Greetings to all our Beading Friends!

We are pretty well back to normal after our tornado experience! Thank you to everyone who sent good wishes and offered to help. One has to believe in miracles since no lives were lost in the six tornadoes that hit the Ottawa region in late September. We heard many wonderful stories of people coming together to help those in need and this was a great example of Desmond Tutu’s advice: “Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world”. This event made us realise once again we truly have a lot to be grateful for.

The gray days of November make us appreciate even more the beautiful colours of the beads that surround us. Because November is frequently wet and therefore not the most attractive for outdoor initiatives, there is more time for most of us to work on our creative projects and include some bright colours and sparkle. Maybe you have time to experiment with ways to use up your orphan beads. In the newsletter, there is an example of a bracelet having a focal point incorporating several beads from previous projects plus O-beads and small seed beads on a beading foundation base. Maybe you have some beads that could be strung on wire and shaped into a pendant or wrapped around an inexpensive glass carafe for a present. Some other gift ideas: eyeglass holders, napkin rings, book marks, key ring decorations, and snowflake decorations.

We wish you well and hope you have a creative November! Creative endeavors nourish the soul.


Meredith, Brent and Carrie