Sunday, October 14, 2012

Miles For Beads

We have been traveling these  last 8 days.....over 3000 miles and 10 states.  This "part time" business of ours has led us on a journey of people, places and things.  Blogging has opened a new world of friends.  Bead Soup brought me Marla Gibson of Spice Box Designs   Marla saw that we were  enjoying Sunday afternoon in Memphis on Beale St and wrote you are only a short distance from me come visit.  I had planned to pay a surprise visit to Marla where she works.....she had the day off!!  We were laughing because we knew we were headed that way all along.   Marla invited us to her home where we got to talk beads and play with their 3 dogs.  We were still smiling the next morning over the antics of the dogs and just the pleasure we had of visiting with Marla.  She sent me away with a beautiful caterpillar bracelet and many many wonderful memories.
                 Marla, thank you so much for your kindness of inviting us into your home.
  I of course start checking to see what each city has to offer  used to be antiques and we have bead shops too.   Huntsville Alabama brought me another memorable day on our trip.  Mary's Beads is one of those kind of stores that you dream of walking into.....a down to earth, dig around and see what you find.....filled with the tales and stories of Mary's life.  Mr kimmykats  got to visit while I walked around in amazement....



  Mary doesn't make jewelry......

                                                                   She just likes beads......

Pictures only give you a glimpse of what is in store for you at Mary's
The beads are from above to below you!
                                   She just giggled when she pulled out her cash register.....

                               I didn't need more beads but, hey she had some I just needed.......

                                     I had already shopped in Memphis at the bead show........

                           Sunday afternoon and they were wanting to wheel and deal.......
                      I was ready to go and Mr kimmykats said honey come look.......he is the best!
On the way through St Louis I found a shop along our route
              Ladybug Beads 
They had a very good sale going on so thought I was in bead heaven there too!!
Lots more to share wait till you see the leaves....
oh my!


  1. Hi Kim,
    Wow I know now that I will defiantly be going to Huntsville to visit Mary's that place is amazing. I am so glad that you got to meet Marla in person she is wonderful! Love all those lovely gemstones you got. I think I want to hitch a ride the next time you and Mr. Kimmycats go on another 3000 mile trip. Glad you made it home safely.

  2. I really enjoyed your visit Kim! Next time you want to come see Mojo and Sam, just load up and head this way. Thank you as well for the wonderful jewelry that you left me. I wish more of us Beading Babes got a chance to meet each other. They just do not know what they are missing out on! I am so glad you made it home ok! <3

  3. What a fabulous trip! I'm amazed at all the beads in Mary's shop. My husband would not be as understanding as yours, and in fact would be pushing me to leave. I can't wait to see the rest of your photos.

  4. Wow! I wouldn't know where to start at Mary's but it looks like you found your way! I can not wait to see what you do with your new stash. Looking forward to more pictures of your travels. Glad you made it back safely!

  5. What a great vacation....beads, beads, blog friend, beads! Mary's Place looks like paradise and it made me laugh that she doesn't make jewelry~just loves beads for the sake of the beads :-) It must have been fun meeting Marla and funny that you were heading there without her knowing. Great buys at the bead show too!

  6. YOWZA!! Soooooo much, I'm not sure I could have decided what I wanted! This sounds like quite a wonderful trip and you were able to meet one of your blogging friends!

  7. WOW! All those wonderful beads! Kim, it sounds like you had a wonderful trip! I'm just in AMAZEMENT at all those beads!

    P.S. Awhile back you asked me about the cable knit stitch I used in one of the bracelets... the pattern is in Bead and Button Feb 2009 Issue 89. Sorry for the delay!

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