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More truth in beading

To continue the lessons learned when writing your first book…

  • There is nothing quite so difficult as naming (and then remembering) 25 projects at once. I am absurdly grateful that I started keeping a list of good adjectives that might come in handy years ago. It has saved my sanity and jump started the brainstorming process more times than I can count.
  • 25 is a lot.
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The good, the bad, and the ugly truth

I’m discovering that writing your first book is full of one learning experience after another. And by discovering, I mean the hard way! Just when I think I have it together…well, you can imagine. Here are some of the lessons I’ve learned:

  • You make an outline at the start that has a visual description of each project that you have in your head. And when you actually start beading that design, it laughs at you and shows you what the
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From June: I have now counted over 32,000 special color coat 2mm Swarovski crystals into individual baggies of 51, and I’ve updated the website. Yes, it was a lot of work, but only what you’d expect from Tapestry Bead’s Employee of the Month (for 2 straight months!). If you haven’t used 2mm Swarovski crystals before, they’re about the size of a size 11 seed bead. Tiny. Yummy! Here’s a list of the colors we have in stock.

  • Aqua AB
  • Black
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And the winner is….

Drum roll, please!

I used the online random number generator, and it picked number… 

So the first Natalie to comment (I’m sorry – it doesn’t show your email address) should email me and we’ll get you all set up with your free class!

I’ve been busy working on projects for the book like a mad woman. I’m so very pleased with the way things are looking and coming together at this point. It’s an interesting challenge, not only … Read the rest


I’m Baaaaack!

I feel like I’ve been on a world-wide odyssey, but it’s been less than that, of course. My three week trip to Shreveport, New Jersey, and Philadelphia was quite the trek, full of adventures like saving an ungrateful snapper turtle on the road, torrential rains, me sleeping through the Virginia earthquake, and lots and lots of fun beading moments. I swear I slept for days when I returned!

And as I finally recovered, it was all to apparent that I … Read the rest


Cost of doing business

Sometimes we will get one of two comments from a customer:

1. “Wow, the prices on your kits are so reasonable.”
2. “Why are your kit prices so high?”
(Filed under: You Can’t Win No Matter What You Do)

A lot of factors go into pricing a kit that have nothing to do with the cost of be raw materials.

First and foremost, you’re paying for the design itself and the instructions for the design. How much a design is … Read the rest


My brief love affair with an iPad

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Random things that make me happy

  • Magazines without perfume ads – the strong scents make me sneeze if they’re in there! I used to pull out all the inserts from the mags and then would have to let them sit and “breathe” for a few days. But I finally got smart and emailed all the subscription customer service folks and ask for scent-free issues to be delivered to me. What a difference!
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Workedy working

Do you know how much 12,000 baggies weigh? I do! I just ordered that many (in 6 different sizes) and the box that is due to be delivered tomorrow is 44lbs. That’s around a 4-5 month supply for me. It’s totally nuts, but also totally necessary for the kits.

I was doubly productive today with Mom’s help. Not only did I work on finishing up some samples that needed to get shipped out, but Mom managed to knock out my … Read the rest


Miami Report

The July meeting of the South Florida Jewelry Arts Guild

I just got back from a five day trip to Miami, Florida, to teach some classes for the South Florida Jewelry Arts Guild. What a wonderful group of women down there! On Thursday night was the monthly group meeting, which was attended by roughly 40 enthusiastic Guild members. I saw some really amazing pieces of jewelry adorning bodies! Artists doing everything from polymer clay to fused glass, and PMC to … Read the rest


Drum roll, please….

And the lucky winner of our Free Online Class contest is…..

Sarah Dockery! 

Thank you to everyone who entered, and left such wonderful comments on the blog, and also those who have been so supportive on Facebook. Making the videos was initially quite a scary-feeling stretch for me, but in the end was such a fun and fulfilling experience. Stay tuned…because there are two more classes that are scheduled to release this fall!

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Trouble with comments?

Hey folks!

So I’ve been hearing on Facebook that some of you have been trying to leave comments on the blog post for the free class from Beaducation giveaway and have not been able to do so. I hate that! So I just made some changes to the settings that I hope will help. Try again. And if that still doesn’t work, no worries…just send a quick email to me at, and I’ll get you entered!… Read the rest


Supporting local bead shops

I have had several interesting conversations recently with both local bead store owners and beading consumers that got me thinking.

Beading consumers are always looking for value, and they have been flocking to online shopping options in droves. Whether it’s due to a broader variety of merchandise, lower prices, or the ease of point, click, and have it show up on your doorstep, there’s no doubt that the bead shopping landscape has changed dramatically over the last 10 years.

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Sleek Bracelet Class – ONLINE!

Today is a big, Big, BIG day! Launch Day for my first online video class with! And even better than a new class? It’s on SALE this week! And even better than THAT??? I’m going to give away a free class this week to celebrate – any class they offer!!
Sleek Bracelet
Beginner level class!
$12.95 – but 20% off through July 15
To be entered in the contest, all you have to do is make a … Read the rest

My Plate Overfloweth

How do I manage to do these things to myself? Oh yeah…because I like my job and it makes me want to do cool projects and go teach cool people and so that makes it hard for me to say no to things.

But seriously – I look at my “immediate” to-do list and feel a little crazy.

  • Kits for the Sleek Bracelet online video class which launches with on Monday (I’ll be having a giveaway for a free
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Poor neglected blog

Dear Blog,
I know it’s been a very long time since I last posted and I can’t begin to tell you how sorry I am that I have been avoiding you. It’s not you – it’s me. You are perfect. I know you can be a little needy sometimes, and I thought I had gotten used to that. But I needed a break! After a little therapy, and a better understanding of how you and I might communicate better as … Read the rest


It’s a big, Big, BIG DAY!

Happy Retirement!

Today is Mom’s last day of work…in the corporate world, that is!

She’ll still be assisting at Tapestry Beads – but we have extra special employee benefits like extremely flexible hours, doggie and kitty kisses, daily naps, and “I don’t wanna” days.

Congratulations, Mom!
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It’s been awfully quiet here at Tapestry Beads the last few weeks, but not for lack of activity. In Beadville, May always means preparations for the massive Bead & Button Show. And that means making kits. Lots and lots and lots of kits. And then a few more thrown in for good measure. It’s the time of year when my credit card starts squealing every time I pull it out for one more supply order, and my UPS man just … Read the rest



I’ve been waiting, hoping, and and dreaming I’d get to announce this one day. And now it’s the real deal – no more dreaming necessary! Because…

I will be one of the instructors on the
2012 Bead Cruise!

And what an amazing cruise it will be! Not only are there classes by Heather Powers (the mastermind behind the Bead Cruise and the fairy who has pulled it off for 7 years,) Beverly Herman, Tracy Stanley, Kerry Bogert, … Read the rest


I have a confession to make

Sometimes, I am late to the party.

When I first learned beadweaving everyone in the industry was basically using Nymo or Silamide. Before long though, one of the beading teachers at the local store started talking about this new thing – Fireline. She was such an advocate that she talked the store into carrying it. I resisted. More beaders converted. I tried it once and hated it and kept resisting. The WHOLE WORLD converted to Fireline, and I finally decided … Read the rest