Finally, we are beginning to see the hopeful signs of spring. Hyacinths, that most fragrant of fragrant flowers, is bursting forth in a magnificent shade of purple and the mini daffodils or daffy-dills as I grew up calling them, are also spreading their yellow joy throughout the flower beds.
The bead shop is getting ready for our own version of spring with many new items arriving. Tools, beads, gemstones, baskets, and bells. Lots of bells and chimes.
I do not need to tell you that the world is crazy stressful right now. That our own area is undergoing a metamorphosis that is always not so pleasant. Some days I just want to put one foot in front of the other and get through the next 24 hours. When things get me feeling a bit down, there are a couple of things I reach for for comfort and companionship. One is the friendship and conversation of my customers. The shop is my happy place. Talking with and spending time with the customers and people passing through are so rewarding and fun, even if all I get to do is wish someone a good afternoon or to enjoy the weekend.
The other stress reliever is to reach for a project. A beading project in particular. I find, and I am pretty sure you do too, even if you do not put it into so many words, that beading is meditative. Transporting me to a calmer, prettier, mindful place. The gentle art of stringing or knotting beads, of weaving them into a pattern for a wearable piece of jewelry or an art form that brings you beauty, peace, consciousness and joy, enriches our days. I love seeing your work on the internet or in person in the shop. Over the years, I have seen an amazing amount of beautiful pieces and had some of the best conversations of my life. I have made friendships over our mutual love of beads and jewelry.
Now that things are opening up and the temperatures warming up, we will be able to once again sit outside and have a coffee or lunch on the plaza. I am hoping to see more of you soon. Very soon! Much Love, Lois
|Quartz crystals to keep you energized and clear. |
|Affirmation bands as necklace pieces. To remind |
you of what you are!