It takes a different mindset to do beadwork. Creating things of beauty comes from a different mental plane. The money helps too.
It is fun to have the wealthy, elite, deep thinking people think you are neat when you know in your own mind that all you really are is batshit crazy with a different perspective and life experiences.
It is a shame that you don't have any of your mothers work. I am sure she put a lot of thought and love in it. You have to love it to do it.