Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Christmas Closing

HIGHSTRUNG BEADS will be closed from December 24th through the following Monday. We will reopen on Tuesday the 29th.

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and joyous holiday season.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Christmas is almost here!

We are entering the final weeks of Christmas shopping. Most likely there are still a few gifts to buy. If you are looking for a stocking stuffer or maybe a gift certificate for your favorite beader, stop in today. There is still a selection of Pandora style beads in one of the small trunk shows and many more beads to choose from.

Classes are still by request for either one-on-one of small groups. I teach various bracelet classes as well as the off-loom weaving stitches. Stop in and see the samples and get started beading.

I will be closing the store early on Christmas Eve so do your shopping soon. Enjoy your holidays.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

We're finally winding down to the last month of 2009. It's hard to believe another year is almost gone. It's been a hard year but, Thankfully, Highstrung Beads is still plugging along.

A vendor was in yesterday and I added a few more items to the wall and tables, come see! I also have a beader's personal collection for sale so don't miss that. There are some lovely semi-precious and pearls in the selection and they are going quickly. The beads have been collected over the years and include some unusual ones.

We are also expecting a special trunk show in the next week. It is from a different vendor than last time so there will be new items in. Will notify everyone when it arrives.

I am still offering classes and love having a group when possible, but will still do one-on-one. If you don't have time for an in-depth stringing class but want to make a necklace; come on in and we will help you with the finishing for a small fee. There are plenty of magazines available for inspiration and they all have a glossary of the basics.

Highstrung Beads will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, it will re-open on Friday at 12:00 noon. I will also be open regular hours on Saturday. Come in and get more ideas for those personal gift ideas.

Happy Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 5, 2009

November at Highstrung Beads

Where has the time gone! I cannot believe it has been so long since I posted. October was a busy month with the trunk show and various other activities. Now we are heading into the Holiday season and things will only get busier. There are several new items at the shop, I went on a little trip last weekend and picked up a few new items that are already on the wall. I'll have more on the way soon, from that vendor.

I am expecting some vendor calls in the next weeks. There will be new items added as they visit. I wish I had lots to spend but sales have been down lately. Folks don't visit as often as they had done. It's nice to see my regulars as well as the travelers who stop on their journey to see what is available here. There are still folks finding the shop for the first time too.

I hope to see many of my friends over the coming weeks, as they shop for special items for the upcoming holiday projects. Maybe we can even add some special classes. Remember it is possible to special order items you are searching for, just ask.

Happy beading!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Trunk Show Update

Don't miss out on the great selection at Highstrung Beads Trunk Show! The prices are great; many items are only $4.00 a strand or package. The crystal has a beautiful sparkle and the Murano style glass is very popular this time of year. The show only goes through this week, so shop now.

Friday, September 25, 2009


Finally all the beads have arrived and I am busily getting them ready for tomorrow! The Trunk Show will again feature a variety of beads, pendants and other exciting items at great prices starting at $4.00. If all goes as planned the show will start tomorrow, Saturday September 26th.

Be sure to come while the selection is good. The holidays are fast approaching and everyone needs to get started planning their gifts. Great designs take time. I hope everyone had a lovely summer even though it was too hot!

Sunday, September 20, 2009


Highstrung Beads will be holding a trunk show again. It will begin in a few weeks, so watch for announcements.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Mixed Media Jewelry

I have just been looking through the special issue magazine, Handcrafted Jewelry that covers a variety of different media forms. There are sample projects using doming resin, polymer clay, metal and more. It's fun to make your own components and pendants and it makes a piece unique as well.

Mixed Media Jewelry

I recently received the new magazine, Handcrafted Jewelry. It covers a variety of mixed media elements to add interest to jewelry. They cover etching, polymer, doming with resin and much more. Over 20 different ideas are shown, including projects. I really love this special issue and can't wait to try a few of the methods.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

August and heading into the holiday months

Most Crafters (ie beaders) realize that projects need to be planned and worked on long before the event arrives. Now is that time! Don't wait till the last minute to start gifts that require special items, or sports jewelry that you plan to sell, especially if there are unique components you will need.

