This is a beautiful idea for an easy project for Autumn and Mabon. The instructions are here http://www.sparkandchemistry.com/craft-it-blog/leaf-mason-jar-candle-holder . The Tinker Lab has a tutorial on how to make glycerin leaves that will keep their color all year long http://tinkerlab.com/fall-crafts-glycerin-leaves/ .
Due to a slow start where bank deposits, gas station & lunchtime drive-throughs put me behind, I would only be able to hit two of the four shops I had planned for the second day of the Bead Shop Hop. Ah, but what stops they were! After a quick visit to a New Age faire to see my harp instructor in concert in the South Bay, I travelled South a few more miles to hit Bead Station in Laguna Niguel.
Be warned, they are not visible from the freeway, but the instructions on how to get there on the Shop Hop map are very good and will get you going in the right direction. The only trouble I had was how large the industrial-like retail strip was and it took a minute to locate their store front, but once there, I was very glad. Even out of the roasting heat of the San Fernando Valley, the entire Southern California coast has been cooking and in a hot car, the air conditioning can only do so much to mitigate the heat.
This was my third stop along The Hop where I was now eligible for the charm bracelet. Now I have a home for my “bugs” and “flowers” – i.e. the bee, hibiscus flower and dragonfly I had collected so far. So, what flora and fauna would I collect at Bead Station to add to their company? A beer stein? Hmmm…well, all I can say is those critters will be partying on my wrist tonight!
Theme – Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Charm – the aforementioned beer stein.
Discounts – a coupon for 50% off one item October 15th – December 31st.
Gifts with purchase – Spending as much as I did (not telling!) gets you the gift bag which contained semi-precious stones of a respectable weight, a handmade keychain, water (which I gratefully devoured), cookies and fruit. The food and drink were a nice touch to keep me on the road for the long drive back, thank you.
The Haul began with something I first laid my eyes on directly across from the checkout counter. I saw them and must’ve blacked out, because when I came to tally what’d I’d spent so far, I had a veritable rainbow of tubes of GORGEOUS Super Duo-like beads in my basket! (For those that don’t know, Super Duos are oval-shaped beads with two holes punched through a rather flat top and bottom instead of the usual side drilled fashion. They are also slightly raised in between the punches, as if the process of drilling them pushed up the surrounding bead.) Eight of them were breathtaking neon colors, the rest were just as beautiful copper, silver and black. I have wanted to experiment with Super Duos ever since their coming on my radar last year at the Summer Pasadena Bead and Design Show. The colors weren’t all that exciting, though and while I had picked up a couple of tubes then, just wasn’t really inspired to do anything with them and stashed them away for more colors or inspiration to hit the scene.
The other thing of note I picked up at the Bead Station were two magazines, one being one I have never seen before called “Creative Beading” out of Australia. They have some AWESOME ideas for beadwork in there. The other was the July 2012 issue of Beadwork, snagged for their “Garden Windows Bracelet” on the cover that utilizes Tila beads – another bead I saw last year, bought two packs and stored away for a rainy day’s creating.
Top – left to right – Metallic super duo beads, neons and black.
Bottom – left to right – Size 11 Triangle Seed Beads, “Teardrop” Beads the amazing color of soap bubbles, and Tila Beads in Rust and Green/Purple.
Tomorrow – Store #4 – Beadology
On the way home from Creative Castle, I stopped in The Beadiak in Agoura Hills, CA. I had never been in this store, despite it being on the way home for me for years.
I got a very vibrant, “Aloha!” the second I walked in. The owner was very friendly and had on a necklace featuring the most beautiful blue and green orchid I had ever seen. When I commented on it, she told me they sell them at the store and they are imported from Hawaii. They come in with genus and specie names, are dipped in preservative and stay beautiful forever due to the preserving process. All I can say about them is, “I WANT THE BLUE/GREEN ONE!!!”.
Here’s what you can expect at The Beadiak when you hit it them on your Shop Hop tour:
Theme – Hawaii.
Charm – a BEAUTIFUL, red hibiscus flower.
Discounts – 20% off your entire purchase on your next visit.
Gifts with purchase – Spending at least $20 gets you a nifty gift bag AND the choice of a second charm. It was a dragonfly. They are my favorite, new shop!
Blown glass dragonfly focal beads had me sighing in the corner. I am little hard on delicate items and it would have been broken within a few days if I had caved in and bought it, so I let it go. After a few minutes of scoping out the area, I zeroed in on large tubes of Size 14 seed beads in breathtaking, candy-liked shades of blue, purple and green.
I got off lucky pocket book-wise at this store, but it wasn’t for lack of trying. The colors could go with the O & Dagger beads I snagged at Creative Castle, but they are so tiny, they may need to have a project all their own. We’ll see. Tomorrow – Store #3, Day Two – Bead Station
After my traditional “Date Day” where I rescue my husband from work-related lunchtime company emergencies, I headed off to my first stop on the Bead Shop Hop kickoff day – aptly, it is store #1 in Newbury Park, CA. This is a very familiar store to me and they know my face by now as it is one of two I hit for my delica bead supplies. They easily have the second largest selection in the Los Angeles (and maybe Ventura) area. I was greeted warmly by the staff and quickly signed up under the guise of “passport #9”, with them as my starting store and my home store. Home store designations are important as that is where they send any and all prizes you win for store hopping for the three weekends. Here are the quick stats on what you can expect at Creative Castle when you hit it on your Shop Hop:
Theme – The Secret Life of Bees.
Charm – a silver bee. Goodies – honey sticks, gift baskets you can win.
Discounts – 10% off your purchase today and they’ll punch your key tag. Gifts with purchase – Spend $15, receive Level 1 bag, Spend #35, receive Level 2 bag.
