Sunday, October 24, 2010


This week has been a hard week for some of us in the beading community.  Jo Harrison who owned Horsefeathers in SC passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Thursday.  It's hard to put into words how much Jo meant to me.  Jo was not only a friend but she was my mentor.  The lord put our paths together only for a few months but I will always cherish those few months!  I clicked with Jo and our relationship was easy. I was able to talk to her about things that I couldn't talk about with anyone else.  We were both in the same business so we talked a lot about that and we found ways to solve problems with our stores.  At the shop everyone always comes to me with their beading questions and problems and it was nice to finally have someone that I could go and ask and talk to.  My sense of loss is undescrible but I will always cherish the lessons I learned from Jo.  She taught me not only how to run my business better but she taught me how to work with wire and be confident at it.  The last project we worked on together was a beautiful wire ring where we made prongs and set a stone in it.  She taught me how to properly do the prongs and how to measure for them.  I had asked her to teach the class for me in November at the store and she was looking forward to it.  I am going to practice the ring some more and teach a class on it at a later date.  I will not teach it half as good as she could but I want the world to learn this last wonderful technique that my dear friend taught me.  I am coping with Jo's death the best way I know beading.  I am working on a project idea that will be my memorial to her.  This project will probably take me weeks or months to finish and it will never be ask good as I want it to be but I hope this will help me to say goodbye.  I will be posting pictures on here as I progress so that you can see this wonderful piece that I will put up at the shop as a memorial to her so that I can tell the world about what a wonderful friend I had!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Weekly Newsletter

Well hopefully by the time you read this I am feeling much better!  Friday I ended up having to go to the Dr because i was feeling really lousy.  Well guess what? I was out minding my own business and the strep bug viciously attacked me and now I am beading and beating it off! Sammy was sweet enough to run the shop for me Saturday so I could re-coup. This gave me time to rest and work on the class schedule so hopefully I will have the November Class Schedule out the middle of next week.

You don't have to wait until November though because we have some AWESOME classes coming up this week.  On Thursday from 6-8 I will be teaching the Scroll Earring Class.  The class is $24.00 and includes all of your supplies.  You don't have to be a wire expert to take this class.  These earrings are super easy to make and will make someone a great gift for the holidays!
On Saturday Kassie will be back teaching another wonderful class...the Nothing But Net Bracelet. This class is from 10-1 and is $40.00 with all supplies included.  This class is a great class to learn net stitch.  Students will have the option of using 3mm pearls or 3mm bicones in their bracelet.  This is a super easy stitch to learn and works up fast.  There are only a few spots left in each class so you better sign up soon to get a spot.  Give us a call at 828-245-0306 to get signed up or go to our website and sign up at

If you look below on the previous post you will see that this week's video has been posted.  In this video I teach you how to make an easy and fun snowflake using seed beads and crystals.  There won't be a video this week as my throat and voice are still re-couping but hopefully there will be a new one next week. If you know someone who doesn't have a computer but you think that they would like the video's then we have just the solution.  DVD's are now available at the shop for each video that we have done in the past 4 weeks.  DVD's are $6.00 with $3.00 from every sale going to a charity. We haven't decided which charity we are going to give the money to yet so if you have a suggestion, please post a comment and let me know.

I hope that each of you have a fabulous week!

Crystal Snowflake Video

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


So, this is my new costume for Halloween this year.  I have never really gotten into halloween but with town wide Trick-or-Treat I thought that it would be fun to dress up.  LOVE IT!

Monday, October 11, 2010

11 Days gone already?

Its so hard to believe that we are already 11 days into October!  So much goes on this time of year and the days just seem to fly by.  We have 2 great classes coming up this week.  On Thursday I will be teaching the stone wall earrings from 6-8. This is a great class for beginner to advanced beaders.  This class is $24.00 and includes all of your supplies.
On Saturday Amy will be teaching beginners Viking Knit from 10-1.  This class is $45.00 and includes all supplies. Even if you have never touched wire this is a great class to get started with. 

To sign up for either of these classes just give us a call at 828-245-0306 or sign up online at

The donations have started rolling in for the Cancer Awareness Earring Drive but we can never have too many.  Please, if you can, take a moment to make a pair of earrings and drop them off at the shop so that we can donate them to the Rutherford and Cleveland County Look Good Feel Good Programs!

ATTENTION!!! Now that I have your attention you may want to mark your calenders for October 30th!  We are going to have a "Leaky Cauldron" Sale.  We will have a Black Cauldron set up at the register that will be leaking savings to our customers.  There will be no discount lower than 15% off.  There will be lots of 20, 25, 30, 40 and one 50% off purchase vouchers to use on that day.  This will be a great time to get a head start on your Christmas Shopping!  This discount voucher is good for anything in the store except for pre-made jewelry and classes!  Besides, the leaky cauldron may leak out a free class or to, you just never know!

Also, some other important dates that you may want to remember:
Oct 30th Leaky Cauldron Sale
November 25th-28th  Store will be closed for Thanksgiving
December 4th will be our annual Holiday Sale
December 24th we will be closing at 3:00pm
December 25th and 26th we will be closed for Christmas
January 1st we will be closed for the new years holiday

If you look at the last post you will see that I posted our last video. This week's video is going to be on a wonderful snowflake. As soon as Sammy gets it posted I will be posting it here.  If you would like to get a notice of our video's as soon as they become available then become a fan on  Go to this link and subscribe to our channel.  If you don't have an account you can register for a free one and every time we upload a new video you will get an email notice.

I hope each of you have a fantastic week!

Monday, October 4, 2010

This week's Newsletter

We have a wonderful class coming up on Saturday!  From 10-1 I will be teaching the Colossal Crystal Necklace.  This class is great for anyone!  Someone told me the other day that they would have no where to wear the necklace but they forgot that they were talking to the girl who wear's her crystals with t-shirts!  This necklace literally can be worn anywhere!  Wear it with a classy outfit, wear it with a v neck t-shirt and jeans or make it longer so that you can wear it over a tutleneck for the fall and winter.  Students will have numerous color choices.  This class is $45.00 and includes all of your supplies.

Friday, October 1, 2010

New Swarovski Colors have arrived!

New Swarovski Colors have arrived! I am so excited.  They are sunflower and silver night.  They are bananas!  We also received in a new shape of bead called a helio.  They are smashing and make great earrings.  Stop by the store to see the new colors in person.