This week I have the pleasure of writing about my BEST team mate, Gilliauna.  She hails from Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia and runs several Etsy shops with her partner, Leal, who owns Twist the Leaf:  Bits n’ Beads ,  The Beadery and Destash Shop  and TwisttheLeaf.

Yellow and White Beaded Eyeglass Chain - Sunset

 Gilliauna offers unique handmade artisan jewelry rich in color and quality,  including necklaces, earrings, bracelets, eyeglass chains, beaded lanyards, charms, zipper pulls, rosaries and more.  Custom requests welcome! At Bits n Beads by Gilliauna color and quality is what it is all about.

Beaded Choker Necklace - Summer Blooms

Each piece offered in her shop is a unique, hand-crafted piece of art lovingly created to be enjoyed for years to come. With over twenty years of experience in jewelry design to back each piece she has to offer, you can rest assured you’re receiving top-quality craftsmanship backed by a loving attention to detail.

Gilliauna believes that the colors that surround us add an extra level of beauty and richness to our every day lives. Sometimes color isn’t just seen but experienced through all the senses and even the emotions.  So she strives to add a bit of extra color to all of her pieces.  She often uses cleaned and re-purposed as well as vintage jewelry parts and beads in many of her colorful creations, which she says is a terrific way to help keep waste to a minimum and help out the community at the same time.  She also shops for vintage materials at places like the Salvation Army where the profits go back into the community.

.Holy Rosary Handcrafted in Blue Ceramic and Pearls

You can find many of Gilliauna’s beaded works available through craft shows in the Kitsap/Mason county area as well as around the western Washington state peninsula sold by Aunt Billie’s Candy and Crafts.  For a list of local shows where you can browse through many of Gilliauna’s unique handmade items in person, please check the “shows” link on Aunt Billie’s homepage at

Are you looking for jewelry supplies and/or craft supplies?  Gilliauna also has a destash shop!

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