Meeting Kristi Bowman
at Shipwreck Beads
On Monday I got to meet up with my online friend, Kristi Bowman-Gruel. Kristi designs jewelry and makes wonderful copper clay components which she sells in her Etsy shop: Dream Some. Quite a few of my earrings include Kristi’s awesome copper charms.
Kristi was heading to Portland, Oregon , to attend the Portland Art and Soul Retreat. She wanted to make a stopover at Shipwreck Beads in Lacey, WA. I live nearby, and so we arranged a meeting.
Shipwreck Beads is unimaginably huge! They claim to have the largest selection of beads in the world! We wandered up and down over 30, long aisles, filled with beads!
We were quite taken by the simple beauty of all the beads draped together in our hands. Just look at these color ways:
At last we made our selections and sat down in the little snack area in the back of the store, where we surveyed our plunder.
We shared some finished jewelry we brought to show each other. I shared some of the earrings I’ve made with Kristi’s copper components.
Kristi also shared a lovely selection of her handmade copper components. I didn’t take any pictures of all the beautiful things she brought. I was so excited by her beautiful copper that I forgot all about my camera! I did buy 2 copper charm sets and a pendant from Kristi. I’ll photograph them later this afternoon and share them for my Bead Table Wednesday post.
All in all we spent a delightful afternoon together. I’m so glad we could meet!