So much to do and so little time! Even I need to start working on my projects and plans for both the store and myself. My mind is blank!! Oh no!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Changing HOURS

Starting August 10th Highstrung Beads will be closed Monday as well as Sunday. I do know this may be an inconvenience to you however I hope you will be able to adjust to the new hours. Thanks for all your support and interest in beading. I look forward to seeing everyone as usual.

Friday, July 24, 2009

New Customers

I've had several new beaders check out the shop recently. The latest was Jen Judd. She has just moved to Montgomery and wanted to see what was available here. She is such fun and loves beading.

The newest issue of Stringing features one of her pieces on the cover and the instructions are inside. She also has a blogspot and web presence so be sure to check them out. (www.jenjuddrocks.com) I look forward to seeing her and many of the other new folks in the shop.

Bead on,

Seed Beads Now in at Highstrung Beads

I recently received a new shipment of seed beads. There are several new colors, sizes and shapes in stock now. We were out of a number of colors in the 11's and 8's so those are also available. There was also a small shipment of 4mm firepolish in sparkling silvers, golds, and copper as well as black with various color washes.

Come by soon and check out the new stuff.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009


I cannot believe we are now in the sixth month of 2009! Where has the time gone?

Summer is now officially here and it is too hot to do much of anything outside except swim. Now is the time to bead where it is cool. Mondays seem to be a new gathering day for daytime beaders. The table was full this past Monday and Saturday with people working on different projects, chatting and sharing. Thursday's are the late night at the shop so come in and bead with us!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Trunk Sale in Progress!

There are a lot of new beads in this Trunk Show, including Murano style glass, coin pearls in a variety of colors, and lots of gemstone. I've been surprised at how quickly the metal findings have sold and the pendants as well. There are a few strands of chunky coral left too. I hope everyone will get a chance to stop in over the weekend and see what is still available. There seems to be a lot more to choose from, it covers over three tables!

One of my regular vendors was through recently and I purchased some new beads from him as well.

Classes are always available and beading at the table on Thursdays is always great fun.
Come join us!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Trunk Show

The new trunk show arrived, has been inventoried and is ready for shoppers. There is a huge selection of beads, many at $4.00 a strand. The show will run for two weeks so everyone has plenty of time to shop.

Memorial weekend is over and I hope everyone stayed safe and enjoyed the three day weekend. Several of my friends are presently serving in Iraq and my son and daughter-in-law will deploy in September for their second time. Wish all our people could come home.

Have a good week!

Thursday, May 21, 2009


I just received a new trunk show today. It should be ready for viewing by Monday, May 25th. There are a bumpy pearls, freshwater pearls, including coin pearls; lots of gemstone in a variety of cuts and pendants; Murano style glass beads; metal beads and findings and so much more. The trunk show will run until June 17th, so everyone has time to come in and look through the selection.

IT's always exciting to look through new things and find just the right beads, so come in and dig through the treasure!

Saturday, May 16, 2009


It has been a busy Saturday. The table had folks at work all day. First a class and then a group of dedicated beaders. The ladies in the class were new to beading but had no problem designing necklaces to suit their taste and personalities. I look forward to them returning again.

Anyone wanting to learn how to make jewelry, either strung or woven, need only to stop in and arrange a date. Learn all the basicis and start making jewelry for gifts or to match that special outfit.

Happy Beading,

Friday, April 24, 2009

I can't believe one quarter of 2009 is already gone. It has been busy lately at Highstrung Beads. We had a Trunk Show from the end of March through April 11th that was really good. I hope to bring in another in the next few months. It's nice to have a new selection of beads and other items from time to time.

Several people have been in to learn various beading techniques recently. I enjoy teaching one on one or several students. Plans for Stress Relief night during the summer months is in the plans for those beaders that want to meet others, learn new things about beading and just have a good time. More information on this in upcoming days. Any ideas? Please comment or share with me.

