Monday, December 27, 2010

Harvest Beads & it came to be.

I'm Breezy Riggs, the owner and lampwork artist behind Harvest Beads.

I grew up in a little agricultural town in Northern California with three very talented and artistic people- my Mom, Dad and brother.  I had the fortune of living down the country road from my grandmother, a truly amazing woman.  She taught me all about swap meets, re-purposing objects and craftily keeping yourself busy for little to no money.  I wish she were here to see all of the wonderful new avenues for crafters, thrifters and artists, she would be the bell of the ball! 

I moved to Portland, OR in 2003 with my boyfriend Loric...who shortly there-after became my fiance.  We came here not really sure what we were looking for, but the Pacific Northwest just beckoned us to take a risk and embark on this adventure.  Sometimes you have to follow your heart and see where you end up...and I couldn't be happier we did.  

After the big move I worked a few odd jobs I didn't much care for .  Then  I pestered a coffee shop owner until he hired me as a barista.  While working there I met my good friend Gwyneth.  Gwyn was friends with Kalera Stratton of The Beadwife, a well-know Portland lampworker. And here's the best part, Kalera was looking for someone to practice teaching a lampwork class on and I had always wanted to learn!  What are the odds, right?  It's funny, I just had a feeling I needed to work at that coffee shop but I had no idea it would shape my entire future.  

I took one class from Kalera on April 4, 2004 and I was hooked.  Over the next 3 1/2 years I worked as her studio manager and sold my beads part time.  In that time Loric and I got married, he finished college, we started operating EvolTwin Printing out of our basement and we had a baby.  HOLY SMOKES!!  In the summer of 2007 I left The Beadwife to work for myself full time and launch Harvest Beads.  That November Loric moved EvolTwin Printing to it's very own shop in North Portland.  We just celebrated  Harvest Beads' 3rd anniversary, the shop's 3rd anniversary, our 6th wedding anniversary and our daughter is nearly 5.   Most recently we launched EvolTwin's retail line and I started Mai B. with my dear friend Stacie Mai.  It's hard to believe how much we've done since we came to this city.  I can't wait to see what comes next!  

Thank you to my husband and daughter for always loving and supporting me.  Thank you Kalera for being a wonderful teacher, mentor and friend.  Thank you to my parents & brother for always letting me be my own free spirit and put glitter and glue on everything in sight. Thank you to my family, friends and everyone who's ever purchased one of my beads!  Without the support from all of you, I wouldn't be where I am today.  

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Aimee Traeden Designs

At a holiday craft night earlier this month I had the pleasure of hanging out with Portland jewelry artist Aimee Traeden of Aimee Traeden Designs.  She is wonderful and so is her work.  I got one of her
lovely necklaces and I've been wearing it non-stop!  Thanks Aimee! 
Where you can find Aimee's work-
In Portland, OR-

Winter Solstice

I woke up on the first day of winter to find the most beautiful sunrise outside my window.  The sky was glowing with amazing fiery oranges and vivid purple-blues.  What a perfect way to start the day...and winter. 

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Christmas trees make me smile

We went to our favorite tree farm again this year- Christmas Mountain.  If you're in the Portland area, go!  It's so beautiful and the trees are perfect.  It was the loveliest sky, glittery mist and trees dappled with sparkling dew drops.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Where to begin?

I have been wanting to start this blog for over a year.  It took at least 6 months for me to begin attempting to start it.  Then 3 months to name it and a few more months to design it.  I was, I'll admit, dragging my feet and being a perfectionist.  Then the other day my darling husband said "you just have to start somewhere, doesn't matter where." So here I am, all ready to go and realizing there is nothing to be afraid of.  There, I did it.  This is where it begins.

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