Since this is a store I go to a lot (Date Day is a weekly thing and this store is 12 minutes away from the husband’s work, thus a dangerous combination), I had no idea what I was going to get when I went in. Luckily, they were having a Trunk Show. Beyond Beadery was in town and it was a two-edged sword. Good for all the goodies I picked up, a bad hit for the pocket book, especially for my first store where I was hoping to spend conservatively. HA! It would only be a yardstick for the average amount I would be spending the at each store the entire weekend. Sadly, because the store makes no money on Trunk Shows (it all goes to the visiting vendor), my keychain got no punches and I got no gift bag, BUT I did get the sticker in the book and their tiny little bee charm just for showing up. On to the haul from Beyond Beadery via Creative Castle:
Top left – brass flat-backed Victorian butterfly, Czech Glass Dragonfly button, Rauten Rose Oval flat-backed Cabochons, Sun Swirl Oval Dagger Beads.
Middle – a hank of Vintage size 13 Watermelon Sherbet-Colored Charlotte Cut Seed Beads, size 15 Blue Metallic Iris Charlotte Cut Seed Beads, 2-hole Triangle Purple Metallic Iris Spacer Beads, and a relatively new style bead called an “O” Bead in Crystal Wine and Topaz Purple colors.
Bottom – Eggplant Metallic Glow Dagger Beads and more O Beads in Jet and Crystal Blue.
As I shop, I try to picture a project for each bead and piece I pick up, otherwise my hubby would have to back a truck up to the front door and bring out the forklift. He almost had to anyway. If all the stores are going to be like this, I better start making stuff out of my hauls fast. I don’t think I have a place for all these new beads. Tomorrow – Store #2 – Beadiak
By far this year the most beautiful and meaningful jewelry set we have done was created for Martha on the East Coast of the U.S. for her handfasting renewal ceremony with her wife. The dress was breathtaking – and a last-minute second choice after she received her first choice dress which was a “scary print on a t-shirt”, as she described it!
As well as contributing to their perfect day, Martha’s order helped me push the boundaries of what I could do, guiding me into the realm of a new, beautiful idea of what is possible with wire-wrapped earcuffs.
SQUEE! I only became aware of the So. Cal Bead Shop Hop last year on the last day of the last week of the challenge – talk about 11th hour! Despite that, I was able to get one sticker and that was fun enough to make me keep my eyes peeled for the beginning of this year’s event. For those of my fellow beady peeps, here are the dates:
Friday – Sunday, September 5-7, 12-14, & 19-21.
Hours: Friday – Saturday: 10:00 am * Sunday 12:00 noon – 5:00 pm.
Full of amazing prizes, how many of the 22 participating stores across Southern California can you hit in this mad frenzy of bead-hoarding fun?
The Ears Have It and KC Dragonfly have a tentative, insane plan of attempting to hit all the stores by the last day of the last weekend of the challenge. It’s a lot of driving and we’re going to be lonely if we take on this all by ourselves, so if you are a local beader that wants to broaden your horizons, get inspired and get new beads, come with us! Drop us a line on our Facebook Fan Page (while you’re there, why don’t you Like and Follow our posts?) or email us here. Let’s pack a picnic lunch and get more beads!
The Southern California Bead Shop Hop is sponsored by the BeadSmith and presented by the Southern California Local Bead Store Association.
Want to see what people really like in our store? If you are attracted to the sacred symbols of the Celts, Egyptians and the moon and dragonfly, I think you’ll like this selection of Customer Favorites in our Etsy store The Ears Have It
The Rainbow Peace ear cuff is back in our store as of tonight. I love this ‘cuff because it gives me an excuse to pull out many beautiful colors and weave them into a symbol that means so much to many people.
When I first made this ear cuff, I had no idea so many people would buy it. It’s the most simple design I’ve ever created, yet in the simplicity there is so much power and meaning. It has the power to unite and define people of all walks of life. Whip out your tie dye t-shirt and guitar and go start a sit in somewhere or wear it as a quiet statement of your pride in your sexuality. Or even just because you love rainbows. Whatever the reason, may our Rainbow Peace ear cuff’s powerful message of Peace and Diversity be with you always.
Hi all. Our events page is back up and already we are planning to have a table at Clockwork Couture in Burbank, CA in August. They created the event as soon as news was released that Doctor Who would be back on our screens with fresh, new episodes with a fresh, new Doctor starting then. We will have Doctor Who-inspired art pieces for purchase. You will also be able to watch us as we work on them AND we will also have the patterns for sale if you want the pleasure and satisfaction of beading them on your own. Come sit down and get a lesson or two when you purchase our kits with all the supplies you will need; needles, thread, beads and patterns. All you need to supply is the time and energy.
We also hope to be working on Tardis cosplay parasols as well as have some kits for the available for purchase.
If you have taken one of our courses on decorating parasols, you might want to go all the way and MAKE the parasol cover from SCRATCH. I applaud your effort. My first few tries a few years ago were a trainwreck, but having attended a class of someone who has figured out an easier way to do it, my interest in the art has been renewed. Here are some ideas for where you can get the materials:
Recovering a Parasol by The Iron Tailor – this is the class that renewed my interest in doing this again. Mog gave the class at Gaslight Gathering in San Diego and it was AWESOME!
Pacific Fabrics – & Crafts – I have to thank one of my lovely students for providing this link for the bare, naked frames for adult size and doll sizes.
Spoonflower Fabrics – watch out. You’ll want to buy ALL THE FABRICS here! The creativity in these submitted designs knows no bounds and will fire off your imagination until your head explodes with ideas.