By Diane Ako
I've been waiting eight years to do this with my daughter! We beaded together this weekend!
I learned how to bead probably ten years ago from a couple of my girlfriends who were totally into it at the time. Hobbies, energies, and schedules change, and over the years, I've become the recipient of three people's beading hand-me-downs. I accumulated three kits of beads.
In the last five years, I myself slowed down considerably. I just have no time or energy. I considered passing along my beads to the next lucky girlfriend in the chain of crafters, but I decided one day, Olivia would be patient enough to enjoy it.
And the day finally came!
I'm not sure how this came up, but one weekend she wanted earrings and we made some glass rabbits for her. She wore it to school and got a lot of compliments. It made her happy.
With Christmas coming up, I asked her if she'd like to make earrings for her girlfriends. She said yes!
So I eagerly brought out the kit one weekend and we had a delightful time combing through the little boxes and deciding how to pattern each pair of earrings.
It's not complicated and I'm really quite amateur in my skill set, but it's enough to appease an eight-year-old. It's amazing, really, how making six pairs of earrings easily took us a couple of hours, mostly because we were playing with all the pretty colors and shapes.
At the end of the session, we went into Mommy's gift wrapping storage and picked out fancy mesh bags to package it in. There are many colors. This also took a while, ha ha.
Although the whole process was about making and wrapping presents for other people, the true gift was all mine, because it was another lovely experience in time spent with my girl... That, and we got to do this leisurely, instead of at the last minute with me stressing out about meeting a deadline!