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Back in 2007 (yes, way back) I was in the midst of a lot of life changes. My mom had recently passed away. My brother was in job flux. A long term relationship with someone I adored had ended. I was hitting a birthday milestone and feeling WAY too sorry for myself.

Although I come from a family of artists, I had never really bloomed into anything creative or artisic. Drawing? Required too much skill. Knitting? Math! Woodworking like my dad and brother? Scary tools. Needlepoint? Talk too much.

I started with a few beads on a rainy July afternoon. Hmm. This was fun! Yes, math is involved but you can take your time. Lots of fun beads, too!

That August at my friend Ellen's house on the Cape we had a bead "fiesta" laid out on the dining room table with beads of all shapes and colors. We…

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  • Joined August 6, 2009

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Lampwork beads both whimsical and gloriously handcrafted, good quality gemstone, wood, pottery, plated metal, vermeil, and glass beads, vintage buttons

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About

Back in 2007 (yes, way back) I was in the midst of a lot of life changes. My mom had recently passed away. My brother was in job flux. A long term relationship with someone I adored had ended. I was hitting a birthday milestone and feeling WAY too sorry for myself.

Although I come from a family of artists, I had never really bloomed into anything creative or artisic. Drawing? Required too much skill. Knitting? Math! Woodworking like my dad and brother? Scary tools. Needlepoint? Talk too much.

I started with a few beads on a rainy July afternoon. Hmm. This was fun! Yes, math is involved but you can take your time. Lots of fun beads, too!

That August at my friend Ellen's house on the Cape we had a bead "fiesta" laid out on the dining room table with beads of all shapes and colors. We began by making dozens of stretch beachy-type bracelets. So much fun! Ellen and I were hooked. We dragged my brother Craig and our friends Steve, Juan, Frank, and Jeff into the process. Bead assembly lines. Bead challenges. Bead dinners. Bead cocktail hours!

The best part of these bead soirees? My six friends. My Sei Amicis who helped me through another very rough patch in my life. Who still give me encouragement and frank criticism. Who support my craziness with their own and who bring joy and laughter into life.

Sei Amicis (the company) was our way to share a little of that fun, zaniness, and love with the world. Our Tropics and Tradewinds Etsy site bloomed out of all of the decidely tropical jewelry we seemed to be making, mostly in the dead of winter. Wishful crafting, I believe!

Since 2007 it has been beading lessons, beading manuals, and oh-so-many bead purchases! We usually begin a new design with a prototype that we wear for awhile for durability. This helps us to eliminate any potential scratchiness, heaviness, impractical dangling bits, or general unwearability.

Nothing makes us happier than seeing a piece of our jewelry on someone else and knowing that they are enjoying it. And it's lovely to sell something and buy MORE BEADS!!! :)

Our jewelry is lovingly (and seriously) crafted – we want it to bring you joy and to last for a very long time.

We also try to add something special to each piece of jewelry; a vintage bead, a charm, or a particularly interesting little bead. We always add our best wishes to the wearer for much, much happiness and for many amicis. ♥

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More places to find our jewelry:

Please visit our sister shop tropicsandtradewinds.etsy.com!

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Love, thanks, and happy Etsy shopping,

Sally

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