Tuesday, October 21, 2014

October is fabulous - the newsletter note from Cynthia

the weather is perfect - 

Really, it is.

That blue sky. Those golden leaves. The sunlight slanting down. 

Magical. This swift shift from hot to cold that we make here in North Carolina always leaves me a bit befuddled. Not only is my wardrobe not up to the task of cold mornings and hot afternoons, but my brain can't quite handle it. I think the beauty of the out-of-doors world just slows me down a bit. I try to spend as many moments under that blue sky as I possibly can. Soon enough, the rains of winter will chase us indoors. 

If you are like me, and you love this October sky, you'll want to join us for Pop-Up Sunday this week. We have some fab vintage vendors (maybe they can help me with the wardrobe issue?) There will be traditional Mexican tacos from Taco Grande, and Asian-inspired tacos from Bam Pow Chow. We'll be raising money for Urban Ministries free health clinic with donations for beer from Troeg's brewing ( a new craft beer in the Raleigh area, come try it out! ) Inside the store, Lisa Daly will be having her last NC bead trunk show. Come tell her how rainy it will be in Portland. She loves to hear that! Get all the Pop Up details here. 

Also on Sunday, our neighbors over at Seaboard Station will be hosting Down By The Tracks #13, a fundraiser for the SPCA with dog-friendly games, live music and more. It will be a perfect day. I can't wait. 

Before Sunday's fun, we have loads of new crafty items. We've gotten in some new fibers that I'd love your opinion about; there are many styles and we'll carry some but I'm not sure which to pick. There are also stones, druzy beads, and more. Check out the pics below. 

All this, under a sky that is going to be bluer than ever. 

P.S. Our $20 gift certificate winner from the Handmade Holiday party was Pam Carroll. Pam, if you are reading this, I've already written you a gift certificate. Let out a little yelp of joy! Tell a friend you won! Way to go! 
The winner of the early RSVP $20 gift certificate was Courtney Branch. Courtney, if you are reading this, I've already written YOU a gift certificate! Cheer! Say wowzaa! High five someone!
Thanks to everyone who came out Friday night, and a special thanks to April fromhappyfoodwine Her delish treats and spiced pear martinis made the night even better! 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Handmade Holiday Party reminder

TomorrowOctober 17, 4:00-9:00
Join us for our annual holiday gift-making kickoff.
Make handmade gifts they want to receive.
  • see this season's new projects FIRST 
  • visit with bead artist Lisa Daly (she's moving to Portland in a month!)
  • a fun, almost-all-ages class showing you a great project to make for teacher and friend gifts (register right here)
  • free color templates for holiday projects
  • take $5 off any class you register for at the party, learn a new technique and then make your gifts with it
  • special prices on some of your favorite jewelry supplies
  • watch a ceramic pendant-making demo with Helen, 4-6 pm only
  • fab new stones and beads, new fibers, new inspiration
  • refreshments, drawings for gift certificates, fun of all kinds
  • enjoy spiced pear martinis and other treats from April at Happyfoodwine
Interested? RSVP by clicking the link below!

SALE: All Day Friday
Swarovski crystal strands and bagged crystals 50% off!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Do you think doll heads are creepy?

Do you think this is creepy?
Obviously, I do not...how could she be...with that blue eye shadow and that pouffy hair?


Okay, I admit, I do have a thing for doll heads. I have a bit of a doll head collection. As I type this, I am being stared at by at least 26 eyes. Mostly, I think I like the slightly creepy vibe of a doll head. Especially if they are a bit off, which these are. Whenever I wear one of these rings I get a lot of questions about it. From the moment these heads on sticks arrived at our shop, I knew I had to make one into a ring. 

Come on, you know you want one...

this picture pretty much shows you the whole shebang, but click if you want details. 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Watch me on Beads, Baubles & Jewels!

The BB&J episodes I filmed with Katie Hacker last year are going to be up on BB&J today. Curl up with your laptop or tablet and watch me add Decopatch to mica, rivet accents, and even rivet 'unrivetable' things like ribbon!

The projects are the Illuminated Mica Earrings, where I add Decopatch paper to mica for a quick, lightweight earring project. The second half of the show is where I'll show you how to work with the mylar lacing I love. It's so shiny and sparkly and looks metal, not just metallic. I also show you an easy way to make a small tassel using our hand-dyed Shimmer Floss. I've been wearing tassels of this floss all summer and like the extra sparkle in the shimmer floss. The bracelet uses the mica tag idea again, plus a ribbon tab idea.

Click on any of the pictures to visit the Beads, Baubles & Jewels page on our website. All the parts are there, plus links to the tutorials. You can also watch my episode right there! 

Don't forget to check out the show Facebook page, and let them know if you like my episode! 

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Newsletter - Hello, October

good morning-

October is upon us. I love the crisper days we've been enjoying, and so does my dog. She spend much of yesterday afternoon, lounging in the sun in the backyard. I spent some part of the day in my neglected studio. Life has been keeping me away from my beading table and the mess required some attention. I sorted, and laid out some beads for earrings, and fixed a bracelet, and then moved on to making a second pot of coffee. It felt very productive, in a not-rushed kinda way. 

Today I'll be productive at the shop. We are putting the finishing touches on our Handmade Holiday party for later this month. I do hope you can join us. We'll have a great time and get the crafting season off to a big start with some ideas that will make your holiday gift giving both handmade, and stress-free. Today's Try-It is actually one of those ideas. The sweet bow earrings are fun for many ages, and can be made in colors to match any outfit.

Our basket trunk show is continuing at the shop thru next week. If you haven't yet popped in to see the beautiful handmade baskets that Suzie brought us from Ghana, you need to do so. They are so colorful and so useful. 

I'm off to make a pot of coffee and dig out some warm socks, but not in a rushed way. 

I'll see you soon-

(this note is excerpted from our weekly store newsletter, you can subscribe here)