I have a lot of things that have been passed down to me through my family, some of them have monetary value, some just sentimental - and I plan to pass them along to my nieces later on. I don't think there is anything wrong with liking to have these things, I mean, I loved my grandparents, and family IS important - it is a big part of who we are. I know about attachment - but as long as my attachment to these things is not unhealthy - such as I can't live without them, etc, then what does it hurt? I will never be, nor do I want to be, the kind of person who has one set of clothes, one cup, one dish, one pencil, living in one room, and so on. I can imagine that there are many nice things about going thru life with no baggage - but I LIKE some material things, I like to have beautiful things around me. And I really do need a lot of my STUFF to do the things I enjoy doing....(though I do think I could pare down just a little)
I thought about making my own mala beads as well - but more to save money. So I looked into the materials and found that by the time I buy all the stuff needed to make them, I could buy a nice set for much less. Possibly making them would make them a little more special, and I will definitely try it in the future.