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Beading In Arizona

I’ve had some family, the immediate kind (parents, siblings, spouse, and children) or the extended variety (cousins, uncles and aunts, grandparents, nieces and nephews, in-laws and the like) in the Arizona area for many years. It’s arid, that is to say, extremely dry, and during the summer months, it can be overbearing, oppressive even! Anyone from the general south western area of the Unites States of America is sure to know just how unpleasant this climate can be. But that aside, I think there is still plenty of beauty to behold in this beautiful state.

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And speaking of beauty, take a look at this! I’m never disappointed any time I have the opportunity to visit Arizona. Maybe I’m biased because it’s a piece of my childhood and I’ll always have a soft spot for the American south west in general, but there is something about the vast, empty, and quiet beauty of the lands of Arizona that I’ll never be able to deny. © Ken Lund.

Now aside from the beauty of Arizona’s own natural landscapes, I find a lot of the people from Arizona like to get their kids, particularly their little girls and some of their little boys, interested in the world of beading. Now for me, I don’t want to stick any of the young kids in my life into something that’s dull and boring and obvious. I want to bring my people into something unusual, and let me tell you, these beads are unusual. I’m not really one for shopping online that much either, so with that being said, you can take my word for it when I tell you that this website I’ve hyperlinked that is definitely worth at least a minute of your time. You’ll find some of the most unique and exotic looking beads available from around the world, let alone on just one little website. I’m kind of a cheap person too, (or so my friends like to say when they are making fun of me anyway!) and that site is certainly not disappointing to me or to my pocket book. It’s nice to see that even in the current world economy, the value of our money hasn’t dropped down to some minuscule level.

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Now this photo just does my heart so much good. I’m not so sure if those beads are the kind of high quality I’d want to use, but they seem appropriate for a young girl to get herself acclimated with.  © Colleen Pence.

That reminds me; one great thing about beads is that you don’t find a very high rate of choking hazard related incidents with them. I’m not sure if I can tout the greatness of one activity over another in terms of safety though since statistics really don’t matter if it’s your kid’s safety that’s at stake. Although whenever I think of the dangers of parenting, and often whenever I think of Arizona in general, the movie Raising Arizona is probably at the forefront of my mind (also one of the funniest movies I’ve ever seen and quite possibly one of the reasons why Nicholas Cage has had such a great career in film!) But anyway, if you don’t take anything else from this blog post of mine, don’t forget that kids do often love beads and that you won’t be in the wrong to at least give them a try!

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I couldn’t think of any better photo than this one, which reminds me of my childhood in Arizona. Something about the arid land makes even the inclement weather feel like something cool and special. © Ed Ouimette.