Saturday, May 30, 2009
Jenny Wilson (our trade show manager) was kind enough to pick me up and cart me around all day. She set up a nice lunch at her favorite Mexican food restaurant. Per Rashan's suggestion, at lunch I had a #1 combo. I can see why they both enjoy eating there, it was VERY good and I ate far too much for my own good.
I really loved the mountains that overlook the "burque" as my native friends call it. They are beautiful.
All in all, it was just a gorgeous day. Beautiful weather. Wonderful friends. Great work meeting. And THEN, I got to go right back home. That is my favorite kind of trip. FAST!
Gotta love the double mirrors in Jenny's van. She thought I was kooky for focusing in on them with my camera. Maybe I am. But, I think the double image looks so neat.
And finally, Jenny drove me the "Chevy on a stick" on my way back to the airport.
A big thanks to Jenny for putting up with me all day long. She is far too kind. We are very lucky to have her on the Soft Flex team.
Next week: Bead & Button in Milwaukee, WI. I leave Tuesday!
Bead & Button Show
Date:June 4 - 7, 2009
Midwest Airlines Center
400 West Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53203 Details: Thursday 6/4, 4pm - 9pm (preview night is only open to students and registered wholesale buyers)
Friday 6/5, 10am - 8pm
Saturday 6/6, 10am - 6pm
Sunday 6/7, 10am - 4pm
Admission: $9 each day
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Sponsored By: Soft Flex Company
Make sparkling chain-style earrings using sterling silver findings and decadent new Champagne Extreme Flex wire from Soft Flex Company-a recyclable wire from the first wire manufacturer to go green! You'll learn all about the wire, how to use it to enhance your jewelry designs and how to use crimping pliers to make all sorts of fabulous jewelry!
Class level: Beginner but anyone will enjoy!
Items to bring: None
You will also be able to find both Jamie and I in the Soft Flex booth with lots of fun ideas and demos to share.
CHA Summer Convention
Date: July 28 - 30, 2009
Orange County Convention Center
9860 Universal Boulevard
Orlando, FL 32819-8706
Details:Tuesday 7/28, 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 7/29, 9am - 5pm
Thursday 7/30, 9am - 4pm
Admission: CHA Members are FREE, non-members must pay a fee per/person. There are no sales at this show, only order writing. This trade show is open only to those in the Craft & Hobby industry. You can register online or onsite. If you choose to register onsite you will need to bring your business qualifications along with you.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Color Your World
by Tammy Powley on About.com
Tammy's design uses our Yellow Lemon Quartz Soft Flex and with 32 total color options between our multiple brands of wire, you can use yellow or branch out and try one of the other fun and brilliant colors. Soft Flex Company has the largest color assortment of any beading wire manufacturer. We chose our latest 10 colors (released in February 2009) to match some of our favorite gemstone colors. We literally picked the color by the gemstone (that was a fun project).
New additions for 2009:
Find these colors at a local bead store!
Remember ask for Soft Flex products by name as not all beading wire is created the same. :)
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Near Toronto in Scarborough - Canada
One of the nicest parts of my job is that I get to meet so many really cool people from all over the world. When I was in Canada, I got to spend some time with the ladies from BeadFX, who are always a pleasure to spend time with. Thankfully they were very forgiving because I was oh so tired from the time change. They went easy on me and just oohed and awed over the designs that I had displayed. They just launched the Trios and were very excited about all of the possibilities. Color, color....and more color.
They offer a wide range of classes and even private one-on-one classes.
Working for a company that has worldwide brand recognition in the beading industry is pretty neat. I count my lucky stars each and every day!
Oh wow, and after looking over the website a little more, I found this really neat example of steel tone Soft Flex vs. bright silver Extreme
What a great representation of the difference a color or a metallic finish can make in a design! Kudos to them! If live in or are visiting the Toronto area, I suggest you check out beadFX.
Soft Flex Company is blessed with the most amazing and talented graphic designers. Kristen Fagan our web graphic designer has most recently added a new feature on our website that I think is really neat. She added section in our School of Design with free art that you can download and print. She hopes to add to this monthly. There is a desktop/wallpaper, bookmarks, gift tags and design recipe cards. SO CUTE!
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Blog: My Book and Bead Challenges
She used Soft Touch for flexibility and added a seed bead between each larger pearl to give the appearance of knotting without all of the work. This simple design can be warn in a variety of ways. I enjoyed it and thought I'd share with you.
3 FREE Trios of your choice!
That's right ANY 3 Trios. You choose the colors!
Total retail value = $50.85-$71.85
Here's what you gotta do:
Help us get the word out about our new contest.
