Hi! I'm Drea, beadshop.com's Web Content Manager and Customer Happiness Representative. That's right, in between answering emails and messages I am the one making sure all the virtual t's are crossed, i's are dotted, and Oxford commas are in place. I got my start in the beading biz over a decade ago in Maine, and that's when the beading bug bit me...I never looked back.
I met Janice when I started working as a nanny for her grandson, Eli. That's when beadshop.com came into my life, along with new ideas and projects to make. Always a classic stringer, seed bead weaver, and a wire worker, I started anew with Prairie and Bollywood. Finally, Janice taught me to ladder...with the Herringbone project. It did not turn out great!! That first piece was taken apart no less than four times, but I've since made my peace with Superduos and Infinity Stitch, they're now favorites of mine.
I'm a native New Englander who has lived all over the US, but I have settled down in the DC area with my boyfriend, Matt, and our pets, Caroline and Betty (a dog and a bunny). I miss the New England weather and I think you'll see that in my favorites, which I have arranged by season. Nature is what inspires me most, no matter what I am creating. In addition to beading I love painting and crafting home decor, cooking and baking (especially decorating cakes and cookies!), cross-stitch, and gardening.