Growing up I was big into having loads of “kits” whether it be bead making kits or rock collection kits (HA… remember those? I was obsessed)… I just liked collections of things. For as long as I can remember I’ve also loved accessories and playing with different combinations of ways to wear my necklaces and bracelets. A little over a month ago I was sitting on my couch daydreaming when somehow the idea of taking a jewelry class popped in my head. It was really out of the blue but since I had my laptop right in front of me I decided to do a little research online to find some classes in the area. I found and signed up for a course at the Brookline Arts Center, which actually starts next week…I’m so excited! The instructor emailed me a few days ago telling me she would have some basic filler beads and tools but told me to feel free to bring any fun, chunky, and different beads I’d like to incorporate into any projects… I LOVE chunky beads! She also sent a list of a few neighborhood bead shops.
I’ve always wanted to be that girl who was into beading and making her own jewelry but to be honest, I always got really overwhelmed and intimated in bead shops! Which sounds ridiculous. But there are millions of little beads, and trays, and codes, and clipboards, and pens to write the codes down, and all of these things to remember and responsibilities as a customer that I the voices in my head convinced me to steer clear of zee bead shops! I can also be a lazy shopper sometimes
This afternoon I went to a couple of the shops the instructor recommended in the area. I didn’t spend too much time in the first shop only because the customer service wasn’t on par so I headed to the next shop, Abeille, where the customer service was spot on. Abeille is an adorable little bead shop located in Brookline Village. It was such a breath of fresh air stepping into this bright and cheery yellow walled shop on this cold rainy Boston day! I was the only customer and was greeted with a warm hello and smile by the girl working on the floor, and also the owner, Lisa Trachtman. I was telling the ladies how I was beginning a beading class (they actually knew who my instructor was and Lisa had actually heard of We are not Martha… small city Boston is!) and they ever so kindly explained the whole tray thing to me, how to label the sheet with the code for each bead, and pointed out where everything I could possibly need was located around the shop.
I also learned that the Brookline Artists Open Studios is this weekend! Abielle is having a preview party Friday evening from 6:30-9pm showcasing some local jewelry designer’s work, which I’m planning on attending in hopes to be inspired
Abielle also host a slew of in-store and off-site classes and workshops for jewelry making, sewing, and paper crafts as well as parties (bachelorette parties, birthday parties, girls night out, anyone!?). The class schedule is featured on a chalkboard behind the register… adorable!
All of the supplies are located on the back wall of the store along with a nice selection of rubber stamps and ribbon. My crafty heart can’t handle all of this!
There were beads galore… such a wonderful selection!
Abielle also feature a creative and colorful selection of pre-designed jewelry from local artists and had a lot of Mother’s day gifts
I honestly lost track of time while I was perusing the store. I was so thankful I didn’t park in a metered spot cauuuuse it would have expired… and resulted in a ticket. Brookline doesn’t mess around in doling out the tickets, that’s for sure!
When I got home I quickly tore through my bag of beads to have a second look and admire them all! I looooove charms on necklaces so I’m hoping to learn how to do some funky things to incorporate these into a necklace I make. I got an Eiffel Tower charm (to represent my love of traveling… I want to find an airplane charm, too!), a Chuck Taylor sneaker (simply because I love Converse, hehe), and a bird charm (to represent the natural/earthy side of me) I completely love that you can express yourself through jewelry!
I also bought a handful of vintage styled roses and some silver branch connector pieces…. that’s the natural/earthy side of me
I bought a handful of these colorful pieces, too… I figured it could make a nice fun necklace for summer.
And like I said earlier, I love chunky beads (and turquoise) so I couldn’t pass these beads up!
You all have seen my jewelry drawer(s) before so you know how accessory obsessed I am! Hopefully I’ll be able to learn some neat ways to create my own original pieces! I’ll do another post soon to update you on my class and track my progress… hopefully there is some
In the meantime swing by Abielle in Brookline Village if you’re looking for some creative inspiration or are interested in taking a class. Parents should know that they’re also very kid friendly and have a program called Jeune Abeille which is designed for customers under the age of 16 where they feature after school workshops and classes. And if you want even more eye-candy, the owner of Abeille, Lisa, also designs a line of jewelry called Ojas that she makes along with Michelle Rothman!
Thank you Abeille for helping me get over my “fear” of bead shops… Apparently I just needed to find a shop that played a little Nora Jones and other mellow tunes to calm my nerves and some bright walls to get me inspired