Okawa African Bead jewelry is going to New York !

We are so excited (and scared too !)

We are so grateful to Woven Promises who have offered us this opportunity to share booth space with them at the NOW trade show
Woven Promises will be showing Namibian baskets and their wonderful line of African textiles

Our artisans are happy to once again be busy, and now a lot more work to do by all before January 30 !

So hoping for good sales, but not so many that we are overrun and unable to fill them :)


Next Saturday October 17- 2015  I am finally doing something I have thought about for a long time ( and thanks to my daughter's urging) I'm having a jewelry making party .

Featuring our most simple designs, participants will be able to choose their own colors and beads and go home with just what they want for themselves or for gifts.  

If you live in the Denver area (or in Orlando Florida October 29th thru November 9 -2015) and would like to book your own party please email me :

If this is well accepted we may even expand into classes where I would teach more difficult designs with wire work etc.

On a little different note, I'd like to introduce some new designs for 2015 winter-2016 Spring

I think these multi strand bracelets and necklaces with Okawa focal beads are going to go fast. I know my daughter already grabbed her favorite one.

These earrings feature ruffles something new in our bead line this year.

And then there are our new leather  bracelets with Okawa Focal's.

And leather bracelets featuring Okawa Clasps.

October 23 and 24  Family in Christ Church holiday show Westminster Colorado

October 31 thru Nov 2 Northland Community Church Longwood Florida before and after services.

Nov. 14 and 15 Country Christmas Adams County Fair grounds Thornton Colorado

April 29 and 30 2016 Bead Baazar Denver Merchandise Mart 
Note: this show is mostly bead related rather than finished jewelry


I just finished a 3 day workshop with Children of Promise Ministries  in Rehoboth Namibia. The founder Sylvia Beukes ( in the denim dress above) is a pioneer in Namibia, in that she founded a foster care program rather  than an orphanage to care for  vulnerable children and orphans. 

Teens, preteens and foster care mom's took off like rockets after a few instructions in fabric flower making and ceramics.

We had two days of ceramic training and one day of fabric flower making.


Our work space was in the old Rehoboth museum, and we are hoping these few days will be the start of a creative blossoming in the whole community. Word travels fast in small towns, and we had quite a few curious visitors, who want to participate in future workshops.

I big big thank you to Carla and Ceramic Supply Pittsburg who gave us a big discount on glaze and went to LOTS of trouble to get it all mailed off to us ! THANK YOU !


I was in the USA for almost 6 months recently, helping with a new grand baby, enjoying the holiday season with children and grand children , and doing shows to support and promote the Namibian women in our project. 

Thanks to many of you, who purchased beads and jewelry, we were able to raise over $10,000 USA dollars to keep our project solvent!  There was a time when we could make enough sales in Namibia alone, but most of our sales in country are to tourists, and fewer and fewer tourists are coming to Namibia these days. We sell in country, only about 1/3 as much now, as we did in the pre-2011 days.

My beautiful model here is Asteria Shilongo. She is facilities manager at our community training center. She is as beautiful inside as out!

When I first realized I would be training Namibian women in hand craft, I must have thought there were 20 of me. I had so many ideas! And I brought tons of supplies to Namibia for all those hundreds of ideas. Back in 2003 and for a few years after, we were allowed two 70 lb. bags of luggage.
Weren't those the days!

Now that both my husband an I are in our 60's, we are looking at a bit slower pace and to spending more time in the USA with our grandkids, while still promoting the hand work of Namibian women.

 We are thinking 9 months in the USA and only 3 months per year in Namibia.( For  the past 13 years it has usually been 9 months in Namibia and 3 in the USA).

All that to say, I recently began going through all those supplies I brought years ago, and passing them on to other organizations who could put them to good use.

When I came to the ribbon box though, I had a hard time giving up all my never used plans for the ribbon.  I also still have lots of fabric I had thought to use for making hand bags.  My most dear friend here has just been diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer, so I have been thinking head covers anyway. Over the weekend head bands just kept pouring out of my little garage work room.
Here's one with a crocheted band and silk ribbon flower
I got my crochet patterns here. I love her patterns !

Head bands are such instant gratification! A new one can be whipped out in a little over an hour. And they will be much less complicated to teach than hand bags.

Now the question is..........Is there a market?  Please give me some feed back.  Do you like wide or narrow? Is there a market?

I am also working on some children and baby sizes.

Here's the week end stash