Thursday, March 21, 2013

"For the Love of Beads"
Jewelry Design Contest
Sponsored by the Southern California
Local Bead Store Association

“Destinations” is the theme
for this year’s challenge.

Create an original piece of jewelry that is either strung, bead woven, or wire worked and displays your love of beads!

Stringing, Bead Weaving, and Wire Working Categories
• Two Winners Per Category in Each Region
• 18 Winners
• $100 or $50 Promotional Certificates

Contest is open to all customers and is free to enter.
Employees and family members of local bead stores affiliated with the
SCLBSA and professional and/or paid bead instructors are not eligible.

Entry Deadline: June 22, 2013
Please submit entry to your participating SCLBSA local bead store.

Winners Announced: June 27, 2013
All entries will be on display from June 27 - July 6 at store submitted to.

For more information visit:

Or visit the your local participating bead store.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Monica's Quilt and Bead Creations

We are so excited here at Monica's Quilt and Bead Creations! In January we announced that, after 20 years of being nominated, Better Homes & Gardens named us one of the top 10 shops in the country! I was beginning to feel like the Susan Lucci of the quilt world! Check us out in the Spring issue of Quilt Sampler, available May 7. In the meantime we are offering our customers a chance to pre-order kits for the quilt we designed for the article. Everyone is grinning from ear to ear as we plan a HUGE "Coming Out Party and Sale" for the weekend of May 10 -12! Here's the new logo we've added to our advertising.

Our bead classes are hummin' along these days--the hottest item? Wraps! We're making them with leather cord, waxed cotton or linen cord, and C-lon. Students incorporate all kinds of beads--anything with a hole large enough for the cord is fair game. We've been known to drill pearls to make them fit, but we are also adding lots of great beads and findings specifically for these projects. The lastest and greatest wrap designed by one of our teachers, Rose Mary Jameson, incorporates a watch face. She calls it the Watchful Band and we love it.

Here's a "Save the Date" for you--plan to spend an evening of jewelry-making fun at your local bead shop for Beader's Night Out on Friday, May 3. Reserve your spot--you'll a kit and free instruction.

We're also busy encouraging customers to enter the SCLBSA Jewelry Design Contest, "For the Love of Beads." Entries will be accepted until June 22. To see the complete contest rules and download an application, click here.

Since our last post, we've launched a new website--you can now sign up for our classes on line! And our Quarterly Newsletter is now in full color with photos of class projects. We've had a great response to these improvements. As my staff says, it's about time I joined the 21st century!

Monica's Quilt and Bead Creations
77-780 Country Club Dr., Ste. C
Palm Desert, CA  92211
(760) 772-2400