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Trade Beads and Google Hangouts

Happy Friday, everyone… or just me as I’m probably the only person who’s reading this right now… that is not a whine, it’s just a probable fact as I am still very new at all this and taking it very slowly. I’ll eventually have a mailing list and followers and lots of product, but for right now it is what it is. I’m learning new stuff about websites each day from all kinds of friends, and I like it.

A couple of days ago I was doing some work for a friend at her house, and knowing that I make jewelry, she offered me some beads from her antique collection … now these aren’t just any beads… they are magical beads… and they aren’t just magical beads, they have a real, serious history to them. When she showed them to me I thought, and I’m embarrassed to admit this: “Oh, large glass beads, nothing really unique.” Then she told me about them, and it was all I could do to keep my jaw from dropping. I only took three of the cobalt ones, but then she said “Don’t you want a pink one, too?” So I took a pink one, too. She said take I should take more, but I couldn’t – they were too valuable, and need to be shared with the world in a very special way.

What exactly were these unassuming-looking beads? Trade beads. Trade beads handled by Lewis and Clark, traded to one of the Indian Nations in exchange for food and assistance on their journey west. Can you imagine? These beads meant that Lewis and Clark ate and received all the aid they needed to make their vision a reality.  It doesn’t get much better than that when it comes to stories. I guess that’s one of the reasons I love jewelry so much – there are usually fascinating stories to be heard, and I love a good story.

What was the world like when people offered exchanges like that? What does it look like when I say: I am in need of X, you have X, would you be willing to take Y for it? I imagine that the conversations may be much deeper than what happens in our local grocery store. Hmm… fun imaginings…

Anyway, as I was finishing up my work  my friend said she had to go to the ATM to get some cash to pay me. I said “How about a trade instead? What I’d really like is a signed copy of your book and another book as well.” She said, “That’s it?” And I said yes. She gave me the two I desired, and a third as well. I felt like I had received a king’s ransom! Then she called me into her office and taught me how to do a Google Hangout, and encouraged me to practice. I think she has some big plans for my future if I’ll just take the leap. So in the spirit of trade and learning and growing, off I go to make my first hangout. Now I don’t know if I’ll ever make it publicly available, but who knows?

I just may be teaching jewelry classes via hangouts in the future. Hmm…

Oh – and before I go, if you are interested in the trade beads mentioned above, let me know and I’ll make the connection for you!

Brightest Blessings,


REAL Cobalt Blue & Pink Trade Beads - used by Lewis & Clark

REAL Cobalt Blue & Pink Trade Beads – used by Lewis & Clark