Saturday, June 27, 2009

Sammy hard at work!

So...sammy, my husband, has been very hard at work for the last week or two. He has started re-vamping the store website and it looks amazing! I am so lucky to have a husband that is a great web designer. One page that he worked on this week was our "about us" page. He wrote all about how the store got started then he preceded to add pictures of our staff and volunteers. He also gave each of us bead names but I have to note that he did have a little help coming up with these! Below you will find pictures of our staff:

Darlene Reynolds

Connie Miller

Kim Byers

Kim Campbell

Patty Dale

I may be completely bias but I feel that Ihave the best staff a store could ever have!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Current Projects

So I was on vacation last week and I worked on some really great projects. The first project I worked on was the purple Rivoli bracelet. I am totally in love with this design. I still have a few things that I can play with as far as the design elements go but all in all I love it. I also worked on making 4 other bracelets, 2 rings, and I worked on some metal stamping stuff. I am so into mixed media art right now that it's not even funny. At the end of the week I started working on a wonderful project in last months Bead and Button magazine. It is on page 72. It is a wonderful Herringbone necklace where you make lots or rings of Herringbone stitch and then you attach all of them together. It is going to take me about a month to make because I have already made 3 and I think if I sit down and make one a day that I can be done with it in 1 month. My color scheme is bronze and turquoise. It is going to be smashing when I am done. When I finish I will be sure to post a picture so that you can see.

I worked on teal and black post earrings this weekend. I made a black pair using 4mm's to wear to the Bead and Button show. Everyone had a fit for them so I made another pair so that I could write directions for them as I went. We have a little girl that goes to our church and she LOVES to wear earrings. I started to wonder what it would look like if I made the same pattern but used 3mm beads. Guess what? They are super cute and dainty. Perfect for a petite adult or a child. I posted a picture so you could see the size difference. I want to make a pink pair and a pair in the Crystal Capri Gold.

If some of you haven't checked be sure to visit our store website for a money saving coupon to be used during our Christmas in July sale. Also while your there check out our exciting store news on the home page!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Hello from Milwaukee

The above picture is leaving Charlotte NC around 9:30 in the morning on 6/2/09.

These two pictures are the prettiest thing I have ever seen. The pictures do the clouds and the expierence no justice!

Today I am in Milwaukee. I got here yesterday and boy has it been an experience! I was bored out of my mind yesterday! I have found nothing exciting to do yet except hit the mall which is right below my hotel. To top it all off, the TV in my room only gets news and sports channels. Makes for a boring day! The only good thing about yesterday was the fact that I met Nikki Thornburg and Heidi from the Beaded Frog in Greenville SC for dinner last night. I had a wonderful dinner. My only problem is that Milwaukee is a beer town and everywhere you go there is beer. The waitress and waiters look at you funny when you order anything but beer! I am not a drinking girl so I don't see what people get out of it. But we had a nice dinner and it was great to listen to stories of Bead and Button past.

Today will be better thought because we start setting up in the show hall. I don't really know what to expect because I have heard the show hall is a sight to behold. I better enjoy the show while I can because after I get home I don't know if anyone will ever get me on a plain again. Don't get me wrong, I liked the fact that it only took me an hour and a half to get here but I made myself sick before I even got on the plain because my nerves were bothering me. Tight cramped corters for 2 hours is not my idea of fun, espically when you are by yourself. A travel mate would have been much better. I got tickled on the plain because I must have been the only person on the plain who had never flown before. Everyone was reading books, sleeping, and doing there own thing. Meanwhile I couldn't keep my eyes off the windows. The view from the sky is amazing. My favorite part about the flight was when we were flying above the clouds!

I will update you tonight or tomorrow on how the set up is going.