Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Holiday Party at Oskadusa!

Please join us for OSKADUSA's 3rd Annual Holiday Open House!  We'll be open from 6:30 to 9 PM on Thursday, November 29 to celebrate the season. 
Some of the best jewelry artists in San Diego will be on hand to offer their fabulous hand crafted pieces, including:
Sarah Benelli~ trendy, stackable macramé and ball chain bracelets, sterling and gold filled earrings, fabric bags perfects for tools or cosmetics
Susan Blessinger~ Steampunk industrial chic and beaded jewelry; Susan was a finalist in the Bead and Button Bead Dreams 2010 competition.
Liz Burke~  luminous necklaces and bracelets using rhinestones, vintage elements, pearls, and sparkling pyrite
Phyllis Fogel~ sophisticated seed bead work, Chain Maille, and PMC;   Phyllis is an accomplished beader who has been published in both Bead and Button and Beadwork Magazines.
Lana Johns~ pearl and wire crochet jewelry and her fabulous signature needlewoven necklaces
Sandra Younger~ ethnic, knotted waxed linen and leather jewelry.  Sandra is the inventor of the Knotty Do~It~All~Board, a must-have tool for endless knotting possibilities.
See a preview of the artists' work on the Oskadusa Events Page or on our Facebook Page
This is no ordinary trunk show; these are truly one-of-a-kind designer pieces you won't see anywhere else.  You'll want to shop for holiday gifts for all the women on your list, yourself included.  Of course we'll be serving all kinds of treats and libations; we'll have ourselves a time.
JUST ADDED! A trunk show brimming with high quality bronze, copper, and white bronze beads, cones, ear wires and clasps. Here for 1 Week Only; making their debut on Thursday night. Shop early for the best selection!
Also, ALL seed beads will be 30% off~ it's a great opportunity to stock up!
To thank you for stopping by, you'll be automatically entered into our raffle to win a Free beading workshop!
Please RSVP by November 26th so we'll know just how many people will join the party.  Bring your friends too; everyone is welcome. 
We'll see you here!
Lauren and the beadgirls

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Dancing Bear Thanksgiving Sale and Holiday Hit List Craft Show

 On behalf of the
Southern California Local Bead Store Association,
we wish everyone a safe and filling Thanksgiving Holiday.
Blog topics:

Dancing Bear Thanksgiving Sale
Shop Small Saturday, Nov 24
6th Annual Holiday Hit List-Craft Show
Dancing Bear Thanksgiving Sale, November 23-25, 2012

Dancing Bear Indian Trader will have a Thanksgiving Sale. We will be announcing on our website on Thanksgiving Day all of the items on sale, and the gift with purchase promotion that will go on all weekend.
Coffee and Doughnuts to early birds on Friday. We will be giving away glow in the dark bracelet kits to the kiddies that come along. We will have special hours: Friday-Saturday 9am-7pm and Sunday 11am-6pm.

 Shop Small on Saturday, November 24, 2012

Don't forget to Shop Small Business on Saturday with American Express. We do accept AMEX so you could get the $25 credit on your statement! Here's a link for more information:

 Last but not least! The 6th Annual Holiday Hit List!

The 6th annual Holiday Hit List is organized and hosted by the San Diego North Park Craft Mafia and offers a great way to shop local and handmade. Come out December 2nd for this holiday social and shopping experience – best part it's a FREE, all ages event. You can take a break from the holiday hustle and listen to some live music from Ivan Cheong from SobiTV.com as he sings for toys to benefit the families of the Troops 1-18 PH Calvary RSTA. Please bring a new toy donation and get an extra free door ticket
to our Craft Mafia Drawing with awesome prizes from all the amazing vendors you will find at the event. We will start drawing winners at 2pm, but don’t wait come early because the first 100 families will receive a free swag bag, one per family. Then get crafty with us as you choose if you are a Grinch or a Santa this year and make a mask to show your true colors. The fun starts at 12 noon Sunday December 2nd and runs until 6pm at the Barracks 17 Event Center in the historic NTC Promenade at Liberty Station, 2710 Historic Decatur Rd San Diego 92106. Free parking and tasty treats offered nearby and throughout the Promenade. Avoid the mall crowd and give your friends and family handmade and unique gifts this holiday season.

Have a great weekend! 

