Friday, January 6, 2012

January 6: Wendy Bennett Brown, Beanz Beads

You know how they say that it's a small world? When I met Wendy Bennett-Brown, I had no idea just how small. Wendy had been very active on Etsy, and after some conversation we discovered that we are (practically) neighbors and had a lot of common interests. I oohed and aahed over Wendy's stunning wire-wrapped creations, natural stone pieces, and her overall gorgeous boho style. When Wendy and I finally made time to get together for dinner, I found myself in the presence of a true artist with a heart of gold. Wendy showed up with a huge bag of goodies for me (thanks, Wendy!) and an AMAZING knowledge of online/social media business strategies. She introduced me to some fantastic artist groups and shared her techniques for her amazing business successes.
Wendy Bennett Brown
Wendy is the owner of Beanz Beads, a handmade jewelry shop with bohemian flair. Wendy's favorite materials are gemstones, wire, copper, and unique findings. She opened her Etsy shop in 2009, although she has been making jewelry since 2005. It started as a hobby, and Wendy was immediately infatuated with creating jewelry and finding gorgeous stones and cool findings to use.The name 'Beanz' comes from Wendy's nickname given to her by her life long best friend, James. So, when Wendy chose her shop name, Beanz Beads was the natural choice!

Wendy has always loved bold color and unique patterns, and her personal style is represented well in her jewelry. Wendy has taught herself everything she knows about making jewelry, and she loves learning new techniques and design challenges.

Wendy is a thirty-something Mom of two great kids. They live modestly in the suburbs of Pittsburgh with her partner, Bill, who is also an artist; specifically a wire sculptor (among other artistic endeavors). As a life long crafter, Wendy encourages her kids to also be artistic and to make things with their hands.

Wendy looks forward to being involved in local craft shows and events in the new year, and she is excited to get to know other local artists and crafters. Make sure to visit Wendy's Etsy shop, like her on Facebook (and get some special fan-only offers!), or email her for custom design inquiries.


  1. Thank you so much Lucy! I am delighted to be featured in your blog, and what a cool idea to blog about fellow artisans.

    Thank you for the wonderfully sweet words about me...I am honored and humbled. I am happy to call you my friend and hope to see you at some shows this year! Best wishes for a fantastic new year!!

    Love and Blessings,

  2. Ah this is an amazing feature to our dear friend and co worker Wendy. I have gotten to know Wendy thru our working relationship on the Face book groups , Artfire, and Etsy teams. She is a true loyal friend and a wonderful leader to our team. I love her Bohemian Jewelry and delight in her work . She is a constant supporter of Handmade. You are blessed to have her so near to you as I am sure she is an amazing person to be friends with. It is a smaller world than we thought . Diana

  3. What a nice article about Wendy. I don't know her personally but what I do know she is a humble person and talented. Wendy has a style of her own. I am glad that she shared this so I was able to read it. Thanks to you Marlane for spotting the greatness in Wendy.

    God Bless you and Happy New Year 2012 is going to be a year for talent to shine.

  4. Fabulous article about Wendy! Have always admired her work so it's so nice to see her featured!

  5. I haven't had the pleasure of meeting Wendy in person, but her inner beauty and lovely jewelry are well-known in numerous social media circles. It doesn't take long to be drawn to her, and I'm proud to call her one of my very favorite online friends ...

  6. Wonderful Feature!! and a wonderful person!!
    Congratz Wendy!!


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