Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Weekly newsletter - the message from Cynthia

From our weekly store newsletter- 

I'm sorry for my late-day Tuesday email. I wish I could say that I was enjoying a Spring-Break-related sleep in, but that was not the case. I got behind because of the potent combo of Enameling Camp/wall painting/broken phone. 

Actually, that's not a very good excuse. Well, the wall painting is. If you haven't yet seen the experimental color on the back wall, come check it out. I've finally decided on something that only requires about 16 coats of glaze and dry brush. It shows the beads off nicely and is a lovely change from the buttercream color we've enjoyed for so many years. Now if I could only get the painting finished...

About my phone? let's just say that they gave me a complete replacement. I've been kinda quiet on the social medias lately, as my phone had basically decided to turn itself into a very fancy rectangle of black glass and plastic. With wifi, sometimes. I'm glad it is fixed. 

The enameling camp is going beautifully. The campers are hard at work on their projects and have been enjoying the new techniques and materials they've played with. If you missed out on our Spring camp, watch for the date announcement for the Fall version. Laura will be back with all-new projects and even more techniques. 

In the advance-notice department, we are putting together a fab group of classes and make-n-takes for Mother's Day weekend. What does mom want? She wants to take a class! Maybe with you, or maybe by herself, or maybe with your favorite auntie. Watch this space and the classes page for lots of great classes you and mom will both love. 

read on for a great coupon and craftcycle news for April

we open early every Friday morning-
come chat and bead & bead and chat
Do you need jump rings or wire for the weekend? Don't let your bead store visit cut into your beading time. Join us early on Fridays for shopping and crafting at Breakfast & Beads. We open early EVERY Friday with coffee, tea and breakfast sweets. You can stop in for a cup and pick up those jump rings, or grab a seat at the table and finally finish that pair of earrings. 

Breakfast & Beads    Friday, 8:30 am

do you want to create a special gift?

graduation, weddings, and transitions
Somehow, it seems like so many folks I know are gearing up for a transition this season. Nephews are graduating, friends are moving away, couples are marrying. 

A wonderful gift for a friend in transition can be an altered book themed around their event. In Carol Owen's upcoming class, you can learn how to construct an altered book that can be an interactive scrapbook, engaging photo journal or inspiring travel diary. Carol will show you how to construct fold-outs, pockets, pages and more.  
sales, new items and restocks
  • you asked, we said yes we have created some short strands of some of our tiniest stones for you. These are perfect for adding a wee gemstone touch to a project, without having to purchase a whole strand of a pricier stone! Ask to see them when you are in.
  • new chains in silver plate and solid copper...these are large scale and dramatic!
  • we are trying out some new enamel colors that we hope you'll like sample sizes of these colors are available for just $1.39 each. Stop in and get a few and see what a sprinkle of a new shade can do for your enamel work. If we love these colors, we'll add them to our regular stock, so please let me know. 
  • starting on Thursday, MOST cab settings are 50% off. We are clearing out our current stock to make room and you can benefit. Many of these work well for stamping and resin. See our cab setting page here, watch for the sale to start on Thursday. 
Do you follow us on Instagram? you should, you'll see updates as we unpack boxes and LOTS of pictures of various craft mis-adventures. Find us here @ornamentea.

Wednesday, April 1st
No fooling, save $20 on your registration fee!
This class will teach you the basics of jewelry making and you'll leave with a necklace and earrings you love. Register today with the code MAKEITMINE and you'll save $20 off the registration fee.
are you ready to learn something new?

Have you checked out the April Craftcycle party yet? The project, Vintage Book Pennants, is really pretty cool. Meredith has found a ton of fab old books for you to use in your banner, and you can customize it with a word or name! Learn more about the Craftcycle Party here. Register soon, these fill up.

I'm going to go put a coating of paint on the wall...


this was excerpted from our weekly store newsletter
you can't see the coupon here, those are only for newsletter subscribers, but it is for 50% off freshwater pearl strands
pretty good, eh? 

so, go subscribe to the newsletter, the link is in the sidebar on the right...

