Beads of Courage is a non-profit organization that provides art beads to children that are seriously ill. I first heard of Beads of Courage about 5 years ago when I hosted a bead swap for my bead group. I believe that this organization is unique in using art beads as a creative outlet for chronically ill children. So, when I heard of Jennifer’s “Art Charm Swap/Auction” for Beads of Courage, I felt that I wanted to be a part of it. I liked the idea of participating in a global art charm swap that would benefit children.
To read more about Beads of Courage
To read more about the swap
The theme for the Art Charm swap was laughter. There is nothing like the unbridled laughter of a child. Studies have shown that laughter can be a contributing factor to good health.
So, with this theme in mind I set out to create a charm that would remind me or others to laugh. Having fun is one way to get peals of laughter from a child. How does one have fun? For me it’s working in my studio, teaching someone about art, watching the smiles on their face when they discover that they are truly creative. Making soap with my neighbor’s son, and hearing the laughs as he realized how much fun making soap can be. The list goes on, I hope as you check out the blogs, you will have fun, and a laugh or two.
Links to Bead swap artists blogs
Jeannie K Dukic
Marsha Neal Studio
Shelley Graham Turner