. . . .Color Block : : : : Modern Inspired. . . .

Portland, Oregon | 967 Sales


. . . .Color Block : : : : Modern Inspired. . . .

Portland, Oregon 967 Sales On Etsy since 2006

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Announcement    Home of the Original Beaded Circles, Dots, Rounds, Spheres
: : : : Lisa Gastelum : : : :
New designs and colors for 2014!

Remember to read my profile and policies for any updated or new information about me, my woven bead process, metal work, care instructions, etc... for those not familiar with my work - my blog has a listing of all my tiniest colors listed.

Check out my blog: lisagastelum.com/color-block-blog.html


Home of the Original Beaded Circles, Dots, Rounds, Spheres
: : : : Lisa Gastelum : : : :
New designs and colors for 2014!

Remember to read my profile and policies for any updated or new information about me, my woven bead process, metal work, care instructions, etc... for those not familiar with my work - my blog has a listing of all my tiniest colors listed.

Check out my blog: lisagastelum.com/color-block-blog.html


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Crazy? Maybe. Passionate? Definately!

I stumbled upon Etsy in 2006 - back when it was still in Beta mode! I was doing some web research on how artists sell their work & Etsy links kept showing up - so I clicked on one... & here I am. I wish I could remember which Etsy artist it was that sent me here all those years ago! So much has happened with me and definitely my work since 2006 and those early Etsy days that gave a hopeful artist a venue for her work.

My road to where I am today started when I was 12. I was raised with art. My mother is a fine artist specializing in portraiture. She was always drawing or making something by hand. She loved to tell me stories about artists and their path to creativity - all media of art: painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, music, architecture, ceramics, and glass blowing. I remember my first piece of ‘art’ was a painted rock that I gave to her at the innocent age of 5. My mother introduced me to seed beads and jewelry making when I was 12. I started to experiment with design, color and technique.

After moving to Seattle in I found a job at a fine craft gallery in the Pike Place Market and then in Bellevue. My husband and I decided to move back to Portland and I continued to work in a fine craft gallery. I educated myself about the craft business and really enjoyed working with the artists and traveling back east to buying shows to talk and meet with them about their journey and inspirations. It made me want to go out on my own one day.

My work has been evolving ever since I picked up my first bead. With my self-taught skills and schooling for metal-smithing, I took a leap of faith in 2005 and quit my full time job as a Gallery Administrator in Portland and started working full-time as an artist. It has been a road full of ups and downs, but one without regret. It is by far the hardest and most rewarding job I’ve ever had (aside from raising kids). I know I made the right choice!

Also visit me on Pinterest to see what inspires my work:

Shop members

  • Lisa Gastelum

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Metal-smith, Weaver, Colorist, Photographer

    All of the tiny seed beads in my woven work come together to make a larger, cohesive, collective - much like we as humans, when we come together to build, create, or plan something larger than ourselves.

  • Jason Murray

    Husband, Booth Designer, Driver

    Jason helps me with the Business part of my business and uses his creativity in building out my beautiful booth & displays at shows around the country. More about Jason on my blog: http://lisagastelum.com/1/post/2013/12/looking-forward-to-2014.html

  • Beebe

    Constant Companion, Bead Chewer

    Beebe is my Chinese Crested Powder Puff and the most wonderful dog on the planet. He stays up nights with me and if I'm not looking - may decide that my beads are food. He's learning that they really aren't that tasty.....

Shop policies

Last updated on January 25, 2014

Accepted payment methods

Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
Exchanges are welcomed up to 3 weeks after purchase, in their original and undamaged condition. You need to contact me within those 2 weeks with your issue so that I know that the item is being returned and why. You must be responsible for return postage before I can issue a credit toward new merchandise.

I understand that things may not always be as they seem over the internet, so let's work together and make your experience a good one!
I currently accept payment via PayPal.
If you need a little help with the check out process please visit this link to see how easy it is:) - http://www.etsy.com/help_guide_checkout.php

Oregon is a sales tax free state so no additional taxes will be added to the cost of the piece.

