Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Thanks Santa!

Dear Santa,

Thank you for the time off! I made some beaded leaves. The process
was more about enjoying the colors than what the final outcome
would be, but I had beautiful dreams last night on what I can
do with these leaves, so they may end up becoming a piece of jewelry.

The therapeutic process of beading never ceases to amaze me!
I've shared with many of my friends in the beading community,
the story of my Grandmother beading. It fits here so well.

When I was young I would spend my summers with her. My parents
both worked full time and it was easier to just send me to stay
with her. I didn't mind. She taught me so many crafty things
as well as how to cook with bacon grease! ;o)

She knit, crocheted, did paper quilling, made knick-knacks out
of seashells, made apple faced women, made toilet seats out of
resin with seashells and other inclusions, whittled, you get the
picture, right? But most of all she beaded with seed beads!

It was when she would pick up her seed beads that I would notice
a calm come over her. As is evident from all the crafts she dabbled
in, her mind was restless and she was always striving to occupy
it with busy work. It was only with the beading that I would
notice this change in her.

So, being a curious eight year old, I asked her once, "Nana,
how come when you play with your beads you get so quiet?"
She called me over to her side and said, "Look down here
at these beads. See those little tiny holes?" I remember
leaning over her arm and looking down as clearly as if she said
this to me yesterday. She had on a blue shawl and I can still
smell her if I close my eyes and breathe deeply. I nodded and
said, "Yes, I see the little holes". She said, "When
I am beading, I climb inside that little tiny hole and there is
no room in there for anyone else, or anything else. It is just
me and the beads, nothing to bother me or worry me, no noises,
no cares."

It was at that very moment that I fell in love with beads and
my love has only grown as I've gotten older. There was no greater
gift she could have passed on to me.

And now, when my life becomes too stressful, I reach for my seed
beads. I sprinkle them into a dish, gaze into the little tiny
holes and climb in. There is not another place more peaceful
and comforting to me.

To me it explains a LOT about why beading can be so addictive. Who wouldn't want to find that place of peace!

Thank you Nana!


Kerrie Slade said...

Oh Beki that is such a lovely tale! I too find beads very therapeutic but I have never heard the reason explained so well - your Grandmother sounded like a wonderful lady.

Lovely leaves too :D

Drea said...

Awww, so glad you got your day off! The leaves are lovely - I look forward to seeing what you'll do with them.

I *totally* agree about the theraputic nature of beadwork. And last but not least, I loved the story about your grandmother. What an excellent way to describe the way that beading can calm & center you :)

Jackie said...

What a sweet sweet story, Beki! And the leaves are beyond beautiful, you are definitely a talented seed bead artist! I love them! -Jackie

Beki said...

She was wonderful, Kerrie! And she loved to show me how to create. I think it made her feel good to know I was interested.

Thanks, Drea! And now I am inspired to bead a ton more leaves...but they need to wait until the Christmas wrapping chaos is over. ;o)

Thank you so much, Jackie! What a nice thing to say! =o)