Sunday, August 1, 2010

First Post

It is probably fitting to start where all things start---at the beginning.

Once upon a time there was a girl named Jacinta. She loved learning new things and was a hopeless crafter. Nothing made her happier than drawing, painting, sculpting, carving, knitting, finger weaving, and crocheting. (Except maybe reading and writing…)

One summer she was sent off to camp, where she met two Native American elder women who were quite pleased to show her their collection of beads. They even let her string some to make her very own creation. It was more than just a craft; she was taught to find beads with meaning to the scent of the burning sage leaf and to the music of the Native American Indians. It was a very spiritual experience.

Jacinta “grew up” and got to learn and experience many more things. She worked for two summers as an archaeologist, went to college for art and writing, landed a position at her college newspaper, went on to get a job at a publishing house for a while. Meanwhile, her love of crafting grew with her.

One day she realized that there were just too many beads in the house. Hobbies were slowly taking over the living space and consuming every available surface. (It didn’t help that she’d found a man who loved his hobbies as much as she loved hers.) She had to push beads and headpins out of the way to eat supper at the table, couldn’t walk across the room without stepping on a lobster clasp or earring wire. In consternation, she threw her hands up into the air and cried, “What am I ever going to do with all these things! My wrists can only hold so many bracelets, I can only wear so many necklaces before I look too silly, and I only have ten fingers for rings!” Then it hit her: why not try to sell handmade jewelry to other people with similar tastes?

Thus Jamberrysong’s Creations was born.

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Now that introductions are out of the way, I’d like to take this opportunity to invite you to follow me and my little fledgling business. In return, I’ll offer to share what I learn along the way, to stay (mostly!) positive and forward looking, and to present you with all kinds of other goodies that will help us all to stay young and creative on our chosen life paths. Please join me!

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