In the beginning

In the beginning there was a bead and a passion. Now, it’s a business and a love; well, most of the time. (There are those moments when it makes me want to scream, but everyone in business gets those sometimes.) I have started this blog to give folks a little insight into what I do. I would also like to share the stories of things that happen on my business journeys. There are people and moments that are learning experiences and others that are reminders of why I love what I do.

I’d like to start things off with a story from a show I did this past October. The show was a two day show, October 8th and 9th. On the first day, a group of young girls, about 4 or 5 of them age 8 or 9 at the most, came to my booth and were oohing and ahhing over the jewelry. Parents get nervous when kids of this age look at my jewelry, but I generally trust the kids to be careful more than I trust some adults. One of the girls seemed particularly interested in knowing what things were made of, how they were made, what the costs were, etc. I explained it all to her and they went on their way. The next day that same girl came back with another group of girls, and again, she was very interested in everything. I had the impression she really wanted to get something. A little while later, she came back a third time and chose a pair of earrings. She put her money down (a very large pile of quarters) and Maggie wrapped the earrings up for her in tissue paper and put them in a little white gift bag. She seemed thrilled! Later that day, I saw the girl once more, and this time she was with her mother who was helping out at another location in the show. The mother was wearing the earrings the girl bought from me! I said “I know those earrings!” The lady smiled and put her hand on her daughter’s shoulder and said “She gave them to me, isn’t she sweet?” Sweet indeed. What a great way to end what worked out to be a pretty great weekend.