Presenting….my Bead Peeps Swap N Hop partner…..

I’d like to introduce my Bead Peeps Swap N Hop partner….. Sierra Barrett. (imagine the crowd cheers )

She’s been making jewelry for over 10 years and started as a young entrepreneur making friendship bracelets.  Her favorite thing to do is wire work and will be joining a local art guild soon to hone her skills and develop her own style.  You go girl!!

Sierra sounds like a lot of us,  she’s a hoarder!  As you all know, you just never know when you might need THAT particular thing so no need to toss it out.

We seem to have some things in common from color choices to love of  working with various medias. It was like picking out my own stash to work with while making selections for Sierra.

I’m new to Bead Peeps and to this blogging but I’m going to have fun regardless!  I’m not as active as I’d like to be as my day job gets in the way at present but I’m hopeful 🙂  I’m thankful to those who pulled this group together and this Hop, I know it was a big undertaking so many thanks for this chance to meet many new friends and be exposed to new challenges.

Let the fun begin!!


I signed up for the Bead Peeps Hop!  I also about died when I noticed after the fact that it will close when the 300th person signs up…oh myyyy gosh! !  Well, I’ve committed myself so here goes :), wish me luck.  I’ve been intriqued by the Bead Soup hops but never brave enough to participate lol today I guess I was having a weak moment.  I said this year was going to be a year of changes for me so I’m jumping off into the deep end here.

I am a multi-media artist and like to play with just about anything.  I’ve been making jewelry for a very long time. I started making my own then for friends, later to sale.

My style is rather eclectic, off the wall, quirky, fun…funky to say just a few descriptive words that come to mind at the moment.  I can make “normal” but I like colors that make me happy which translates to my jewelry.

I am a lampworker and make my own beads  I work with fibers, kumihimo, fabric manipulatin, metals wire work, PMC, copper enameling, gemstones lol you name it.  I love it all!

At this moment in time I can’t really say I have a favorite technique.  What ever the spirt moves in me.  Not that I get bored easily  I just like to work on many things at any given time. A lot of the time color has alot to do with I’m working on at the time or something I’ve seen that sparked a new jumping off place on an idea. I have to read non-creative type books at night before bed just to calm my mind down for sleep!  Otherwise I’m up sketching into the wee hours of the night designing which makes getting up at 5 am for the day job rough.

I love working with bright happy colors but I gotta say the new brights are even alittle too bright for me unless I can work them in with something else to tone them down.  I know a few will be shocked to hear me say that.  Ha!  There really is not a color I dislike, some I might could cover up :)…but I can make them work!

That’s about all I can think to mention to help in the selection process.  I really am excited about this adventure and look forward to having a partner to share the excitement with!

As they say….”Onward thru the fog”


Come play with me….

Welcome to my blog, I’m Lois from Thiz N That.  Be gentle with me as this is a new adventure for me and it is wayyy out of my comfort zone.  Never in my wildest dreams would I ever have thought I would be blogging!  Ha!  Anyone who knows me would rather be surprised by the thought as well. lol : )

So you might ask why is Lois blogging??  Well I am hoping to participate in B’sue Boutiques Build A Line Design Challenge beginning January, 2015.  If you’d like to read about it be sure to go to Brenda Sue’s Facebook group B’sue Boutiques Creative Group.

I’ve been saying that 2015 was going to be a year for changes for me and this is the jumpstart to getting myself out there once again!  Thank you so much Brenda Sue for all you do.  This is such a wonderful opportunity you are opening up to this group! I see terrific things about to unfold-