Go Terrie! What a wonderful thing you did!
You are so right - we must bring the next generation in. My dd is
13, and has been making and SELLING what she made since she was 12.
She does many of my shows with me, goes to the wholesale shows to buy
with me, figures out what the cost per bead or finding is, and
whether it is in a range that she can then use in a piece and still
be able to sell. She has learned to set up and take down the booth,
to greet customers and help them, she fills out the sales slips, and
does everything except the credit card sales. I can't tell you what
an ego-booster all of this is!
We belong to a gem and mineral club, and she is at least 20 years
younger than anyone else. Most of the members are retired. I think
that is so sad! She has been to a workshop with me, and was the only
kid there. More folks need to encourage and mentor kids, get them
involved and interested.
Loren Damewood was wonderful, and came and did a mini "workshop" at
my dd's school, and showed them what he does. What a wonderful
experience for the kids to see both what can be done, and then to
really begin to understand how much work, skill and talent goes into
Thanks for posting the info on the camp Karen - maybe it will
inspire more experienced people to do the same.
Beth in SC