Tuesday, November 24, 2015

20-30% Off Holiday Sale! Early Bird Sale for Newsletter subscribers!

Hello friends! 

It's been awhile, I know. I apologize for my absence as I have been recovering from my divorce. If you didn't already know about my huge life change that happened this summer you can read about it here. 

But we all know you are really here to find out about our sale, right?! Right! So what are the deets? Well if you are lucky enough to be a newsletter subscriber you get to shop EARLY! Yep, that's right! After you are stuffed full of holiday food you can shop at 8pm CST and get 30% off by using our subscriber only code! Join the mailing list HERE.

 Sales Details are as follows: Early Bird Subscriber sale (Sale begins at 8pm CST Thursday night) check your newsletter e-mail to  receive your special discount code. For Black Friday you can use the code "GBBF30" for 30% off(sale begins at Midnight CST) and if you happen to miss our early bird sale and Black Friday sale you can still get a super sweet 20% off discount Small business saturday- Cyber Monday by using the code "XMAS20"(Sale Begins at Midnight CST on Saturday). The sale is in both of our shops for beads and our jewelry. The sale will end at Midnight CST on December 1st. 

Don't make jewelry? Let us take that off of your plate! You can shop our jewelry shop for unique creations for all of those special people on your list!

Wishing you all the most wonderful kick off to the holidays enjoying time with friends, family, and loved ones. 

xoxo Genea

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Riding the Waves

Hello friends,

It's been too long, I know... I have been thinking of you and I have wanted to write, but couldn't sit myself in front of my computer. 

I have been.... struggling. Struggling a lot with life. Riding the waves of my emotions up and down. They go up and down throughout the day. Sometimes I'm plummeting to my doom and then other times I am rising up. I remember the strong and amazing person I was and still am. I remember that I am and have always been that person. That I don't need another person's support to remember that about myself, but sometimes..... I forget. I get stuck again in that struggle.

That is where my art is. Strangely stuck in that place where it should bring me healing and peace to create, but it's the opposite. I sit down to work. Everything feels weird. It reminds me of the past life I had as a fulltime lampworker where now I have to work a regular job in a warehouse as my main work. I sit down to try to create and try to turn on music and the same music that made me feel on top of the world makes me want to cry. I look at the ipad and phone that I used to receive messages on while I worked and it stares back at me with a blank stare. All of these things flood in as I tired to sit and create. I made myself at least sit for a half hour and when things feel like too much. I get up, turn everything off and leave the house. 

It's hard that all of the things that brought me so much joy and comfort are feeling strange and foreign to me. My lampworking, my hooping, my music. Things that brought me so much joy, growth, fulfillment. It just feels weird. I am trying to power through it and just force myself to face these things until they feel normal and good again, but I am struggling. 

So what happened between now and my last post? Well as you know I am in the process of a divorce that began in mid July. In that time I had a close friend that turned into a whirlwind passion filled romance for it to have ended just as magically as it began. As you can imagine that plunged me back into the sadness I didn't fully face at the beginning of my parting with my partner of 12 years. All of those emotions I was too distracted face came flooding in x2. I was devastated... again, but if you know anything about me... you know what a determined person I am. 

I signed up for a divorce care class at a local church and signed up for a therapist as well. So 2 nights of my week I seek healing through these places to "make me well" again as I call it. I hate being in this place of feeling so out of sorts, weak, and lost. I want to find the fastest exit the FUCK out of here and onto life where things feel "normal" again and things are back into place. 

In this strange new space I am alone for the first time in many years and by alone I just mean that  really all I have is myself. This is a new thing for me. I think somewhere along my life I missed this growth I was supposed to have inbetween 18-24. Some lost space after highschool and into my "college years". So the universe has seen fit to throw me back into that mindset to do the growth that I missed out on. My therapist put it so well. She told me excitedly that I get to do this with a more wise self on this journey. I guess it's like that thought process of "If the me that I was in highschool could talk to the me I am now" kind of thing. I dunno.

All I know is that this new space is so different. So... well.. new. It should be exciting, but at the moment it's kind of terrifying. It's that whole fear of the unknown thing I have, I guess. The thing where I am terrified of all bodies of water where you can't see the bottom. 

I am trying to have a new positive perspective on life, but as all things learning new thought pathways takes time for them to stick. I do realize that on this path I will get to not only re-discover the sleeping beauty that lies within, I will be able to build her stronger, and more beautiful that she has ever been. She will be a force with which to be reckoned, she will shine so much light that when she walks in a room the whole room will turn to her and feel her presence. She will be one of the most amazing people I have ever met. She will make the most beautiful art anyone has ever seen. She is in here healing and coming closer to the surface day by day. 

Monday, September 7, 2015

Rising up from the Ashes.

