Sunday, December 21, 2014

The Business Chat : X - you are here

A while back I found myself in an unfamiliar shopping mall and desperately in need of caffeine. You have to understand, I HATE shopping malls at the best of times. Uncaffeinated is definitely not the best of times. And this mall? It was designed by the same people who build those gerbil habitrails. All I knew was that I kept walking in circles and I couldn’t find the Starbucks that I knew was there.

I stomped around getting really frustrated until finally I found a map.

I located the Starbucks, my destination on the map, and then ... ? You know what was missing? That little red X that says “You are here”.

The point of a map is to see where you are – X, where you want to go – Y, and plot a path to get there.

You need to know where you are in order to get where you want to go.

So… the point of this story. We were talking recently about you being in the drivers seat of your business. It’s up to you to decide where you want your business to go. You are picking your Y on the map and deciding on your destination.

Do you know where you are now? Does your map have a red X marks the spot?

It’s time to sit down and put your X on a map. Once you have both current location and destination, then you can plot a course for getting there.

Oh, another name for plotting a course? It’s called a business plan. See, it’s not scary or difficult. A business plan is simply a path to get you to where you have decided you want to be. 

Before you get to plotting your course, it’s time to put your red X on the map.

What does your business look like right now? Imagine that someone wanted to buy your business, how would you list it? It’s time to write this down. You need to know exactly where you stand right now.

Be honest with yourself with these questions. No one is reading them.

  • Describe your business right now.
  • What is your current income?
  • How is that income generated?
  • How much inventory do you have? Again, be honest here. Look around your studio, in all the nooks and crannies, how much stuff do you have. Inventory is not just work made, it’s all the raw materials that you’ve bought and stuff in corners so that you don’t have to admit paying for it. Inventory is also photographs and marketing materials that you own. It’s display stuff and booth stuff. It is everything that you can use in a business.
  • Do you have a website and what state is it in? How about social media, how many fans do you have on your facebook page, pinterest followers? How about your blog? What is the current state of your online store?

List EVERYTHING.

When you’re writing this stuff down you need to be honest and look at today. This isn’t about what it will look like in 6 months. If you plan on blogging daily but really have only posted twice in the past 3 months then write down, that you have a barely touched blog with 4 followers.


Now, go and get your handy notebook and trusty pen. Make your red X on your map. 

InspirationFX: Fit for a Queen





InspirationFX

Get your creative juices flowing


Fit for a Queen
by: Dwyn Tomlinson
Here's some serious bling that is seriously easy to make. This dazzling bracelet would look fabulous on any wrist from office party to award ceremony. Well - the office party might be a risk if they think you are making too much!

I chose a watery-sea-themed colourway, but you can go crazy with your own colour choices.

Glue the stones in, or set them in with a rolled sausage of epoxy clay - your preference.

Join the links with two jump rings, side by side - looks more substantial than just one.


















Components

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Need some help with some of the techniques? Check our tips page.

Friday, December 19, 2014

On Sale this Week 20% off thread ... you're going to need it ...

On Sale this Week

20% off

Thread

s23918 Thread - Size B Miyuki Nylon Thread - Harvest Gold (Spool)

You're going to need some thread to go with all those  Superduos!















 

 

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Super-Duper-Duos

s42514 Czech Seedbeads - 2 Hole Superduos - Silky Gold Iriss42524 Czech Seedbeads - 2 Hole Superduos - Pink Gold LusterLook - in the sky! It's a Bird!
It's a Plane!!
NO - it's ... SuperDuo! Faster than a speeding beader. More powerful than a spool of softflex. Able to bead whole necklaces ... it's the bead with the dynamic duo of holes, the twin holes of righteousness, the hero of beads - the SuperDuo!


s42512 Czech Seedbeads - 2 Hole Superduos - CrystalYes - you asked and we deliver. Oh boy - are we delivering! So brace s42648 Czech Seedbeads - 2 Hole Superduos - Jetyourself for an absolutely dazzling display of SuperDuos. Over 320 new colours. From Crystal to Jet, and everything in-between. (Like - Jet-Lined Crystal!)




