About


 

Welcome to Madre Beads, I'm so glad you've arrived! 

I'm Kelley, the designer and maker behind Madre Beads. I have been a small business and creative habit addict for a few years, having my first business based in friendship bracelets in 1989. 

I come from a long line of Do it Yourself enthusiasts. Americana artisans from the 20's when they focused on zero waste because there was nothing to be wasted.  Growing up with a strong base in using "what you've got" showed me a path to creativity that was outside the normal crayon box. 

I became a mother and a seamstress all in one. My nesting pushed me to making and soon I had the beginnings of what was then called turtleturtle. It was the beginning of Etsy. This gave me an online marketplace to sell the baby themed necessities I sewed- burp cloths, mei tai carriers, clothes and more. I was able to focus on my baby and get my creative spirit fulfilled. As my children grew my vision as a maker changed. The path has been long and winding, as it should be.

Madre Beads has brought me full circle with more knowledge, a greater skill set and much more experience as a creative business owner. You'll love our non-toxic, happy jewelry. Using teething grade wood beads, vegetable dyes, local beeswax finishes and organic cotton soft and stretchy tee shirt jersey; our necklaces will help you look as beautiful as you feel. Best of all, you'll have peace of mind, knowing that our products are baby-friendly. 

Madre Beads are perfect for babywearing, breastfeeding, and caring for little ones. They provide a beautiful, yet functional accessory for those running-on-empty days. Our products are lightweight, slobber-proof, and super stretchy. Babies kind of love them!

All of our products are made by hand in Portland, Oregon. 

I hope you enjoy Madre Beads and treat yourself to a little something special, today!