Dancing Bear Indian Trader
1016 West Valley Parkway
Escondido, CA 92025

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Garden of Beaden Anniversary Sale

Garden of Beaden
Anniversary Sale
Saturday Nov. 17th
Celebrating 14 Years!!!!

We really want to thank everyone that has come into our store to share their positive energy and time creating, laughing, listening and dreaming with our family. Our customers are simply the best! We look forward to serving you for many years to come.
This Sat. 17th we will have lots going on. Discounts, drawings, free demos and much more!
Please join us.
The Sanchez Family

 Website Announcement
We have been unable to get into
our website for a while, so it is real out of date.
I will do my best to keep you updated through our e-mails. We our working on this problem.
Sorry for the inconvenience.

Garden of Beaden
313 N. Second Ave
Upland Ca. 91786
(909) 949-7107 
For daily updates you can
Find us on Facebook

Friday, October 19, 2012

Beadahs.....formerly Beadniks

The store you have known as Beadniks Santa Monica is changing its name to Beadahs. After 5 years with the franchise group, the two Beadahs -- mother-daughter duo: Ermie and Shannon -- are declaring independence and go at this business of beads on their own.

Allow us to wax poetic/literary: Puns, as you have indubitably noticed, are rampant in the bead business. "Beadahs" is a cross-lingual pun. In Tagalog, the main dialect of Ermie's home country, the Philippines, "bidas" means "heroes." Should you happen to be from Boston, you may pronounce "beaders" like "beadahs." Or maybe if you're Hawai'ian, our new name may sound familial like "bruddahs."We are abiding by Shakespeare’s words in “Romeo and Juliet,” “What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”

We are in process of creating a website: www.beadahs.com. We are creating a Facebook page. We are ticking things off our to-do list one at a time. Bear with us in our transition. Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Beadology Bead Company!

We had so much fun this year with the Bead Shop Hop!  It was so much fun we can hardly wait until next year's hop.  Since the hop ended, we've been slowly adding to our ever growing lucite flower collection.  We have a colorful wall of flowers in an array of sizes and colors and shapes...

We've also been busy creating a few new kits using the flowers.  They are so much fun!  And they come in a cute little package with some pretty colored baker's twine! 


Hope to see you soon! 

Erin D
Beadology Bead Company
16085 Goldenwest St
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
(714) 841-8242

Monday, October 1, 2012

We can hardly believe it, but it's true: Oskadusa is turning 21!  Yep, its' finally happened.  Our little girl is all grown up.  We've been open for 21 (!) years, and it's time to celebrate with friends.  Please join us this Friday evening, October 5, from 7 to  9 PM for  food, cocktails and fun.   It's our way of saying thank you for all the love and friendship you've shared with us for so long.  We couldn't have done it without you, and we can't wait to see you Friday night!
Of course, we're at 243 North Coast Highway 101 in Solana Beach.  There are 2 parking lots in the back, behind the Boardwalk.  Please be patient with the construction out front~ the Malibu Bay Breezes will be worth the effort...

xo Lauren and the beadgirls

Bring this invite to the shop anytime over the weekend for 21% off your purchase, because we love you.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Congratulations 2012 Bead Shop Hop Winners!

2012 Southern California Local Bead Store Association Bead Shop Hop Winners

Grand Prize:
Vacation at Inspirations at Big Bear Lake, $500 SCLBSA Gift Certificate, Gift Basket
& Bedazzled Gumball Machine filled with beads.

Winner: Rebecca R., Buena Park

Three Runners Up Prize:
 $250 Gift Certificate, Mini Gumball Machine filled with beads.

Winners visited all 27 stores.
Winner 1:  Connie S., Yorba Linda
Winner 2.  Elaine M., Diamond Bar
Winner 3.  Margaret H., National City

Region Prize
Set of  Lindstrom Tools
Winner visited an entire region.

