We've all heard the story of Jack and the Beanstalk with those famous magic "beans", right? Well, we now make magic "beads"!
Quite a few of our designs have come about by being the off spring of something else, so why shouldn't "magic" beads result from our 3 Year Beads? I guess I need to explain this one.
I work as a special needs paraeducator at an elementary school as my "day" job. This job sometimes requires more creativity than making our jewelry. I have been working with a student on and off for two years that loves our jewelry. This student's personal goal has been to acquire as much of our jewelry as possible. I think he has two or three pieces now. :)
This school year this student has had some difficulty reaching some of the goals that have been set forth. This is where the creativity comes into play. Finding what is motivating is the key to reaching one's goals. This student has been gradually reaching most of the goals except one. With this in mind and knowing how much this student has loved our 3 Year Beads, a light bulb went off in my head.....let's try working for a bead a month. Now I will say I've offered similar rewards in the past, but attaining what it was going to take just wasn't happening. I'm not certain what has made the difference...but it's working! The beads are magic! One bead has been earned with one more on the way very soon. This student wears it EVERYDAY! I've found at times when this student starts to struggle that simply mentioning the ability to earn another bead turns the situation around.
Being able to give back as a business has been important to us since the very beginning. We've used our jewelry to raise money for mission trips, fundraising for a variety of organizations as well as for a friend struggling with bills while fighting cancer. James' son, Jakob even did a fundraiser for Toys for Tots this past Christmas season with a cane he made. We made pendant necklaces from it and donated all the money raised. We feel very blessed to be able to do what we love so giving back will always be a part of who we are.