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tqbdesigns is taking a short break


Note from shop owner My shop will be on a short hiatus while I work on some new pieces. I just finished showing my work at the Edmonds Arts Festival — August 27-29, 2021 at the Frances Anderson Center and sold the pieces I had listed here on Etsy. New work is coming soon! — Lisa

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Sep 1, 2021

My shop will be on a short hiatus while I work on some new pieces. I just finished showing my work at the Edmonds Arts Festival — August 27-29, 2021 at the Frances Anderson Center and sold the pieces I had listed here on Etsy. New work is coming soon! — Lisa

Lisa Gastelum

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Lisa Gastelum


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About tqbdesigns

Sales 975
On Etsy since 2006

Yes, I weave each and every bead myself.

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 my work since 2006, in 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 famous artists and their path to creativity - and 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 spouse and I decided to move back to Portland and I continued to work in yet another 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!

After that I started doing art fairs across the county. It was an exciting adventure that lasted 10 years. With the approach of the 11th show season, and the planning of art fair applications, truck maintenance and supplies and tent prep, my spouse and I decide we'd had enough for now. We were a bit weary and I needed a break from the grind of the road. I wanted to get back to designing and creating at a slower pace. I wanted to love what I did again. This is what brought me to my sabbatical back in 2016.

After 5 years of rejuvenation and inspiration I am back in the studio making the work I love. Some of it the designs you've always known and purchased, and some new ones too! I hope they are well received. I want to thank all of those that have supported me over the years with my work. I am also working on updating my personal website: lisagastelum.com. It will be a source for what inspires me and will work more like a blog rather than a place to sell for now. You can visit me at my website: lisagastelum.com along with my Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest pages.

Cheers Everyone!

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

    Spouse, Admin. Assistant, Booth Designer

    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.

  • 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 September 1, 2021

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Mastercard Visa American Express Discover Apple Pay Klarna Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns, exchanges, and cancellations
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 21 days of delivery
Request a cancellation within: 24 hours of purchase
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
Questions about your order?
Please if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
Exchanges are welcomed up to 3 weeks after purchase, in their original and undamaged condition. You need to contact me within the first week of receiving your purchase 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!
Oregon is a sales tax free state so no additional taxes will be added to the cost of the piece if your purchase is made and shipped to an Oregon address. New internet sales laws may cause your purchase to incur a sales tax in accordance with your state sales tax laws.
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 start shipping 5 days/week (Tues - Sat) during the holidays — November 1st thru 31st. Next Day shipping is available upon request and at an additional cost. Please contact me if you would like this service for a quote. Shipping is done everyday over the winter Holidays.

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.

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 Etsy account.

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.

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!


*©2000-2021 Lisa Gastélum
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 LSG Designs/TQB Designs. Thank you!:)