OPEN every 2nd SATURDAY!

Posted on April 27th, 2021 in Uncategorized by |

Pop in & Pop UP to Funky’s pop up shop above Hot Shop Glass!  Visit us and restock your stash every Second Saturday of the Month from 11-3pm.

239 Wisconsin Ave

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July 10th

August 14th

Amanda teaches Crystal Clay in Door Co!

Posted on April 27th, 2021 in Uncategorized by |

Take this fun one day workshop with Funky Hannah’s founder Amanda Paffrath at The Clearing in Ellison Bay, WI July 12th! 

Click the link below for all the details & plan a fun day of creativity with us!

Ascensions ‘Self-Care’ Basket Bracelet Kit Designs & Tips for Creativity!

Posted on November 30th, 2020 in Uncategorized by |

We are happy to support our friends at Ascension All Saints Hospital Foundation and their 12 Days of Giving fundraising event this holiday season.  We added creativity to the ‘Self-Care’ basket in the form of an easy to create stretch bracelet using lava beads–perfect to add essential oils if desired–for an even better self care effect!  For more information about the 12 Days of Giving, visit:

Funky Hannah’s owner, Amanda Cosgrove Paffrath, designed 5 different bracelets.  Packaged with the lava beads separated for easy identification, you can design the bracelet however you’d like given the beads provided in your kit.  If you’d like to mirror what we designed, the photos below should assist you in that!  The bracelets are 7″ by design, but we have included extras of the small beads – so you can add length if you need your bracelet longer and in case you drop a bead! 

Never made a stretch bracelet before?  Check out the 3 minute video Amanda made to share some tips & tricks she uses when she creates.







Open Bead Night! First Tuesday of Every Month 6-9pm

Posted on November 30th, 2020 in Uncategorized by |

Our ‘Open Bead Night’ tradition continues!  For 23 years we’ve gathered on the FIRST TUESDAY of every month to create in community, laugh, listen to good music, give advice and support related to our bead work and sometimes life.    We meet (following recommendations of physical distancing & masked) in the glass fusing studio space at Hot Shop Glass, 239 Wisconsin Ave, downtown in Racine.  Park in the convenient neighboring Shoop Parking Ramp.

PLEASE RSVP so we can arrange the space properly.    Thank you.

Open Bead Night Circa 2015

Cooking with Funky

Posted on March 6th, 2020 in Events by |

You asked for it!  Here they are! 

Every year we invite the Loose Bead Society of Greater Milwaukee to a private shopping/cocktail/hors d’oeuvres party when they’re in town for their Spring Retreat.   While this year we aren’t doing the shenanigans the same way, we did make our Cuppa Cuppa Cuppa dip for the gang in our Make & Take class.  Here’s a re-post from a few years ago….Tracy took them off my handwritten recipe cards and made them all fancy pants!  Enjoy!

Here are the recipes!


Welcome the Loose Bead Society!

Posted on March 2nd, 2020 in Uncategorized by |

This weekend,  March 5th – 8th, Downtown Racine is thrilled to welcome 60 creative folks from The Loose Bead Society of Greater Milwaukee to our area for the nineteenth (?) year!  The weekend boasts amazing workshops in jewelry making, time to work creatively while enjoying a lovely view of the lake, a marketplace of select vendors and several activities at Hot Shop Glass, glass fusing & glass blowing workshops– plus a pop up bead boutique!

So be ready for the bead ladies downtown Racine!  I’ve already recommended all my favorite restaurants so watch for them!  Say hi & thank them for being on the forefront in seeing the coolness of downtown for an event!


March Open Bead Night

Posted on March 2nd, 2020 in Open Bead Night by |

Open Bead Night Continues!

March 3rd, 2020 – 6-9pm at Hot Shop Glass!  Just one block north & one block west of the old Funky’s — at 239 Wisconsin Ave.  This is our sister business, for the past 15 years!  We’ve moved Funky’s classroom to the backroom at Hot Shop!  Bring your bead projects and enjoy this monthly tradition….we’ve hosted this monthly gather to a cast of changing characters for 22 years!  FREE & no reservations required!  Need some beads?  We are unpacking the loot from the store so you can check it out up stairs!

 Parking is super easy & convenient….but pay attention:  Enter the Shoop parking ramp from State Street almost at Main St.  Take a ticket (It’s just $1  to enter/exit after 5:30, you pay with cash or card at departure) and head up to the right.  Hot Shop Glass is the building right next to the ramp.  Enter in our front or back entrance!  Bring a treat to share if you’d like. We’ll order some pizza and have a full size fridge and freezer if you need it.


See Us In Madison! A show not to miss!

Posted on March 2nd, 2020 in Uncategorized by |

Madison Bead Show!
March 21st & 22nd

Alliant Energy Center: 1919 Alliant Energy Center Way, Madison

Marketplace Open:

Saturday 10am-5pm:

Amazing vendors, great location plus Insipre U Saturday – free demos & giveaways.

Sunday 10am-4pm

Same amazing vendors and a handful of us who can’t do the Inspire U Satuday continue the fun with Sunday Funday! We’ll be doing demos and teaching you how to drill beach glass and letting you make your own drilled glass pendant for FREE!

3rd Annual Door County Bead Retreat

Posted on March 2nd, 2020 in Uncategorized by |

As Maria said — “Look Out Door County, Here We Come!!!”
April 30th – May 3rd
Spend two or three nights with us at the lovely Settlement Courtyard Inn & Lavender Spa in Fish Creek. Create in our meeting space, adventure to galleries, shops & wineries. Join in a group outing to Hands On for mosaic making, or Turtle Ridge Gallery and learn to make a custom leather purse! We have some shared meals including the famous Door County Trolley Dinner Tour we customized to fit our favorite places to see and eat! Space is limited.

Click here for registration information:  FH_BeadRetreat_April2020

Current Store Location Closed

Posted on November 19th, 2019 in News by |

Our current store location closed at the end of June. 

The neighboring business, Plumb Gold, wants to expand and purchased our building May 1st.

We will keep everyone posted on what’s next. We’ve got some fun ideas!

  • In the meantime…
  • Open bead night will continue, the first Tuesday of every month from 6-9pm. Locations will be ‘pop ups’ and posted on our website and facebook page.
  • We will continue to do shows and our retreats. 
  • We will be at the Milwaukee Bead Show in October and host our October Bead Camp at DeKoven the 18th -20th .

We are very excited for Austin and his team at Plumb Gold as they expand their business and reunite our buildings back to one ownership like when it was built in the 1860’s!


She looks like she’s resting, but she’s dreaming up what’s next! Stay tuned!


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