Wednesday, December 19, 2012


Just got an extension on the Trunk Show. The show will run through the end of the year!!! If you haven't had a chance to stop by you still have time. There is lots of selection left if you haven't finished your projects or want last minute gift items. Check your emails for hours over the holidays, also they are posted on Facebook under Highstrung Beads Shoppe's page, or call the shop. We are looking forward to a beautiful Christmas, hope everyone out there is too.

just a few of the choices~


Monday, December 3, 2012

Ready for Christmas? Neither am I.

I'd been busy at the shop with all the new beads and getting it set up, then they sent more! Now there is over 40 colors of 4mm, 6mm,and 8mm Rondelles and 4mm rounds and lots of colors in the other sizes. I want to get somethings made with the beautiful cubes and the tiny rondells. 

I just can't seem sit down and get any beadwork done. Cynthia and the girls have been working on some beautiful items and planning classes for the rest of December. Be sure to check out those, may get a gift out of the way in one of the classes.

My metal work is waiting on me too. I have some pieces to get started before I loose my ideas. Why, Why, Why do the holidays come so fast?

Maybe tomorrow I'll get a chance to bead, will see.


Saturday, November 24, 2012

More beads in today

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! I'm sure most of us put on a pound or two eating all the great food we seem to have this time of year. Most of it is not on the "regular" diet, but oh so good. Now things speed up to Christmas and New Year's. How time flies. So let's bead!

More beads arrived today. We got in over 20 colors of 3mm crystal cubes, and 12 new colors of 4mm bicone and cubes.  I didn't get pictures of the new beads but there are plenty of them to go around. There must be over 40 colors of most rondelle and bicone sizes. There are some new stone beads in and LOTS of metal to choose from. Prices start at $2.00 for some of the strands and all the metal packages. $2.50 a strand for round glass pearls all sizes as well as some of the crystal strands. 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

November Trunk Shows!!!!!

We just received a new trunk show from a new vendor. The prices are even better on the crystal and pearls beads. I can't wait to get the camera out and shoot a few pictures to post tomorrow! 

You folks that love the big bling balls will have a lot to choose from and prices are so much better than the last ones. There is a HUGE selection of metal beads and findings that I haven't even gone through yet. 

Check back here later this week for sneak peek pictures and other information!!!

Happy Beading!

Friday, November 2, 2012

New Inventory For November!

Hello Everyone!

I've been busy shopping today! Got in lots of new semi-precious stone, pearls, and other great stuff. It was fun sorting through all the great stuff and getting it set up in the store. I got some of the bright colored magnasite stone in a variety of shapes like skulls, stars, peace signs, and moons. 

We also received some new metal beads, pendants, and other metal components all boxed for $3.00 each and lots of baggies of mixed beads and other items. They would make great stocking stuffer for a beader.

Also don't forget to check on the the classes scheduled for Thursday evenings. We made Christmas ornaments last night and the class for next week is a Flat Spiral. Therese is going to be teaching.

See you soon, Happy Beading!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Charlottes in Now.

The new Charlottes and other cut Czech seed beads out for sale. I've worked on theses several times trying to get them marked, and finally they are ready! There are some beautiful colors in the mix. The sizes available are: 13/0 charlottes; 8/0 single cut (like a charlotte) Size 12/0 3 cuts, and peanut beads. I have just a couple of 15/0's in shades of green, the selection was slim this time. I wish I could get some time to work on my projects and figure out which ones I might want before they are gone. 

I have a class coming up soon for a Christmas ornament cover. This is my own pattern and can be changed around to make different styles. Come by and sign up this week. 

Watch for New Class updates coming soon. Get ready for holiday giving by making a few gifts.

Happy Beading!

Friday, October 12, 2012


Right now the Fair is in town and one of our "BeadFairies" has won several ribbons for her jewelry. Therese Frank enter some of her bead work and took a blue ribbon for one and second on another as well as some other ribbons. 
 The ladies that get together have also been working on projects and teaching each other new stitches and how to use other mediums for their jewelry. 

Last night Ms. Delores taught a wire sculptured necklace to four students. This was her first class and everyone had a great time. Each person had been collection items to possibly use in their necklace/bracelet including charms, personal memorabilia, and beads. The table was covered in their selections and they proceeded to share some items with each other. Not everyone finished but the project had all of us capturing our fantasy creation in wire. 

There are several classes on the bulletin board for next month, so come in and see what interests you. They are filling up. Also give us an idea of things you would like to learn.

Happy Beading!                                 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Shows Coming to an End SOON!

