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Trunk Show 5/9&10, Best Western



I am excited to invite you to our first TRUNK SHOW of 2016! Marge returns to the Best Western for another great bead TRUNK SHOW! She says she has lots of new items, including several new seed beads. She also has some seed bead patterns, available while supplies last!

Come “bead with us”! We will have a work table for beading, visiting, and catching up!

Feel free to invite your beading friends! Vendors like Marge keep coming back because of your support!

Tuesday, 10:00a.m. - 5:00p.m.

Wednesday, 10:00a.m. - 4:00a.m.

BEST WESTERN, MacArthur Drive


Jewelry with a message...

This bracelet is made using Swarovski 6mm pearls, Swarovski 5mm crystals, a cross bar, two 4mm silver balls on floss elastic. The crystal colors can be varied. This bracelet has been called the salvation bracelet. The colors of the crystals are used to tell your personal salvation story. I love this one because of the cross bar, taking us to the Cross of Calvary, where it all began!



Last day of TRUNK SHOW!



Join us today at the Alexandria Best Western Camelia Room until 5pm. Marge has a great selection of pearls, seed beads, Czech glass, stones, Chinese crystals, charms, chain, supplies, and more!!!


TRUNK SHOW October 8-9 @ Best Western!

Marge will be set up and ready for you Thursday at 10a.m. with her full inventory of beads, pearls, bulk chain, seed beads, crystals, leather, findings, and more! We will be open 10-6 on Thursday and 10-5 Friday.  Bring your latest project(s) and work with us at our beading table!  Feel free to bring your lunch!

I look forward to seeing each of you! Remember that vendors like Marge come to Alexandria because of your support. Help me promote this TRUNK SHOW to anyone interested in beading, beads, and the hobby of making jewelry!


Trunk Show, Thursday & Friday!

Alexandria BEST WESTERN! Open at 10a.m. both days!


TRUNK SHOW 7/20-7/22 Best Western Marge returns!

Marge is setting up as I type, getting ready for her latest TRUNK SHOW at the Alexandria Best Western. She will be ready for you Monday, 7/20, 4-6pm. She will open Tuesday 10-6 and Wednesday 10-2. I was able to get a sneak peek this weekend and she has some great items!

  • Fresh water pearls
  • Seed beads!
  • Chinese crystals
  • Swarovski crystals
  • Leather
  • Large holed pearls (great prices)
  • Sterling silver beads and findings
  • Chain
  • Pewter charms!
  • The “great wall of findings”
  • And much, much more!

There will be gifts with purchase (while supplies last) for $50 purchases or for the person bringing a first time guest! Shop early for the best selection! Bring your latest project, your lunch, and come bead with us!!

Where?     Best Western, MacArthur Drive, Alexandria

When?     Monday, 4-6, Tuesday 10-6, Wednesday 10-2 JULY 20-22

Why?       Because we love beads! And Trunk Shows!

Vendors like Marge come because of you!



"Beading the Heat"!

Memorial Day Weekend… the traditional start of summer! Living in Louisiana, we know that those long hot summer days are just around the corner! Today, May 22, Ted and I harvested our first “produce” from our backyard garden (a cucumber and a squash). The surprise was “It is cold outside!” At least “cold” to me! Two of my five grands enjoyed the pool last night, but I’m not so sure it will be tolerable today… at least for me! Sarah and the other three will be arriving today. We will have fun, for sure!

I spilled a tub of “pearl soup” beads, crystals, and findings today. The fact that I enjoyed sorting those beads is a clear indication of how much I miss my bead shop! I have been beading lately. This is the anniversary of my shop closing… one year! Lots has happened in this year… and a few things “didn’t happen!” We “didn’t” move to Shreveport! I didn’t open another shop! We welcomed our second granddaughter, traveled in the fall, enjoyed a wonderful Christmas with family. 2015 began with the death of a sweet friend, followed by my sister’s death (after 76 days in  ICU). Some good things have happened, including healing in some relationships. If you know me well, you know that my church is a major part of my life. We welcomed a new worship pastor. His family has become a very special blessing in my life and the life of our church.

DebiDeaux began the monthly group “Alexandria Bead Collective”, meeting on the third Saturday of each month at the Westside Regional Library in Alexandria. Join the group on Facebook for more information. We have had several successful trunk shows at local hotels. I have looked for retail space that will meet the needs of another beadshop. I still have a great inventory, actually have added some things in the last year, anticipating opening a new shop. So, what next?

BEADING THE HEAT… I invite you to join me, beading the heat. I have several jewelry shows planned in the next year. Making jewelry is what I love to do! With only “one neck” to wear my jewelry, I have to do something! Send me an email to this address: Let me know if you are interested in joining me, beading the heat this summer!!

