"Wired Nan" is hosting her very first blog hop entitled “My Country … Of Thee I Bead” and I, of course, not one to EVER miss a challenge it seems, signed up. The rules are simple: create jewelry inspired by your home country or a country to which you have an attachment. For me, that country is Serbia.
Both of my parents were born and raised in Serbia and I am the first generation born in American. Growing up, the Serbian Orthodox Church community was a home-away-from-home for them, and in my teenage years I became a part of the church’s Sumadija Serbian Folk Dance Ensemble.
Best! Time! Ever!
I loved being a part of this group and learning new songs and dances. I loved traveling to various churches and performing. I loved getting dressed up in our ethnic costumes and listening to our jingly/jangly jewelry sing along as we danced to the music. But most of all, I loved performing each year at the Holiday Folk Fair. Not only did we have an opportunity to share our Serbian heritage there, but we learned about others' through their music, dance, food and artifacts.
There are so many beautiful Serbian things to draw from for my jewelry inspiration, but my dance costume will always be nearest and dearest to my heart … so I made some earrings in honor of it. I love it when I find the perfect beads in my stash ...
Thank you for stopping by and for letting me share a little snippet of my Serbian heritage. =) Please go to Nan's blog to see all the other participants.