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glass redThis is a set of red glass beads and pendant for your matching earring/necklace designs. The earring beads (approx. 1 mm. long) consist of clear red glass set in gold oval frames. My understanding is that these are vintage, from the 1950's. The pendant (approx. 1" long and 1 mm. wide) is of blown glass with gold and other elements, with a generous horizontal hole (through the red section), ready for stringing. This is not vintage, but it is beautifully handcrafted, and it goes so nicely with these beads that we are offering it as a set for your jewelry designs.

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christmas tree 2016 2In honor of Christmas Day, I wanted to post something special about beads related to the holiday. I went on a rambling internet quest and found this lovely story. A little schmaltzy, yes, but the message is eternally true. It's about unselfish love, softening, and healing. Here's the link: A String of Blue Beads.

The story isn't entirely unlike a great movie we just saw with our friends -- Collatoral Beauty. I was weeping through most of it, as it made me think of my husband's illness and also the recent loss of my beloved 12-year old lab, Mishka. But that's ok, as they say weeping can help to heal. I hadn't really cried much since Mishka died, even though I have been in a lot of emotional pain. I think it's because I'm like the character in the movie; I just get on my (metaphorical) bike and ride hard, against the traffic, keeping myself busy, focusing on not breaking down.

mishka blue blanket 2But as it says in Ecclesiastes, there's a time to weep and a time to laugh; a time to mourn and a time to dance. For us, it seems like the whole year has been a time to mourn. Here's hoping that next year -- for us and for you -- is a time to laugh and to dance. It will take some work, I'm sure -- remembering to count our incredible blessings, to have gratitude, to help all those who need it -- to the best of our ability, and most of all, to love.

May you and yours -- and the world -- have a peaceful holiday season and new year, and may all your days be merry and bright.

Until Next Year,

Sheila

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