Region 1: Kay B., Lake Balboa
Region 2: Jack O., Oceanside
Region 3: Jessica H., Fallbrook

27 Store Gift Baskets:
Winner participated in the shop hop. And visited the store whose basket s/he won
1 - A Rolling Stone:  Wanda D., Palm Desert
2 - Bead Boutique: Rhonda B., Encinitas
3 - Bead Gallery: Susan C., Indio
4 - Bead Island: Janet D., Temecula
5 - Bead It!: Judy S., Pomona
6 - Bead Station: Rosie T., Ontario
7 - Beadiak: Kathy S., Bakersfield
8 - Beadniks: Linda S., Torrance
9 - Beadology: Roxanne D., Long Beach
10 - Beads & More: Gilbert D., Palm Desert
11 - Beads, Crystals & More: Karen A., Mira Loma
12 - Beads of Paradise: Amanda E., San Diego
13 - Beadtopia: Judy L., Reseda
14 - Brea Bead Works: Katie M., Upland
15 - Creative Castle: Katie C., Ventura
16 - CT's Beads 'n Things: Karen D., Devore
17 - Dancing Bear Indian Bead Trader: Pat L., La Mirada
18 - Garden of Beaden: Cheri P., Palmdale
19 - Monica's Quilt & Bead Creations: Christie O., Lakewood
20 - Mountain Beadworks: Tammi R., Perris
21 - Ocean Sky Beads, Carlsbad: Charles B., San Diego
22 - Ocean Sky Beads, Oceanside: Rebecca K. San Marcos
23 - Oskadusa: Doris P., San Pedro
24 - P and P Beads: Elaine O., Oceanside
25 - Phebie's Needleart: Barbara A., Palm Desert
26 - San Gabriel Bead Company: John V., Ontario
27 - The Black Bead: Teresa G., Ramona

Winners were selected as such:
Grand Prize and Runners Up: All passports with all 27 stores' stamps were put in a huge tub. The grand prize winner was drawn by the store owner who housed the bedazzled gumball machine. The runners up were drawn from the same tub by the store owners who had the top three highest number of hoppers.
Regional Winners: All submitted passports are in the tub. Each regional director drew passports until she had a passport that indicated her specific region was complete. Each unqualified passport was returned to the tub to be eligible for the next region's drawing.
Store Basket Winners: All submitted passports are in the tub. Each store owner drew passports until a passport with her/his store's stamp was on the passport, meaning that the winner had visited said store. Each unqualified passport was returned to the tub to be eligible for the next store's basket.

Thanks so much to you for your participation in this super fun event! We truly appreciate your support of your local bead store!

We are already working on 2013's Bead Shop Hop. Feel free to share your comments and suggestions to your home store's owner.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

A message from Scott at Brea Bead Works

Our blog is getting active with postings about bead projects and trends. I have the opportunity to post information about our store, Brea Bead Works, but I want to take this time to talk about the biggest event going on right now in the bead world. It’s the Southern California Bead Shop Hop. We are so pleased to bring you the largest Bead Shop Hop in the United States.

Even though there’s one more week of the Bead Shop Hop, the bead store owners in the association want to “THANK YOU.” The association has built the Bead Shop Hop to highlight member’s stores because they’re all so different. The owners and staff of each store appreciate you supporting the locally owned businesses. 
These stores are here to educate and inspire your love for beads. We understand in today’s world you have many options to buy from, but please think about visiting your local bead store before you purchase on-line or from a catalog. While the stores can’t carry every product available, the stores can meet your every day needs. Many of these stores have trunk shows featuring quality products not normally carried that spice up the stores selection. They do this for you. If you don’t see what you’re looking for please ask. The stores are interested in hearing about your needs and if they don’t carry that particular item they will refer you to another store that might have it. 

As stated by a movement called the “3/50 Project” the idea is to think about three locally owned businesses in your community. Now imagine those businesses gone! Your favorite restaurant, spa, or even favorite bead store. Gone! You would be sad. Now go visit those businesses and say “THANK YOU.” These businesses are there for you. If you spend $50 or more at each business per month you would make a huge impact to our economy and effectively keep your local economy strong. It would keep people employed, keep retail spaces leased, and the majority of the tax money will stay in your local community, which is definitely needed these days.

 2012 Beader's Night Out Project
Our goal as an association is to bring you events like Beaders’ Night Out, which is our opportunity to thank you for your support. We offer special Make N Takes and fun promotions. We also offer a jewelry design contest called “For the Love of Beads”, as well as other exciting events. Our mission is to offer you the best customer service, fair prices, and a creative and inspiring environment to be nurtured in.
Happy Beading!!

