I love beading! :)

Why did I create the Blog, and YouTube Tutorials?

My parents have always taught me to share things with others. This is me sharing the talent of beading with all who are interested. I want to share this Talent I have learned with others, so they can learn too! I have it for display in hopes that I might be able to help and inspire others who are interested in beading! Because this way, others can make their own jewelry with out having to pay for it, and be proud that they did it themselves! :)
*Remember that people have their own ways of doing things, this is the way that I am comfortable beading.
** This is a hobby for me, it is something I do as a stress reliever and for fun.. all while putting my heart into it <3
Feel free to comment on the posts you like! I enjoy the feedback.. If you have any questions, please ask and I will respond.
Thank You! Kristen Sally

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Mad Man for Manda's Man

My friend Amanda asked me to do this one for her boyfriend for Father's Day. I finally gave it to her and can put it up now. I call it Mad Man, because when she showed me a drawing, thats what first came to my mind. The outcome of it is pretty cool and looks a lot like the picture she sent me.. It didn't take a long time to bead, it was just finding time to bead. Here it is...

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Bear Pawprint Medallion Video

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Rainbow Bear Paw Print

Hersha had ordered this from me for herself. She said she wanted a bear paw print, and said I could choose to do whatever with the background. So this is what I came up with. I used rainbow colors so what ever she else she wore it with, it would still be able to match. I like the outcome, its came out nice.. Here it is..

Lightning Strikes

This is one that I made for my friend Kyle. He asked for one, and I said, what kind. He said he was oblivious, so I said well look through some of my other work and tell me which you like. He saw a drawing I did, and said, something like that. So this is what I came up with. I think it suits him...

Shavaughns Necklace

Hersha had ordered this for her daughter Shavaughn. It didn't take too long to make, and I enjoyed making it. I really liked the finished outcome. When I gave it to them they were all smiles and expressed how thankful they were to have it. They liked it a lot too. This matches the crown I made for her too. The first medallion is their tribal seal in the heart, it came out good! Well, here it is..

My Neeka

I had never made a beaded coin purse, but my first was for one of my best friends, Neeka. I made it for her for Christmas. And I thought, what can I make for her that she doesn't have. I knew I wanted to bead something for her.. I also knew that I wanted to keep it kind of Polynesian too.. So I thought, I can make her a coin purse. On the purse, it has her first name, and an initial for what is now her married last name (back then her last name initial was M.) There is also a Poly tribal tattoo design, and a hibiscus flower. When I gave it to her, she was excited! It made me really happy. So, here it is flat and extended.. 

My 1st Beaded Crown

A lady named Hersha and her daughter had saw me compete in a pageant last year, and they came up to me after the show and asked if I beaded crowns, I told her I had never made one before, but I could do one for her. She wanted it for her daughter Shavaughn. I asked her how she wanted it and she said for sure, she wanted their tribal seal and a bear paw along with her title. Then I asked if there was anything Shavaughn liked, and she said to dance hula. So with that, here is the crown that I made for Miss Shavaughn, who is the Miss White Mountain Apache Princess...

Ft. Mohave Seal

A while back, my grandma had ordered a bolo tie from me to make for my grandpa. She said she wanted it of his tribal seal, here it is, the Ft. Mohave Seal

Hersha's Earrings

A lady named Hersha had ordered a few pairs of earrings from me here they are. They are simple earrings and aren't too hard to make, but they are pretty..

Beaded Medicine Pouches

I had learned to do these back in the eighth grade. But back then, it was just plain buckskin with no bead work on it at all. And as the years have gone by, I have learned to bead on buckskin. In about eleventh grade, my dad had asked me to make him some, because he was going to give them away to my boy cousins. I did, they were all similar to these, but had very different bead work on them. Then my brother asked me to make him some too for some of my other boy cousins. So a lot of my boy cousins have these medicine pouches that I made! Its cool to see them wearing them too. They don't take a long time to make. I wish back then I had taken pictures of them before they gave them away. But here two that I did take pictures of. 


I like to do keychains when I have the time, I have made several as gifts, and sold some too.. This is the 'peyote stitch.' They have simple designs, and don't usually take too long. I enjoy doing them. Here are a few that I have...

