Hi! I'm Merilee, the designer, creator, paper bead maker, and owner of Meristic.
I am a nature lover, a bit of a free spirit, an educator, and a mom to an energetic and cuddly five-year-old daughter. When I’m not packing lunches, wiping noses, reading books, or rolling beads, I’m wandering in the great outdoors - deep in the wilderness, atop mountains, and amongst the trees.
As an outdoor enthusiast, I am urgently working on being more green. In my constant cause to avoid being wasteful (with plastics, paper, shipping materials, etc.), I work diligently each day to shrink my carbon footprint, consume more responsibly, support sustainable businesses, and to figure out more and more ways to be less of a burden upon and more of an advocate for our precious Mother Earth.
Currently, I use recycled, sustainable and/or recyclable materials to create, package, and ship my products. And I have partnered with One Tree Planted, a non-profit whose focus is reforestation and whose mission is to plant trees around the world. Meristic now donates partial proceeds to One Tree Planted, and the purchase of each item in my shop will PLANT ONE TREE!
Meristic means composed of pieces. Each item in my shop is composed of one or more paper word beads/pieces. And each one of Meristic's valued customers are important pieces that contribute to saving our Mother Earth.
Thank you for deciding to visit my shop and perhaps for joining me in my goal of planting trees to make a difference. I am humbled and honored to share my passion and creations with you. Please continue browsing and let me know what strikes your fancy.
A little bit more...
I've been asked many times to share my paper bead story.
It all started one day in 2017 when my mom decided that it was time for me to clear out her garage of all my endless (and cherished) stacks of collected paper (I love paper). Oh no! With nowhere to put it all, I realized it was finally time to use it up. So, I started to roll some paper beads (a favorite pastime of mine).
Hundreds of shining beads and several overflowing jars later, I had a thought: I would love to create some beautiful and truly unique paper bead jewelry that can delight as well as inspire people to smile, laugh, do good, be better, reach goals, achieve dreams, and/or heal through intention. And so the paper WORD bead was born… and some jovial jewelry to follow.
After months of rolling paper and finally finding a way to make the perfect (and very durable) paper word bead, I have happily found that the newfound pursuit to use up my precious paper had turned into a small jewelry-making business.
Currently, I sell my jewelry at:
○ Three Hawaii Hallmark locations
○ Mori by Art+Flea @mori_hawaii
○ Hands Free Mama @handsfreerevolution
○ Infinite Light Center @ quantumhealingsolution.com
I am honored to be able to share my creations with these amazing shops and look forward to expanding in the future. Thank you to all who enjoy my creations as much as I enjoy creating them. Your continuous support means the world to us ♥