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 

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

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Wakarusa Music Festival and 20% Off Wanderlust Sale News!

Hello friends!

Do you ever get an amazing opportunity to travel and not only travel, but to hear some mind blowing music? My darling scheming husband talked to his parent's and they got together to get me a ticket to Wakarusa Music Festival in beautiful Ozark, Arkansas!

I have to say I am excited and terrified all at the same time. I am NOT a camper. I like to sleep in the dark with it quiet, and I er.. um... am a little skeptical about port-o-potties. I will be going on this expedition solo(without Ricky), but will be traveling with some new and amazing people(You know who you are! Love you guys!). This is a really big thing for me guys... I am stepping WAY out of my comfort zone for this one. I expect to return home with my life changed forever in so many positive ways. I know this experience will make me grow with so much love and gratitude.

The festival is set in Mulberry Mountain.  It is a 4 day camping and music festival in nature. Here is a photo from the event last year :)

Look at how beautiful the venue is and did you see they have a FERRIS WHEEL?! *Wakarusa photo by Phil Clarkin.

Here is another photo of one of the stages.Wow, does this look incredible or what?! *photo by electronic midwest.

So not only will this event have music, camping, a FERRIS WHEEL, but it will also have art installations, live painters and performers, a poster design contest, and so many more exciting things I could go on for days.

These types of events are life changing. You go with friends, drop your drama at the door and get yourself immersed in: nature, music, hooping, and all of the amazing people that have traveled from all over to come together in one magical place to celebrate life. Doesn't that sound like something you would want to do? Just thinking about it makes me pretty emotional(shhh don't tell anyone. I have a reputation to uphold ;) 

Now, as you know, all great traveling experiences do take lots of: planning, camping supplies, food, gas, and any extra fun you plan on having at the event(purchases of artwork, clothing, jewelry, and other creative works). 

So I will be offering a 20% OFF SALE to help raise funds for my trip. Use coupon code "WAKA2015" at checkout to receive your discount.  Sale will begin  THIS weekend (May 22-May 24th) at Midnight on those dates. Our newsletter folks will get "first dibs" and early shopping Wednesday(May 20th)! If you are not already a subscriber, you can join our mailing list here.
You can receive our discount in our Bead Shop and Jewelry Shop!

To make things even MORE exciting I will be doing a GIVEAWAY  as well! For each item purchased you will get an entry into the drawing to win a stash of some very special art beads (from myself and other artists) along with some stringing materials!

Have you ever wanted to travel? Have you ever wanted to really get yourself immersed in culture, but were a little timid about the whole experience yourself? Help support my journey through this sale and travel safely with me through my experiences, and photos on this life changing expedition :)

Thanks so much for stopping by. See you at the sale!

xoxo Genea

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Coming up for air- creating and outsiding.

Hello friends!

I've decided to come up from some air. I have been busy making and "outsiding". I have really been enjoying lots of time being outside in the beautiful spring sunshine. Here are a few pictures from our Kansas City Drum Tribe. 
Hula hoops!

A little Acro yoga. Ricky and our friend Kristen are doing a position called the "box". 

 I have been been making beads and jewelry and going from pile to pile sorting out the mess as I go. So let's take a look at what I've been making :D

It sure does take FOREVER to list jewelry, but I got a few new pieces in the shop. I still have LOTS more to photograph and add, but I am trying to balance out my "work" and "play". A few work things for a few play things :D 

Last weeks shop update with more rustic lime green, aqua, and teal beads. Yum! Did you see I even made Vortex Flower HEADPINS! Yep, sure did! 

Lots of other "little bits" in the shop as well. Some Vortex Flower bead focals, glass headpins, and little sets.

Here is what we made for mom for Mother's Day. Hooray for Pinterest!

We found a really great and easy tutorial for transferring an image to a wax candle. My idea for the candle holder botched. I sure did hand cut out text on some contact paper and etch "family" on the vase. I only had my bead etching liquid which does NOT work, so don't bother ;P I searched around and saw this idea using scrap book paper, so we did that instead. It turned out super cute :D There weren't any instructions, but I figure you guys are pretty clever and can figure it out. We used a little bit of sand paper to sand the glass where the paper went and applied the paper with mod podge. We hot glued the ribbon and bow separately :)

What's a pretty gift without a pretty package. I made this bag for mom with a stencil, some scrap book paper, and little vellum banner. 

I got this amazing air vase from the lovely, Marsha Neal Studios! My mom kills plants so I decided to save her the trouble and I just gave her dead flowers :D

Mom's birthday just passed as well. Mother's day and her b-day are always a week apart. Boy lots of creating to do that week! Here is the necklace I created for her with the carved focal by S L Artisan Accents, and sea urchin bead by Blue Berri Beads.

Did you know I do all kinds of art? Not just a pretty face ;P I created this fanciful Harry Potter wall art for a swap partner I had. I made a cosmic nebula with Harry Potter's outline. It's layered over a page of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone with the quote"It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live". I was  a little proud of my new "baby". I took LOTS of photos of the process of this piece. You can see them here.

My friend Jamie moved out of state and I had wanted to make him a bead for forever. He never did tell me his favorite colors. He wanted me to be inspired to make him whatever called to me.... You can see why he didn't get a bead for awhile. Lol. I couldn't really think of anything until right before he left. I decided to do moon phases and the "Mother, Maiden, Crone" for him since he is Pagan. I made LOTS of these seemingly simple style beads before I was happy with them. These were the best ones I made ;) 

My sister's b-day was in April and I was inspired to create these earrings for her. I really LOVE the black and pale aqua together. I had some GORGEOUS watermelon tourmaline faceted teeny beads. I had to dig through HALF the bag just to find a few that were drilled big enough to fit over 28 gauge wire. I am going to find the person that drilled these beads and punch them in the face >:D

I have contemplated making more of these, but I need to dig through those damn beads and see if I can find just enough to make another pair for my shop. Awesome "clay dings" are by my friend, Karen Totten :D

My sister has always loved rainbows together so I made her a pair of these for her birthday too. I made super teeny beads for my collaboration with Zenned Out so I used some of the extras in her earrings ;)

*Whew* see why I've been "absent" lately. Lots of stuff to make and do and not nearly enough time for ALL of it. Good thing I plan to live for a VERY long time so I can get most of my life's ambitions completes before joining "the man in the sky" ;P

Thanks for checkin' in! See you soon!

xoxo Genea