There are four words that have become a powerful inspiration for me: “I made it myself!” Whether I’ve spoken them with radiant pride in answer to someone who has commented on my jewelry, or I’ve done a bit of shameless horn-tooting of my own, those words fill me with joy. I completely understand the phrase, “tickled pink.”
So, how did I become part of this sparkling, happy, colorful world of beads as a jewelry artist? I’ll blame and exonerate Cathie Reichert in the same breath. It’s her fault I’m here. And, well, I like it that way.
Here’s the story in an end cap*…
Several years ago, my long-time friend, Cathie, said good-bye to the corporate world where she had shed the proverbial blood, sweat, and tears for many years. She soon agreed to work her mad marketing magic for a neighbor who was venturing into small business – a retail jewelry supply shop.
Cathie had never made “real” jewelry before. But she always had style and a great sense of color, as well as a healthy appetite for jewelry. (I truly enjoy shopping with this woman!) Furthermore, her creative gene had been well honed throughout her career. Cathie’s neighbor saw a treasure and hired her as she opened 1 Stop Bead Shop in 2005.
At the time, I was up to my elbows in scrapbook paper, rubber stamps, and hot glue. I even dabbled with polymer clay. Needless to say, I was a craft store devotee. I’m sure you can relate when I say that Michael’s loved to see me coming.
1 Stop Bead Shop first opened in the Jo-Ann shopping center. Sometimes, when I was in the area, I stopped at the little BEADS shop across the parking lot. I confess, the beads were attractive, but really, I just wanted to see my friend.
At some point, JA etc. realized that 1 Stop was not just a cute little bead store across the way. No, it was a true contender as a supplier for jewelry artists. So, 1 Stop had to find a different location. And, wow, did they find a great locale or what! Now next to Trader Joe’s, 1 Stop Bead Shop lives on the best corner of the hottest intersection in northwest Columbus!
One fine day, Cathie invited me to join her and take a beginning bead weaving class. Then, I was her student in a beginning bead stringing class. I was hooked -bead, wire, and toggle! Wanting more, I eventually took a wire wrapping class, and the true love affair began.
In June 2014, Cathie’s dedication and hard work paid off; she & her husband, George, purchased the store. Woo Hoo! I’m so proud of my dear friend!
Cathie leads a delightful and talented group of women at 1 Stop Bead shop (self included – wink!). We want to provide a welcoming environment that will encourage you to grow as a jewelry artist. Our goal is to share our passion!
We’re serious when we invite you to, “Come sit and BEAD with us!” We hope you will so that, you too, can say those four inspiring words, “I made it myself!”
There’s a chair at the beading table for you,
*end cap – a finding, usually metal, that looks kind of like the top of an acorn.