Saturday, August 16, 2008

Junior High Girls Love Beading!

I must share the excitement...today I had six junior-high girls to my house for a beading party. My sister-in-law, Kris, is their Sunday school teacher. During her spring program she gave the girls the opportunity to be able to come to my house and make jewelry by faithfulness in attendance, bringing visitors, etc. She has nine girls in her class, but 3 of them were unable to come. The girls made jewelry for them also. I have only one regret...that I did not take one picture! We had snacks and drinks (not on the same table as the beads!) and had most of my bead boxes on the tables. The girls were delightful and had so much fun each creating their own unique designs...earrings, necklaces, and earrings. Several girls made necklaces for their moms and one of the girls stated that she and her mom would both wear one of the designs she made. As I've written in previous blogs I love to invest in young people. They are the future of our homes, our churches, our schools, our nation. I will never cease to be amazed at the response of young people when they are loved and respected. This was the second time for these girls to make jewelry. The first time they did great, but they came this time really knowing what they wanted to make and had much more understanding of how to design. I also observed that they had more confidence. Young people respond well in learning new things and the feeling of confidence that showed as they each walked out the door with their bags of jewelry. All jewelry was wrapped in bright yellow tissue paper and placed in beautiful black and white and yellow gift bags. Each girl thanked me as she left and seemed so appreciative. Are you teaching anyone your talents and abilities? I encourage you to find a young person (or several!) and teach them to do what you do. They will appreciate your believing in them; they will grow in confidence; and you will be passing your talents and abilities on to the next generation. Try it; you'll be glad you did!

6 comments:

Charsbeads4u said...

I took some of my beading supplies with me to our Church coffee shop on a Friday night and I sat at a large table and before I knew it I was swarmed with people who wanted to play too! =) I helped several young woman make earrings and cell phone charms and even a couple of them wanted guitar pick necklaces....and then they all asked how much I wanted for the items...I told them nothing...I just wanted to be a blessing to them!
Now I could afford to do that on a regular basis by anymeans, but it was fun for one nite to be able to bless others and maybe someday they will become beaders too! =)
Peace
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Char

nikki/WhiMSy love said...

I love that! You are very inspiring!

blackfeatherfarm said...

You are not only thoughtful and generous, but wise. A nice post.

Jane Grafton said...

charsbeads4u, what a blessing you were. Isnt it great to share and be a blessing to others?

Jane Grafton said...

nikki/whismy and black feather farm, thank you for your encouraging words.

ZENABU said...

Beading so wonderful for kids and so therapeutic. In South Africa a number of us go to underprivileged areas and teach them various crafts as a form of social upliftment and beading is one of these crafts. The kids there love beading and are so proud of their handmade items. Its so heart warming.