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A Shout Out!

Every once in awhile I run across a shop that just needs to be advertised. The Aloha Bead Co. is one of them.

Located in Paia, Maui, Hawaii, it is a small space stuffed with an incredible array of luscious beadness.


I’d been there a number of years ago, long before my bead obsession had taken hold, and it was nice, but there was nothing I needed there.

Now it’s a whole different story.


This is just about a quarter of what they have…

I guess I didn’t really NEED anything. I’d already spent a small fortune on supplies at Ben Franklin and the shop in Kihei. And I enjoyed spending every nickel. AND, I’ve actually been using what I bought. But it was all pretty much just normal stuff – a few tools, basic beads, and a few cool things, but not THIS cool. This was a whole new level of coolness. Like the QUEEN of coolness.

But I resisted. Mostly.

This amazing bead did jump into my tray. (If you notice I’m missing an arm and a leg, it’s because it took that to pay for it, but what the heck. It’s only money, right?)


It’s pendant sized, so I know it will end up on a necklace, but I don’t have a clear vision for it yet. I just knew I couldn’t leave without it.

One of the things I REALLY like about this place is that in addition to the strings of beads, they also have lots of choices you can purchase “by the bead.” There are so many times I need just a few and I hate buying a whole string, but if it comes down to way too many, or go without, you know which one wins in janetworld. This was nice, and I did buy a few things, knowing I would be coming back with more time to dawdle.

What I AM mulling over are the kits for complicated beaded necklaces, earrings and bracelets. OMG. They have me written all over them (the finished pieces) but they also have “you know, don’t you, that you’ll NEVER make these” as the sub-title. But the made-up pieces are budget busting (I keep telling myself) and I COULD make them… What to do, what to do? Even the kits are not cheap, which is what kept me from just getting them.




Now this is BEADING, beading, as opposed to the simple construction I’ve been doing. Each little bead is “sewn” on with silk thread. It feels like a real commitment, as opposed to a little project. Theoretically (if I had half an ounce of sense) I’d buy a kit for one piece, say a bracelet, and see how I do. But that is so not me. If I loved it, I wouldn’t have matching pieces to go with it. But, if I got started and wimped out, I’d be wishing I’d bought just one.

It’s been days and I’m no closer to deciding.

Maybe when I go back they won’t have complete sets of any one style in kit form so I won’t be able to get them. Or maybe I’ll decide I could live with one statement piece to make and then make something simple to coordinate. Or maybe I’ll say, “you only live once,” and buy a complete, made up set. With me, you just never know until it’s done.

Now that I’m looking at the photos again, I’m in love lust all over again. I feel another trip coming on. Wonder what I’ll do?



About tatterednworn

I am a woman who has committed to living a creative life.

6 responses »

  1. I’m still laughing at you. You know you won’t finish a kit, but I know you keep tricking yourself to believe you might. That heart is nearly irresistible, though, so I can see why you wanted it.

    I keep seeing images of all those scrapbook supplies you have pushed aside and sigh at how incredibly lucky you are. You probably have no idea how great that box of supplies looked to those of us who can only wish for items like that.

    I hope you are realistic and the kits don’t end up being part of an organization problem. At least THIS time you are waiting to see if you think you can really make these pieces.

    • Thanks, my “oh-so-practical” friend! You keep me balanced! Or I should say “more balanced than I would be w/o you!” We both know I’m a lost cause when it comes to balance! And yes I DO know that I am spoiled rotten – an embarrassment of riches, as another friend would say.

  2. I used to live near Paia, in Kuau. I’m going to write about it soon. Do you know where Mama’s Fish House is? When we lived there in the mid-60s we lived on that property but I think they’ve torn those houses down. When we were there in 1997 we tried to find our house and it was either altered radically or it was gone.

    The houses were experimental, which is what I’ll be writing about. Stay tuned!


    (We love Paia–a true hippie town Or “heepie”, as the locals called them.)

    • Mona, I had no idea! Yes, we’ve been to Mama’s several times. They have the best Mai Tais on the island! They don’t do anything but stir-fry for vegetarians, so we tend to go other places. How cool that you used to live there.

      • I forgot to tell you much much I love the bead pictures and your piece about the shop. I spent years dreaming over projects I would never finish, but I’ve convinced myself that the best part was the dreaming about it, anyway. Lol.

        Before we moved to a smaller house in the boonies I had to get rid of tons of project stuff–reluctantly, of course. I made a lot of people very happy–most of them just like me. Nothing would ever get finished but oh, all that wonderful stuff!

  3. Pingback: Remember That Trip To Aloha Bead Co.? | Tattered 'n Worn

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