s42862 Czech Seedbeads - 2 Hole Superduos - RubyFrom Ruby tos42687 Czech Seedbeads - 2 Hole Superduos - Opaque Lustre Cotton Candy Cotton Candy to Crystal / Mandarin to Matte Hyacinth Vitrail
to Topaz Gold Half Coat ... you see where I'm going with this, right? ;-) Just dive right into the rainbow ...

s42855 Czech Seedbeads - 2 Hole Superduos - Hyacinth Vitrail Mattes42598 Czech Seedbeads - 2 Hole Superduos - Topaz Gold Half Coat



s42553 Czech Seedbeads - 2 Hole Superduos - Colour-Lined Crystal / Mandarin



Oh, and to avoid confusion, we moved our selection of Twins - which are very similar - to their own page. Not because we love them less, but just because they are so similar ... what is the difference?
The difference is the Superduos are more exactingly made, and a little more substantial - they are a little heavier. And, as such, a little more expensive than their plainer cousins - the Twins. The Superduos also come in some more interesting finishes and colour variations. (based on Carolyn Cave's book (see below).
And, if you need some ideas for using them, we have a couple of books on that too!

s38313 Booklet -  Beading with SuperDuos - by Cynthia Newcomer Daniel (1)
Booklet - Beading with SuperDuos - by Cynthia Newcomer Daniel
Book - Beautiful Designs with SuperDuos and Twin Beads - by Carolyn Cave

s42896 Book -  Beautiful Designs with SuperDuos and Twin Beads - by Carolyn Cave
As a side note - I have to say - the real super-duo around here is Erin and Rochelle who packaged all these up - with some help from Malliga and Bonnie. Getting all these packaged and ready for today was a heroic feat!


See all the new items here!

Food Drive

If you are going to be dropping into the store - we are collecting for the Food Drive. No one should go hungry while others feast - and so we are collecting canned and non-perishable goods. Bring a non-perishable food item by December 22, and drop it off in the box by the Christmas Tree and we'll deliver it! (The box is looking nice and full - thank you to everyone - keep it coming!)

Holiday Closing

We will be closing at 3:00 p.m. on Christmas eve - and our store will remain closed over the next week, reopening Jan 2. As usual, our trusty computers will be standing by - ready to take your online orders over the holidays!
There will be no new product update for Christmas day, but there will be for New Year's day, at which point, I will be making the obligatory "haven't talked to you since last year" jokes. Ha ha.
Happy holidays to all, and to all, a Good Year! From your beady friends at BeadFX!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

One more day to take a whirl with a pearl -

20% off
Freshwater
Pearls


s39838 Freshwater Pearls - 2 mm Seed Pearl - Cream Pearl (strand)

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Like a pumpkin. Poof!

Happy New Year! Happy New Classes!

Yes, I know Santa hasn't arrived, candles haven't been lit and holiday festivities are just getting underway, but with 2015 just around the corner, I wanted to share with you the great classes coming up in January!

Two NEW classes are happening in early January with Pamela's new herringbone bracelet using two-hole beads, and with Angela's amazing new soutache component class. Both are familiar techniques but with a new spin (or swirl, as the case may be!).

Very special is the Meet the Teachers special event where you can meet several of our instructors and see for yourself the wonderful projects that will be taught in coming weeks. For each class you register for on this day, you will receive a draw ballot toward a $25 gift certificate! 1 class registration = 1 draw ballot; 2 class registrations = 2 draw ballots; and so on. Plus, there will be draws throughout the day. At this time we have 20 confirmed instructors coming to show and share their projects with you! For complete information about the event and who is coming, see the January 10 class webpage.

 The following classes are scheduled January 2 - 15:

Thursday, January 8
NEW Roses Among the Thorns
Instructor: Pamela Kearns
6:00 - 9:00pm

 

Saturday, January 10
FREE Meet the Teachers Special Event
10:00am - 3:00pm





Sunday, January 11
NEW Soutache Swirl
Instructor: Angela Peace
11:30am - 3:30pm

Complete information about each of these classes, including course descriptions and fees, can be found in the individual class webpages. Click on 'Classes' and go to the January class calendar.