The last week has been a busy one. I spent a weekend away from the shop and focused on beading and relaxing. (Why am I so tired?) I've been working on several projects and still haven't finished any of them. The Trunk Show has had a great response and I even snatched up a few thing for myself.

Next Monday, October 1, is the last day for the big show that is at the front of the store. The seed bead show will end next week as well. I hope everyone has had a chance to stop in and look them over. For sure, someone will come in after it is gone, looking for beads that are gone.

I have also purchased some African beads in brass, recycled glass (like sea glass) and other things. Not a big selection but interesting. Also some Trade Beads that are about 50 years old, for those looking for them.

Charlottes and cuts are also in the very near future. Again, limited and they go fast.

Gotta go, clock is ticking away.
Happy Beading,

Friday, September 14, 2012

New Seed Beads

Just in! A Seed Bead show. WOW two trunk shows at the same time, what's a beader to do?

Come in and SHOP! That's what. The see beads are sure to get picked up fast. There are several colors of peanut beads and lots of colors in the 15/0, 11/0, 8/0, and 6/0. The Italian beads have some 10/0 in them. This show is for two weeks.

The Big Trunk show just started too, lots of stone beads to choose from as well as pendants, findings and metal beads. 

See you soon!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Trunk Show has arrived and ready by Thursday!!!!

I'm just back from my vacation and now it is time to get ready for the upcoming Trunk Show. 

There are lots of new items to chose from including metal beads and findings, Pandora beads and bracelets, large variety of stone beads, crystal, Murano, Fimo, porcelain, pearls, and so much more. There is somethings for everyone so come in and "shop till you drop!" See sample pictures below.

Friday, July 27, 2012

New Trunk Show NOW!

We just got in a new trunk show yesterday and it is all ready for shopping. There are lots of stone and natural beads as well as crystal in 3mm, 4mm, and larger mm sizes. I've not had any of the 3mm before and lots of patterns call for that size. There is also a a selection of metal beads, pendants and charms. Come in soon as this will only be here a couple of weeks!

Happy Beading,

Sunday, June 17, 2012

This Week at HSB

Hello everyone, this week Cynthia will be spending some time at the shop. I am heading out of town for a short vacation with my hubby. 

There are still lots of seed beads in stock, though they are selling fast. We have also received the newest magazines and the special edition magazine for Peyote Stitch. New books are also available covering a variety of beading styles. 

I hope many of you will get a chance to drop in and visit with Cyn while I am gone. She has great ideas and loves beading as much as I do. 

Happy Beading!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

New Seed Beads

        Just arrived yesterday! a new supply of seed beads.

I finally got my order and am in the process of getting it onto the shelves. I ordered a lot of new colors and also replaced ones we have been out of. This is a large order, but only 6 tubes of each so plan your projects so you get enough. Lots of bright colors in this shipment. I can't wait to start an new project using some of them.

There is also a selection of craft wires that arrived. The newest Wireworking is on the shelf and both Bead and Button and Beadwork. I will be scheduling another wire wrapping class soon. This time we will be using Sterling Silver filled instead of copper. More when I get it on the calender.

Huge trunk show is still in progress, but just until the 22nd then it is GONE! Pandora beads and spaces are only $1 each. Still good selection of crystal and Murano glass as well as stone. Check the video in past post and see the what the selection looks like

Happy Beading!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Beads! Beads! Beads!

                  Beads held over for TWO MORE weeks!!!
I thought I would be closing the show down today but, after several folks wished it could be longer, I managed to do so. The beads will be for sale through the 22nd of the month so come on back and shop. There's still lots of crystal, Murano, Pandora, stone, pendants and much more! Like I posted before this is a really big one and lots of price levels from $3.00 up. Closeout strands are only $6.00.

Cynthia is also planning some more classes to be announce soon, so keep checking and watch your emails. 

Happy Beading!

Monday, April 30, 2012


Just a heads up for folks that want to shop today, Cyn will be in the shop till about 4:00pm today. The trunk show is in it's last week, unless folks want another week to shop. If so I will try to get an extension. It has been a really nice one with a large variety. Be sure to take a look at the video that I posted a link to in the last blog to get an idea of what is available.

I am also hoping to do another wire wrap class. This time we will have an oval stone to capture. More when I get it scheduled.

Happy Beading.

Sunday, April 22, 2012


I received nine boxes of beads for the new Trunk Show on Friday. They are up and ready so come in during the next 2 weeks and find things I don't usually have. There are findings, cabachons, and beads of so many kinds! Looking for larger hole beads for special projects? There is a selection of stone, metal and pearls with large holes! Some folks have been looking for Hematite beads, check out the show. There are beads from $3.00 a strand up to about $38, so something for everyone, I've even got my eye on a couple of items myself. Check out the slide show to get an idea of great beads in the show.


