I bought this strawberry bead from her two years ago at Bead & Button. As you can see, I haven't made anything with it yet. I'm still pondering what to do. Anne also gave me some information about what was on the bead.
The strawberry was once known as an attribute of Freya, the Norse goddess of love and fertility (among other things) she was believed to travel in a chariot drawn by giant cats.On the sides of the beads is "Semper amemus," which means "May we love forever," from the inscription on a 17th century poesy ring.
I'm looking forward to seeing what she has at Bead & Button this year.