Monday, September 9, 2013

If life would calm down it would be wonderful but at this point in my life I think it is just going to keep going full speed ahead.

Summer is over and I was so silly to think that it would calm down a little bit so I could get caught up on a lot at the store but not so.  I'm glad I am busy but I just wish I could get caught up.

I've been getting in so many new beads that at this point I don't even know what is new!  I say I'm not going to order any beads until I get caught up and the next thing I know the phone is in my hand and I'm ordering beads!  I'm sure at this point someone has taken over my body because it truly could not be me ordering more beads when I don't even have all of them out from the last shipment or even the last few! Please take my phone and computer away from me for at least a week so I can get caught up!  New Beads  this is not really up to date as I have beads in a holding pattern to take pictures of and post on my website, but as Dory would say just keep on swimming, keep on swimming!  I have the girls singing this in the shop now.

CR Radding will be here the fist of October to teach some wonderful classes, I can't wait for her to get here we always have so much fun!

These are some pictures of the classes she will be teaching.  I have some fun classes coming up if you want to check them out.  Classes

Some of the new beads that came in are the aged stripe beads and I've been having fun crocheting them into a necklace, well I say crocheting but it is really just a chain stitch.  It takes longer to string the beads on than it does to chain them into a necklace.  If you want to know how to do this just stop by the shop and we will show you.
I always say I will try to blog more and then I never do so this time I will just say that I will write again when I can and carry my camera around with me so I can get pictures of the beads in piles on the table so you can get a glimpse of them all over the table.

Oh, another fun bead is the 2-Hole stud beads, I made a wrap bracelet with them and then a project came out in Bead and Button using them.  They really are beautiful beads and there is a lot you can do with them.
Now I will say goodnight and sweet dreams to everyone!
Love, Kandra

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Kandra's May Newsletter

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New Beads and What's Going On...
A lot of new Seed Beads and Czech Glass have come in and I am behind with my website as normal, all I can say is I am sorry and some day I will get caught up.  Click on this link to go to the New Bead section on my website.
I will be adding over 60 new 6mm Fire Polish beads as soon as I get the pictures taken.  If you come by the shop I have a lot of new items in and someday I will get all of them on my website!
I have now really filled the shop up with beads, Dennis is now hanging them from the ceiling! 
Jonna was here to teach her Goldie Bronze class and it was so much fun, thank you Jonna!  She is such a wonderful teacher and incredible artist.  She has a lot of us excited about this clay.  I ordered in bronze wire for CR's class so I can use it to make my Charmed Necklace, I want to add a lot of the bronze clay pieces I made to the necklace, now I can't wait for CR's class!  To check out Jonna's website click here.
I want to thank all of you for sticking with me over the years and it has been a long time.  I think I'm getting old, I'm not sure when it happened or even how because I'm always so busy that I don't pay attention to time. Ha-Ha
Anyway a heartfelt thank you for helping my business grow over all these years!
Below are classes and a lot of new beading projects from Kerrie Slade a good friend and wonderful bead artist, I hope you enjoy looking at everything.
Love, Kandra.

New Classes...
We have a lot of new classes coming up starting with Anja Schlotman, she will be teaching two of her classes A Touch Of Fabergè - June 1, 2013 and Après Cartier - June 22, 2013.  For information on Anja here is her website to check out click here.
Here are the pictures of the classes.
A Touch of Fabergè
Après Cartier
CR Radding will be here to teach her Charmed Necklace - June 8, 2012 and Blooming Rings - June 9, 2013.  For information on CR here is her website click here.
Here are the pictures for the classes.
Charmed Necklace
Blooming Rings
Liz Smith will be here teaching her Calorie Free Donut - July 13, 2013 and Triple Your Cuff Bracelet - July 14, 2013.  For information on Liz here is her website click here.
Here are the pictures for the classes.
Calorie Free Donut

Triple Your Cuff Bracelet
Here is a link for my website for the classes click here.  I will be adding more classes to my website in a few days, one will be a class to learn how to use a Loom and another will be learning to make a basket.
Don't miss out taking these fun classes it is a wonderful thing to learn!

