Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Attn Wire Workers - A New Book For You!

Weave, Wrap, Coil by Jodi Bombardier is filled with great new design ideas (not just repeats of things you have already seen)!  The words and graphs are easy enough for a beginner, but interesting enough for an advanced person. Come in for your copy today!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Congratulations Linda!

Congratulations to Linda Lower, the winner of the Turtle Soup Bead competition!

Thank you to everyone who entered, to everyone who attended today’s show, and to Kate Dunn (President of the Great Lakes Beadworkers Guild) for being our judge.

If you could not make it to the show, Susan left many new beads to tease you with, so come in soon!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

And The Winner Is...

Congratulations to Sue from Monroe, the winner of the Buckaroo Bead contest.  Sue won $200 to Stony Creek Bead for her necklace design.

Thank you to everyone who participated.  I was amazed by all of the different styles that you came up with.  I cannot wait to see what you do the the Turtle Soup contest!

A special thank you to Kate Dunn, President of the Great Lakes Beadworkers Guild, for being the judge.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Need inspiration for your next project?

Ideas are all around us, just be open to them! 

Mom & Zeke were just out for a walk and found these incredible leaves. 

I can just imaging a necklace make out of these colors.  Seed beads, stones, pearls….  I cannot wait to play! 

If you are still not feeling inspired, come in and we will help.  See you soon. 

Thursday, October 7, 2010

New Book: Making Elegant Jewelry for Special Occasions

It may seem far away, but now it the time to plan your jewelry for all of the holiday events that will soon be here. This book is filled with great ideas for those and other occasions.

Since this is from the editors of BeadStyle Magazine, there are projects for every skill level. Come in and get your copy today!

Looking for Base Metal Chains & Beads?

The shipment of base metal chain, findings & beads has arrived. We got a nice assortment in silver, gold, copper & brass colors.

We are having a lot of fun playing with the new items; come in and play too!

Jenn's New Fall Necklace

Pendant by Surroundings.  Lampwork by Buckaroo Beads.  Bead aligners, chain & findings from Stony Creek Bead.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

What Fun!

Thank you to everyone who made it to the Hager Studios Art Show today.  I cannot wait to see what you do with your treasures!  For those of you who could not make it, we have two trays of new beads from Susan.  Happy Beading!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Way to go Liz!

We just found out that our teacher, Liz Thompson, is going to teach at next year’s Bead & Button Show. Take one of her classes now, so you can say, “I knew her when…”

Dalal’s Dream on Sunday, October 24 at 11:30
Holiday Pendant on Sunday, December 5 at 11:30

Friday, September 24, 2010

Hager Art Bead & Jewelry Show

Hager Studios Art Bead Show
Saturday, October 2
10 am - 4 pm

Susan Matych-Hager, of Hager Studios, is known best for her incredible floral designs and her overall sense of color. Please join us as we host Susan and display her entire collection for this one-day event. Come early for the best selection!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

A Heartfelt Thank You

We wanted to say thank you to everyone who came to A Night With The Artist!  It was rather busy at times, so we did not get to spend as much time with everyone as we would have liked.  If you have any questions on designs, colors, etc, we are always happy to help you with that.

For those of you who could not make it, starting 9/18/10, we will have the new items from both artist on display.

Thanks again to all of our great customers and to our two very talented artists: Sandra Helm (of Buckaroo Beads) and Susan Bailey (of Turtle Soup Beads)!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Two New Books...

200 Beading Tips, Techniques & Trade Secrets. Trade Secrets? There are no secrets in beading! The more we teach you, the more we get you hooked :) This really is a good book especially for a newer beader.

Beadmaille. This book combines chainmaille and seed bead work. REALLY cool ideas! I think it is written for some one who has done at least one chainmaille project before. So, if you have not, take a look at our class list to see the upcoming classes.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

A Night With The Artists

Wednesday, September 15  ~  4-7 pm
No registration needed.

If you ever admired the art beads of Susan Bailey (Turtle Soup Beads) or Sandra Helm (Buckaroo Beads) but did not know what to do with them, this is for you.

