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Remember That Trip To Aloha Bead Co.?

By now you know, that with me, there’s always a story.

And here’s the latest.

So, last week I went to Aloha Bead Co. in Paia and fell in lust. Big time. I’ve been dreaming about those garden bracelets I told you about. Day and night. Night and day.


I got on line looking for their web-site (there isn’t one) and stumbled upon their Etsy store. The owner literally has everything you need to make the bracelets, as well as kits, available on-line. So the pressure was off. I could think about it, mull it over, and if the urge was still there months from now, I could always order it and have it shipped.

Have you met me?????

That’s just not how I roll. I spent way too much time scrolling through all of Sarah’s offerings (Yes, Sarah. We’re on a first name basis now.)

I ended up messaging her through Etsy to tell her what I was looking for, and she said she could make up kits for me in whatever color combination I was interested in and ship them within a few days. I told her the color I was interested in, and mentioned I was on the island. She suggested that I come in and she’d show me how to get started.

And then she went to her studio and MADE some lamp work beads she thought I would like for the project. OMG. How can you not instantly LOVE this woman? Of course, I didn’t know this in advance.

Wednesday just couldn’t get here quickly enough. I was beside myself excited.

So I walk in and she’s got “our” project laid out on her table, including the newly made beads I ADORE, and we set to work. Well, she started to work. I never dreamed she’d do the set up for me.

She very patiently explained the process as she went along along with the whys. I watched her every move.

You start with the basic set-up on wire…

…measuring along the way to get it the right length.

Then she started sewing on the beads with thread, one little set at a time.

When she had to stop to wait on a customer, I summoned the courage to try myself, and from there, she just coached. Here’s my very first bead! There, that little bell-shaped one. I did that!!!

I was very slow, and made a lot of mistakes, which I caught and fixed, but every second of it was fun. As it got more and more beautiful, my excitement grew. And with each little set, I got a little more confident, and a little faster.

All my fears of not completing the project flew out the window.

By the time I left, I’d completed half of the first phase.

Once I get the second half done, I’ll go back over it and add a few larger accent beads. We decided the pendant heart I purchased would match these beads quite well if we introduce just a touch of pink. So I’m going for a bracelet, a pair of earrings, and then the pendant on a simpler beaded necklace. We tossed around a few ideas, and she included enough extra beads for me to play with.

I have to confess, I purchased more beads for more projects, but…

…at least until it’s time to blog about it, so you’ll have to wait to see just how naughty I was.

Now, I have to tell you, had she not shown me how to do it, we would probably be looking at a very different outcome. I am a visual learner, and I’m not sure reading directions would have been enough. But watching, then doing under supervision, I’m sure I can do it, and I love it so much, I’m convinced I will follow through! Thanks, Sarah, from the bottom of my heart. As you would say, “much aloha!”


Now, you may not be able to get to Maui to meet Sarah in person, but she has an Etsy shop that contains everything you need to make these wonderful bracelets, as well as kits if you’re afraid to just dig in and try them on your own.  But even if you don’t like the bracelets, her beads are really quite amazing, and she is even open to custom designing lamp work beads for you!

You haven’t heard the last about Miss Sarah on these pages. I’ll be sharing with you my treasure trove of purchases along with my finished pieces in the days and weeks, and hopefully months, to come, and I’ll be giving credit where credit is due.

And before I close, I need to give props to Mr. Tattered. The plan was, I’d go play with beads for a couple of hours, then pick up a flat bread pizza to bring home for dinner. Well. I called to check in mid-afternoon, and it was pretty obvious I was having a blast, so he suggested I stay longer and we’d do pizza another time – he’d figure out dinner for himself. I think I’ll keep him.



Multiple Personality Crafting Disorder…

If it isn’t a real, medically diagnosable disease, it should be. And I have it. Bigly. Or big league. Whatever.

There are numerous personalities inhabiting this body of mine (which, I suppose could be why I’ve gained weight – they each need their space, right?) and each of them have their own idea of a perfect crafting day. One can’t get enough knitting, one loves beading, one adores making cards, and yet another would scrapbook all day, given half a chance. And really, those are only the MAJOR bossy ones. There are other secondary personalities with other interests – the mosaic person, the painter…I left them home this trip, but you get what I’m saying, amirite?


Here I am, with lots of time on my hands, and I’m frantically moving back and forth between knitting and beading, while the card maker and scrapbooker wonder when they get to come out.

The knitter just finished her scarf, and wants to get going on another.


The beader has two simple necklaces strung (they won’y get completed because they need to be measured on the recipients before they are finalized.




She’s chomping at the bit to get going on some “ocean inspired” sets done, and Bea has requested some earrings, so those HAVE to get done. The earrings won’t take but a short time, so I’ll probably let her stay for awhile.

The card maker has been shoved back waiting to get permission to participate in her yearly National Letter Writing Month project even though she has no access to a printer at the moment and can’t sign her life away SWEARING to be a good pen pal. This will be my 4th year, so if I can’t be trusted by now, no contract is going to make a difference, but hey. I get it. Our fearless leader wants to make sure everyone who is participating is ACTUALLY participating, so she has to do SOMETHING. Although, for the life of me I can’t figure out why someone would sign up for it then leave their pen pal high and dry unless they were in the hospital on death’s door, but I guess some people don’t follow through. Anyway. Permission granted, so she’s going to need to get a mess of cards made.

I’m going to go with an ocean theme this year (wonder why I have the ocean on the brain?) They had some cool paper I’m going to use at Ben Franklin’s, and I’m anxious to see how they turn out.


Scrapbook girl is probably the most likely of the four to be ignored, because even though the supplies are here,


the pictures haven’t been ordered. That was SUPPOSED to happen before we left, but I figured I could just as easily do that here and save myself lugging them one direction. I’ve thinned out the photos, and I’m ready to load them onto the Costco website, but if I have them printed, the need to actually produce will be exacerbated, and who needs the stress, right?

If one HAS to have a disease, this is definitely the one I’d choose.


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