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It all started with a bag of beads and a ball of hemp – shop owner’s story

After leaving college in Liverpool, England a career job did not interest me but traveling the world did. My mum taught me to macrame at the age of 6 and making hemp jewelry later helped support my world travels for nearly 10 years.

In the 1990’s I managed one of the first hemp stores to open in Colorado, USA and travelled the country attending HIA meetings and hemp trade shows. I started my first business in 2000 after an accident left me unable to work in Australia. All i had at the time was a bag of beads and a ball of hemp and selling hemp jewelry helped pay for a bed at a local youth hostel. I ended up selling so many pieces of jewelry to travelers and local surf shops i opened a stall at Fremantle Markets in Perth and stayed there for two years. The mountains lured me back to Colorado eventually where i owned and operated two retail stores of my own selling jewelry and accessories.

In 2009 a friend suggested i list my handmade jewelry for sale on Etsy.com. At the same time i saw the need for a one stop supply shop for hemp jewelry makers and Hemp Beadery was born. Six months later i was able to close the brick and mortar store i was operating and work full time on internet sales.

I love to travel, I visited 40 countries around the world ( before Instagram and digital camera’s). I have no images to show of that time but every year I put the shop on vacation and fly home to the UK and go somewhere as often as I can. My favourite place to go in the States is Moab, Utah and Canyonlands. Around the world my favourite places are Thailand, Laos and Indonesia. For fun I started a personal Instagram for my photo’s and hope to revisit some of the places I have been with my camera.

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