During this one-night event, the artists will bring beads from their newest lines. This will be a much more intimate setting than their Trunk Shows, so you will be able to discuss design possibilities with them.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

New Items

New from the team at Surroundings Fine Art & Design: Ceramic Pendants. Owner & head designer, Acadia Hahlbrock, created these fun, whimsical, pieces with our customers in mind. I am sure they will make a great focal point for your next necklace. All of these pendants are one-of-a-kind, so make sure you come in to pick out your favorites today!

The new colors of seed beads are out.  Jenn is particularly happy to now have Mudbrick (her favorite brown) now in 8's and 11's.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

There are still a few places left in the BaBa WaWa Class. Call today to sign up!

BaBaWaWa Necklace (Space is getting limited!)    
Saturday, August 28        10:30-12:30      $30
Watching TV can be inspiring – Barbara Walters recently wore a necklace similar to this one, however the fun (but slightly irreverent) name is vintage Gilda Radner from SNL! Instructor: Sue Schwartzenberger

Sunday, August 15, 2010

New Classes... Are Now Here!

The September - December, 2010, class list is now available on-line (hard copies are to be mailed out by September 1).  Use the link on our class page to view and print your copy today.

People have already started signing up for classes, so if you are interested in a project, do not delay and sign up now.

If you have not already done so, please use the link at the right to sign up for our mailing list.  Thank you.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Attn. Embroidery Lovers:

New From Hidden Forest Gems… WOOD CABOCHONS. These hand cut cabs are so pretty that I want to keep them all for myself! I am especially impressed how light-weight these are (about a third of the weight as a stone of the same size).

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The Key to Happiness is found at Stony Creek Bead...

Well, these new keys from Susan Bailey, of Turtle Soup Beads, certainly do make us happy!

They are fun and whimsical in their own right, but add them to some of her other beads, and you have the makings for a stunning necklace!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Bead Aligners = No More Sloppy Designs.

Just in time for the Buckaroo Bead Trunk Show... We just received a shipment of TierraCast’s new Bead Aligners. These beads are specially shaped to fit on either side of a lampwork (or other large hole) bead to prevent wobbling. Jenn was skeptical at first, but now loves them! For now, we are keeping them in the display case with the lampwork beads, so ask us to see them next time you are in.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Road Update

The intersection of Stony Creek and Whittaker is now open.

Please, have patience as everyone learns how to navigate the new roundabout.

Remember, the speed limit is 15 mph.

Friday, June 4, 2010

New Easy Wire Magazine Just Arrived

The tag line on this special-edition magazine is, "Great wire jewelry made simple!"  That is exactly what I think of this issue.  Simple enough for a beginner, creative enough for a more advanced wire-worker. 

My favorite-- the two page layout of earring ideas. 

Come in and get your copy today!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Let's talk about color

Over the past two weeks we have had a lot of customers ask us how we come up with color.  The simplified answer is that it is all around us. 

Find you favorite photograph/painting; sit in your favorite part of the garden; pull your favorite shirt out of the closet.  Take a long, close look at the colors.  Now, look at the proportion of colors.  For instance, right now I love my garden.  There are several shades of green and just a riot of different purples... This was the inspiration for our Fantasy Flower Cuff!

If you need more help, we are always here for you.  Also consider the Beaders Color Pallet by Margie Deeb.  It has really opened my eyes to how I look at things.  Plus, on the right side of our blog we have a random color selector.  If you do not like what popped up, the click on "another" and find one that speaks to you.

Happy Beading!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Easier access to information:

To help stream line some of our information on the blog, some important changes have been made...
  • Notice the word "tabs" near the top. These will help you find important information faster. Such as class lists, contact info and more.
  • You can also now search the blog for key words by using the search box in the top right corner.

Need an idea on how to use the new Swarovski crystals?

Check out this ring that Jenn made!

This will be a class during the fall.  If you cannot wait until then, check out Laura McCabe's book on how to capture Rivolis.  The concept is the same.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

We knew it was coming, but it finally happened... the intersection of Whittaker and Stony Creek is now closed (for 5 weeks). So, to get from us, come in from the North. Stay in the right lane until you pass all of the construction signs. Make sure to use the main entrance as the last one is closed. See you soon!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Now THAT is a Swarovski!