All the new Australian Magazines are in as well as a new one from England. This is just a trial to see if folks like it. New findings in copper and various other metals are stocked too.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Trunk Show in Progress

The beads for the Trunk show are now here! The vendor has sent a great selection of stone beads priced from $4.00 per strand and up. There is also a variety of metal beads in gold, silver and copper colors. Pendants of all kinds and some great stone donuts in different shapes. I was really please with the selection this time and hope everyone will enjoy them as much as I have. They will be for sale through April 13th, come in soon!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Coming March 27th

Trunk Show
Starting this Friday there will be a new trunk show. There will be a variety of gemstone, pearls, cabachons and pendants, resin, fiber, and other beads as well as metal findings and beads. Prices range from $4.00 up. The show will run through the first weekend in April, but be sure to stop in soon for the best selection.

Monday, March 16, 2009

What's Happening at Highstrung Beads?

We had a great bead show and sale recently. The show was well attended and we hope that Peter will return in the future. Several people have signed up for classes over the month and I look forward to all of them. Anyone wanting to schedule a class for themselves or a group please contact me at the shop.

There will be another trunk show the end of March and into April. This one will contain a variety of semi-precious as well as several other types of beads. I hope those of you that were unable to attend the last show will have an opportunity to visit this one.

I have also ordered seed beads and expect them shortly. There should be some new colors as well as some various shapes(ie. cubes, triangles, etc).

Happy Beading

Thursday, March 5, 2009


It is almost here! Those of you who attended my Open House last year will remember the beautiful selection of Czech Firpolish and other Czech glass beads Peter brought. WEll, he will be here this Friday for a two day show. He will be bringing even more beautiful beads. If you are looking for a deal, unusual beads, things you may never see again, then you need to attend his show. Lots of sparklies!

Highstrung will be open it's regular hours. If you need directions or have questions please call: 334-356-7891

Happy Beading

Tuesday, February 24, 2009






Monday, February 2, 2009

Learn new bead stitches this month

It's hard to believe that January is gone and we are now in February. The year will fly by just like the last one. Seems as though they all do now. I've been busy with family most of the last two months. My father has been quite ill and in and out of hospitals and rehabs. Hopefully he will go home this coming weekend and my eratic rushing about will stop. I know the store has been closed at odd hours for short periods of time, but it couldn't be helped. Thankfully, my sister was one week to help out. I am the only family here locally so it all falls to me. I imagine that happens to quite a few of you out there as well.

I have had a few stitch classes, also know as off-loom weaving recently. I've found it easier to schedule class times with each customer individually, occasionally more than one will come at the same time. Peyote, Right-angle weave, herringbone/Ndebele have been the most requested lately. These are all very useful in creating beautiful woven jewelry. Beadwork and Bead and Button both have many patterns using these and a variety of other stitches, as well as stringing ideas.

There was a vendor in last month so I have added to the semi-precious wall. I restocked seed beads and various other items that were low, and there is also a markdown on a selection of the vintage glass beads.

Valentine, Easter and Mother's Day are coming up and are good reasons to bead. Come by soon and start creating!

Monday, January 19, 2009

New Items Are In

It has been too long between posts. There has been illness in my family and it has been hectic trying to take care of sick folks and run the shop. I appoligize if anyone has come by and found me closed. Hopefully, things will clear up soon.

I have had several new shipments arrive and a vendor was just in. We now have some new seedbeads, findings both new and replaced, and a selection of gemstone. Instruction is always available and the table is ready for anyone that wants to work when they visit. The new Stringing magazine is in as well as, Beadwork, Beads etc. and several others, also the new Bead Star is available.

Drop by soon and look around for a project for those cold evenings.

Happy Beading!

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Montgomery, Alabama, United States
I've always loved jewelry and sparkly things, so when my life took a change I began considering my own shop. I started Highstrung Beads in January of 2003 and it is still going strong. The shop is now at it's third location and better than ever. I try to keep a selection of unusual items, pendants, and lots of gemstone as well as the standard bead items. I wish I could have even more beads in the shop, just like other bead lovers, there is never enough!!