February 17, 2010
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The Bead Dreamer’s blog is moving to a new home. It will still be a WordPress blog, I’m just moving it to my own domain. When I started the blog, I was focused on learning how to use the software, figuring out what to write about, finding my own voice. I thought about which blog platform to use and liked WordPress the best, still do. I did not even realize I also needed to consider where to host the blog, so I used WordPress and it worked just great.
But like so many things in life, we learn, we grow, we have different needs, and so it is time to move. Here’s where you can now find The Bead Dreamer’s Blog.
February 8, 2010
Photo courtesy of Kiva
There are so many desperate needs in the world today and like most people, I want to help. The magnitude of some of the problems is almost beyond comprehension. It is easy to become overwhelmed or to feel as though the contribution I can make is too small, it won’t make a difference. I was feeling that way earlier today and then I saw Nora Leon’s blog and this quote:
“I can do no great things, only small things with great love.” Mother Teresa
It helped me remember that small things matter. I’ve assembled kits for women in Rebecca Sower’s Haiti by Hand group. I’ll work on an instruction sheet showing them how to make the earrings as soon as I can get someone to photograph my hands. Since we don’t speak the same language, I figure showing them is the best way. My goal is to finish the kits and get a box to her next week. I need to go to a craft store to get some small hand tools for the women.
I made a Kiva loan to the woman entrepreneur pictured above. She is running a beauty parlor and needs help getting supplies. Her name is Titilayo Ajakaye and she is from Nigeria.
Through Hope International, I purchased a hair dryer for a woman in the Dominican Republic, also running a beauty parlor.
Small things. Done with love. And they matter.
February 6, 2010
I love the simple sweetness of this bracelet. There are three red white heart Venetian trail beads at the center. “White heart” beads are ones where a color – red in this case – is layered over a white core (heart). In the days when these beads were made, colored glass was harder to make and more expensive so this was a technique used to keep the beads more affordable. I find the white heart also gives the beads a touch of luminosity. I kept the design simple – jet crystal, black glass, aquamarine teardrops and darkened sterling silver chain.
Sometimes when I make very simple jewelry, I question whether I’ve done enough. At times, I will ask my boyfriend what he thinks. He always says the same thing – more notes don’t make a better song. And he’s right – there can be just as much artistry in a simple, clean design as in one with a lot of complexity.
February 3, 2010
Photo courtesy of Candy.com
Remember them? Oh how I would love it when I would manage to get one. I’d put it on and wear it intact as long as I could. But eventually the candy was too much to resist and so I’d pull the necklace up and bite off a piece or two. And I’d nibble again and again. Before long, my neck would be sticky and candy colored from trying to wear the necklace and eat it at the same time. Eventually, I’d take it off and finish the candy, savoring each piece until I was left with the sticky piece of elastic.
And I was happy with this simple childhood pleasure. Funny the things you remember. I wonder if I would like it if I ate one now…
Photo courtesy of Blair Candy
No candy was provided to me by either company. I would eat it if some was and be sure to fully disclose the fact.