Giving Thanks for My Beads!

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 artists.

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 life.

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!

Happy Thanksgiving!


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