As you can already tell I have changed up the newsletter. I started using a new format a few months ago but it turns out that it was more trouble than it was worth. So, each week I will send out an email with a link letting you know that a new newsletter is up. All you have to do is click and read. Or, just check back every week for a new post. I have had to do a lot of thinking over the last few weeks. I am 29 years old and I honestly cannot tell you an exciting thing that I have done outside of work in the past year. I have used all of my time and energy and put it into the shop. With the way the economy has been it has taken every bit of my energy to keep us afloat. It seems like each week it takes more and more and I have less and less to give. To say the least, I have gotten very burned out. So, I have decided to step back a little bit, take a deep breath, and look at what's really important in my life. I have tried to do so much that I have found that what I am doing, I am not doing well because I don't have the time to prepare for everything. So with that being said, I am sad to say that first of all this Saturday at our Christmas in July Sale, I will not be doing any demos but we will have all of our new Christmas items out and available for purchase. We will have refreshments and free goodies as well as each customer will receive 20% off of their total purchase. This discount excludes pre-made jewelry, consignment, and classes. I hope that many of you will be able to attend because we have some wonderful new kits for the 2010 season. Be ready to hear your favorite Christmas Tunes and munch on some Snickerdoodle Cookies! Another exciting detail about Saturday is that it will mark the start of our Gemstone Trunk Show. One of our distributors is sending us a box this week full of new Gemstone Goodies. These gemstones are strung on 8 inch strands and no strand will be over $15.00. We will have the show for about a month but the good beads will get gone fast!
Another change you will be seeing is that I am cutting back on the number of scheduled classes that I teach. Instead of 3 or 4 a week, you will now be seeing a weekly average of 2 classes. I know this will work out better for me because I am teaching a lot more one on one classes during the day but it will also work out great for those of you who try and take a lot of the classes. I am going to try and have a good variety of classes and it is my hope that with having a little bit of extra time, it will allow me to venture into new techniques to learn to teach you guys. Sammy will have the August Class Schedule on the website later today. To see the schedule check out www.offthebeadedpathbeadstore.com and click on classes. There is a new deposit policy so please be aware of that when signing up for classes. To sign up for any of the August classes you can do so online or you can give us a call. Some of the classes have already started filling up so when you get a chance later today check it out.
We have two great classes for this week. On Thursday I will be teaching the Crystal O Ring Watch class from 6-8. This class is $45.00 and includes all of your supplies. In this class Students will learn how to make a beautiful watch band out of jumprings, crystals, and rubber O rings. Then students will learn how to attach the watch face and the clasp. This is a really interesting watch band to make and it looks great when you wear it.
On Saturday, along with our sale, Tina will be at the shop teaching how to make some beautiful Wire Wrapped Pendants. This class is from 10-1 and costs $30.00. The Class cost includes all of your supplies. In this class Tina will be teaching students how to skillfully wire wrap a pendant so that it looks amazingly different. Each piece will be unique in it's own way. This class is great for students who are wanting to start dabbling in wire work. To sign up for either of these classes be sure to call us at 245-0306.
And finally, we have our last Try-It-Tuesday coming up tomorrow from 4-7pm. This week I will be teaching how to make fun coraling necklace. Summer is great for coraling effect type pieces and they are easy to learn and make. Be sure to stop in and learn this new technique.
I hope each of you have a blessed week and I hope to see you Saturday!