|Seed beads are beautiful to look at, but they also give us joy in so many other ways!
Today, we celebrate Thanksgiving in the U.S., and while we
are seated around our table with my family, I will be thinking about the things
that I am most thankful for: my husband, my son, my wonderful family and
friends around the country and around the world, and of course, my beads.
It may sound silly, but there are some very good reasons why
I am thankful for these beads. My beads have given me joy since I first started
working with them. Beads allowed me to discover how much I loved making things
by hand, and they gave me a much deeper appreciation for the work of other
My beads have allowed me to connect with so many wonderful
people, both online and in the real world. The camaraderie I feel among my
bead-loving friends and fellow artists is almost indescribable at times: there's
no way to explain why it makes me so happy to check out Facebook every morning
and see what all my bead artist friends have been creating. I've met some
amazingly talented artists who work with seed beads as well as others who
actually make the cabochons and components that I use in my beaded pieces. Bead
people are just special people, and I am thankful to have them as part of my
||My beads have helped me make friends from around the country and around the world. The one thing we have in common is our love of this beautiful art form!
When the world around me gets just a little too crazy for
me, I know that I can always sit down with my beads and find some kind of
temporary refuge from whatever is troubling me. As the busy mom of an active
four-year-old, my beads also provide some much-needed "me" time when I can
relax and enjoy the sensation of holding my needle and beads in my hands.
Last but not least, I am so thankful that my beads are how I
earn my living these days. Never in my wildest dreams would I have ever thought
that one day I would be able to "work" at something that I love so much. Every
morning, I sit down at my desk in front of my computer and my beads, and I
wonder what I did to deserve this. It's not everyone who gets to pursue their
passion in this way, and the more I realize that, the more thankful I am that I
had the courage and support from my family who helped me to get here.
So while you're counting your blessings today, think about
your beads and all the joy they bring. Why are you thankful for your beads?
Share your blessings and leave a comment here on the blog! And check back later this weekend for a special Question of the Week feature with some of your favorite bead artists and experts and find out why they are thankful for their beads!