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Kelly Thompson

Kelly Thompson As a small child, Kelly began drawing tiny circles in crayon on every surface in her home. The dye was cast - she was destined to become a beader and/or a crazy person. So far her life's journey has allowed her to spend an amazing 17 years as owner of The San Gabriel Bead Company in Southern California. When that chapter closed, she began a new adventure in 2015 with her friend Melissa Mauk Rodarte as the two of them paired up to form The Freckled Pear. Now they travel extensively in Southern California with trunk shows and workshops.  They offer a variety of kits, beads & supplies at shows and on their website. Kelly's favorite thing is playing with color - whether it be with beads, fabric or paper. She really hasn't strayed too far from her humble crayon beginnings - and feels very blessed about that. 

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