traditionally (although I don't much anymore) roll down the ramp with roller blades, eat popcorn, and listen to Christmas music.  Oh yeah, and this is at the beginning of November.  Hence, Early Christmas.
    • Anticipation of Christmas - Can we please all agree on the simple fact that anticipation of Christmas is almost as wonderful as Christmas Day itself?  And one of the reasons for that is...
      • Gift preparing - Anyone else out there who enjoys preparing Christmas gifts?  So fun.
  • Thanksgiving - OOH FOOD.  Me like.  Plus family, good memories.  All that.
7.  *lies through teeth*  It is less stressful!  No, but seriously!
  • Minimal traveling - Not sure how accurate this is...we always travel for Thanksgiving (except for last year), and we have gone to a Fall conference in TN last year and 2013, and I'm sure there are other things...but, in comparison to, like Summer...
  • Extra hour of sleep - Haha, no, not every night.  But during the time change, we get an extra hour of sleep instead of losing one.
  • After camp ends, but before preparing for next year - Please don't misunderstand me here, especially fellow camp people.  I love camp, but it is also kind of (very) stressful for me.  It's relieving to have that time in between where I don't need to be preparing for it.
One of my first pics after discovering the wonders of manual focus.

This post had been in the making for over a year before being presentable to y'all today.  Of course that doesn't have anything to do with the fact that I didn't work on it for months.  It was only because there are sooo many reasons, and I wanted to list them in a clear and defined way, and connect the ones that are connected, and not let it all be a jumbled mess.  It may still be a jumbled mess anyway.  Heehee.

If your favorite season was already Fall, then good job, even though it's not surprising!  If not, did I convince you?

What is your favoritest season ever?  What could you add to the list?

Saturday, August 27, 2016

How to Construct a Painted Bead Necklace at Eleven PM on a Saturday Night

July 9, 2016.  Eleven o'clock pm.  I'm in my room, about to take on a three and a half hour project: making a necklace to match my outfit for the next morning, and I haven't even showered yet.  Because when inspiration strikes, YOU'VE GOT TO GRAB IT BY THE NECK AND HOLD ON TIGHT AND NOT LET GO, because if you do, IT MIGHT LEAVE YOU FOREVER!  So I did not let go.  (But just so you know, I don't recommend staying up that late.  Especially on a Saturday night.)

I specifically wanted to make a necklace that would match my outfit in the morning, and there was no way I was going to postpone wearing that outfit to another day, because I already had it all picked out!  Do you know how much planning goes into picking out a Sunday outfit?  (Okay, actually this one didn't take much planning.  It was just a dress.)

Get yo' supplies!  My supplies included:
Pearly white beads, different sizes
Smallish rocks
Glass jar
Green acrylic paint (or whatever color you want)
Elmer's liquid glue (not pictured)
Clear stretch cord
Round acrylic paintbrush.
Foam flower (not pictured)
Itty bitty glass beads in a color that goes with the paint

My supplies did NOT include:
White acrylic paint.  Why I put it in the picture, I don't know.  But give me a little grace here - it was like 11:30 by this point, probably.  I was tired.
The first* thing I did was to go outside and gather a few smallish rocks from the driveway.  I washed them off, and put them in a jar with the beads.  And...I SHOOK THAT JAR LIKE I MEANT IT!  Because I did mean it.

*Actually the first thing I did for this project was fiddle and tinker and mess around with different things to use for the necklace, until I found these beads, and was like, "Ah, perfecto!  I shall use them, with Rebecca's permission because they belong to her!"
But...apparently I shook it a little too hard.  The jar broke.
But!  The shaking worked, nonetheless!  I shook them a little more in another jar, gentler this time, and then they were ready.
All I had to do was peel the pearly white finish off of each. and every. individual. bead.  Noooo, not tedious at all!
After all the pearliness had been stripped away from those poor beads, I decided to shake them up with rocks one last time, to sand them.
Squirt!  Goes the paint.  Into the little white bowl thing.
Paint!  Goes the brush on the bead, which is on the toothpick.
Done!  Go all the little beads after they've been painted.
Alright, alright, alright (watch the video.  The whole thing, but especially 29 seconds in).  When they are all painted (and dry), mix together a wee bit of water with more than a wee bit of glue, and glaze every bead.  This is to minimize the chance that the paint will come off (refer to bottom of post for some important words on this topic).
The glue will take a bit longer to dry than the paint.  Ooh, and really important note here if you care about your brushes!  Please please please wash out all of the glue from your brushes!  Even if you don't care about your brushes, do it because I care about your brushes!
Because gravity is a thing, the glue will drip to the bottom, so there will be wet glue at the bottom of the bead, while the top is dry.  Like this:
In order to keep the glue from drying on the toothpick (and peeling off when you remove the bead), you'll want to flip the bead over before the glue spot at the bottom dries.  Like this:
HEY!  Would you look at that!  After only, like, two hours or something, the beads are done!
Now we've got to string them onto the elastic string.  Cut the elastic to whatever length you want.
It took me a long time and many tries to get a pattern of beads that I liked, because there were two sizes: big, and smaller than big (as you can see from the picture up yonder).  I wanted it to look random, but also consistent.  (I'm a woman - I'm hard to please.)
Playing around with a favorite letter of mine*...
*I'm not saying it is my favorite letter.  I don't think I have a favorite.  But obviously it's gonna be one of my favorites.

After all that, the necklace wasn't long enough with only the painted beads, so, for like the tenth time, I took them off the elastic (but made sure they stayed in the right order), and I put a little bitty glass bead in between each painted bead.
A note about these glass beads: aren't they pretty?  And also, see how they're not the same color as the painted beads?  This at first irked me, but they were the the best option of all the glass beads my sister owned,* and as it turned out, it worked quite well since the dress I wore the next day had many colors.

*I don't make jewelry.  I don't own beading supplies.  My sister doesn't often make jewelry either. But she has beading supplies.
Once there was a little bead between each painted bead, I still wanted it longer, so I added more little beads on the ends.
I added about two inches of little beads on each end.
When it was as long as I wanted it, I slipped one end of the elastic through one side of the hole in a little bead, and the other end of elastic through the other side of the same hole.  Like this:
Then I pulled it tight and knotted it.  I realized after wearing it the next day, that I should have pulled the elastic tighter.  I didn't want to pull it tighter and stretch it out, but it was going to stretch out anyway, by hanging around my neck.  So pull it tighter than you think you need to.
I knotted it a couple more times, than snipped off the leftover elastic!
I have this other necklace that I did not make, that I thought would look good paired with my homemade necklace.  I ended up just wearing the other necklace as a bracelet instead, but still, they look pretty snazzy togever.
So fashionable.  While I'm bragging about its fashionableness, I suppoooose I should also tell you about something not so grand.  Being, I wore the same outfit to my cousin's wedding last weekend, and ALAS!  When I was unpacking from the trip, I noticed to my VERY GREAT dismay that the paint been *gasp* dare I say?  ScerATCHED from some of the beads!

Needless to say, I was PUT.  OUT.  Yes, it pains me to tell you.  Probably it never would have happened if I was carefuller in how I packed them.  So just keep that in mind if you make this necklace, and pack it carefully!
So tell me, lovely ladies of the world, would you wear this?  Have any tips for sealing it so it won't get scratched?  What color would you paint it?

P.S.  If you noticed that there are three places in this post where there should be a space, know that I know, and it bothers me to death too, but it won't let me add spaces there!  If you know what's going on and how to fix it, plz holp.