Bring your projects and join us at our FREE open beading sessions:

Wednesday, January 7
Open Bead Night
Facilitators: BeadFX staff members Bonnie Cottingham, Pamela Kearns or Malliga Nathan
6:00 - 8:00pm

Thursday, January 8
Thursday, January 15
Afternoon Bead Tea
Facilitator: Pamela Kearns
1:00 - 3:00pm

BeadFX is proud to offer these free open sessions. In return, we ask that you use our merchandise in our facility. Thank you.



Monday, December 15, 2014

InspirationFX: Mix it Up



InspirationFX

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Mix it Up
by: Rae Huggins
The first time I saw the Hexa-Nuts, I wanted to use them right away but held back. Today they were yelling and screaming out my name "Rae, Rae come and play".

Simply string on the components onto approximately 50cm of white leather and add a coiled spring end on both ends. Finish it off by adding the toggle and you're good to go. Enjoy!!!!

















 

Components

Go to our components list for this project and to buy what you need!
Need some help with some of the techniques? Check our tips page.

The Business Chat - So where are you going?

Well heck, that was a busy season wasn’t it? If you’re in the crafty business you’re now winding down from the sales season (although those last minute online orders are still coming in). Now we can turn our attention to actually having a life and enjoying our holidays. 

But wait! Not so fast my friend. Just because you’re not selling as much now doesn’t mean you can stop working, it just means that it’s time to switch the focus of work. 

When you’re super busy selling and making you are working IN your business. While you’re working IN the business it’s all you can do to keep up with orders and phone calls and emails and supply runs and website updates and so on and so on and so on. 

Now that the year is ending this is the time when you need to step back and spend a little time working ON your business. Yes, it’s time for the annual review and business planning session! Oh boy! 

It’s incredibly important to take some time and set down in writing what you are trying to achieve and how you will do this. Intentions and goals are the key to success. Remember, this is YOUR business, if you haven’t any idea of what success is no one does. It’s your job to decide what your version of success is. 

Imagine getting in your car and having no destination. You just randomly drive and drive. You get nowhere. Occasionally that might be what you want to do but on a daily basis? It’s no way to live and it’s no way to succeed in business.

You need to know where you are going.

You are in charge of where you are going. You get to pick the route. You decide.

It’s your business, you make the calls. Sometimes life will throw a curveball at you and you have to change your path (hello recession!) but ultimately it is up to you where your business will go and how you will get there.

Before you can plan out your route you have to know your destination. This time next year what does your business look like?

I want you to stop and ponder this for a bit. Grab a notebook and a pen. (Great excuse to buy a lovely new notebook!) Really spend some time on this one because this is super important.

Here’s your homework. Write a letter about what 2015 brought you professionally. Then describe your business as of December 31, 2015.

As you write this you may notice a little voice in your head saying stuff like “you can’t do that, you don’t know how”. Or you may finish every sentence with a “but” and a reason why you can’t. Do not listen. This is an exercise in possibilities. Your inner critic has no place here.

Think about what your work will look like. Did you create a solid body of work? Maybe you built a good collection. Or took some great classes and learnt a new skill.

Think of what your work space will look like. Will you work alone at home, or in an outside studio? Do you have an assistant?

Where will you be selling? Did you do any craft shows in 2015, if so how many? How did they go? Maybe you finally got a new website or opened an Etsy shop. Speaking of sales did you hit your target numbers?


On December 31 2015 what do you want your business to look like?

Sunday, December 14, 2014

InspirationFX: Ring Royale



InspirationFX

Get your creative juices flowing



Ring Royale
by: Dwyn Tomlinson
I am fascinated by the Rivoli stones - they are just so dazzling.

It occurred to me that just one by itself in one of the rivoli stone mounts could make a handsome ring.

The construction of this is exactly like making a necklace or bracelet - Use a crimp to secure the beading wire to the loop, cover the crimp with a crimp cover, string on the metal seedbeads (I have stress tested these in the past - they are remarkably durable), check the size, and finish with another crimp and cover.

The flexible band makes it surprisingly comfortable too!



















Components

Go to our components list for this project and to buy what you need!
Need some help with some of the techniques? Check our tips page.