If paying by e-check though PayPal, I will hold the item until the payment has cleared. This could take up to 10 days.
I ship all items in a gift box, beautifully packaged for you, or if giving as a gift.

Packages are mailed out on twice weekly most of the Year: Tuesday and Thursday only. I will be shipping 5 days/week (Tues - Sat). Next Day shipping is available upon request and at an additional cost. Please contact me if you would like this service for a quote.

All UNITED STATES packages should arrive 3-6 days after purchase, depending on where you live. For your paid shipping charge I ship ALL USA shipments via USPS Priority and your item(s) are FULLY INSURED in the very rare event they are lost. With a small exception of Oregon and Washington shipments sent 1st Class mail FULLY INSURED, as Priority shipment is not needed.

INTERNATIONAL shipping: Sent USPS First Class Air Mail only to keep costs down and avoid brokerage fees. Any duty or taxes owed will be the purchasers responsibility. Priority shipping for faster arrival is available at additional cost - let me know if you would like a quote. International shipments can vary greatly. However, please contact me if your package takes longer than 20 business days to arrive so that we can discuss your options:)

I ALWAYS label items "OTHER" when shipping your item Internationally - honesty pays with the US Postal Service:). Please do not ask me to label your item as "Gift". Arrival of your package can vary depending on your location.

Shipping on your item(s) cannot be refunded in the event of an exchange or refund. I take great care to be sure that your package is sent based on USPS standards and I use the address connected to your PayPal account if payment is received that way. In the event that you want a different address other than the one connected with your PayPal account - please give me any changes in the "Note to Seller" upon completion of your transaction.

Thank you so much!
Additional policies and FAQs

Each of my beads is woven durably so that it may be worn often. Because of their special textural and colorful make-up, they should be worn after applying any perfumes, make-up, hairspray, etc.. as these could alter the color and surface of the beads if they are exposed to them.

Also, because of the wooden core, your piece should not be submerged or exposed to excessive amounts of water. An occasional shower will be fine (washing hands or a rainy downpour) - just don't leave them in a glass of water overnight:)

Like anything, too much light or sun can fade the colors so, I highly recommend that you store it in a dark place in the plastic bag it is sent in. Leaving your piece directly in the sun for many days may change its color. This will also keep the tarnish to a minimum.

In the event you would like to polish your piece I highly recommend that you use a small sized jewelry polishing cloth. This isn't really necessary if you purchase an oxidized piece but if you did purchase a brush or high-polish bright finish you may need to polish it over time.

If you spill something on your jewelry and it requires cleaning between the woven work - let whatever spilled on it dry. I know... BUT - when it dries and becomes hard it will be much easier to clean. Use a super soft clean children's tooth brush and scrub, in one direction, across the beads. This should pull loose any debris but keep the woven work intact.

My work is not intended for children under the age of 12.

If you are interested in wholesale please contact me for my earliest opening. I generally need 3 months lead time to complete an order. Upon ordering I need your company tax ID number. Any orders require full payment when it is ready to ship.


I take great pride is the quality of the bead work in every bead as well as the design, and attention to detail I put into each piece I make. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you like a particular piece, but aren't so crazy about the color – I can make something special just for you!


*©2000-2009 Lisa Gastelum
Please note that my jewelry is not to be transformed, either from its original or altered state and resold. Please honor and respect copyright law - all of my designs and processes are protected property of Lisa Gastelum/TQB Designs. Thank you!:)


Please see my blog: lisagastelum.com/color-block-blog.html - for additional information about the beads themselves, sizes, as well as how the work looks when worn. I know that sometimes one can be uncertain as to how a piece actually looks when on - so I have a few of my more popular pieces being modeled.

My blog is regularly updated with additional fun information about new colors and designs that I will showcase in the store - so keep watching!