I recently visited the Angeline Spa in the Clearwater Casino in Suquamish to restock their supply of Beadware. You can take advantage on one of their great fall specials shown on their website and then shop from more than 2 dozen Beadware items chosen specifically for spa customers. The selection includes:
As you can tell from my hiatus from my blog it has been a busy summer! Yesterday I visited Ventures in Pike Place Market to restock their supply of Beadware. This is a great little shop in Pike Place Market. They are one level down from the market itself. The shop features local small business and artisans. An excellent place to buy gifts.
This stone is such a pretty color. At Ventures - Gifts for Good in Pike Place market they can not keep necklaces and earrings I make with lapis in stock. I recently made a few new designs for them and these beauties are now available there.
name of this stone comes from 'lapis', the Latin word for stone, and 'azula',
which is Arabic for blue. This opaque, deep blue gemstone has a grand past. It
was among the first gemstones to be worn as jewelry and worked on. At
excavations in the ancient centers of culture, archaeologists have again and
again found among the grave furnishings decorative chains and figures made of
lapis lazuli – clear indications that the deep blue stone was already popular
thousands of years ago among the people of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Persia, Greece
Lapis, deep blue matte glass seed beads and pewter accents. SOLD
sarcophagus of King Tutankhamen was richly inlaid with lapis lazuli, as were
other burial ornaments of Egyptian kings and queens. It was used extensively in
scarabs, pendants and other jewelry, and ground into powder for dyes, eye
shadow and medicinal elixirs
its earliest uses was as a pigment for paint. It was ground up into a powder
and mixed with binding-agents to produce the intense, but expensive,
ultramarine color favored by many early Masters such as Michelangelo. Many
pictures of the Madonna, for example, were created using this paint. Unlike all
other blue pigments, which tend to pale in the light, it loses none of its
radiance. Today the blue pigment obtained from lapis lazuli is mainly used in
restoration work and by collectors of historical paints.
Lapis, labradorite, deep blue cut glass seed beads and pewter accents. SOLD
quality lapis lazui is found in Afghanistan. It is also found in Russia,
Chilean Andes, Italy, Mongolia, the USA, Canada, Myanmar and Pakistan
lazuli is regarded as a stone of friendship and truth. It is said to encourage
harmony in relationships and help its wearer to be authentic and give his or
her opinion openly.
is a powerful crystal for activating the higher mind and enhancing intellectual
ability. It stimulates the desire for knowledge, truth and understanding, and
aids the process of learning. It is excellent for enhancing memory.
lazuli is beneficial to the throat, larynx, and vocal chords, and helps
regulate the endocrine and thyroid glands. It enhances circulation and improves
cardiac rhythm.It reduces vertigo and lowers blood
pressure, and is thought to alleviate insomnia . Lapis lazuli is also
thought to relieve general pain and inflammations, and is especially effective
against migraine headaches. It aids the nervous system and brain disorders, and
is believed to help with attention-deficit, autism and Asperger's
lazuli is one of the oldest spiritual stones known to man, used by healers,
priests and royalty, for power, wisdom and to stimulate psychic abilities and
inner vision. It represents universal truth. It quickly releases stress,
allowing for peace and serenity. It permits tapping into personal and spiritual
As always stone information is not meant as medical advice but provided here for curiosity only.
In Hood River Oregon you will find a brand new boutique called Tacy's Place that is now selling Beadware's turritella agate necklaces and earrings.
Tacy's opened for business at this July and is having a grand opening celebration on October 1st.
Nestled along the Columbia River Gorge, Hood River is a great place to visit. So many wonderful things to see and do including viewing the many waterfalls, visiting the Columbia River Discovery Center, hiking, watching kite boarders and wind surfers on the river, wine and beer tasting and shopping. Be sure and stop in to Tacy's if you are in the area!
Starting this month you will be able to find Beadware stone necklaces and earrings at Enduring Comforts in Freestone California. Besides jewelry, this charming boutique carries antiques and other delights. Beside jewelry, you will find clothing, gifts and a tasteful selection of antiques for your home.
You can see pictures of this lovely shop on their Facebook page. If you are cruising down the Bohemian Hwy on the Sonoma Coast on a Friday thru Monday be sure to stop in!
The Angeline Spa at Clearwater Casino in Suquamish, WA has carried Beadware in their gift shop for several years now. I love taking up my boxes of inventory for their staff to choose pieces that will best fit their customers. They carry the most diverse selection of my work of any local shop.
This month you will find amethyst, pietersite, ocean jasper, turritella agate,
flourite, rose quartz, snakeskin jasper and labradorite. This summer
they have added earrings and bracelets to their selection of necklaces.
The Spa offers mid-week specials, with September's special being your choice of a herbal body wrap or brightening facial. Click here to learn more!
Another shop that is now carrying Beadware is Millstream - Gifts from the Pacific Northwest in Winslow on Bainbridge Island. This beautiful shop has been around for more than 30 years and has made a name for itself featuring a wonderful selection of fine art and nature related gifts that reflect the spirit of the Pacific Northwest.
They now carry a selection of Beadware stone pendant necklaces and earrings, including some of my popular fossil collection.
Oh my have I really not posted since May!? Lots of new things happening with Beadware. This month I attended my first wholesale gift show. As a result Beadware will shortly be found in a number of new locations. I will feature some of them here as the orders are delivered.