Brea Bead Works
1027 E. Imperial Hwy, D-5
Brea, CA 92821
Phone: (714) 671-9976

Thursday, September 13, 2012

CT's beads n Things

WOW! What a great weekend we had being part of  the Bead Shop Hop. We were very excited and working hard to get ready for this event.
We were so happy to see all of the returning shop hoppers that have done the shop hop for 3 years now. (Can you believe it has been 3 years?) It was very exciting to meet all the new shop hoppers that decided to join in on the fun. Everyone was excited about the movie themes, ours is Avatar and yes we do paint our faces like avatars and have long black braids.
We are so happy that there are so many hoppers that decided to participate this year. We appreciate your efforts in coming to meet us way out in Lancaster, we know it is a long drive for you. We also want to thank all the shop hoppers for supporting us and all their local bead stores. Where would we be without you?
Well that's all for now, we need to get ready for this weekend of shop hopping. Hope to see more hoppers.

CT's Beads N Things
43791 15th St. West
Lancaster, CA 93534
Phone: (661) 729-9450

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

What's new at Bead Gallery....

Bead Gallery is so excited the Bead Shop Hop is finally here!!  Starting this Friday, September 7th, we are participating in our 3rd annual Bead Shop Hop sponsored by SCLBSA (Southern California Local Bead Store Association).  We can’t wait to see our customer’s faces as they walk into our store and see the transformation.  If you have never participated in a Bead Shop Hop before, this is a great year to start.  This year there is a movie theme and without giving away our selected movie, you’ll just have to stop by the store and see it for yourself!   We will be offering goody bags to anyone who makes a $15.00 purchase, plus lots of raffles and prizes just for stopping by.

Also, just in time for the Bead Shop Hop, we have ALL Czech glass beads on sale for 20% off and we just received a new shipment of more Czech Beads today.  We have a semi-precious trunk show going on now that’s worth checking out as well.  We’ll have free demo’s and several free classes available throughout the month.   Check out our Facebook page for updates on the free classes.

This year is significant for our store.  In December we will celebrate our 10th anniversary! Once we have the Bead Shop Hop behind us we will begin planning the celebration festivities for this awesome accomplishment.  We hope you will join us for that. Keep any eye open for upcoming events to celebrate this milestone with us. Check out our website, join our email list and like us on Facebook for the latest updates on our store.

The SCLBSA San Diego region participated in a “Beaders Give Back” craft donation drive. We collectively received beads, craft supplies, monetary donations as well as new items on the “Wish List” from The Polinsky Children’s Center of San Diego.  We had an unbelievable response from so many of our wonderful giving customers. Thank you to all our customers who gave from the heart.   Many of them brought in bag loads of craft supplies, fabric, buttons, beads, new products and many NEW items from the “Wish List”.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Exciting Week Ahead at your local bead store!

As Monica mentioned previously, a number of theSCLBSA store owners are having a mini-retreat at Inspirations in Big Bear today (8/13/12) totest the waters, so to speak, for our future Bead Shop Hop grand prize winnerwho may be YOU!

It's going to be a fun and busy week with our storesraising funds for various worthy charities and a bead swap at select stores onSaturday, Aug. 18.

The LA/Ventura region of the SCLBSA chose The Art of Giving Foundation, anewly formed charity that uses art to help teach children the importance ofcompassion, empathy and helping others. They encourage and assist children ofthe world in helping other children in need, through the use of free artprograms. Through their art, the children in the Art of Giving programs willlearn to use their skills to help not only themselves, but other groups ofdeserving children, both here in the U.S. and around the globe.

Resin & Leather Necklace Kit at Beadniks. 50% of proceeds go to Art of Giving Foundation.

Participatingstores in the LA/Ventura region:
Beads of Paradise (Ventura)
Beadniks (Santa Monica)
Beadtopia (El Segundo)
CreativeCastle (Newbury Park)
CT’s Beads and Things (Lancaster)
San Gabriel BeadCompany (Arcadia)

Contact your local store to seewhat they have planned for you.

Stretchy Bracelet Kit at Beadniks. 50% of proceeds go to Art of Giving Foundation.

We are raising money by selling kits, card-stockhands for you to write your name on and post throughout the store(s) and collectingloose change in a jar.

Beadniks will have a reception on Friday, Aug. 17 from 5to 8 p.m. where Art of Giving will sell some of the children's creations.

Call Beadniks at 310.395.0033 for more details.
Waxed Linen Charmy Bracelet Kit at Beadniks. 50% of proceeds go to Art of Giving Foundation.
203 Arizona Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone: (310) 395-0033

Monday, August 6, 2012

What's going on in the Desert at Monica's?

