My friend Alayne’s birthday is the day after mine. It didn’t really surprise me when I found out because we had a very strong spiritual connection almost from the day we met. For her birthday, I like to get her something that is spiritual in nature. This year I was noodling what to get her, and I remembered the necklace my sister gave me several years ago for Christmas.
This necklace is unbelievably fabulous. It’s not ornate in an expensive, fancy fashion. It’s handmade, and it’s beautiful. But that’s not why I love it. I am pretty much a one necklace girl. I change out my earrings frequently, but I like to have one necklace that I love and that is durable enough to wear everyday – whether I’m running, walking, going to work or even backpacking. It has to be sweatproof, waterproof and otherwise pretty indestructible. When my sister gave me the necklace, I thought it was lovely, but it looked so dainty I knew I probably wouldn’t wear it very often. I googled the shop and read about the beads. To my surprise, they said the beads would not fade! In fact, they said the beads would stay just as beautiful as ever – for YEARS! I was so excited!
I have worn this necklace for everything. It’s fun… it’s pretty… and it’s durable. The necklace is made of She-beads. The beads are not painted. They are made of colorful clay, so the design is baked right in. It’s pretty amazing how they make them.
How they make She-Beads….
So I thought of this necklace and wondered if She-Beads had anything that would fit my budget for my friend Alayne. I searched on their website, and I found some necklaces called Intention Beads. Hmmmm … I like the idea of setting intentions. And I knew that Alayne is going through a bit of a life transformation right now. That might just be the ticket. They had so many different Intention Beads that it was hard to choose just one, but I finally chose one that was perfect for her. I ordered it and shipped it to her address.
About an hour later, the thought crossed my mind that maybe I had an old address for her. I texted her, and, sure enough, I’d sent the Intention Bead to an old address. I knew that I had screwed up, but I called the shop anyway. I happened to talk to the artist that made the bead, and she fixed the address for me. That’s what I love about shopping with small businesses. It’s the personal service and the ability to talk with somebody that can actually fix things. It wasn’t already packed on a conveyor belt somewhere on a “no return” trip. I hung up very happy.
I won’t go through all the details, but I got to know the owners of She-Beads quite well the next few days. Even though they manually fixed the address, the ordering system changed it back. The necklace went to the wrong place. They sweetly agreed to overnight a second intention bead – the only one they had left – to her. I’ll make a long story short and tell you that the Houston postal service screwed up the delivery, and it took another week for her Intention Bead to arrive on her doorstep. Meanwhile, I was extremely impressed at the care and concern that Alexandra and Sandy – the owners of She-Beads and Intention Beads – had for my little gift. I will definitely purchase more of their beautiful meaningful beads.
During our conversations, Sandy explained to me that she is an astrologer. The Intention Beads are very powerful because she makes each bead during the exact time that the “energy” for that intention is strongest. It’s usually a short window of time, so she may only have a couple of beads for that intention. For example, she only had two beads for Alayne’s intention. One went to the wrong address in Houston (it did finally make it back to their store), and the other made it safely to Alayne. They are not mass-marketed. It truly was a special gift.
This would be a good Intention Bead for me!!
When Alayne received her gift, she said the bead was beautiful and there was a little card that explained exactly how to work with affirmations for the intention she had. She was already eager to journal about what it was that she wanted to manifest with this bead!
If you’re interested, you can find Alexandra and Sandy at the studio in Willmette IL. They are a family-owned business with three divisions – He-Beads (for men), She-Beads and Intention Beads. Tell them Sharon from Midlife Moments sent you!