Hello! Suzanne here making my official introduction. I was raised in Mexico and have lived there most of my life. I have an incredibly artistic family, just about everyone here beads! My cousin and I got really into it as teenagers when we would sell our designs in our towns centre. I moved to Toronto, got married, had kids, and went on a beading/art hiatus for a while until Emily and I took over fortheloveofbeads.com recently.
I was put in charge of buying new material. It was a lot of work to figure out what kind of beads I wanted to sell. I’ve always worked with mostly glass beads and semi-precious stones, but a few years ago I discovered seeds. While on a trip to the Pacific coast of Mexico a young man on a motorcycle stopped for an overnight at a beachside hotel I was staying. After dinner he unloaded his only suitcase which was filled with beads and jewelry he had made himself. He had a lot of turquoise mixed with shells, wood pieces and seeds he had picked up along his way. He gifted me some crescent moon shaped seeds that I used to make a necklace, and ever since then I have had an affinity for natural materials.
I still use seed beads and glass from time to time, and am planning to explore into polymer clay and lampwork. This blog is meant to be an insider’s resource, as Emily and I learn new techniques and materials we will share our creations, inspirations and frustrations. As we learn more about selling our jewelry, running a bead business, and buying beads in exotic locations we will also share our experiences. I hope you enjoy it! These necklaces are very popular in Mexico where my cousin and I sell them in the winter.