Tuesday, December 17, 2013


Hi Everyone!
I am truly honored to know so many incredible artists from all aspects of art. Beading, of course is and has been my passion for over 47 years and to see how this industry has grown is pretty amazing.
Beads are incorporated into and onto almost everything these days. Barbara Raymond-LaPrease is one of those artists that combined her love of wood working and beading to create these truly one of a kind beaded boxes. Barbara wrote this about how she got started in the wood/bead art.
I built the cherry box to reflect the shape of my project.  My main hobby is scrollsawing but during surgical recovery (breast cancer mastectomy and then reconstruction), I needed a hobby that did not include going down into the basement, etc. Hence, beading.  This project is the 3rd time I have combined my woodworking hobby with beading.  The first was a rose I cut and shaped out of red heart wood and then beaded into a necklace.  The second was a bead that I created to hang in the center of a 3 dimensional ornament.
Barbara uses Cherry wood for her boxes.
This box is truly a work of art.


From the depths of pain and illness Barbara allowed her beauty to rise up and create.
Thank you Barbara for sharing with us.
I don't have any links for Barbara but if you leave a comment I will make sure Barbara gets them.
Have a happy Tuesday
Honor and Integrity in Life in Art


  1. Isn't it amazing, how when we are in pain and with illness, we create such amazing things! Barbara, all I can say is WOW!!!! Truly breath taking!!! I hope Barbara all is well now! Many blessings ;o)

  2. What a beautiful work of art! I love both the beadworking and the woodworking, both are so lovely!

  3. Barbara your magical and exquisite woodworked box with the beading is absolutely fantastic! Your story and art reminded me of how strong Spirit comes through when needed and what a fine example of Strength and Love this truly is! I hope and pray that all is well with you now and in the future.

  4. Barbara what a magical and exquisite piece of art! Your story and art have reminded me that Spirit always comes through when needed and what a fine example it is! Absolutely Fantastic! I hope and pray all is well with you now and in the future.

  5. Awesome work by Barbara. Great beading and woodworking. Thanks for introducing Barbara to us Nicole. Have a wonderful day.:)


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