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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

What does beading mean to you?

I started beading and making my own jewelry about 16 years ago. Since then, I have shared many great bead memories with friends and family, because of this, beading is an important part of my life. Here are a few moments I remember the most:

* Beading a necklace and tiara for my best friend's wedding, her colors were white and lavender so I used gorgeous crystals in crystal, violet, light amethyst and alexandrite.

*Stringing bracelets and necklaces with my little nieces this past Thanksgiving and making orange and blue jewelry for the Florida vs. Florida State football game - Go Gators! We laughed and giggled for hours and they were very proud of their beaded masterpieces!

*Beading nights at my store with my hilarious friends, everyone would bring their favorite dessert and we would sip wine or champagne and bead for hours

Beading brings people together, creates memories and improves our lives. Over the years, I have met many people who started beading to stay busy and active while recovering from injury or illness. They have told me how the creative art of beading kept their spirits up during difficult times.

Many of you also have great memories and inspiring stories to share, please share them by leaving a comment.

Thanks for sharing!


Dee said...

My entire family comes to my house for Christmas, usually for about 2 or 3 days. I always set up a table in our game room with beads and all the kids get together and make jewelry, garlands, anything they can think of!

It is a great bonding activity for relatives who only see each other once a year. A fun way to spend the time without tv and video games.

JewelsByCarolyn said...

My daughter and I sat down with Joyce almost a year ago to learn how to use a crimp bead and haven't stopped since. We've had fun collecting beads and shells to make jewelry. Later, Joyce taught us how to photograph the jewelry. Then for fun, we set up on online shop to display our work. That same month, I lost my corporate job when the employer went bankrupt.

Now, I'm reading up on home-based business and will start my own jewelry making business, with the help of my daughter and support of my husband, this year! Thank you, Joyce, for your inspiration.

Joyce, Bead Bee said...

Thank you so much for sharing - it is so nice to hear what you are doing with your talent. Good luck on your business venture. If you have any questions or need help, please come see me!