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On lazy days and other really cool stuff..

Jul 12, 2009

Well, were in the lazy days of summer. The days are nice and long, the vacations have finally started, the gardens are blooming, and the juicy aroma of barbeque often fills the air. Despite the rain, it’s been a wonderful summer so far – lower humidity than usual, with cooler days, and even cooler nights. The fireflies are finally out - silently filling the night sky with sparkle and tangible fantasy. The evening air is filled with delicate floral scents of honeysuckle, roses, and lilies – and this past week – the days have had the most amazing cloud formations – Cumulonimbus - the kind you are likely to see over crystal blue waters off the beach of St. Lucia…

Summer is a time to relax and enjoy good food, good friends, and of course, family. It’s also a time to allow ourselves a few small self indulgences like going out for ice cream, leaving the house and garden chores slide a bit, allowing a catnap in a favorite comfy chair, or reading a good book poolside after a refreshing dip.

It’s also a perfect time to take up a new hobby, or expand an existing one.

Personally – some of my best, most creative work happened while relaxing. My poetry, creative writing, sketching, painting, and beading all came easiest while sitting on the beach all sandy and sunburned, or while enjoying a light breeze sitting on the deck, or on the grass under a lilac blue sky. As the mind clears, our creativity, like water, flows…

So too should your beading projects – let nature and the season be your inspiration, whether in color, or texture, or feelings –for summer makes it impossible not to remember our most amazing childhood memories. Let the magic of summer infuse your work. Train yourself to see the unexpected delights. Treat yourself to a new class, take up and learn a new technique, and spend time with other creative people. Enhance your creativity by being inspired by new items and new ideas. Discovering and indulging your creative side is necessary to balance your soul. It soothes the mind as well as a gently massaged body.

I should know. I almost fell asleep twice, while writing this.

Happy summer everybody.

~Andrea
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Here then, are the Beady Buttercup updates:

Well, it’s official!

Wake the children – call the neighbors! Your little “home away from home” is currently being featured in a great little bead magazine called “Bead Unique”, “I Wish I Could Live Here!” Fall- Issue 22, page 44. You can usually find this magazine at Michael’s, AC Moore’s, Kmart, Walmart(?), and of course, major book stores, like Barnes & Noble and Borders. For those of you who do not have a subscription – the Fall issue, and the article will hit the newsstands July 21. And to those of you not already familiar with Bead Unique, I urge you to give it a look. They always feature really great and unusual beading and jewelry projects. Personally, I love the magazine for the Lampworking projects alone. It’s always been one of my favorite beading magazines. We will also be selling it in our store in the coming months. Check it out! Yippee! Hurray!

~Herkimer Diamond Bus Trip: Calling all Rock Hounds!
Pat Cole & Marina Duskin have organized a Bus trip to the” Ace of Diamond” Mines in Herkimer New York, and have extending an invitation for us to join the fun! Come “bang” rocks with us and see if you can find diamond treasure! Herkimer diamonds are valuable and coveted by jewelers and crystal healers for their therapeutic powers. The trip is scheduled for Saturday, October 10, rain or shine. The cost is just $60. The fee includes bus fare, entrance to the mine, and driver gratuity. Wear old clothes, and bring a hammer, chisel, and bagged lunch. Seats are first come, first served, basis - and are filling fast – only 20 or so seats left. Call the shop today to get information on reservation and details. 484-524-8231. You can also call Marina directly (day): 610-792-2270 & (evening) 610-666-6525.

~July Bead Challenge Projects due July 17:
This month’s Bead Challenge is themed “Beach Wedding”. Participants must use 85% of the packet, and stay within the monochromatic color palate. Projects are due July 17. Judging will take place for two weeks thereafter. Store Gift Certificates will be awarded to the top four winners! Check out the website for pics of past challenges.

~Shh. Carlie’s Birthday is July 29!
Come in for a piece of cake and to give her 23 birthday punches. Receive 10% off seed bead purchases all day too! (Really, she won’t mind….)

~Website Update:
Guest Book Page up and running -Sign our new guestbook! We love hearing from you.
Quotes to Bead By: I’ve posted some of my favorite inspirational quotes for you to read – feel free to pass me on some of your favorites too!

