“Life is a train of moods like a string of beads; and as we pass through them they prove to be many colored lenses, which paint the world their own hue, and each shows us only what lies in its own focus.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
In 2007 I was looking for a unique shower gift for my soon-to-be
sister-in-law. I wanted to give her something nobody else would give
her. I remembered that my best friend had a jewelry making kit.
2010 was a life-changing year. On July 25th my best
friend since pre school passed away. She was the one who sparked my
interest in beading and it was something we both grew to love. In
addition to her passing in 2010 I also retired on disability. I spent
the following year mourning the loss of my best friend and not knowing
what to do with my life.
Once I got back on my feet I started
beading again and I found I could use it as a way to remember Stephanie.
On July 25, 2011, one year after her passing I opened StringtownBeads in Stephanie's memory. Stringtown comes from the main technique I
use - stringing. I feel that we opened StringtownBeads together. I am
also committed to raising awareness for Spina Bifida. Stephanie and I
were both born with Spina Bifida.
The banner you see on my shop
homepage represents our story. When Stephanie passed away I was given
her bead collection. One day while going through her collection I found
the necklace you see pictured on my shop banner. It was already strung,
but it did not yet have the clasp secured. I completed the necklace
Stephanie had begun and decided to use the image for my shop banner. It represents closure, yet new beginnings.
is more than just a shop. It's a symbol of strength. I turned a tragedy
into something positive and I hope to inspire others to do the same. It
touches me to know that Stephanie and I can reach people all over the
world with our story.
it began. I fell in love with beading and it became a favorite hobby for
both of us. In addition to making jewelry as gifts for others, we began
to create our own pieces. It was something I did when I wasn't grading
papers or planning my lessons, as I was an elementary school teacher at