Saturday, February 27, 2010


Vital Elements has beads! I am trying to provide beads to jewelry artists in Friday Harbor.I want customers to let me know what they need when they shop for supplies in town. Everyday my collection of beads for sale grows as I am ordering constantly and purchasing new display. I really want to supply our island with special and unique beads for focal pieces and have findings and strings of beads to create your own pieces. I will also begin collecting antique and vintage beads to sell to artists and collectors. Come on in and check it out!
I have been a bead buyer for my personal jewelry business for 30 years, I have been a collector of beads all my life.
Vital Elements will be the home of San Juan Island Beader's and will have the first meeting Wednesday evening March 3 at 5:30. This will start as a small group (your invited!) just getting together to talk, share, learn about beads. Bring a project and share what you do. Everyone is invited.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Adding Jewelry and Arts and Craft workshops

I am adding some workshops. Starting March 1st Vital Elements will have workshops on a weekly basis. March's workshop offerings will be Celini Spiral ( a beautiful one piece beaded spiral necklace with a button for a clasp, wire wrapped cabochan, this is a simple way to set a stone or other treasure in steel, copper or sterling wire.
Captured Picture pendants in resin. Learn how to use 2 part resin to make domed picture pendants, scrabble tiles or framed objects. Jewelry making 101, this is a beginners class on making earrings, necklaces, and bracelets. Vital elements will begin layered collage classes and a Getting to know the Steampunk Style Jewelry class. More coming soon
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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Opened and Lovin it

It is so good to have a store again. Here are some pictures before I recieved 14 boxes on Monday! I still have yet to see my bath products, but they are coming.
Business is good and walk in traffic is wonderful.
I didnt get finished with everything in my store until 4:30! but it was still the 12th of February. Yeah Rachel was my first customer...she bought some beads.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Opening Day

Well this is it! I am opening today! I probably will wait until 2:00 or 3:00 and make it short day. I have about 1/2 my merchandise in but want to be open for the 3 day weekend.
I will post photos soon.

Friday, February 05, 2010

Getting close now

My opening is scheduled for Feb. 12th....that's a week from today, Yikes. It is going to be so good to be back in business!! All my shipments have not arrived so I am having a not so grand opening. I have about 50% of what I ordered and am still ordering. I have 6 wonderful artists coming in on consignment. If you wish to consign show me what you have!
My business is going to grow slowly and steadily, keeping in mind that debt is what got our economy is a mess in the first place... that being said it will only get better everyday so once I am open come in often as new things will arrive daily for a while, then weekly as the spring and summer progresses.
The bead part of my store will be super cool... the crafts supply will have to wait until my coffers fill again.
This is the fantastic counter that my dad made me for my birthday! He is getting older (76) and said this is the last big project he will ever do...he is so dear and a tad onry! Love ya dad.
My goal for Vital Elements....of imagination is to be a place that from the moment you walk through the front door you feel inspired, by special treasures, craft ingredients, beads, and the product of imagination everywhere. I also want to be a destination store. What that means is that people who come to the island plan on coming to my store. That will be an accomplishment.
Here are some pics of the counter my dad made and shadows of my sons friend William painting the out side of the building. The other dude is my 3rd son Tyson, he is making a really cool steam-punk watch.