Many in my community had broken jewelery. Since mailing pieces to big cities for the simplest repair cost $35 minimum, I wondered if I could learn how to do repairs. When I found someone to teach me, her closing words were, "This might grow into a good small business for you."
I learned safety pins are great jewelry-making tools. But I also discovered something better: the bead board. These are inexpensive trays with spaces to hold beads, as well as a generous trough with inch markers to show how long your finished product will be. After placing various sizes, shapes and colors of beads next to each other in the trough, you find your final pleasing combination and string them together. Voilá--excellence!
God also gave me the desire to write and then revealed ways to learn the craft. The February MBT Deep Thinkers Retreat provided a bazillion, gazillion gorgeous elements--rich colored beads in varied sizes, spacers, roundels, bead tips, clasps, hooks, dangles--everything needed. Under the tutelage of master craftsmen Susie and Rachel, writers tried ideas, working and rearranging combinations until we found the satisfying designs, colors and lengths right for each of us. Then we added clasps and applied needle and thread to tie our stories up.
Using our life experiences, God provides the colorful beads unique to each one of us. Waiting on Him, "oohing" and "aahing" as we cheer each other on, arranging and rearranging our story elements in the bead board--all this helps us create compelling stories.
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