I sorted through hundreds (HUNDREDS!) of photos and found a collection of my favorite beads and adventures of 2015. The best of the best :) One of my favorite truths about travel, and life, at least for me, is the mind filters out the not-so-great, and mostly remembers the JOYS. While life is never as perfect as presented on social media, when I look back on this past year, these special memories are the ones that I carry on to 2016.
Happy New Year.
Photos were taken in Costa Rica, Wisconsin and our fall road trip to the Smoky Mountains and SE Coast.
Seasonal favorites are returning, along with a festive forest of new, winter-y beads (watch instagram @kylieparry and FB for new design previews!).
Pre-order options for my 2015 winter collection include the following 3 designs:
1. Buffalo Plaid focal beads. Sold as SINGLES. Each is hand-formed from stoneware. The side edge has a matte brown texture. The top/bottom are glazed in glossy red. The sepia buffalo plaid pattern is permanently fired onto the glaze.
Measures approx. 20-22mm.
2. Birch pendants/ connectors. Each is hand-cut and hand-carved. Glazed in matte white/ black with bits of brown clay exposed. Back is signed and unglazed. Please choose:
a.) 2 wire connector (top and bottom)
b.) 1 wire pendant (top)
They will measure approx. 45mm. Each will be different (and different from the ones pictured). If you don't like surprises and prefer to know exactly which one you will receive, please don't pre-order. I will have extras during the shop update!
3. Cardinal bird beads. My classic bird bead in glossy, seasonal red.
Measures approx. 26-28mm.
$14 per bird.
If you are interested in placing a pre-order, get in touch via email or FB message with your full name, order (items/ quantity/ details), and a good way to get back in touch (if it differs from the mode you messaged me). Please don't leave your order in a blog or fb comment, as I sometimes miss these. All pre-ordered items will be ready and available for purchase (reserved under your name), during my winter shop update (TBA).
Please get orders in ASAP. This time around I am closing pre-orders once I meet a quantity quota. I am shooting for the winter collection to be launched early December. I know earlier is better, which is why I am capping the pre-orders.
Pre-ordering is an 'honor-system' commitment to purchase (I make the items just for you!). Pre-orders not purchased, will preclude the pre-orderee from pre-ordering in the future.
...hiking. meandering through the woods. stopping. every. two. feet. because...pinecones! mushrooms! squirrels! autumn adventures big and small.
treasures unearthed. the forest floor- a most beautiful mosaic of color and life.
fall foliage- the air wild with leaves. the smell of October.
stargazing 'round the campfire. creatures of the night. soulful stillness.
Inspired by my 19th summer at the last best place on earth- my childhood cottage in northern WI...where the stars are magic.
I used to morn the passing of summer. Labor day Blues. We pack-up the cottage, take out the dock- each act symbolizing the end. Now, we embrace September as the beginning of our adventure season. Our toad (teardrop) gets hitched up and we weekend warrior our way through WI state parks. This year we are road-tripping to the SE...leaving in a couple days!
Thank you to the moon and back for your support. I love what I do, and I am forever grateful to you for that. Orders are being processed over the weekend and shipped early next week. xx