Happy Holidays!

Wow!  Time is flying… we are almost at the end of 2018!  I hope you’re all experiencing the JOY of the Holiday season – it’s a time for gift giving, spreading love, and appreciating people and events in our lives!  My hope is that you find peace and love in all you do!

I’m having fun teaching some new classes, Stella Nova and Heart Pagoda.  Take a look at the Student Gallery for some fabulous pictures of finished projects.  I’m percolating some ideas for new designs.  Stay tuned for those in February…

I also want to give a shout out to Jean Power.  She is one of my beading idols!  I love the geometric designs she comes up with… If you haven’t seen her new book Rivoli Beadwork, please check it out.  It’s beautifully written, with soooooo many projects using those beautiful rivolis.  Perfect as a gift for a beader OR to make gifts for loved ones!

I’m currently working through Jean’s Secret Christmas Beadalong… here’s a look at my components from Days 1 through 12:

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Many blessings to you and yours through the holidays and in 2019! 

Bead on…

Don’t be a victim of a Beading Scam!!

Some of you may have seen my Facebook post last week when I thought I had been a victim of copyright infringement …  Many of my listings from my Etsy shop were found on websites that seemed to be offering them for very low prices.  Of course, I was angry, and wanted to get them removed!  After some digging, it seems that my pictures are on these sites (with my name and copyright displayed), but not my products.  And, I found that I wasn’t the only designer to experience this!

Here’s the scam… you can add my patterns to a cart and pay for them with your credit card.  You NEVER get any patterns, but now you’ve given your personal information and credit card number to crooks!!!!  

A good rule of thumb is to only buy from the designers…  Katie Dean (owner of Bead Flowers) has a fabulous post on what to do to protect yourself:  https://www.myworldofbeads.com/scam-beading-websites-spot-avoid/   She also has a great list of “Legitimate Beading Pattern Websites” (click on the photo in the Sidebar to go there).  

I have NOT authorized anyone to sell OR teach any of my projects.  So, I hope you will respect my rights to my creative property by purchasing through my Etsy shop, and not sharing my patterns with others.  And, at the same time, protect yourself from a beading scam!

My new name is… “Stella Nova”

A few days after my first post, I noticed several other designers posting projects with the name “Starburst”.   Soooo…. since I haven’t taught this class yet, now is the perfect time to change my design’s name to “Stella Nova”.  And, I like this name better because it means “new star” – a perfect name for it!  Ciao!

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The first offering of the class is November 17, 2018 at Sea of Beads, 10:30-5:30 PM.

 

Holiday Spirit(s) at Halloween…

With Halloween approaching, I find myself thinking about Christmas treats!  I have several projects that I’ve thought about stitching in holiday colors, and I’m so happy to share them with you.  As a special treat, all the Holiday Stars and The Phoenix – Deco for the Holidays are 15% off in my Etsy Shop until after Thanksgiving weekend!

Xmas_PeaceStar_KLDFirst, “Peace for Christmas” is an additional colorway for the Peace Star.  I love the Bead Soup on this one!  A PDF with the bead colors/numbers has been added to the item listing.  Now, when you download, you will get two files.

The next project was the Heart Pagoda.  This pattern is not available yet because it’s sill an active class, but I had fun making a 3-color version in holiday colors.   If you took my class at the Fall 2018 Heart of Texas Bead Retreat, check your email in the next few days for some news on this colorway…

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The Phoenix – Deco for the Holidays is also on sale.  This pattern launched the Etsy Shop for me in 2017 and has been going strong.

My sincere thanks to all of you who follow me and support my passion for beading and teaching.

The Holidays are on the way… 

Happy Beading!

Introducing…. “Starburst”

I’m happy to share my latest star design – Starburst!  It is an open structured star stitched in two colors, with embellishment that is worked into the star as it’s assembled.   I liked the look of the 2.8mm drops to accent the points, but will continue to experiment with some other types of beads to see how they look.  The fun part about this star is that you can make it as shiny and bright as you like!  So many possibilities …

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The first offering of the class is November 17, 2018 at Sea of Beads, 10:30-5:30 PM.  It’s a full day class because I want students to have a strong understanding of creation, assembly, and embellishment before they leave.

Hope I see you there!