Projects By Kerrie Slade...
Kerrie Slade is a wonderful designer and bead artist and a good friend, every time we talk she is busy beading something new.  I thought it would be great to share some of her new projects with you, some are free from Bead & Button and some of them are in a new magazine called Digital Beading Magazine.  If you want the projects in the Digital Beading Magazine you will have to buy them but I think the price is great at $4.95 per issue or a 6 issue subscription for $24.95.  I will add pictures and links for all of you to check out the new projects.  I also carry most of the beads for her projects.

Gumdrops in my Garden click here for the link.
Spikes in Bloom click here for the link.
Galactic Gumdrop Earrings click here for link.
Bohemian Bloom Brooch/Pin click here for link.
Floribunda Bangle click here for link.
Simply Spikes click here for link.
Hope you enjoy Kerrie's work as much as I do and you will love beading her projects.  Here is a link for Kerrie's website so you can see her other patterns that she sells.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013


Kandra's Beady Newsletter

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Kandra's Beads

March 11, 2013

New Beads...

I have received many new beads since my last newsletter, 11/0, 15/0, 8/0, Twin Beads, 3/0, Drops, Delicas and a whole new section of Czech Stripe Beads. Click on this link to go to the New Bead section on my website.

I will be adding a lot more spike beads in a few days.

A Great Start To This Year...

To start the new year I went to Tucson with Susan who owns Beads By The Bay in Morro Bay, CA. If you are close to this town, it is a must see bead store. Susan has her store packed with many beautiful beads and a wonderful garden in her back yard. You can walk around her store and then head out the back door to an enchanted garden. Her pond is beautiful, her address and phone number is, 333 Morro Bay Blvd. Morro Bay, CA 93442 (805) 772-3338

We stayed with Jenny Friske-Baer and I must say that her house and studio are beautiful! It was so great to see her and her husband and to spend time with both of them. They treated Susan and I very well, thank you again! Jenny will be at my shop for a Trunk Show on April 12,13 & 14, 2013. You will not want to miss this wonderful bead show. Jenny will bring all of her new glass beads that she makes and have them here for sale. Jenny is making new flower beads on wire and they are just beautiful, here is a picture of a few of them. Click here for Jenny's website.

Check out the classes and events for the next few months and if you are in the area please stop by and say hello. Don't forget I am closing on Monday and Tuesdays for right now. Come summer I will be open on Mondays but I will always be closed on Tuesdays. I have decided that even I need a few days off. It was a long, hard year last year and I need to start taking care of myself.

I have made up a fun word search game for you guys to try let me know how you do.

I hope health and happiness for everyone this year and may it be a stress free year for all of us!

Love, Kandra

Kandra's Beads, 1539 Mission Drive, Solvang,


Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Good News!

Go back to the doctors on January 8 to get out my stitches!  I can't wait they are driving me crazy!

The good news is it was not cancer but a large grapefruit size cyst.  When I woke up and saw Dennis smiling at me I knew it was good news.  Now I am minus my ovaries and a grapefruit and I can't tell you how happy I feel.

I really need to start making time to blog again and send out my newsletter, I am always so happy when I have done that.  My New Years resolution is to get better at making time for things like this and beading and making glass beads!

I want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for all the prayers and well wishes that you have sent me, it has really meant a lot to me!

I also have Jonna Faulkner coming the end of this month to teach a Goldie Bronze Art Clay class and I can't wait to learn how to use this new clay.  It is so beautiful when worked up and I haven't worked with Art Clay since Jonna came to my house in Clovis, that seems like years ago.  Jonna is the best teacher I have ever taken Art Clay from, when you leave her class all you want is another class from her, they are wonderful and she doesn't hold back anything in fact she gives you so much information that it is great!

Here is Jonna's website if you want to check out her work and a picture of what she will be teaching.