    It's hot outside but it's cool at Monica's Quilt and Bead Creations in Palm Desert. Enjoy cool savings this month on all our classes & supplies! We're giving anyone brave enough to weather the heat 10% off classes and 20% off supplies for the month of August.
    We're so excited that Deb Benson is coming back to town and will teach a fabulous class on September 11 that combines her love of metals with her love of book making. Learn to make a Mini-Book Pendant with Deb--check our website for the details, www.monicasquiltandbead.com. Kits will be available during the Bead Hop. Isn't it darling?

      Some of the bead shop owners are heading up the mountain on August 11 to check out Inspiration at Big Bear Lake, the retreat center that's the Grand Prize for the September Bead Shop Hop. I'm sure you can understand why it was SO necessary for ALL of us to check it out, just to make sure our winner will be happy! (Don't tell anyone, but I've already been there--you're gonna love it.)
      Speaking of the Shop Hop, we're getting ready--choosing our Make it-Take it projects and the goodies for the goody bags. Time to line up your car pools for the Hop--you won't want to miss a single store. Maybe we'll include a way to use our terrific new real metal seed beads--honestly, I'm in love with them and have been trying to sneak them into every project I make. We have them in 11's, 8's and 6's, polished, matte, and antique in silver, pewter, nickel, zinc and copper.
      Seeing as how I'm a quilt shop too, I wanted to just touch on our quilt side. We've finished 2 of our 4 weekend retreats with over 60 enthusiastic quilters each weekend, all having the time of their lives at the fabulous Esmeralda Hotel here in Indian Wells. Our theme this year is Winter Wonderland, so our mystery quilt is called Tracks in the Snow. This year, a record number of participants finished piecing their tops before it was time to go home! Everyone has already signed up for next year!
     We're not just about quilting on our quilt side--how about trying your hand a mixed media project that's perfect for embellishing with beads! Take Mary Gorfine's Girlfriend Wallet class on Friday, August 10. Check out the website for more information. http://www.monicasquiltandbead.com/Pages/GuestQuiltngArtists.aspx

 Here's to a week of beading creatively!    ---Monica

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Beader's Give Back!

It's time for beaders to give back. The Southern California local bead store association will be:

Region 1 member stores local charity: The Art of Giving Foundation

Region 2 member stores local charity: City of Hope

Region 3 member stores local charity: The Polinsky Center

All of the stores will be collecting donations. Please contact your local store for information.

Monday, March 12, 2012

We're growing!!

We are excited about the news that Ocean Sky Beads will be opening their second store. The new store will be located at 630A Grand Ave, Carlsbad, CA. Looking for an opening around first weekend of May so keep up the news by following us on the blog or our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/sclbsa

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Happy Leap Day! and more...

It only happens once every four years! A Leap Day is a perfect way to get an extra 24 hours of beading in. What will you be working on?

Spring is just around the corner. Save the dates for some upcoming events.

March (entire month) is Craft Month. Go out and learn a new beading technique. Take a workshop you have always wanted to take. Have fun!!

May 4 - Beader's Night Out - The members stores will be featuring another special night with lots of fun and food!! More information to follow!

Beader's Give Back Week - August 14 - 18 - The members stores will be having Make N Takes and more during this week of giving back to the community with fundraising events. Plus, a BEAD SWAP! What is that? You bring your stash of goodies and swap them with others to gain more goodies! Now that's fun!!

Southern California Bead Shop Hop - Bigger and Better!! We have added one more weekend to the hop. Save the weekends of September 7-9, 14 - 16 & 21 -23 for your adventure.

Keep following us for all the details.

Friday, February 10, 2012


2012 Design Contest

Sponsored by the Southern California Local Bead Store Association

Be a “Design Star” at your local bead store.
Create an original piece of jewelry that is either strung
or bead woven and show your love of beads!
Stringing and Bead Weaving Category
Two Winners Per Category
12 Winners
$100 or $50 Gift 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 23, 2012
Please submit entry to your participating SCLBSA local bead store.
Winners Announced: June 27, 2012
All entries will be on display from June 30 - July 7 at store submitted to.

Pick up the rules and regulations along with your entry form at your local SCLBSA member bead store.