Saturday, October 29, 2011


This past week I went to Wisconsin to visit with a friend of mine.  While I was there I met two wonderful women that I blog with.  Judy of Three Red Beads and Lola of Bead Lola Bead.

I flew into the Appleton, WI airport on Tuesday October 25th around 12:30pm and before I headed to Oshkosh, WI where my friend was, I visited this lovely little bead shop called The Glass Onion Bead Store.  This is what I purchased that day.

Silk ribbon, seed beads sizes 6, 8, and 11, a Jasper stone bead, ruby red crystal rondells, 3 big paper beads.

Dave and his wife own The Glass Onion Bead Store.

The Gem Stone Room

Just a bunch of beady goodness!

The next day I met up with Judy we had lunch at a deli in Appleton and then we went to Starbucks and had a Spiced Pumpkin Latte.  I have never had one before and it was pretty good.  We sat and drank our lattes and talked for a couple of hours.  Judy is a lovely person with lots of ambition.  Judy not only makes beautiful jewelry and paper beads, but she also makes soap.  Since we were in Appleton I suggested that we go to the (you guessed it) Glass Onion Bead Store.  Here is what I purchased.

Agate beads aren't they beautiful!

Me and Judy

 I made Judy this bracelet and earrings. The bracelet is made with ruby red glass beads, moon stone rondells, hematite round beads, wavy bead caps and chain.
The earrings are made with boro glass beads and blue crystals

Judy gave me some beautiful Agate beads in different sizes and colors and two Lucite oval beads.

On Thursday I drove to Brookfield, WI where I met with Lola.  Lola and I were partners in the Bead Soup Blog Party.  We hit it off from the very beginning and it was so nice to meet her in person.  We went to Eclectica Bead  store where they were having a 50% off sale on gem stones (my lucky day) This is what I purchased.

A Red River Jasper donut, three beaded beads one blue two gold, Santa and Snowman Beads, Jade beads, Carnelian beads, Rhondolite beads, Agate beads, bead caps, and a wooden carved rabbit bead ( I collect rabbits and Santas). I would not have the rabbit bead if it weren't for Lola asking if they had any beads with rabbits on them, yea Lola!

After leaving Eclectica Lola and I went to lunch where we got to know each other better.  I very much enjoyed my visit with Lola she is a very funny and delightful person to be around.  I discovered that we have more things in common one of which is that we were both born in November, not the same day or year though.  I have but one regret, Lola had to leave to pick up her children and I forgot to get a picture of the two of us.  

This is the gift I gave to Lola.
I made a bracelet with lampwork beads from Julianna of Julsbeads , purple crystal rondells and silver tone base metal beads.

The earrings are made with the same lampwork beads and crystals.

I had such a great time with both Lola and Judy.  I am planning on going to the Bead and Button show in June so I will see them both again.

Happy beading Y'all,


  1. Fantastic finds! Be sure to show us what you end up making with this. -Sounds like a wonderful trip ;)

  2. Therese!
    It truly was a pleasure meeting and getting to know you! Thank you for making the trip to my little corner of Wisconsin and for the AMAZING jewelry! I can’t even begin to tell you how much I enjoy them. As for the picture, I remembered when I was about halfway home :( We’ll just have to take an extra pic at the B&B show . . . =D

  3. How wonderful that you could meet your beading buddies in person.And the gifts you gave were very lovely. I also love the bounty of goodies you purchased, in particular that agate focal in the first photo is stunning...looks reptilian almost.The Glass Onion bead store looks like a real treasure trove!

  4. oh what a wonderful trip you must have had, meeting new friends....and shopping for such lovely beads....can't wait to see what comes of them....
    glad you had a wonderful time....

  5. it must have been fun to meet blogging friends :-) and even more fun to bead shop with them! i love the colors of the first batch of beads you got. and the jewelry you made is just so pretty! all beady goodness for you in wisconsin :-)

  6. I could seriously stay in a bead store like that FOREVER!! I love the goodies you bought too.

  7. What a fantastic trip you had. I love the look of that bead store - it looks like you could lose yourself in there for hours!

    I love your boro glass earrings as well as the set made from Juls beads... so pretty. You have some very lucky friends!


  8. I am so glad you came to Wisconsin! I had the best time on our visit. I haven't been online I have been so inspired since our visit I've been working in my studio :) You are truly a wonderful friend! Thank you so much for the lovely gifts and I look forward to June!

  9. Isn't it SO fun to visit bead stores in other cities!?!? And how fabulous that you got to meet your Bead Soup Blog Party partner!?!?