Beadwork at Casa de los Venados

Dear friends, long time no post! I have been off exploring the Yucatán and I have so much to share with you. This was my 4th trip to Mexico which officially makes it the country I have traveled the most. After visiting Mérida for a few nights (an amazing city!), my compañero and I took a bus to Valladolid. This is a small city in the center of the Yucatán, but it is very important to Mexico’s history. It is also very warm there as it is completely surrounded by jungle.

Casa de los Venados Valladolid Mexico Mexican folk art museum free tour

We arrived in Valladolid just in time to visit Casa de los Venados (House of the Deer). This is a private home which contains the largest museum quality collection of Mexican folk art in the country. There are more than 3,000+ pieces in this collection. The owners are kind enough to open their home every morning for a free tour (donations welcome!).

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I had read a lot about this collection of folk art and I was very happy to have the opportunity to visit! This 18,000 square foot home is really a palace complete with beautiful open spaces, fountains, gardens, and a swimming pool.

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I was amazed at the amount of art which was displayed in every room (there is even an entire room dedicated to Frida Kahlo). It is really a grand example of how one can make art appreciation a part of their daily lives. Of course, I was on the lookout for beadwork and I did find several pieces of Huichol bead art. Last year, I wrote a blog post about this art form which you can read HERE.

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Folk art acknowledges the importance of what is sacred as a unique expression of a people’s perception of the universe. These works of art are primarily handcrafted for utilitarian or decorative purposes. A folk artist might be self-taught, or learn from other folk artists to create their own authentic works of art. This is different from ‘fine art’ which is generally taught and legitimized in academies.

Casa de los Venados Valladolid Yucatan Mexico Huichol beadwork folk art museum bead artist

At Casa de los Venados, the goal is to share with the community and teach that folk art is indeed something which the Mexican people should view with pride. They now conduct organized school tours to teach children about the art and handicrafts of their country. This is wonderful because in many cases the local children might never make it to a big city to view fine artworks. They now have the opportunity to learn about and appreciate the art that is all around them.

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If you take a trip to Valladolid, definitely make time to visit Casa de los Venados as well as other historical sites around the city. Take lots of photos and keep an eye out for the Catrinas! :O

Holiday Ordering Deadlines for Beaded Gifts on Etsy

Dear friends, its never too early to start your holiday shopping- especially when shopping for unique beaded jewelry at The Lone Beader’s Gallery Shop on Etsy! Below, I have posted holiday ordering deadlines to help you place your gift orders in a timely fashion.

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For shipping within the USA:


For shipping overseas:


Any order placed after these dates will be considered a rush order and will incur an additional fee. Bead embroidery kits, seed beads, & beading patterns also make great gifts – these are ready to ship.

These dates apply to all ready- to-ship items🙂

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Memorial Day Beadwork Sale on Etsy

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Happy Memorial Day Weekend! I am celebrating with a major sale on Etsy! All beaded doggie pins, beading patterns, bead kits, and art will be 15% off regular price for 3 days only. No coupon needed. Please stop by and take a peek! Thanks for your interest in my beadwork! 😀

New Purple Poodle Beading Kit

Make your own purple beaded Toy Poodle pin or pendant with my new extreme bead embroidery kit. Now available for sale on Etsy!

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This kit includes:

Printed instruction booklet (8 pages, 24 color photos).
Cut-out template.
Japanese seed beads in 4 different colors.
Pin/ pendant finding.
Gray Felt.
Purple stiff beading foundation.
Purple Ultrasuede.
(1) size 12 English beading needle.
Purple Size B Nymo beading thread.

You will also need embroidery scissors, a fine point marker, and E-6000 glue. This piece is suitable for beginning beaders:)

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Please click the pics to view this listing on Etsy. Supplies are limited, so get one while you can. If you are interested in purchasing the pattern only, you will find it HERE. Make one for yourself or as a gift for a friend. Happy beading! 🙂

>Beaded Venetian Angel Ornament


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Beaded Venetian Angel ornament.
Bead embroidery on felt. 1″ x 3″ wide.

Over the weekend, I worked on a new item for my Etsy shop! I made a beaded Venetian Angel! My angel was inspired by my recent trip to Venice, Italy. I saw many religious paintings, sculptures, & frescoes featuring beautiful angels while I was there. I have always been intrigued by the possibility of angels existing among us, and when I went to Venice, it seemed that I could feel their presence as they looked down upon me! So, I thought to make a beaded angel holiday ornament! This piece consists of bead emboidery on felt. I used size 11 & size 15 Czech and Japanese seed beads. I also added a set of mesh wings and a millefiori bead that I purchased on the Glass Island of Murano. I finished the beadwork and now all I have to do is add a backing & list her in my Etsy shop! How do you think she looks? 🙂

I have also started making a second angel which should be finished soon. And, speaking of holiday items, CLICK HERE to check out my Peppermint Beaded Button earrings! If you would like to receive updates on all of my latest Etsy items, please become a fan of The Lone Beader’s Gallery Shop on Facebook! Thanks for your interest in my beadwork, and have a great day! 🙂

>Another Beaded Old English Sheepdog – Finished!


commission a custom beaded old english sheepdog OES pet portrait pin pendant bead embroidery seed beadsRachel. Beaded Old English Sheepdog pin/pendant.
Bead embroidery on felt. 2.5″ x 1.25″ (6 x 3cm)

Thanks for all your comments on my last post, and thanks for the birthday wishes, too! Since some of you have requested to see my finished sheepdog pin, here she is! I estimate that this piece took approx. 10 hours to create since she requires very tiny size 15 glass seed beads! But, I think the extra effort is worth the results. This sheepdog is now listed in my Etsy shop! (Please click the pic for more photos!) I still have another one to finish, but I think I’ll take a break and get back to working on my beaded military tank first. So many things to bead, so little time! 😮

>Beaded Old English Sheepdog Factory

commission a custom beaded old english sheepdog OES pet portrait pin pendant bead embroidery seed beadsRachel. Semi-beaded Old English Sheepdog pin/pendants.
Bead embroidery on felt.
2.5″ x 1″ (6.5 x 3cm)

Here’s what I’m working on during this long weekend. Two more beaded Old English Sheepdog pins! My beaded sheepdogs are my best-selling item, so I feel I always need to have at least one completed! I don’t usually make 2 pieces at once like this, but I received a custom order request from the owner of The Divas pet portrait. She wants to start collecting my beaded pins! So, when I am finished, one will be reserved for my best customer, and the other will be listed in my Etsy shop. (Look for Rachel in my shop within a day or two!) And, speaking of custom orders, I also added a listing in my Etsy shop for commissioned pin/pendants. I love to create dogs and cats, but could also create beaded horses, parrots, fish, potbelly pigs or any other animal you may love. 🙂

Other plans for today include celebrating my birthday by going to the MFA’s Fall Open House! That’s all for now. Hope you are having a wonderful Columbus Day weekend! 🙂