Saguaro in Basket

Last year I had competed in a pageant, and I had a dress, but no jewelry. I had a piece of a basket that I had beaded a few months prior to that, so I decided I would use it in this piece. The dress I had was a green skirt and a yellow top, and I thought, what flower could I use? I went with one I remember seeing when I was younger, a Saguaro Blossom. And I just added in the longer leaves to complement it. The necklace part is with my favorite shells and some crystals. I got a lot of complements after the pageant. Here it is...


I got an order from a cowboy, to make a hatband. Its a simple one with horses and geometrical designs. Here it is..

Starsha's Set

When we started preparing for my sister Starsha's Sunrise Dance, my mom asked me to bead her dress and make her some jewelry. I had no idea how to design it, good thing my mom had some ideas though, she told me the colors, and what she wanted, but so did my sister. Here is what we all came up with..

Graduation Gift

One of my friends had graduated from High School, and I thought, I'll make her something Native, but still keep it kind of Poly. I kept it Poly by having a Hibiscus flower, wave like design and some plain white shells. So here is what I came up with...

Great Seal

I was a tribal royalty a couple of years ago, and I needed something that people would know me by. I thought, what is something most girls don't have? I thought, I should bead a tribal seal for my sash! So I did, and here it is...

My Lani

When my sister turned 10, I didn't have any money to buy a gift, so I decided I would make a quick medallion and give that to her. I drew out some ideas, and this is the final product...

Wise Turtle

My aunt had ordered a couple of medallions from me. Here is one of them, I named this piece Wise Turtle. To me, the design on its back is what made it Wise. That is because if you look at the back, it has 4 colors that are important to many Apache people, Black, Blue, Yellow, and White. The Red can be symbolic to the power of Medicine, which is usually practiced by the Wise. Here it is...

Palamino Spirit

One of my aunts had ordered a couple of medallions from me for her daughters. The first one she said she wanted a horse, and the other a turtle. The first one, I named Palomino Spirit, and from looking at the medallion, you can assume why. It is of a horse, running, and the hair is blowing. I chose red as the background, because to me that can symbolize freedom. Here it is..

For my Brother

My older Brother Kris, had served a mission for our church out in Micronesia. While he was out there, he would ask us to make some jewelry so he could give it to the people who became his family. We did, we made and sent a whole bunch of earrings and necklaces and he gave them out. There were so many, that my mom and I didn't take many pictures of them, but here are a few that I took pictures of. 



When my mom had Co-Sponsored a Sunrise Dance, she asked me to make some beaded items for her to give away. The same with at my sister's Sunrise Dance.  I made a lot of beaded earrings, and a few medallions. Here are some pictures of the beaded earrings that I had made for her. 

Lime Green

I'm part Apache, and the necklace I had been wearing with my buckskin dress was getting old. I decided I was going to make me my own set, a new set. And I did. It didn't take me too long to make, but I am glad with the outcome. The style of "T-necklace" is with 3 circles, where it goes from largest to smallest. I also made two bracelets and matching earrings. For colors, I had decided to go with the same colors on my dress, which were rainbow and black, green, yellow and white. As for designs, it just sort of came to me. And I knew how I was supposed to make it. This set that I made was contemporary because I had used the rhinestone banding, and the type of beats that I used also added to that. In the end, it is very shiny and beautiful. 


One of my younger sisters had started dancing in pow wows, and she grew out of her moccasins. So she said to me, "for my birthday, you can make me moccasins.." I thought it was a good gift, so I made her some very simple moccasins. At the moment, I can't find a good picture, so the shown picture is of the little attachment I beaded and sewed onto the moccasin.

Beaded Hairsticks

I've made a few of these, but this is the only one that I could find. Its a beaded hairstick. This is a good accessory when you need to put your hair back in a bun, and you can put it tight or loose, whatever floats your boat.

Inspiration is Key

I was at a conference, and this boy passed by wearing a shirt with colors similar to these. Throughout the rest of the conference, those colors were in my head. When I got back home, I drew out a design and I came up with this Medallion and matching earrings. 

My 1st Medallion

This was the first medallion that I made. I was in the 11th grade. I made it in September 2007. It also has matching earrings.