Treasures, Treasuries, and Thoughts

I swore I would never do a blog! So much for swearing. I didn't think that I would have much to say or share. I was wrong! I have been so blessed with a wonderful family, loyal friends, sharing colleagues, and the support from so many that I will never run out of topics to write about.

I have opened an on-line store at a place called Etsy (rhymes with Betsy). The items on the left are available for purchase there. These will change from week to week to show you my latest creations. The link to the store is in the upper left corner of this page.

I also have items for sale listed on Art Fire. The link to my Art Fire Studio is

I hope you will visit this blog, my Flickr page ( and my Etsy and/or Art Fire stores often. (

So come along on my Trail of Treasures! It will be a Spirit Journey for me and I invite you to join me on the trip.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

The Edna Perkins Project

The Edna Perkins Project
The Omaha Beady Bunch is an organization that I currently serve as the Vice President .

Edna Perkins is a long time member of the Omaha Beady Bunch. The Omaha Beady Bunch is an organization of persons interested in beads and beading techniques. They share designs, teach one another techniques, and celebrate beading one evening each month. No member has been more sharing with ideas, materials, motivation, and opinions than Edna.

Every member has an ever growing "stash" of vials, strands, and sacks of beads and interesting embellishments. Last year and again this year, Edna donated some of her "stash" to members of the group. The Officers of the group made the determination that something special should be done with the beads. With that thought in mind, the "Edna Perkins Project" was developed.
This years beads were assembled and distributed to members who want to participate in the Second Annual Edna Perkins Project at the February meeting. Each member was challenged to design and create at least one very special bracelet, necklace, and/or earrings. The designer is required to use at least one of the donated beads. However, they may add beads and findings from their own stash as they choose. The bracelets were to completed and brought to the April meeting. There were no other rules.

The completed bracelets will be donated to Women’s Shelter of the Catholic Charities. According to their Donations Chairman, the Shelter provides services to an average of 10-15 women and their children each month. These women come from environments of extreme abuse. The average length of stay for the clients is two weeks to one month.
Members of the Beady Bunch are so very lucky. They have the time and means to create beautiful beaded items and they have the support of their families and one another. The Second Annual Edna Perkins Project will challenge the members to design and create a lasting, and perhaps inspirational, gift for a woman who is not so fortunate in time for Mother‘s Day.
Thank You Edna for all that you so willingly share!


blazingneedles said...

Wow - that is really great!

Linda said...

This is wonderful, Joni!

Sixsisters said...

Great idea Joni and the children are beautiful !!

MyFairLadyVT4 said...

That is really a great thing to participate in.

Regal Beads said...

what an amazing project-bravo ladies!

Enchanted Beads said...

Beautiful project, Joni!
Your grandchildren are very cute!

cigarboxbeads said...

such a great idea, joni----and I got to see your grandchildren as well!


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Jean Levert Hood said...

Joni, what an awesome project. It must be very gratifying to participate in.