Watch this website and our facebook page for information about upcoming opportunities. Email me if you are looking for something in particular. I have gotten in some of the chain that everyone was asking about, as well as other findings. Classes are available on a one-on-one or group basis. I have been invited to do several parties for different groups! Let me know if I can help you or your group! I will be traveling and speaking this summer in a few different areas, and of course, I’m taking jewelry and beads!

I hope that you have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. We are blessed to live in the best country on this planet. Be sure and thank our service men and their families who fight to ensure our freedoms! I invite you to join us at Philadelphia Baptist Church (two morning services 9am and 10:30am) Be sure and find me… I’m in the orchestra pit, tooting my horn (trumpet)! Email me. For current information on sales and classes, like us on Facebook ( I look forward to hearing from you… seeing what you are working on! Bead Happy!


The BEADS go ON and On!

Beading… that is what ‘beaders’ do! Pick up one bead, put it on, pick up another, put it on… and on and on! It is a therapeutic activity! Relaxing! A sense of accomplishment! It is how I’ve spent many hours! Owning a bead shop with beautiful beads hanging on the wall made this activity much easier! Since the shop has closed, my beads are in a closet and storage unit. I have to “dig” for beads now! Seems appropriate. It is what I do!

“Digging” for beads takes a little longer than choosing them from a wall. So I will “dig” and “dig”, uncovering beautiful, even forgotten beads. Making jewelryis what I do! Let me know if you want to bead with me sometime! My email is! I would love to hear from you! Come bead with me and let the beads go on and on and on!! 



Debi Dufrene started a facebook group (ALEXANDRIA BEAD COLLECTIVE), and today will be our second meeting at the Westside Library in the Lakes District, 2:30-4:30pm. This is a time for you to meet with other beaders, talk about new and different techniques, and work on your latest projects. I hope you will join us for our monthly meetings! We will be discussing the possibility of adding a weekday meeting time. Come bead with us today!


Trunk Show Today & Wednesday @ Best Western!


TRUNK SHOW Tuesday & Wednesday, March 3-4

Marge will be unloading her full inventory of beads this afternoon at the BEST WESTERN, Alexandria! She promises lots of great items! Remember that she comes to Alexandria because of YOUR support. Tell a friend, and join us! We will open both days at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday evening we will stay until the last person leaves. Wednesday will be determined by the attendance. Marge is always happy to stay as long as necessary when you come! I look forward to seeing you! I will post photos as soon as possible!!





2015 Is Happening!

I cannot believe that January (which seemed like the longest month of my life) has ended and February is half over! This has been a wild year! I know that I needed some time “unemployed” for other things in my life! I have beaded some, but I have much to do! I am excited to announce a TRUNK SHOW, March 3-4 at the Best Western, Alexandria. I will post room and times soon.

Marge is coming with her full inventory. There will be a table there for you to join us “beading together”. Of course I will be there to help if you need some assistance with your latest projects. 

Debi Dufrene has started a Facebook page and group,  ALEXANDRIA BEAD COLLECTIVE. There will be monthly meetings at the Westside Library. The first meeting is this next Saturday, 2/21, 1 - 3 pm. She says bring your shiny little baubles and our creativity. You can contact her if you have questions.

Email me ( if you have questions or need beading supplies. My dining room table is often covered with beads. I would love for you to join me! 



It is hard to believe it has been so long since I posted on this blog… FACEBOOK has ruined me. It is so easy to do updates there. I will try to do better in the coming days! 

Update on us… Ted and I are still living here in Alexandria. Things changed… the house did not sell… and here we remain! I have been unemployed for seven months. In November I looked for new space to rent and re-open A BEAD BOUTIQUE. The right spot wasn’t available. We will continue to investigate in the new year! I’ll keep you posted.

I am still making jewelry and having “beadovers” at my house. Let me know if you are interested. It isn’t uncomon to find my twelve foot long dining room table covered in beads! Poor Ted! I do miss the shop, every single day. Of course I miss you, my customers, who kept me going! This was a very rough summer and fall for me. I am doing better now. I still miss the daily routine of working, though. (My working friends don’t understand me! Even Ted has come to see that I need something to do!)

Perhaps the greatest thing I did for “me” was joining The Genesis Experience in September. Ginnie’s doctor recommended that she begin the program, and she asked me. I was ready,  jumped in 100%. There are nutrition classes, exercise claslses, and the best support anywhere! I go four days a week, at 5:30 a.m. to exercise. In only twelve weeks I’ve lost 24 pounds and 11.25 inches. Three and a half inches from my waist and three from my hips. I feel better than I have in a long time. I’m stronger physically, less clumsy, and my balance has improved. Let me know if you are interested in their program. There are lots of classes (free!) and you can exercise for a week free (to see if you like it!) There are classes at other times during the day (Ginnie would never survive a 5:30a.m. class!)

Merry Christmas to you and your family! I wish you a blessed holiday season and celebration with family and friends. I believe that the best is yet to come in 2015!