Summer of ART Guest Blog Post – Patty Gallagher, Bead Bag Stitcher
Yes, I love color! And I also love beads. I collect them and I do lots of creative things with them, but I don’t make them. I can, however, sew. I have been doing that my entire life. So when I first learned about the Beads of Courage Program, I knew I wanted to contribute in any way that I could.
What a marvelous idea! To maybe put a smile on someone’s face. For a smile is the universal symbol of kindness and love. To make a bag that holds a memory for a milestone, I can do that!
I do what I do because it feels so good to give in any way that I can. And I am happiest when I can make something handmade from the heart.
I choose to see the world in color. But I know there are many days that just aren’t that way. Especially when one is not feeling well and most definitely when having to deal with a life-altering medical diagnosis.
As a two-time cancer survivor myself, I know a little bit about that experience. So if I can make a child, a teenager or a family member smile for just a moment when they see something with beautiful, bright and happy colors to carry with them on their journey, well, that makes me smile.
I’m always looking for material. I pop in a Goodwill store or whenever there is a sale at a local craft store, I’m there.
The world needs more kindness and I’m honored to be able to help.
For all the smiles,