Look at these "hunks" of Swarovski crystals that just arrived. We cannot wait to play with these beauties! There are only 24 of each on this first shipment, so come in soon to get yours.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

May - August Class List

In This Issue:

  • The May - August, 2010, classes featuring 17 new class projects, as well as some of our favorites. The summer schedule is lighter, so we are expecting the classes to fill up faster. Sign up for the classes you would like as soon as you can so you do not miss out!
  • New: The Second Tuesday Beginners Basics Series. This series was created for the beader who would like to explore the basics of needle and thread work. If you sign up and pay for all four classes, we will deduct $20 form your bill!
  • A summer full of shows. We are hosting one local artist a month. On these trunk-show-days, they will bring in their entire collection of beads for you to view, be inspired, fall in love with and purchase.
  • Our 5th anniversary is May 10th. Read more about the 5 Days of Celebrations in this issue.
  • Top 5 Reasons to take a class (vs learning on your own). An enlightening list for you to read.

Click on the link to the right to view and print your copy.

Friday, April 16, 2010

New At Stony Creek Bead

We received several new books and magazines this week. The Favorite Bead Stitches magazine is not only a great reference guide, but it comes with a tutorial DVD! We also got a new shipment of rivolis in. With names like crystal titan and green sphinx, you just know that they are incredible colors. Come see for your self!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

We are putting the finishing touches on the next newsletter. Be sure to get on the mailing list (see link to the right) to get your copy. This issue will be filled with new classes, anniversary sale info, trunk shows, and much more. So, sign up today! . Remember, our computer crashed so if you or your friends are not receiving the newsletter, please sign up again. . Thank you!!!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Yikes, I really need your help!

A couple weeks ago my computer died. After a lot of work (thank you Dad!), we got most of the information back. However, I did lose part of my mailing list. For those of you who signed up to receive my newsletter via regular mail (between August, 2009, and now) I have lost your information. Please, click on the link to the right to sign up for the e-mail version. If you prefer the regular mail then stop in, call, or e-mail us. Make sure to tell your friends too. Thank you!


It took us a couple of weeks, but all of the new seed beads are now out. Come in and see our newly expanded collection!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

For those of you who have not heard...

One night last week I stayed late and went crazy ordering seed beads. Yesterday, 212 pounds of beads arrived. It will take us a couple of weeks to get all of them tubed, labeled and on the wall but I wanted to tease you a bit... The picture is of the new Apollo line. This line combines matte, opaque colors with copper. We have had the top color for a while now and it is a fast seller so do not wait too long to get your hands on the new ones!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

New Beads from Turtle Soup Beads!

Susan Bailey brought in a new shipment of her incredible beads. Here is a sample of what she made with them. Wow!

Check out the new rivoli colors!

These beauties just arrived today. Remember, the scanner does not do Swarovski Crystals justice, so come in to see these for yourself.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

We are back from the Tucson buying trip!

We had such a good time and found so many great things for you! We are frantically pricing, labeling and hanging up what we got. Stop by often to see the new beads. (Hint: If you stop in each day to see what is new, you have a better chance of grabbing a new design before it is sold out.)
What was hot this year? Sparkles! People all over were wearing layers and layers of sparkly necklaces. We now have a huge selection of these incredible sparkly, nicely priced, glass beads. Some sets come on a wire so you can just add a claps for and instant necklace!
We really concentrated on quality over quantity this year. I think that is most evident in the pearls we bought. If you love pearls like we do, come in to see the incredible finds!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Congratulations Katherine!

Katherine just found out that her Bountiful Bracelet is going to be in Easy Beading vol 6. This book is due to be released in the spring of 2010.

Wood Goddess

Jenn's necklace is going to be in the "Your Work" section of the August, 2010, Bead & Button. The lampwork branch and pine cones are by Hager Studios.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

What is your New Year's resolution?

Did you promise too... Learn something new? Spend more time on yourself? Meet new people? Be more creative? I have a suggestion that will fulfill all of those resolutions at once... Take A Class At Stony Creek Bead! Click on the link to the right for a complete listing.

The results of the Buckaroo Bead Challenge are now in! Thank you to everyone who participated.

As you may recall, Sandra Helm, of Buckaroo Beads, will have her beads featured in the next issue of Beadwork (Feb/Mar, 2010). Our challenge to our customers was to buy the bead set and create a wearable piece of art. Here are the incredible results!