I hope you were able to join us on Sunday for the BIG Pop-Up Sunday Vintage Market. It was ah-may-zing, if I do say so myself. The weather was perfect, those baked potatoes from Stufd were better than I imagined, and we had a great group of vendors. The very best part? With the help of Big Boss Brewing, we raised over $500 for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Triangle AND they recruited some volunteers for their programs.
Big Brothers/Big Sisters seeks to pair adults with children who need a strong adult presence in their lives. These children gain a trusted friend and someone who will help them navigate life; the adults gain so much more. I heard story after story on Sunday from volunteers who told me that the time they spend with their little sister or brother is the highlight of their week. Thanks to everyone who came out on Sunday, we were able to hand them over $500 to put towards programming and administrative needs. Through June 21st, we'll also be passing on all the money in our Round Up jar on the counter to this worthy organization. Learn more about Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Triangle here.
The big news I have for you this week is that we will be having an Elaine Ray bead final Trunk Show on Thursday evening from 6-8 and Friday from 8:30 am -7 pm. Elaine has fired her last batch of ceramic beads and she's delivered them to us to sell. We hope Elaine will be on-hand Thursday night to get hugs and well-wishes, and we hope you'll join us, too. If distance prevents you from joining us in person, you can call the shop on Thursday after 6:00 and we'll be set up to offer shop-by-phone service. Please join us if you can. While we are sad to see Elaine leave the bead world, she has a good reason.Read more here.
I'm also happy to announce that Erin Siegel, on of my favorite jewelry designers, has produced an e-book with us here at Ornamentea. Punk Chic Jewelry has 16 amazing projects that will inspire you to add a bit of edgy glam to your beading work. We've created wonderful kits for each project in the book. Erin is a talented designer, and her instructions are always easy-to-follow. If you want to learn more about Erin's e-book, including a free peek inside, check out the Punk Chic Jewelry page.
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