My first order at the show was from Ye Olde Curiosity Shop. This family owned store has been on the Seattle waterfront since 1899, and no that is not a typo!!
From their website:
Before the Space Needle. Before Woodland Park Zoo. Before the Seattle
Aquarium. Even before the automobile replaced the horse and buggy, there
was Ye Olde Curiosity Shop!
When Joseph Edward Standley set up
his curio and souvenir shop on the waterfront in 1899, Seattle was a
rough ‘n’ tumble town. The city was still reeling from the Great Fire
only ten years before, and the newly replaced wooden docks rang with the
footsteps of timber laborers, mine workers, and wannabe gold
prospectors headed to the Alaska Yukon.
Those footsteps usually
took people down to Ye Olde Curiosity Shop, and in greater and greater
numbers throughout the years. The lumberjacks changed to office workers
and world travellers, but they all wanted to know: where else could a
body see a walrus skull with three tusks, buy a miniature totem pole,
and touch the vertebra of the world’s largest whale? Local and
international visitors alike found “1001 curious things” in Daddy
Standley’s free museum.
As they will today. Over the course of
five generations, the collection has done nothing but get more
interesting. The ongoing stewardship of Standley’s family has brought
shrunken heads, mummies, natural oddities, taxidermy treasures and
manmade wonders from all over the world into the shop. Ye Olde Curiosity
Shop plays host to more than a million visitors a year these days, and
many are on a return trip, eager to share the experience with their
They now carry a small selection of Beadware earrings. The shop is packed so if you do not see them just ask.
Let's see where were we.....I think this brings us up to my big leap of faith.
In 2009, after a hiatus from working for someone else, I began to job hunt. Between the big crash, and not finding anything that really interested me, things were going no where fast. I began to ponder, could I make a living with Beadware? That October a local farm was holding a harvest festival and were looking for vendors. Hmm. Could I?
I had no outdoor set up. But luckily, my old Beads and Bubbles cohort and I had visited outdoor art fairs to take notes and get ideas. We were pondering our options. And then I moved. In September I dusted off those notes, got online and started shopping.You may be surprised to see that my very first outdoor set up uses many of the same components I am still using. I did a trial run in the backyard.
October was here before I knew it. Here is my very first booth at a public event.
My sister suggested I try the Fremont Sunday Market in Seattle. I made the commitment to try it for a year, rain or shine. While in the end it did not pan out financially, I would not trade that experience for anything. I refer to it as vendor boot camp. Putting your booth up every Sunday, tweaking, learning, networking with other vendors, making new artist friends, learning how to work with customers, etc. For several shows I even did a shared booth, but I quickly out grew that. Here is an early booth, a shared booth and a booth towards the end of that year.
That experience gave me the confidence to start doing other shows. That first year I participated in 49 events. Crazy!! I have learned what shows are a good fit and now do 20 - 24 events a year. I have started to do some wholesaling. That is a whole new world! In 2013 I took a business refresher course. Last year I began taking some metalsmithing classes in the hopes of adding some new techniques. The challenge I have been having with that is time!
Of course my work itself has changed over the years. I now do much more work with stones and less with bright colored glass beads. My techniques have become more precise and better quality. You can browse through the galleries of past work on my website to see how things have changed. My photography skills have also improved over time.
In my last post I said this was the final chapter, but that is not true. There is still more to come! Thanks to all the friends, family and customers who have come along with me on the exciting ride.
After the first sale and going thru the process of incorporating as a sole proprietorship, I teamed up with a good friend, Maria, who had started a soap making business. We held our first joint sale that following summer in my home. My initial "look" was one of bright colors and whimsy. I used a piece of clip art for my logo.
I choose a font that I felt reflected that theme and created business cards, tags, signs and sale post cards. By that fall, Maria had incorporated her soap business into Earth Essentials and had plans to expand into other types of personal care products. We enlisted the help of my neighbor, a graphic designer, to develop our next iteration of sale flier. She coined the phrase "Beads and Bubbles" and our sales were called that for several years.
My home was situated in a strategic location, excellent for folks to stop into on their way home from work on a Friday. We'd add another artist here and there for variety. I would enlist the help of a friend or 2 to work the floor and Maria and I would run the check out. Folks would hang out in the living room sipping wine with friends after a long week of work. We were a hit!
Then I decided to make the move to the west coast. We had a final fling to help me reduce my inventory. I have not had a sale that big since! Friends clamored for me to return, so I would go back once a year (usually before the holidays) to do sales in other peoples homes. I had planned ahead for this and left a set of display items with a friend. I would pack all my jewelry in a carry on suitcase. Boy did I get wacky looks from the TSA scanner folks when all those little pieces of metal showed up on the screen!
After a few years I started doing holiday sales in my new home. Those early sales were a challenge, as I was still building a following and my new house was a destination instead of on the way to somewhere. I usually tried to find someone to partner with, that had a larger list of friends than I did. And mother nature threw me some challenges, in the way of storms and no power! But I did not give up.
After couple years I added a spring sale and began to expand my list of
other artists to include. Sales unusually had 4 to 6 artists. I even had demos and live music. At the same time I opened an online store in Etsy.