Wednesday, June 9, 2021

June - A Lovely Month

  It is a pretty June in the bead shop with new inventory arriving and lots of color blooming in store with the arrival of new beads. 

Just in are the MIYUKI size 15s in the matted glaze colors. I adore these colors! The first bunch sold out in a couple of days and now, we have all the colors! Of course, I always want ALL the colors in every bead. 

We are continuing to be open Thursday through Monday, 11-5, with Sundays being a short day, 12 -4. Check with me regularly and I will see if hours will extend as we move further into summer.

I am going to keep this brief as a tub of miscellaneous bamboo beads arrived last week and I am going to begin to string some up this afternoon in the studio on my day " off." Watch for their appearance in the shop and on FB and Instagram. 

In the meantime, here are a few pictures for your viewing pleasure. So long for now my beady friends! 

This little shore bird was out for a stroll on the sidewalk! 

Yesterday's beautiful sky with impressive clouds.

The shop counter across from the sales desk. 

Saturday, May 8, 2021

A New Way

 It is nearly Memorial Day and I am thinking summer is soon to begin. I have potatoes planted in the garden, birds nesting low on the ground in my lusciously purple lavender plants and a dog who just loves to be outside all the time when the sun is shining. He likes to bake his black fur in the sun until it is so hot, you can not actually touch him! 

While we have not returned yet to an extension of the shop hours or the opening of our classroom gem room or the warehouse; I am thinking about it. I hope you will check back often and let me know what you are thinking. Of course, if two if us are working the shop, one can always take you upstairs to the classroom.

I do not have much more to say here. This is the laptop I received from my family for this past Christmas and I am just using it for the first time. I finally took it out of the box just this past Wednesday! I was driving everyone a bit to the edge having the box just sitting on a chair in the dining room. I did dust around it! 

Anyhow, I hope to get better at using it and keeping pictures here so I can post more often. Thanks for popping in. See you soon! xo

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

 I Honestly do not know what has happened to my blog. Somewhere out there in the wide, wide cyberspace of the internet; floats my blog postings from 2021. I will be better about checking in and writing. I like to write and will add it into my studio time. It is crazy here at the office with minimal internet service through the phone company. Oh well. Not much of a choice here. 

So this is me still selling beads. making jewelry and silver smithing 30 years later. The shop is having a big birthday this year! 

This is the location of my first solo retail location, The Lewis Building at 630 Water Street. I was the back left corner and partnered with Gary and Jack who owned the business in the front of the building. What an adventure. 

More later! 

 I have been posting faithfully on this blog for months now into 2021 and can not find any of those posts!!! What has happened? Help?|! I am lost!

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Of Chaos and Autumn

Thinking of all of you tonight as my mind tries to make sense of all that is happening in the US today. It is exhausting mentally. I had to take a break, so off to the park we went for a quick walk. This is likely the last day of nearly 70 degree weather until next spring unless climate change raises its ugly head and does something dramatic. Geez, I hope not. How is it out your way? In my heart, I am keeping all my family, friends, customers, and fellow crafters close, rejoicing in your friendship and thoroughly enjoying all the postings of what you are making and doing. Trying to find the beauty in the world today while creating a bit of it with my work is such a delight and blessing. I feel welcoming and loving to all. It is kindness and love that does make the world and the neighborhood go round. 

So for tonight, I leave you with this peaceful image of local waters and a deep breath to once again rise and believe in love, peace, happiness, and kindness. Sweet dreams.

Saturday, September 19, 2020


 Fall officially begins on Tuesday and I am ready. Ready for some change! Fresh air. Rain. Wind. No fires. Fall colors. Creativity bursting as our days get quieter and we spend the evenings at home making things. Feeling inspired. Beginning fall projects that can even turn into holiday gifts.

This is my favorite time of the year. The days have cooled off and now I can hold larger crochet and knitting projects on my lap and not feel as if I am in a sauna! I can turn the oven on and make pies with all the leftover summer fruits. In a few days, I will trim back and put my garden to bed for the winter. There is only a small project or two left to finish. Evenings will find me in front of netflix in the house, working on new drawings or needlepointing or in the studio working with beads or in the metal house using the kiln and working in silver. Maybe this is the year I will add a rolling mill to my collection of tools. 

The shop is open 5 days a week and I am your girl on the spot. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11 to 5, Sundays 12 to 5, and Mondays 11-5. We are closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Appointments might be available then, however, especially if you are coming from a distance. 

Anyhow, more news and updates later. Happy Fall and be well! Shop beads!!

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Summer's End

 Here we are already at the last official weekend of summer. The Corn Moon rose in the sky last night as a big glowing light bringing me to the feeling that fall really is just around the corner.

Summer has been busy in the shop and we have been so happy to encourage customers in their pursuit of creativity and craft. As long as the pandemic continues, craft can be a source of comfort and inspiration. We can not teach classes at this time but we can still help you with projects at the shop's counter. 

As we head into the glorious days of fall, our shop hours will remain the same - knock wood. Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday from 11:00 to 5:00. Sundays from noon until 4:00. We have curbside delivery available too if you would like to call ahead to order something ( 360-385-6131 ) or you can order from our website for shop pick up at Not everything is on line but you can always text a picture to me and I can match up what you need. Call for my cell phone number.

I need to get back out to the studio now and make some jewelry, paint a sign and string some beads. Some days are just a big multi tasking kind of day! I am also going to take a front porch rocking chair knit break.

These are three of my works in progress with our bone face cabochons. I hope to have them finished so I have new brooches to wear on my sweaters this winter. So much fun! 

See you on the block soon! xo Lois