Hola! My name’s Deborah and I make glass beads! That’s the short story. You can bail on the rest unless you really want the long story.
Still reading? O.K.! Here’s a little more detail…
I live in the far northwest corner of Washington State, in the foothills of Mt. Baker. It’s gorgeous. I’ve been here for about 13 years. The landscape is amazing!
I live here with my husband, also known as Mr. Wonderful. The Mom, aka Grandma, lives with us part time.
I’ve done some type of creative work all my life – it seems to go in overlapping 10-15 year stretches. First, I sewed for a living – opera costumes, wedding attire, interiors and quilts. After I was done with that, I ventured into the food business. I’ve done just about all types of restaurant gigs and even owned a deli. When my husband and I decided to sell the deli, I took some of the money from the sale and bought out a bead wholesaler’s stock of semi-precious gemstone strands.
I know! That’s what my husband said!
Well, I bought the beads to sell on eBay. This was back when eBay was still a privately owned company – before it became the behemoth it is today. It was a little less crowded then. I was already selling off my sewing stash – quilting fabrics, vintage kimono, etc. (following me so far?) I was running out of stuff to sell and I didn’t have the deli for income anymore so, I became a bead enabler! My eBay seller name is/was artforms.
If you sold online back then, it was useful to know html to make your ads pretty. I learned all I could and taught myself how to build websites. This turned out to be a great thing because wholesalers found out about eBay and it became difficult for me to compete with the big dogs. I forayed into web design. (who knew?)
However, as most of you may know, once a bead comes into your life, things change. Although I kept doing web sites for a living, I was still interested in beads. I learned how to make jewelry, polymer clay beads and then, ta-da – glass!
And here I am. I make glass beads and offer them for sale. If you have any questions, let me know.
I am often asked for a picture of myself. I used to say that I don’t show up on film, but, we’re digital now. So, here’s a not great shot, but it’s one I have handy. My glasses are different now. Must update the pic…soon!