What do you love?

2012-08-25_15-19-09_543Summit House Dessert!What do you love?  Do you love your children and your spouse?   Do you love the sound of rain tinkling on the roof, the smell of cookies baking, the sound of the birds singing at the first sign of morning as the sun begins to light up the sky?  Do you love your parents and siblings, your car, your house, and your neighborhood?  Do you love to read, love a good joke, or love ice cream?  What do you love?  Love takes many forms.  Even when considering human relationships only, there are different kinds of love.  There’s the romantic kind of love we have for our spouses (which in and of itself takes many forms),My babies

the family kind of love we have for our parents, siblings & children,

I love my parents

there’s the love we have for friends and neighbors,

my friend Vickiand the love we have for acquaintances, for the clerk at the store, for Civil Servants like our police & fire fighters, 20130806_211015and for the person we pass on the street.  (I know, you’re probably thinking, love the person on the street?  Well, I pray for people I don’t know all the time–and that’s a form of love!)  And there’s our love for God.  Then there’s the kind of love we have for things like our pets,


our homes, our neighborhoods, our cities, our country, food, etc.

And there’s the love we have for things we do–maybe you’re like me and love beading.

Maybe you love gardening, golfing, bicycling, cooking, wood-working, barbecuing, fishing or reading.


Each kind of love, whether for a person, an object, or activity, is unique. Have you ever stopped and thought about HOW you show that you love a person, object or activity?  Do you put thought and effort into it?  Do you think about the outcome?  How do you know you love that person/object/hobby?  Love is uniquely expressed in varying degrees dependent upon the recipient.   You wouldn’t kiss your beads!  You wouldn’t clean your neighbor!  And you wouldn’t hug your ice cream cone!  LOL  And you certainly wouldn’t kiss your child in the same way you kiss your husband.   So, how you express love matters.  When my husband Gary and I were in the early years of our marriage, we attended a young marrieds Sunday School class.  The leader, a long-time-married lady who was one of the associate pastors of the church, talked about perfectionism.  She encouraged us that not everything requires an A+, like when you’re mowing the lawn or cleaning house.  You don’t have to worry about if you missed a blade of grassimperfect grass or a speck of dust!  It doesn’t matter.  A good job, not a perfect job, is good enough.  There’s a Bible verse that says, “Whatever you do, work at it wholeheartedly as though you were doing it for the Lord and not merely for people.”  I used to think that that meant I had to do a perfect job!  (And I don’t know about you, but that disqualifies me!)  But in reality, the kind of perfection God desires is when we show love.  He wants us to show our love by how we act–to do it wholeheartedly.  We may not do something perfectly, but we can always be endeavoring to show our love–and that’s what God really wants.  So, if you’re hung up on “doing-your-work-unto-the-Lord”-perfectionism, be free!  Let it go!  Just do whatever you have to do with love for Him, and the rest will follow.  After all, “the first & greatest commandment is, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul & all your mind’.  And the second is like it.  ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’.  All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”’ Matt. 22:37-40  I can do that!  And so can you!

Beading Tips Du Jour

Are you like me?  Do you find this really cool pattern & want to give it your own color combination but aren’t sure where to begin?  Well, allow me to share what has helped me.

Tip #1:  It’s okay to try out a combination and see if you like it.  If you don’t, it’s OKAY TO TAKE IT APART & START OVER!  It’s not a waste of time or money or effort.  It’s part of the creative learning process.  And, you don’t necessarily have to make the whole project to see if it will suit your taste or not.  Just GO FOR IT and change it if you want to!

Tip#2:  Maybe you have a peyote stitch or right angle weave chart that was taught in one color and you want to change it to a different color or to more than one.  Here are my suggestions:

1. Scan the chart into your computer, and then open it in an art program, like Paint Shop Pro.  (Or you can print it out & color it by hand, if you like.)

2. Fill/color in all the beads pictured with white, so you have a blank form with which to start.  (If you are coloring it in White-out or Liquid Paper, then you’ll want to let it dry, scan it again and print it out again.)

If the colored pattern is of flowers or some other specific design that you just want to change part of the color, only fill those particular beads with a new color.  Don’t white out all of the beads or you could have a doozy of a time recreating the pattern of flowers or whatever was there.

3. Starting with the last/most complete picture of the pattern, color in the beads as desired.  This will help you see what it actually turn out like.

When I first tried this on a chart, I had started with the first picture which only showed the first three rows.  first two rows

By the time I got to the overall pattern picture, it didn’t look anything like what I wanted.  So it really helps to work your way from an overall picture like this one backwards.  overall rows

Tip #3:  You don’t have to do the whole project on one thread!  It’s OKAY to make individual pieces and then stitch them together later!

Tip #4:  It’s OKAY to use glue to make your beads stay put!

The Bottom Line is:  do what you want to!  There are no hard fast rules in beading.  It’s what works for you!  So, play.  Have fun.  Enjoy.  Don’t make it be work!  Make it yours!  Let it go!  Breathe!  Each piece of artwork has its own beauty–“flaws” and all!  And remember, our flaws are what makes us sparkle!

Have a happy, beadingly fun, sparkly day!


The Happy Beader
The Happy Beader