Monday, January 26, 2015

Great tips for shipping if you own a small business

I had to laugh out loud when I read Kelly's blog post this morning...

Create a Shipping Station for Small Spaces By Kelly Campbell Corso

because quite frankly, that's how my morning was going. But, instead of laundry I was caring for a sick child and multitasking around the house. I have 4 orders to get out today and some are in the studio and a few are skattered around on the kitchen counters. 

I don't actually have room to set up a station, but I love the idea of having a box with everything ready that I'll need.

You can read about Kelly's awesome tips on our collaborative Cre8tive blog page here: 


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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Enter to Win!

Go to Three Beads and a String Facebook page and comment on the photo, tag a friend and share. 

You and the friend you tagged will win your choice of either the crown, earrings or pin.

That's it!

Good luck!

Patti xo

Monday, January 12, 2015

It's Giveaway Time!

Since you have all been so supportive of me and my business, I wanted to do something special for you in return.

So...I'm doing my first giveaway! 

All you have to do is comment under the photo on my Three Beads and a String Facebook page and tag a friend. Then, share the photo on your page. The person who entered gets first choice and the person who was tagged gets to choose between the remaining two items. So there are two winners!

The winners will be drawn next Monday. 

Good luck!

Patti xo

Instagram: Three Beads and a String
Twitter: PattiPruhs
My Etsy shop:
Google+: Patti Pruhs

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

My first giveaway

Good morning!  

I'm working on my first ever Giveaway and the details should be up by Friday. 
I asked my amazing fans from my Three Beads and a String business page what they would like to see for a prize ~ either a jean jacket/sweater pin, a crusty crown or a pair of earrings and here are the results: 

8 voted for the pin

24 voted for the crown

1 voted for the earrings

and one said she wasn't picky. 

I have a great idea for making it stay tuned!

Patti xo

Monday, January 5, 2015

A little interview about Moi

Here's my interview from... 

It's a wonderful group of artists who have joined together to help make your world a little more creative and beautiful.

I'd love for you to join us! 

Meet…Patti Pruhs 
Three Beads and a String 

I love to surround myself with beauty in everything that I do. I love vintage, shabby chic, peonies, pearls, chandeliers, all things French, shopping, flea markets and white. I am a bit of an eclectic and love to decorate, garden, and repurpose things.

I lived the first 38 years of my life in Michigan and moved to Juneau, Alaska after meeting my (now) husband at my sisters wedding. We lived there for 5 years and moved to Arizona when my son was 4 years old. I love it here!

What kind of art is your passion?  

I enjoy making almost every type of art, but my passion is making jewelry, soldering and bending wire into crusty crowns.   

How often do you create?

I create pretty much every day.  Not only is it a stress release for me, but it makes me feel whole. My sister was here visiting a few weeks ago and told my family that when we were young I was always making something….that made me smile.   

How does it make you feel when you're creating something? 
I feel very content and peaceful when I create… I’m in my own little world… exactly where I want to be. 
Describe your personality in three words.

Creative. thoughtful.  funny. 

How do you know when a piece is finished? 

It’s never a question for me. I know by looking at it…it either needs something else or it’s finished. 

When/how did you realize your life had to have art in it?

Probably when I was around 7 or 8 years old. I made and sold potholders in our neighborhood, embroidered little girls dresses for the ladies at church, made dried flower arrangements for my mom’s friends and would draw/paint/create every day. My mom always made sure I had the supplies I needed. I love her for that!

Would you say your entire way of life is creative? 

Definitely. From they way I dress, how I wear my hair, how I decorate my home, how I display the food on our plates…everything!

Tell us how your creativity blends over into the rest of your life?  

No matter where I’m at, I’m always thinking about what I could make out of everything that I see. I love finding what others would consider ‘junk’ and making something cool out of it. My sister-in-law once admitted to me that she was thinking to herself…”what in the heck is she going to do with that?” After she saw what I made…she told me she was amazed. 

Whats your superpower?  

My intuition is pretty strong. Is that a superpower?

How did you get started...who inspired you?  

I don’t recall anyone inspiring me when I was young, but I got started making jewelry after complimenting a doctor on her two stretchy beaded bracelets. After telling me that she got them in Mexico for $1, I left her office and went directly to a bead store where I bought beads to make a necklace. The following week, I wore the necklace that I made to the appointment. She loved it so much that I gifted it to her for being my inspiration. I’ve been pretty much self taught ever since, other than a soldering class I took a few years ago.

Whats the worst job you ever had?  

I was an Office Administrator for an insurance company for 17 years. Sitting at a desk and dealing with the public for 8 hours a day is NOT my idea of fun. 

If money were no object in what country, place, or on what planet would you live? ...and why? 

I would live in France. I adore the architecture, their culture and way of life. I would live in a little brick house with lavender everywhere, drink wine, eat baguettes and shop. Am I there yet? Ooh la la…

Whats your least favorite food? ...most favorite? 

My least favorite is anything raw such as muscles, clams or sushi. I think I’d die if I had to eat something that slid down my throat. My most favorite food is vegetables and rice and I crave it all the time!

Are you an introvert or extrovert? How do you feel about that? 

I’m an introvert. I’m rather shy and prefer to be alone. I’m perfectly fine with it and quite honestly, I wouldn’t want to be any other way. Give me peace and quiet…a few art supplies and I’m in my element. 

If you could change your name what would it be? 

I always wanted to be called ‘Trish’.

Whats your most embarrassing moment? 

I was in downtown Toronto and walked over a grate on a busy sidewalk which blew my dress up over my head. What a funny and embarrassing moment…gosh, we laughed so hard! 

Tell us three things about yourself that others don’t readily know. 

My first ‘real’ drawing was of a naked man ~ I was in kindergarten.
I don’t own a television.

I could live on French Burnt Peanuts and wine.

You can find out more about me at the following places: 

Instagram: Three Beads and a String
Twitter: PattiPruhs
My Etsy shop:
Google+: Patti Pruhs

Sunday, January 4, 2015


I am 
to share with you that I have been 
invited to join a very special group of 
artists who are working together to highlight their personal passions and interests through their shared ideas about creativity, DIY projects, and inspiration. 

It's called the 
where you will not only discover some great new artists, but will learn some new techniques, follow along in art projects, and get inspiration in many different areas such as repurposing items and decorating your home.    

We also have a Cre8ive Klatch Facebook Group where you can keep up on the  latest happenings.
last but not least,
we are on Instagram with a project called Gr8Full Cre8ives that encourages us to connect with the things we are grateful for in our lives.  

Please follow me on Instagram to see what I am grateful for.

I would love for you to follow along by subscribing and sharing with your friends!

So, grab your coffee, tea or favorite beverage and stop by for some fun. 

Hoping to make 2015 my best year yet.

Much love and Happy New Year!

Patti xo