The Journey Begins

Welcome to my site! I hope and pray your time here is a good experience. I believe in sharing and teaching to enhance each other.  I look forward to the things that are a joy and passion for me can touch others in the process and help them in their journey. My world changes daily as I learn to heal myself and I pray that my process can benefit others as I go through my life journey to healing.

I  am a mother, of three and grandmother of 4.I have the pleasure of making my home on the Coeur d’Alene Indian Reservation located in beautiful North Idaho. I am a member of the Coeur d’Alene Indian Tribe and come from a very strong tie to my Native culture and heritage. I was born to two strong cultural parents. My mother was a member of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and my father was a member of the Flathead Tribe of Montana. They have both passed on now and I am very fortunate to have been taught and engulfed into that tradition and heritage of our heritage.

I have three wonderful children that make up a good part of my life. I have two sons and a daughter. I have my regrets as a mother but I have great accomplishments that have been the driving force in who I am today. My oldest child was born with a genetic disorder that results in a developmental disability and in order to be sure he had the best chance at life I became a dedicated and strong advocate for him and eventually others along the way who were victims of ignorance surrounding them as individuals living with challenges.

It was a difficult journey and my other two children suffered the consequences of having such a burden on the family. Despite that situation they both have grown into two wonderful adults that make me proud and now fill my life with what makes my life meaningful. They have blessed me with four beautiful grand daughters.

I went back to college in 2012 to finish my Bachelor of Social Work and graduated in 2014. I spent 2 years working for the Coeur d’Alene Tribe Social Services as a Licensed Social Worker. It was a dream that I was able to accomplish. A desire that fed my soul. 

I have the opportunity to have an early retirement and I decided I am going to take it. I have chosen to make my home in Worley, Idaho. This is a home of my childhood. My family lived on the Coeur d’Alene Indian reservation until I was 7 years old and now I feel very blessed and fortunate I have the opportunity to return and make my home in this small rural town of North Idaho.

I have had a long and treacherous journey to get to this point in my life and have decided that I am going to totally pull back and focus completely on me and what makes me happy and raises my passion. I created this blog as an outlet for me to express everything within me that stays bottled up and contained. Which causes me to want to just explode. I feel like I want my life, experiences, passions, obsessions, creations and life lessons to be somewhere while I make my life and utilize my skills to create a space to grow and become the person I was created to be.

Thank you for visiting my space. Stay as long as you like and I hope you enjoy your visit. Feel free to come back as often as you like or not. The choice is yours. My space will continue and grow with me as I continue on my life journey.

Hope to see you again.

Frances C. Arapis




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30 thoughts on “The Journey Begins

  1. I would like to order your baby moccasin pattern. How do I paid?
    Thank you and I love your videos. My email is:
    Juanita Maxon
    Win ja Waste

    1. Go to Creation Corner Shop and order. You should receive an email with the pattern

  2. Thank-You very much for sharing your story, it’s very heartfelt and eloquently worded. I think many can relate to your story and after reading it find a sense of renewed strength in their own struggles during the journey of life. You’re a special soul and I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to connect with you my friend. Thanks so much for sharing your YouTube video as it was the way I found you. Stay blessed and stay strong.

  3. Hi I have a few questions about the ball cap pattern. If you wouldn’t mind reaching out to me I’d appreciate it. Thank you

  4. Hi! I ordered a beading kit and was wondering when the confirmation email was gonna send through? 😊

  5. Thank you for sharing …I enjoy watching and learning.

  6. I have been following your youtube tutorials and absolutely love how u share your knowledge. Ive been beading 33 years and i do learn a thing or two from ur vids. Now that i have discovered your online shop i will only order from you. Your prices blow my mind…and thats a good thing. I received my order fast! Thank u so much for what u do, you are very much appreciated!

    Kathy Kickingwoman Carlson

  7. I am trying to order a kit with no luck . Please contact me at my e-mail address. Thank you

  8. Thank you for your tutorials on You Tube I really enjoy watching your videos and I follow you on a regular basis just to see if you have posted any new creations. I think your an amazing women and I’m glad I found your videos and now your website. Gchi Miigwetch

    1. Thank you I appreciate that and I am glad to know my efforts are being enjoyed.

  9. Thank you so much for your videos, I love your channel! I am trying to connect to you on facebook, I’ve tried quinwhapa creations and nothing comes up. Can you put a link to your facebook?

    1. I have a page and beading circle group.


  10. Yes it works and when you order on website it’s free shipping. Please be sure your address in PayPal is correct. Thank you

    1. Hi Frances. I ordered n paid for the kits.

      1. Thank you. I appreciate it very much

  11. Hi. I want to order a baby moccasins kit n moccasin earring kit. Can I order both together?

    1. I apologize but not at this time. I am new to this and have not been able to learn how to get a cart up yet. I hope to be able to soon. If you contact me through messenger you can order both together or just pay through PayPal and put in the purchase what you are ordering. I am sorry about this.

      Frances Arapis

      1. Ok. I’ll buy one each separately. If that works.

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  13. You are very welcome. Thank you for watching

  14. Your videos are very helpful. Thank you for taking the time to share your knowledge. Your explanation of choosing bead colors has really worked for me (from your cab video). Looking forward to learning more and developing some skill in this craft.

    1. You are very welcome. Thank you for watching

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  16. I love your tutorials. Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge.

    1. You are so welcome, and thank you. I enjoy sharing and teaching. If you are interested I have a fb group I teach and share in also.
      You are welcome to come and join us

      1. Hello, I just watched your video about the beaded clips and I really enjoyed it. Can you tell me where I can buy them already made? If you sell them, can you get in contact with me? I would love to give you my email address, but I’m not sure how to do it privately.

      2. I am not sure what clips you are talking about but here is my page and you can message me there.

        My email is

  17. Thank you for your tutorials on YouTube. I have enjoyed watching. Thank you for sharing your passion and your culture. Peace.

    1. You are welcome and thank you for watching.

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