Sunday, July 28, 2013

Just a little over one month before the
largest Bead Shop Hop takes place!!

Tell all of your friends and make it a party. The stores will be decorated as their favorite "Destination" and you will be able to take part in special offers, Make N Takes, Trunks Shows and more!

It doesn't get any better than this!!!

Travel around the world with us. You might see the Grand Canyon, the Great Wall of China, the Great Barrier Reef and many more awesome places.

Have the chance to win some great prizes!!

Monday, July 15, 2013

It's Beaders' Give Back Week

Greetings from Ventura County. This week, July 16-21, is Beaders' Give Back Week and this year it is a Bead 'n Feed. Each store in our association has chosen a food pantry to support in varying ways. Creative Castle has chosen our local Conejo Valley food bank MANNA. When you come shopping this week at Creative Castle you will have the opportunity to make a donation to MANNA. When you do, you will then receive a discount off your shopping trip of 10%-40%. By writing a check you will receive a tax deduction while supporting a great organization. A donation of $5 receives 10% off your entire purchase, $15 receives 20%, $25 receives 30% and $40 or more earns a 40% savings. We have been raising money at our store for MANNA for over 5 years and our goal during this week is $1000. Last time we did this we raised $875.

Marcia DeCoster was here this past weekend. We hosted a book signing for her new book, Beads in Motion. We sold out! I reordered it today and the order will be here next week mid week. It is a great book with lots of fabulous seed bead projects and all have movable parts! Please call if you would like to reserve a copy. (805-499-1377)

We will be having a trunk show of vintage German buttons and beads July 24-25. This vendor has fabulous merchandise so please come by.

Our new calendar of classes for Finter, (Sept-Dec) is in the works and should be complete and posted on our website by the end of this week   Registration for these classes begins July 27 at 10 a.m.

It is never too early to start making plans with your traveling buddies for this year's Bead Shop Hop. This year's theme is destinations. I am sure you will want to experience the various destinations each shop will provide. The dates are Sept. 6-8, 13-15 and 20-22.

I hope you have a great week.
Happy beading,
Creative Castle
2321 Michael Dr.
Newbury Park, CA

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

News from Monica's Quilt and Bead Creations






July 9, 2013

Greetings from the Desert!
     Things are really heating up here at Monica's. Okay--I know--it's hot here in the summer anyway, but, seriously! We have been making new friends all over the country since being named one of the Top Ten Shops in the country by Better Homes and Gardens earlier this year. We launched a new website last December, just in time to make it easy for Quilt Sampler readers to shop in their pajamas. It has been such a thrill to connect with creative people who have discovered Monica's through the magazine. Last week, Monica's was featured in our local newspaper, The Desert Sun. Nice to be recognized by your home town.

     We're busy celebrating eight wonderful years in business here in Palm Desert this week with an Anniversary Sale: 20% savings on pearls, semi-precious stones, yard cuts (or more), and fat quarter packets. On Saturday, July 13th, it's a party from 10 - 3. I love a party--please come celebrate with me!

     Next week we'll be participating with other shops, giving back to the community. Beaders Give Back: Bead and Feed runs from July 15th to the 21st. We've teamed up with Food In Need of Distribution (FIND) for this SCLBSA event. FIND works in partnership with community-based organizations across eastern Riverside and southern San Bernardino counties, serving over 80,000 hungry people every month. Bring in $5 worth of canned food and receive a $5 discount coupon for a purchase of $30 or more. Bring in $20 worth of canned food and take a free bracelet class.

On July 18, make 3 different riveted leather bracelets. $10.95 for the kit.


On July 18, make a sparkly cup chain bracelet with a button closure. Kits start at just $5.

     There's always something new here at Monica's--fabrics arrive daily, jewelry-making and quilting classes happen all week long, join us for Sit and Sew, Sit and Bead...we are your one stop shop for top quality beading and quilting supplies. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff is here to help.

       Visit our website to read our quarterly and weekly newsletters, browse through our growing list of merchandise available on line, and see a current list of classes and events. You can sign up on line, over the phone, or in person, of course!

