This past weekend, I had the pleasure of being involved in the creation of a birthing necklace for a dear friend of mine on Cortes Island who is about to welcome a new addition to her family. This was a new experience for me and a very positive one. We all came together and brought a bead to add to the necklace. Some beads were homemade and others came from our personal collections. The purpose of the birthing necklace is to let the mother-to-be Shine with the energy of her fellow ladies to give her strength during labour, as well as the knowledge she has our support. It was a beautiful afternoon with lots of hugs, treats and crafting. I took this opportunity to create a bead out of polymer clay and wool I naturally dyed – I used lilac to dye one strand pink and indigo to dye the other one blue… and of course it was Shiny too!