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If no one minds I will go ahead and get this going. If you want to participate in the bead swap, sign up here. Once we find out how mahy participants we have we can decide the logistics of how many beads and all that jazz.

I am thinking I would just string them on hemp cording with knots at either end and the recepient could decide whether to make a necklace or bracelet or just leave as is. I am not sure I want something hanging around my neck or on my wrist during labor so I will probably leave mine as is until after. Then get a clasp to make a nursing necklace or bracelet.

I will everyone til Sunday, November 6th at midnight to sign up. Then we will get going on all the planning and exchanging info.

This is going to be fun!!!!!!!
 

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I'd like to do it, too.


If you don't mind, I'm going to add my petty
requests here, too... Can we have a while to do this (since we're due in April)? (My Nov. is super busy already, and I want to figure out a time to procure beads that doesn't involve taking my toddler
). What kind of diameter do they need to be--how wide is the cording you're thinking of? If you're thinking nursing necklace, they should be semi-big/durable, sized for a decent diameter cord, no? (I have a very special necklace I made which I've worn during the births of my 1st 2, but each child has managed to pull at least 1 bead off, so it's definitely not a nursing necklace.)
 

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KKMAMA, I think txgal mentioned just signing up now, but will probably want the beads in by the end of february. so you have plenty of time!
 

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Originally Posted by FreeSpiritMama
I'd like to be in but I'm in the UK is that ok? Of course I will send the extra amount for shipping to here

I wouldn't mind swapping with someone outside the US! And you wouldn't have to send me anything for extra shipping


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Originally Posted by aprilushka
Ummm... forgive my ignorance, but what exactly is a bead swap and what does it have to do with pregnancy?
Some mamas like to have a special necklace or bracelet to wear in labor to help them focus. Or other mamas wear nursing necklaces to help nurslings focus on nursing (or keep them from poking their faces/pulling hair
) as they get older. And swapping them in a due date club just makes them all the more special because they are connected to a mama you got to know during your pregnancy.

I'm still not sure... are we just swapping beads and thread or are we swapping necklaces and bracelets? I
making jewelry, but I want ot make sure I'm doing it right.
 

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Aprilushka

in many traditions, women have a blessing way for an expectant mother, rather than a baby shower. they pamper her with foot baths, massage, brush her hair, perhaps smudge her or whatever. and usually, her friends will each find a special bead and pass a string around to everyone who adds their bead to the string with a special wish for the mama,baby or family. then, in labor the woman can focus on the necklace and remember all the love and well-wishes that went into it...a power totem to help her through.

we also had a baby blessing after my daughter was born and we had everyone present do the same for her. she will have it to open probably when she's 18, and can read the wishes for each bead. it's a very special thing, in my opinion.
 

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I guess I should have clarified some so people would know whether they really want to participate.

1.Once we know how many people are signing up then we can decide on how many beads to get. But basically you will send a bead for everyone that signs up. (25 people sign up, send 25 beads)
2.I figure if everyone gets there beads to me by the end of February, I can get them back in the mail by Spring Break (mid March) in case anyone has their baby early.
3.I will divide the beads so everyone gets one from everyone else, and string them on something (I was thinking of hemp, but if someone knows something else that would work let me know)
4.From what I hear it is hard to get a diameter measure for beads so the best bet is to decide what kind of string and go from there.
5.When you send me your beads you will also include money for me to mail your new beads back along with a return address. You could do this by sending cash, putting in my paypal account, or money order. I also thought, those who are able could add an extra dollar to cover people who want to participate but can't afford the shipping, or to help with the cost of string and filler beads. I figure if there is money left over afterwards I could donate it to La Leche International or API in our name.

I agree that it may be hard to make these nursing necklaces without limiting what kind of beads you can use and all. I don't want to limit the type of beads, so I guess it will just be up to you if you want to make it a nursing necklace or just a regular necklace.

Bottom line is we still have plenty of time to work out the details, but if you are interested sign up now. The more the merrier.
 
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