Until next time,

Monica A. Gonzales

Monica's Quilt and Bead Creations
77-780 Country Club Dr., Suite C
Palm Desert, CA  92211
(760) 772-2400
Monday - Saturday 9:30 to 5:30, Sunday 11-4




Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Hello to all of our wonderful beaders from the Beadiak, in Agoura Hills! This will be the first time I've written to you, and there's much great news to share! First, I want to tell you how excited we are, planning for our upcoming events. The shop is abuzz with preparations for our chosen destination theme for the Shop Hop in September. We're busy re-arranging the shop, putting in new merchandise and planning our decorations. All of the shop destinations are still a secret, so we feel like we're part of a delicious conspiracy! But first, I'd like to tell you about the upcoming SCLBSA event called BEADERS GIVE BACK WEEK!

For one week, every participating store in the SCLBSA has chosen a way to give back to our surrounding communities by choosing a cause or an organization to support. Some stores will be collecting food to give to local food banks. Others will be collecting for organizations that fight cancer and other diseases. We will ask our loyal customers to help us in our efforts and then we will reward you in many different ways to show how much we appreciate you.

It's somehow so easy to fall into the habit of worrying or complaining about all that troubles us; all that is not quite right with us, our loved ones or with what is happening to the environment or in other parts of the country and the world. There's lots of temptation to feel sad. It's no accident that, when beaders meet at the table in the shop, everyone leaves feeling a little better, a little lighter, and a little happier. We listen and support one another. We know how to nurture each other. Now, it's time to share even more.

One of the best ways to feel better is to think about those whose need is greater than ours. The trials and tribulations of daily life are inclined to make us forget to be thankful for all the wonderful blessings we have in our lives! Giving freely from what we have, whether it be a little or a lot, does something magical to our hearts and our minds. Giving feeds our souls. It creates a domino effect by putting a smile on our faces that changes the chemistry in our brains that changes our hormones, lifts our moods, fills our hearts and enriches our lives! What could be better! Our participation in the Beaders Give Back Week lets us give something back to the wonderful customers who support us, while helping those in need in our surrounding communities. 

This year, the Beadiak has chosen to support the MEALS ON WHEELS WEST program. Meals on Wheels West works tirelessly to provide both hot and cold meals to homebound people of any age who are unable to shop or cook for themselves. Many of these meals are given free of charge. Often, when someone is aged, alone or possibly disabled, cooking and eating nutritious meals becomes difficult or impossible. The Meals on Wheels program provides not only meals, fresh fruit and a newspaper, but also companionship. Sometimes, the only human contact is from the Meals on Wheels volunteer that brings life affirming essentials. Every MOW recipient is given a 3 day Emergency Survival Kit, and MOW also supplies flea medicine and pet food when needed, so that people don't have to share their own food with their pets. Meals on Wheels West serves homebound people in Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, Malibu, Topanga Canyon, Venice and parts of Marina Del Rey.

Now, for the details! For 8 days, from July 15th through the 21st, we are asking our customers to make a donation for Meals on Wheels West. With each donation, customers will receive an equal percentage off a one time purchase. Sooo.... if you donate $10, you will receive 10% discount on a purchase. If you donate $20, you will receive a 20% discount. A $30 donation gets a 30% discount, and a $40 donation gets a 40% discount! All monies collected will be given to Meals on Wheels West, with our thanks for all the good work they do.

If you're close to Agoura Hills, please come visit us in Whizin Market Square. Westways Magazine selected Whizins as a day-trip destination point in Southern California. Plan a trip to come and enjoy the wonderful antique stores and restaurants that Market Square has to offer. Whether you've got a hankering for a wonderful panini, the best gelato in So Cal, an outrageous Italian pastry, or a vegan salad, we've got it. (Just don't tell our husbands why we're so happy to go to work!) And of course, check us out for our wonderful selection of beads from all over the world, focal pieces, beading supplies, finished jewelry and all kinds of other gifts and treasures!

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Thanks for reading,

Anne Karam

Whizin Market Square
28853 Agoura Road
Agoura Hills, CA 91301
Open 10 - 6 Mon thru Sat
Open 12 - 4 Sundays

Check the SCLBSA website for further information on participating stores in BEADERS GIVE BACK WEEK.