bumble bee beadsI’m one of those people who can’t just sit and watch television. I have to be doing something productive during that time. So a few years ago I taught myself how to do peyote beading and started making jewelry for myself. It has since morphed into an opportunity to raise funds for the annual mission trip I take to Bolivia each year. See TMI Friday Feature Blog “Return to Cochabamba, Bolivia” dated 7/13/14.


During my lunch break I escape to my car and work on my beading. It’s my way to relax and clear my head. I sit in my car and watch something on Netflix and bead for an hour. A few days ago I was able to watch “Cast Away” and continue to work on a bracelet – – a wonderful change of pace from telecommunications and retail energy compliance reports for a few minutes.

Periodically, I will look online for ideas even though I don’t work off of patterns. It amazes me how people can turn a bunch of little tiny beads into 3D flowers! Art comes in so many forms.  I stick to peyote and make bracelets with bumble bees, holiday themes, or simple styles for everyday wear. That is still a great expressive and fun outlet for my creative juices.

purple beads resized 600Everybody has something that makes them unique. Some talent or interest that is part of what makes you who you are. It’s important to take a little time out of our busy lives and focus on those parts. Give yourself a chance to recharge and just have fun. There’s a weekend right around the corner – maybe carve out a little time to just be “you” and create something of your own!