Small Talk
Crystal beading
November 25th, 2009

I had loved my old job in news because it was a great way to meet a neat cross-section of people. That's how I met Ryan Soeda, who wrote in to say he enjoyed watching the show. He crafts as a hobby/ side job, and wanted to gift me something from his EBay inventory. I declined, but he insisted.

You never know if someone's a stalker or something weird, so I am always cautious. I figured out over time he was fine.


Finally, I said he could bead my coffee mug. I used a silver mug up on set. It had a brand logo on one side, which I always hid from the camera. I asked if Ryan could cover up the logo with a butterfly design, if I supplied the crystals. He said yes.

The butterfly mug

The butterfly mug

I dropped off the mug and a few days later, it came back artfully done! I was impressed, so I asked him to be a guest on the show. I'm a sometimes-crafter, and I think gluing crystals on your stuff is quite popular these days. It was a "how to" segment, like a local Martha Stewart.



He was really sweet and cute, and very prepared. For this segment, I brought two metal water bottles and bought more crystals. I think it went over well since every female I mentioned it to said they were planning to record the show.




I liked him so much, I asked him to come back and do another how-to show. This time, he taught viewers how to glue crystals on your body. He happened to come on KHNL's last day. It was fun to end the show with a little sparkle!

Intern Shere'e, and Ryan Soeda

Intern Shere'e, and Ryan Soeda




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2 Responses to “Crystal beading”

  1. 9th Island Girl:

    I saw that segment and thought it was really cool!

  2. Rosette:

    make sure the glue stays or you will be stepping on the beads.

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