Hello friends,

It's been a hot second, I know. As you have read life has been pretty crazy in new ways. Re-buliding your life from the ground up takes time and LOTS of energy. So what has happened since last I posted? Well I got a "real job" in the "default world". I worked for a local bread company for a few weeks and just recently changed to a job working in a door and window warehouse a little bit closer to where I live. I work a day shift from 7:30-4, Monday- Friday with weekends off. Hellz yeah! Do you know how nice it is to get a job with weekends off and a day schedule?! Pretty amazing, not as amazing as working for yourself, but it's all good.

I also got a car, YAY and BOO. I have only driven my car long enough to use a 1/4 tank of gas. Yep, that's it. I got a '97 Nissan Maxima on Craig's list. Seemed legit, but there was a problem with the clutch. It would drive awesome for awhile and the longer I drove it(after about 30 minutes) I couldn't get the car in gear. Uh yeah.. SCARY. While driving too I might add. For those of you that don't drive stick. If you car is not in gear you can't move ANYWHERE. So my mom was kind enough to have let me borrow her car for the last 3 weeks while I try to get my car repaired. After trying to track down about 5 different people to do the work I found help in the most unlikely of places. My neighbor's son worked on my car and replaced the slave cylinder that controls the clutch and engages the clutch pedal. The damn pedal was STILL sticking. So the clutch needs to be replaced too. Ugh.. always something, huh?! But FUCK THAT. Life is not getting me DOWN! The phoenix RISES UP FROM THE ASHES. That's right. Life can SUCK IT! I will figure this out! So still working on trying to fix that problem this week.

I *DID* find a roommate to rent out my house with me as well, YAY!! Another new friend so that is really cool. What does that mean? Well first of all NO MOVING. I get to keep my studio and dogs with their fenced in yard and live in a HOUSE. Yes, life is GOOD. So Things are falling into place for sure. Life has settled down a bit, but I'm still adjusting. Still improving, still striving for greatness. I'm not done yet. I have a certain place I want to be to feel "comfortable" with my living. You know enough to pay the bills and play while having a roof over my head and a working car. Then onto what the hell else I am going to do with my life to keep this style of living. Back to school for some more life skills and a bigger pocket full of cash? I am thinking that is my direction, but what to do?? I have been an artist all my life. Unfortunately art by itself won't pay the bills with me supporting me. So what else do I do? I am not really sure honestly. Do I get a quick trade skill to make some more money an hour and have a skill and go from there? If I am going to invest 5 years or so in school and get eyeballs deep in college debt it has to be something I am kinda passionate about, yanno? Still figuring that one out while I shuffle the other crap into line. I suppose the answers will come. I am still waiting for that strike of lightning that wakes me out of a dead sleep with a very definitive answer. 

I just want to give a shout-out and some mad love to Lori Anderson for doing an auction to help raise money for me to get back on my feet and for all of the lovely people that jumped on to help. You all are so fucking amazing. Truly, you rock my socks! I am so fortunate to have you all in my life. Thank you from the very bottom of my full heart! 

So yeah, I have been featured in Stringing Magazine 2015 as well. If you have not gotten a copy, what are you waiting for?! Check it out for sure and you can find the beads and findings in my shop. 

I also have another tutorial coming out Wirework Magazine Fall 2015! That will be out in another week and it will feature my "Dusky Desert" earrings featuring my glass headpins, recycled sari silk and Wooly wire.

I have also obsessively followed Burning Man through their Radio Station and Live web feed. I am SO going next year! Here is a photo I screen shotted from the live feed. Everyone says Disney World is the happiest place on earth, but I am thinking it's probably Burning Man. Just sayin'. 

Well this about does my update to fill you all in on what life has been all about for me over the last month. Expect to hear from me more frequently as life settles in. 

xoxo Genea

Thursday, July 30, 2015

New Beginnings 20% OFF STOREWIDE SALE FRIDAY-SUNDAY(July 31-August 2) Midnight CST

A special  thank you to Mary DeTray for the lovely sales graphic she created :)

Hello Friends,

Let me tell you life sure has been challenging the last few weeks. Where I know this is all temporary and that things will change for the better it doesn't make things any easier. I am offering this 20% OFF STOREWIDE SALE in both shops.Genea Beads and Genea C-K Jewelry,  Friday-Sunday (July 31- August 2) Midnight CST. Use the coupon code "NEWBEGINNINGS" at checkout to receive your discount. 

Maybe it has been put on your heart to send money with no strings attached. You may do so by sending money through paypal  to eyedoglass@hotmail.com. 

I am having this sale to help raise funds to buy me a cheap vehicle. I am hoping to find one for around $1,000. I also need to raise money to find a place to stay. I have 30 short days to find a place to live. It's all very scary and stressful. I was not able to stay in the house I am in and rent it out with friends so I am having to figure something else out. I also need a car to get to the new job I was just offered today. I will start either this Monday or the following Sunday. I was going to try to ask for rides to whom ever was available or try to take the public bus to get to work, but having my own car would make all of the difference in the world. That way if I don't get a living space worked out I will have a car to live in. Ha ha, but eh... maybe that is closer to the truth? Let's hope it doesn't get to that because I will have Leeloo to worry about as well. 

