Friday, November 4, 2011

Passing On The Queen’s Cape

The Queen In All Her Glory Just for fun (and because I'm really not using it any more) I have listed my "queen's cape" on eBay.  I think it would be great as a Renaissance or Christmas Pageant costume! 

I just happened to wear it on national television (she says in casual passing). Ü 

It was in January of 2005 when HTGV came to my home to film me “Beading The World” for their show “Crafters Coast To Coast”.  It was an incredible and terrifying experience!  It took 8 hours to create the three projects I had submitted.  An African themed shaker card, a matching beaded pen and my favorite  an African themed treasure/jewelry box.

African Box When the show aired, it just worked out that it was on a Monday following our annual PWA spring retreat, so lots of my beadie buddies stayed over an extra night and we all went to watch my national debut on the big screen at The Lucky 7 Saloon in Kirkland, WA.

This is Marianne, Kelly and Susan


This is Lynn and Juliet.  Lynn passed away in 2007, so I really treasure this photo and the memories of her friendship and support.Lynn and Juliet at Showtime

Here’s a familiar face!  Michelle Mc (from our design team) and Sharon.  Michelle and Sharon at Showtime I randomly drew a name from inside the Africa box and Sharon’s sister was the winner!  (I think Sharon wrestled it from her though.)

Well that was a fun little stroll down memory lane, and all just to say, if you are interested you can view the robe on eBay  by pasting in the item #120805898276

And if it's your turn to be Queen then bid on it!  Ü

(If a beadie buddy wins the auction I have extra “queenly” goodies that I’ll tuck in for free! 


In The Beginning


In the beginning there were pens.  Sparkly, captivating and unique beaded pens.  I was in love and that is how Pennywise came to be.  True story!

I could never really count how many pens I’ve made over the years.  I tried.  It went like this:  An O’So Sticky Mega roll of tape (currently out of stock but hoping to make a come back!) made 240 pens.  Wow!  I’m sure that I went through at least 12 rolls if not more. Zowie!  240 x 12 = 2,880 beaded pens!  WHOA!   I think I am in awe of myself now!  Ü

I know there are a lot of artists making beaded pens for gifts and many even to sell in craft boutiques and on the internet.  Most of them get their micro beads from us because we have the best price and customer service there is!  (Toot-toot!)

I love when customers share photos of what they make with our beads, it’s so amazing to see what other people think of and do with PWA micro beads.  Julien LaBorde of Paisley Pens shared this brilliant photos with me and I quickly begged her to let me share them with you.  Her designs are so vibrant! 2photo 


Be sure to check out Julien’s Facebook page and “like” her to see more of her gorgeous pens!

Hugs, Suzanne

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Thanksgiving Collage Sheets

Today I give thanks for the opportunity to share our gorgeous Thanksgiving collage sheets!!  Created by Michele Aiello-Zendejas of Swing Shift Designs, our collage sheets can be purchased digitally or as a high quality printed sheet.

Layer these images on cards for beautiful yet quick and easy holiday greetings!  Which one do you like best?  Ü 


This one is my favorite!

500thanksgiving2Hugs, Suzanne

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Are You Selling Beaded Crafts?

IMG_1294    Hey!  Are you one of the many, many customers we love and cherish that make arts and crafts with our products to sell at holiday boutiques, craft fairs, shops, Facebook or other outlets?

If so, let me know!  I’d love to help promote YOU here on our blog, in our electronic newsletters, and Facebook.  We reach a huge audience and if I help you sell more stuff, you’ll buy more beads from me!  Win-Win!  Ü 

Contact me via email or leave a comment below with your email address and let’s talk!

Hugs, Suzanne

The photo is of my door wreath – I didn’t make it so I’m not sure what the beaded vegetables are supposed to be but it’s sparkly and I love it!  Ü

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Talking Turkey

Eat Ham My great aunt and uncle were once turkey farmers in Iowa, my dad’s home state.  I never visited their farm but they had a family tradition of sending crystal turkey candy dishes as wedding gifts, so yep I have one!  And whenever I think of turkey, I remember my family, the stories about their farm and of course my crystal turkey.  Oh!  And I also think about the turkey/Thanksgiving collage sheets we have for sale on the website too!  ;0)

Jean Sunderman created these three deeply rich collage tag examples for us to share with you!


Chipboard tags, Copper and Ultra fine clear beads, Thanksgiving Collage Sheets 1 & 2, O'So Sticky Tape Sheets and 1/4 tape, Various Fall color paints, Various flowers and ribbons, Rubber Stamps and Copper Embossing powder, Patterned Papers


Paint tags in various fall colors. (Jean used brown and pumpkin orange) Cut out various Thanksgiving designs from collage sheets.  Layer to card with patterned papers and flowers.

Turkey Tag 1

Orange Turkey Tag: Add patterned paper to tag. Distress with ink. Cut out turkey and cover with O'So Sticky Sheet. Trim and cover with ulta fine clear beads. Attach to tag. Add various flowers.

Turkey Tag 2

Orange Lace Tag: Boy with Turkey Collage Sheet was covered with O'So Sticky Sheet and covered with Ulta Fine Clear Beads.  Add Brown Sequined lace with flower made from coffee filter. (love the texture that adds!) Turkey Tag 3 Brown Tag: background was stamped with leaf design and embossed with copper embossing powder.  Cut out turkey collage sheet and edge with 1/4 O'So sticky tape. Add copper beads.

Jean, your work is stunning as ever!  I’m so glad that you sought us out “way back when”.  I’ve thoroughly enjoyed you and your artwork!  Ü

Hugs, Suzanne