Monday, April 6, 2009

Learning to Make Butterflies?

I've been trying to make butterflies and it's been a daunting task. I can see in my head what I want, but I haven't been able to get it down on the glass yet.

Why butterflies? Maggie and Paula have started the BOC Spring Cleaning 2009. BOC stands for Beads of Courage and it's a most worthy cause. Beads of Courage is for children who are dealing with serious illnesses.

"For children battling cancer, there is a different story behind each bead in their "Beads of Courage" collection.
Blue ones represent each trip to the cancer clinic, red for a blood transfusion, brown for loss of hair, white for chemotherapy and glow-in-the-dark beads for radiation treatment.

And the list goes on for 17 more colors, including a final "Purple Heart" bead, representing the end of treatment."

And then there are the butterflies...bereavement beads for parents who have lost a child.

I've never made the butterfly beads, and I am struggling to make a bead that shows the love and spirit of the child and parents who have traveled a road that no parent ever wants their child to walk. It matters that these beads are the best I have to offer...but I'm not there yet.

And with every bead I make I pray that the need for these beads will end...


  1. Deronda, your butterflies are beautiful!

  2. I've been trying to work on a serious pretty butterfly. You have made some beautiful butterflies.

  3. Deronda, your butterflies are beautiful and YOU are beautiful....

  4. Those butterflies are beautiful and so is your heart. I pray for the same thing.