To enter to win, please blog about our new "Flex your Creativity" Beading Contest.
For your convenience - Right click, Save & Post picture:
FIND OUT MORE HERE!
(link to: http://www.softflexcompany.com/BeadingContest.html)
Feel free to expand and say more if you like. The only big rule is that it must link to the details page on our website for your fellow designers to find out more.
In addition, if you use the fancy artwork that Kristen created in your sidebar, I will enter you again. 2 entries!
Grab the html code for the button artwork and display it on your blog at the bottom of the contest page. Then, leave me a comment with a link to your blog! I will enter you to win 3 FREE Trios in your choice of color combination! If you blog about it more than once, let me know. I'll enter you as many times as you mention and link to the details page.
All entries (comments) for this giveaway must be posted by July 1st, 2009.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
I got to enjoy a treat today! I got to stop by the Rings & Things Trunk Show in Mesa, Az! If you are rock hound with a wholesale license and looking for good deals, this is the place to be. It was amazing, tables and tables of gemstone beads! There was far more than I had anticipated.
Of course, they had Soft Flex, Soft Touch & the Trios displayed. It is always fun to see our products in action!
To see when Rings & Things will be in your neck of the woods, check out their show schedule.
Here's more information....
Catch R&T at one of almost 100 exclusive Rings & Things shows in the continental U.S. per year! They are the only vendor at these shows. Bring your R&T invitation, or a copy of your resale/business ID for admission – these shows are wholesale only.
BeadTour shows are Rings & Things-only shows. Their road crew pulls into town, fills a large hotel banquet room with thousands of specially priced bead strands, and invites you in.
Monday, May 18, 2009
Not too pretty - but they are all mine. These are the first glass beads that I made with my very own hands and I consider them treasures.
5750 W. Glenn Dr, Glendale, AZ 85301
May 28, 2009 5:30-7:30 PM
$50 Per Person
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
Saturday, May 9, 2009
I was happy to meet the Editor of Canadian Beading, Alison Savage. I was even more delighted to see that the cover project for the latest issue (#6) uses our Serenity Trio. Wowza!
I got to meet and spend time with Pam from Tierra Cast as well as Doug from Unicorn Beads. They were both a treat for chit chat. I got to learn a lot about their product lines as they each introduced John Bead as their Canadian distributor. Here's Pam helping some customers with Make-it-Take-its. She was so sweet, all of the staff at Tierra Cast that I've had the fortune to meet seem sweet. What a neat company, full of neat people!
Designer Adela Kodonova from the Czech Republic was on hand to showcase the Jablonex beads. She was the designer for Runway 2008 at John Bead and is always full of smiles. She was excited to try our Trios in a few designs. I'm sure that she will make something fabulous!
Last night, we were treated to dinner at Wayne Gretzky's restaurant and tickets to a comedy show at The Second City in downtown Toronto. SEE - those John Bead'ers are REALLY great hosts and hostesses! It was so nice to laugh and I laughed hard. Although, I did not understand some of the Canadian jokes. But, there was a pretty funny impersonation of President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton. All in all, it was a long day and I was really exhausted last night but it was a happy exhausted.
Today, after I finished demo-ing and packed up I decided to drive back downtown and check out the CN Tower. It was really windy today and the clouds were moving around the city at the speed of lightening.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
The concierge told me that this is a crab apple tree. I grew up with these in Montana, but I haven't seen one blooming in years. Really, really, really pretty.
Now if I can only wake up and be to John Bead by 8am (5am PST time) - ugh! That means I have to get up at like 3:30am PST...double ugh, ugh!
Hello! I'm off to Toronto. I'm actually waiting at my gate right now. I will be demo-ing all of our fun new products at John Bead.
The following suppliers will be attending:
- Tierra Cast
- Soft Flex Company (ME!)
- Unicorne Beads
Customers who come into the John Bead Showroom on these two days and spend $800 or more will receive a $100 coupon that may be used towards future purchases!
Guest Speaker Douglas Ho will discuss How to Operate a Bead Business and make money in this Economy (Duration 30mins), Available: Fri May 8th 10am-2pm or Sat May 9th 10am-2pm.
I hope to get over to the CN Building for the first. It is either the tallest or one of the tallest buildings in North America. I hear that it has a glass floor, so you can look straight down. Scary! If I can jump out of a plane - I think I can handle the glass floor. We'll see!
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Our featured designer this month is
Selling in a Slow Economy
Beadwork Inspired by Art: Art Nouveau jewelry and accessories:
by Jean Campbell & Judith Durant
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