This past weekend was one of my largest craft shows of the year. I work in the library of the house, which connects to the living room, so I get to enjoy my family the entire time. My heart melted each time Zack came over to quietly put his head on my shoulder and rub my back and check on what I was doing. When he saw I was making some little girl bracelets, he asked if he could help.
Why, of course he could, I said.
The only thing I did for the kidlet was cut the elastic or wire and glue or crimp. Zack chose all the colors and patterns, and he has a great eye for color. We quietly worked together for quite a while.
When he found my stash of ladybug beads, he got lost in them. He used every single one, even making an asymmetrical one when he didn't have enough ladybugs to finish one bracelet. I was proud of his innovation.
And guess what?
The first sale of the day on Friday was his ladybug bracelet. All of his bracelets, in fact, sold over the weekend. I'm not a bit surprised.
That look of quiet pride on his face when I handed him the money he earned was priceless. It wasn't a huge toothy grin, but a quiet, shy, towards-the-ground introspective grin. I know my boy well enough to know he was immensely proud, and I think I can count on him sitting beside me more often at the beading table.
And now some jewelry tips and hints for you! Rena Klingenberg of Home Jewelry Business Success Tips just published some of my ideas on her blog -- if you're interested, click here!
Quote of the Day: Changed, but NOT Reduced