~Collaborative Bead Patches Due
We’ve had a healthy response to our first Collaborative Bead Project Called – Labors of Love. There is still time to donate your 3x3 peyote patch. The patches are amazing and beautiful – just like you! Stay tuned for updates on when we will be assembling them into a wall hanging. Volunteers are needed. Call the store, or email Lisa Applegate at creativexpressions2008@yahoo.com with any questions.

~July Bead Soriees
The next bead soiree is scheduled for Thursday, July 23 – 6pm. Come and join the fun! It’s Free! Bring a project you’ve been working on or start a new one in the company of new beady friends!

~New Items:
As always, fun new stuff comes in weekly – but here are some highlights -

Delica’s & Czech Charlottes: We’re expanding the seed beads to include Delica’s now – and we got a small assortment in recently . Delica’s are noted for their large holes and cylinder shape. The finishes are just beautiful! The Czech Charlottes are oh so pretty with their faceting – New colors will be out this week. They add sparkle to everything. Check them out!

Bead Soups: We’ve cooked up some great new bead soup recipes too – pretty blue/green stained glass - “Louis Comfort-Tiffany”, sunset gold, red, and orange “African Sunset”, soft baby blue, pink & white “Morning Glories”, and jazzy black, red, and white - “Queen of Hearts”! Great new mixes for the season.

Czech Beads: Great new colors in crystals, 3mm pearls (ooh, am thinking tiny “Juliet”…), and others as always – and more on the way. New lampwork beads, Boro pendants by Crazy Joe – new silver components and clasps…and more!

~~~~~~~~~~~New July Classes~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Christmas in July!: We’re getting a head start on the holidays by reintroducing “Cinderella’s Ball” beaded holiday ornament to the schedule. This is the first in a series of designs I will be introducing. They are beautiful as well as functional – they make great gifts and of course, holiday decorations.

Seed Classes:
New this month is “Yin-Yang” – a delicate reversible bracelet that works up quickly. A great way to use charlottes! And Renoir’s Garden, is a beautiful bracelet designed to honor the great impressionists – Monet, Manet, Renoir, Degas… wearable art in a pretty weave of beads in all sizes.

Wire Classes:
Gina is introducing Ariel’s Treasure – a beautiful beachy beady cuff – done in economical craft wire (or sterling, if you wish). Freeform Cabochon wrapping is new this month too. Learn how to take any size/shape cabochon and turn it into something amazing and wearable with just a little wire. Gina’s Ring Trio class is back on schedule – if you missed it in the past – there is still room – so sign up today!

Dichroic Fused Glass:
is back on the schedule with Sharon DeVanna – what a fun class this was to do – easy too. You will be amazed at what you can design. And you will love that you will make multiple pieces too!

~~~~~Sneak Preview of August Classes:~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Two new Chainmaille classes!
We’re really excited that Sue Quinque is introducing Vertebra Chain Maille – a flat ribbon link design that is movable and pretty!
I will be introducing a new weave too - called Jen’s Pind – a really pretty spiral design that your menfolk might also like – a great way to get started on your holiday gift giving. You will love these new weaves!

Silver Fusing!
Ellen K is back with Fine Silver Fusing! This is an great technique to learn how to join silver together without solder or smelly chemicals. Love it!

Wire:
Gina is introducing “Caged Treasure” – a perfect way to house your summer’s beachcombing shells and glass or other found treasures…how fun is that?!

Seed Weaving:
Ribbon Candy is a pretty seed weave stitch that uses Bugle Beads – works up fast and feels soft as ribbon against your skin. Dr. Chris (when schedule allows) or I will be your instructor.

I am also working hard on a couple/three new seed projects too – so stay tuned to the website for details.

***Remember to check the website frequently for pictures, descriptions, updates, dates, and times of all the classes – I fill the spots as I get them scheduled –

As always – Carlie and I thank you so much for your continued support, loyalty, and participation. Each of you – I repeat – each of you - bring something unique to us and make the shop as comfortable and friendly as home. Some of you know (by the beeps as you go past) that it is also *our* home away from home –please know that your friendships make all the hard work so worth it.

Have a safe and happy summer – stop in when you can to show us your work, and of course, to say Hi…

Best,
Andrea & Carlie
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