A portion of what I "took"
Beads of Courage - Providing Arts in medicine for children with serious illness.
Have you ever heard of it? If not, I encourage you to check out their website and see the all the wonderful things they do in supporting children fighting illness. Take a look around while you are there, there are so many inspiring stories.
Recently I was lucky enough to be chosen to participate in a fund raiser for Beads of Courage by way of the Best Little Bead Box which is the brainchild of Jennifer Van Benschoten of VanBeads and Carol Dean Sharpe of Sand Fibers
Twelve beaders are chosen for each round, we are now in the second round. A large box full of beads, cabochons and other wonderful beady supplies are shipped off to the first beader. They take anything and everything they want from the box provided they put back more and better than what was taken. Then ship it off to the next beader and so on down the line.
Once the boxes make their way back to the starting point, all the contents are sorted and grouped into packages that are auctioned off on EBay with the proceeds going to Beads of Courage.
The boxes upon arrival
So not only is this a great way to acquire some wonderful pieces, it also provides a way to lighten your own stash and connects you to the bead community in an extra special way. It
s fun and it just feels GOOD!
If you would like to learn a little more about me, there is an introduction page on the Best Little Bead Box blog. And if you would like to see what I took as well as gave to the boxes, you can see that in a separate blog post.
If you enjoy photos of beads and learning about other beaders - take some time to read through the whole blog for the Best Little Bead Box. And if you feel compelled to participate, they will be taking new applications at the end of round two. I encourage you to follow their blog, bookmark the page or follow them on Facebook to stay current on all the latest news.
Chief - guarding the boxes
Leaves of Grass
This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body - Walt Whitman