Memory Beads: A Lasting Legacy

Today I interviewed a lovely woman named Fran for an upcoming newspaper column. We had a great visit during which she showed me two paper bead necklaces her mother made “years and years” ago. Fran said her mother called them memory beads because she would often take wrapping paper home from family events and make beads out of the paper and then give them back to guest of honor. I LOVE this idea and will be making some memory beads after the next family gift exchange.

What a joy it was to meet a kindred spirit today and learn about Fran’s crafting history, a rich experience that predates the start of mine by more than 40 years.

Do you have any craft traditions in your family? Please do share.

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