One of my favorite quotations says:
'The highest reward for a person's toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it.' --John Ruskin
Last year, around Thanksgiving, I got a wild notion to host a charm swap with the theme 'Counting Your Blessings' with charms, beads and clasps as part of the exchange.
This lovely necklace was made by Mary Harding, one of the charm exchange participants.
She used all the charms, clasps and beads in one long charm necklace.
I really love the way they look, all compiled together.
Wouldn't it be fun to wear - with a black turtleneck, or a white lace summer dress? Now, I think I'd like to do something similar with my charms, to keep them together as a remembrance.
And what did I become by being in the exchange?
Closer to other talented friends, inspired by the results. Enriched by having lots of new lovely charms to create and admire in new works of creativity.
In a word - Blessed.