The Silversmithing class went well. David Smith worked with us to create some beautiful pendants in the two days he was here. It was an intense workshop and all of us were tired but happy when it was over. Dave stayed late on Saturday to help some of us slower folks get caught up and then we finished on Sunday. Several of us bought the kit and are already working on new items. Highstrung Beads was so lucky to have Dave offer to do the class, as Montgomery isn't very often part of his route. Thanks to Dave and all of the ladies that were able to attend!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Well the seed bead show is finally done. It was a good show and I have a few of the tubes put in my stash for future projects. Quite a number of the seed beaders stopped by the last two weeks to stock up. 

Now I am preparing for the Silversmithing Class,  David Smith is coming to teach. I have had several people ask for a class that includes soldering and metal working. Finally it is going to happen. I am really looking forward to learning all the techniques of designing a pendant with silver and gemstones. Don't know when we will get a chance to do this class again, we were just fortunate to have this opportunity now.

I am heading out of town after the class for a few days. Cynthia will be back at the store so be sure to drop in and see her. It has been awhile since she has been able to come in and I think she would love to see her beading friends. When I return later in the week, I will be setting up a new and beautiful Trunk Show. I will post more when I get back and hopefully a short video.

Happy Beading! 

Monday, April 2, 2012



The seed beads are in and selling well. There is a great selection of sizes and shapes as well as new colors and mixed tubes. The vendor has send a nice variety of the Bella beads which are the Italian ones. The show started Friday and will end on the 10th so come in soon. I haven't been able to restock my seed beads lately so now is a chance to get some I don't have.

Monday, March 12, 2012

It's Spring?

I think so, as the azaleas and other spring flowers and trees are blooming now. Our winter was so mild this year that maybe Spring is here. I've enjoyed most of it except the sneezing from all the tree pollen. I'm planning a few things over the next couple of months. There will be a new seed bead trunk show arriving the last weekend of March. Beadweavers, (ie: loom, peyote, and other stitches) make a note as there will be new colors in both the Japanese and Italian beads. I am looking forward to seeing the new collection myself. She usually sends 15/o, 11/o, 8/0 and 6/o as well as different shapes.

I am also arranging for a bead trunk show soon. Many of you out there keep asking when is the next one. I will post it out when I have the dates. 

Also, those that are still interested in the silversmithing class and are not signed up need to make their decisions as it is beginning to fill up. I am really excited about this one. I've been wanting to learn how to solder and work with silver. Check it out here if you haven't already: 

Silversmithing class information

Happy beading

Thursday, February 23, 2012

New for February!

Here is a short slide show of the new trunk show beads. I received some more yesterday but haven't photographed them. There are 4mm pearls, glass beads, and some of the "made with love" charms too.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Upcoming Wirewrapping Class

I am offering a beginner class in wire wrapping on The 18th of February. We will be making a wrapped pendant using either copper or brass. The class fee will include a kit of materials.

The fee for the class is: $45.00 to be paid prior to class.
The class will be held: Saturday, February 18th from 11:00 to 2:00pm
If you have tools please bring them.

Call Highstrung Beads at 334-356-7891 or come in to signup. Limited to 4 students.
If this class fills up and I still have others that are interested I will set up a second date for the class.

Don't forget about the Silversmithing Workshop we are offering in April. Information on it is below.

Happy Beading,

Monday, January 23, 2012

Announcing Silver Smithing Class in April!!!!

There has be interest in the shop hosting a Silver Smithing Workshop and now it is on our schedule! Dave Smith will be our instructor for this 12 hour class to be held over 2 days. Come learn how to make your own pendant from silver and a cabochon.

To find out more about the class and how to sign up use the link below. Just click on it and see a detailed description of the workshop:

Silversmithing class information

There are a limited number of spaces so check it out now and begin your plans to attend. Signup can be done at the above site or by coming into the shop. I are really excited about this and hope many of you are as well!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Highstrung Beads 2012

Well, a new year is started and we are entering our 10th year of business. I've lots of plans for different classes this year. One of the most exciting is a possible Silver-smithing class later this spring. When I have more information it will be posted and email sent out to my list.

I am also getting planning to offer a wire wrapping class soon. People keep asking so I will try. The classes will be small and I may need to do more than one if I get a lot of interest. It will be base metals; copper, brass. This is a beginner class.
Watch for information on signup.

There a a number of new items in the shop including metal beads and findings, large hoop earrings and more pearls and other beads.

Watch the blog for updates, shop hours and new items.

Hope to see you all this new year!

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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!!