The Journey Begins

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

I am a fifty something Native American mother of three and grandmother of 4. 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 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.

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 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 who were victims of ignorance surrounding them. 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.

At this point in my life I am blessed to have a wonderful, loving and devoted partner who I am fortunate to be called his wife. I call him “The Man” because that is what he is in my life. We have chosen to make our lives and home in Worley, Idaho. This is a home of my childhood. My family lived on the Coeur d’Alene Indian reservation and now I feel very blessed and fortunate “The Man” has agreed to make our home and happiness together in this small rural town of North Idaho.

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 need 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

22 thoughts on “The Journey Begins”

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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

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

  5. 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?

  6. 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.

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

  8. 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

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