I just want to thank each and every one of you for being here for me when others have walked out of my life for whatever reasons they have. It means the world to me to have you here with me supporting me in this crazy thing called life. 

With Deepest Love and Gratitude,


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Big Life Changes

You just never know what life will have in store for you.

A burn gives you what you need, not necessarily what you expect.

This past weekend I went to my first very regional burning man event in Topeka, Kansas. The regional burns take place in cities all over the country and Burning Man takes place in Nevada over Labor Day weekend. I was in a place where I camped with my " burn family"(close friends) where we shared memories, lived life and lived in a place where there is no money exchange(everything is gifting). These events follow the 10 Principles of Burning Man.

The week before I was supposed to go to this burn Ricky announced that he wanted to leave from our marriage. He wanted to travel and be a free spirit and that he had fallen in love with someone else. So after 12 years of being together (9 years of marriage) we will be parting ways. 

Things are pretty intense as you might imagine after sharing things with someone for so many years. I will be completely starting over. I need to get a car, get a job with a stable income, and find a new place to live. I don't have established enough credit to get a car loan or even get a place. I am hoping to find a way to rent a house with some friends so I can keep Leeloo with me and still have a place to lampwork on the side. I would love to figure out more ideas to make my business more profitable so that I can continue to do it full time in the future, but at the moment I need to do whatever will get me the funding I need right now. 

I have had some hiccups with my Etsy shop, but plan to get it back online soon and run a sale to help get raise funds for all of my expenses. It's been a tough last few months and I am so grateful for all of you that have been here to support me with your words of encouragement and purchasing my work. 

I am just trying to take things one day at a time. It's hard. I feel like I have a world of things to conquer and that they all need to be done RIGHT NOW. I am just trying to chew off manageable  bites each day to get to where I need to be. I just wanted to let you all know where I have been and the struggles I am facing in life right now. I hope to be creating along side looking for another job. I will post new work as I get it made. 

I don't really know what else to write at the moment, but felt like I needed to get this out.

Thank you all for everything you do in my life.

With deepest gratitude, 


Monday, July 6, 2015

Find me on Facebook- Genea Beads

Hello friends!

Just checking in with you all to let you know that we are experiencing a few hiccups with our Etsy shop. You can find our current work for sale over on our facebook page here. So where are these new beads of which you speak? Well I have been on a Weeny Ding kick so you can find several amazing sets on my page ;)

So your next question might be "How do I get my hands on these beads?" Well all you have to do is hop on over to my facebook page and send me a message or comment on the photo of the beads on which you would like. I will send over a paypal invoice to your e-mail addy. Easy peasy and almost the same as ordering from the way you used to ;) 

I hope to get this issue remedied soon, but for now you can find us there and we will update you here with things change;)

I have been enjoying a wonderful summer with friends exploring beautiful places in Kansas City like this work house castle downtown. 

Here is one shot of the building outside. You can see Sean hooping off to the right. 

Here is another part with it's graffitied walls. 

Here is my friend, Megan by this pretty bird :)

She clicked this one of me hooping and doing a chest roll. I love it! 

Thanks so much for checking in! 

See you soon!

xo Genea

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The Magic of Wakarusa & Big Holed Dread Beads

Hello friends!

Wow, I had such a magical time on Mulberry Mountain! I want to thank each and everyone one of you that made it all possible! I have returned back to Kansas City with a full heart and wonderful memories. I spent 7 magical days with new friends and old listening to music, exploring art, and playing in nature. Above is just a small snippet of the memories I made, but I think they capture the essence of my experience :)

So I did end up coming home with a few more beads than I had planned, but my first and most important goal was to really experience Wakarusa.  You can find all of the new dread beads in my Etsy shop here.  It has been pouring buckets so these were the only photos I managed to take before the rain. I have another couple dread beads and a few other smaller stone textured beads to photograph and add to the shop soon ;) 

I was running short on time so I made myself some new clothes with some of my old tie-dyes. I had some extra fabric from the cut out's I made in my clothing so I made recycled tie-dye cords to go with the dread beads. My great idea was that if they were not being worn you could simply tie the bead around your wrist or neck! Genius, right?! 

So what happens if you don't have dreads? Well you can wear them like my friend, Kelsey. You can simply braid your hair and wear them or you can add them onto some yard extensions. 
Isn't she darling? She is even wearing one of our taped hula hoop necklaces :) I did make those specifically for the hooping community, but if you are interested I would be happy to make them available to all ;)

What if you don't want to wear the beads in your hair? Well these super LARGE bead holes are awesome for: hemp, kumihimo, thick fibers, or seed bead woven ropes! The possibilities are endless!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

See you soon!

xo Genea