Sunday, May 3, 2009

My Visit with Sara of Shy Siren

I was fortunate enough to meet Sara of ShySiren last weekend when I went down to a bead show and was invited to stay overnight in her lovely home! It was so fantastic to meet her and her wonderful husband. Her jewelry studio is so awesome and it was fascinating to see everything that goes into running her shop. We talked shop and enjoyed shopping for beads together, had a lot of laughs, some good food and a wonderful time.

Sara is definitely a lover and supporter of handmade, having stunning original art all over her house along with many lovely Etsy pieces. It was really neat to see all of her jewelry up close and all the beads I see incorporated into her designs. She was also kind enough to give me for my birthday a pair of earrings I have been not so subtly gushing over.

Sara and her husband have transformed their back yard into a little vacation spot with a large koi pond and trickeling waterfalls. After sleeping for 9.5 hours and waking up to a delish homemade caramel latte from Sara's husband, I was actually sad to leave and felt like I was ending a mini vacation! Anyway, on to the pictures:

The lovely Sara!

Sara could open up a tool store.

These are only the "small beads"

Part of the beautiful koi pond

The Midnight Sky Earrings I so openly coveted on my blog. NOW MINE!


  1. How wonderful you two got to get together! She makes fabulous jewelry (as do you)! I'm sure the two of you had a blast.

    It's very nice to see the face behind the shop. Thanks for letting us meet her!

  2. Wow, lucky you! I too love her jewelry and I have her book.
    Glad you got to meet her.

  3. Sounds like you had a great time...Kathi

  4. I love when good etsy folk get together. I'm glad I found this post.

  5. Sounds like a great trip! Look how organized she is. :)

  6. I loved reading this! blown away by the idea of two great makers meeting :)

    (also, cowering in shame at the thought of my tools and beads...all I am saying is they don't look quite as organized as Sara's)

  7. Thanks all! It was so much fun. I can't wait until we get together for another show.

  8. How fun! I bet you guys had a blast. I'm gushing over those beads organized by color. Puts my studio to shame. Thanks for sharing, Jen.

  9. Glad you guys had fun! Thanks for sharing.

    And I thought I had a lot of beads... O.o

  10. Hey, Polestar! I just saw all the comments on your post (thank you - I adored meeting you!!!) -- and I think it's hysterical how organized everyone thinks I am. Jen was just very selective of what she took photos of... I'm pretty sure she can vouch my room is a TOTAL WRECK :) Can't wait to go to the a bead show again with ya!