Craftcyle Party on April 3rd; Vintage Book Pennants

April's Craftcycle Party is going to be fabulous! Join Meredith to make your own vintage book pennants, and customize them with your own message or paint treatment.

These pennants would be great for a child's room, or a special event (how about a 'happy birthday' pennant for an adult friend, filled with images from her favorite childhood books?)

Watch Meredith's video to learn more. Register or learn more about the party here. 

Monday, March 23, 2015

new tiny frog pattern to make with 15/0 seed beads

Do you love tiny seed beads? REALLY tiny seed beads?
We've added a new tiny animal pattern to our seed bead charm mix with this cute frog.
He's just a bit bigger than a nickle! 

 We've also added a 15/0 seed bead mix to our site. It's a web-only offer, a mix of 8 tubes of 15/0 Miyuki seed beads in a variety of colors for just $12. This is a great way to add some tiny beads to your stash.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Felt Week! We love this needle felted bunny from Fit To Be Loved

We are celebrating Felt Week here at the big O. We'll be sharing felting projects and artists we adore all week long, with tutorials, inspirational photos and more. 

We are starting off with this incredibly cute bunny from Fit To Be Loved. This sweet guy has his own, super-detailed photo tutorial over on the Fit To Be Loved blog. I love the realistic eyes and the shading on the ears. I also like that he seems like he's so securely felted that you could actually give him to a small person as a gift. 

Be sure to checkout the full tutorial right here. 

As part of our Felt Week celebration, we'll have extra discounts on wool roving and tools in our shop. Check it out here or visit us in the real world at our store in Raleigh.

Happy felting!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Newsletter: Are you doing Spring Break wrong?

The following message is excerpted from our weekly store newsletter. If you don't get your own copy in your email inbox, every Tuesday morning, you are missing info like this AND coupons, special offers and gossip. Click the link in the side bar to subscribe to our newsletter. 

It's Spring Break at my house and, according to my middle school daughter, we are not doing it right. I figured she could use her time off school to work on math skills by doing some work for mom and dad at the bead store.  

Her vision was a bit different. I am pretty sure it involved a lot of time at a mythical beach vacation, maybe with a zip-line tour and some swimming with the dolphins. Aside from the fact that she doesn't have that much money in her savings account, her sister has a different break schedule this year, so we are staying home. Her first day of break involved the grocery store, laundry, and cutting up tee shirts to make tank tops. 

Living la vida loca, my friend. 

Read on to learn more about a half-off sale item, a way to save $10 on a class and an upcoming trunk show

sales, new items and restocks
  • Stone chip strand sale - all chip strands are currently 50% off. That's half-off, if you aren't doing math this week.
  • Bright, springy ceramic beads and connectors are on sale, see them here
  • We've restocked some jump rings and head pins. If you've been missing a favorite, call us to check on it.
  • New fancy stones from the trunk show are in the case...if there was a strand you wanted to see cut into individual pieces, it may have happened.
  • There are new plated (gold, and silver) copper beads in the back case...including GIANT cones, perfect for kumihimo!
Do you follow us on Instagram? you should, you'll see updates as we unpack boxes and LOTS of pictures of various craft mis-adventures. Find us here @ornamentea.

Saturday, save $10 with code BEACHY
Learn the basics you need to make your favorite jewelry. Save $10 on the registration fee with that code. Click the pic.

One last thing, I just booked a special class with Suzanna Oware, our African bead trader. She's going to discuss and explain the secrets behind patterns, colors and designs. If you've long admired African trade beads for their beauty, come learn what they mean at this special class. Suzie will be here for a trunk show on April 24-25, the class will be the night before the trunk show on April 23rd. Click here to learn more. 

I'll see you soon, I'm off to work on my tan. Or fold some laundry. Whatever. 


Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day! 

Yes, I know this isn't a shamrock, but it is green...

as is this!

and this!

Happy day!