Wednesday, September 21, 2011

News Flash

Margo's Ornamental Poppy Necklace Class on Mondays October 17th and 24th has SOLD OUT!

Stay tuned for announcement of the Saturday Class dates for this project as well as the *Giant Poppy Supplement Class for a gorgeous focal flower using a 27 mm rivoli
and 10 sculptural petals.

*You must take the Ornamental Poppy Class to be eligible for the Supplement Class.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Birthdays and Butterflies

My cake with 48 candles!

Birthday Butterfly by Julia Hecht

Today's Drop Everything and Twist Free Wire Class from 1-2 PM is ON! Just hatched my Birthday Butterfly - see pic. She's cuter than the photo. Trust me.
This sweet creature is made of 18 ga wire, and 2 colors of 26 ga colored wire (about 18" each color). 24 crystal bicones (2.5 mm) in 2 colors, and an accent dangle that uses one glass flower and a 4 mm bicone.
Tools you will need are: round nose, chain nose, and nylon jaw pliers, and jump ring mandrel. We are hardening by hammering so a chasing hammer and bench block are recommended - Remember, I cannot lend tools (sorry!) So either bring or plan to buy.
All materials are available at Poppyfield.

Open Beading Tuesdays 2-4 PM.
I am available to help you with your projects or beading "problems".

Margo's Ornamental Poppy Necklace October 17th and 24th has 3 places left. Don't miss out.!!
Margo's Watch YOur Step Bracelet is this Saturday from 1-4. Another Margo Classic you can do up in many variations.

New Poppy Products Available
27 mm Swarovski Rivolis - Margo is planning an Ornamental Poppy Supplement with these to create a giant 10 petaled Poppy!

8 mm Swarovski Faceted Rounds

Our Czech Fire Polish and Pressed Glass is Growing - Come see
8 mm, 10 mm, 12 mm, and 14 mmm Fire Polish now hanging for your perusal and purchase!

Hope to see you soon.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Healing Power of Beads

Ornamental Poppy by Margo Field

This 9/11 post has too much potential for I am just going to say that I was deeply affected by the attacks. Ten years later I am grateful that I am in a much better place. Life is full of struggles, but I am blessed to see the golden nuggets of beauty that seem to always be there. Many of my customers share their own personal struggles with me and I feel privileged to be part of the pleasure of their lives. Several of my customers are living with life threatening illness, others are severely debilitated. Some are grieving losses through death or broken relationships. One of my customers survived hurricane Katrina, another just lost her house to fire. Still people come to bead - we wipe our tears and go on. If you make it to your local bead shop, its a good day. I used to go to Margo's shop on bad days - just being around the beads cheered me up and gave me hope. Creating something beautiful is a healing thing. All you brave and struggling customers give me courage every day, in ways you don't even know.

Seed of Compassion (Topaz) by Julia Hecht

We have 2 new classes at Poppyfield. "Seed of Compassion" is my thread-free necklace inspired by Diane Fitzgerald's Tropical Bauble on display for her November 6th class. The day I made this, I was mad (and rightfully so!). With this necklace, I took my own anger and and while I decorated the "seed", I contemplated compassion and from it came a beautiful creation. This is how beading heals me. This 2-session class is offered on Saturdays October 22nd and 29th from 1-4 PM for $40. I used 26 gauge wire, rather than thread, and used it both to connect beads and as decorative element. It is a lot of fun to make and goes much quicker than bead stitching - yet it has all the beauty and intricacy of size 15 seed beads and 2.5 mm Swarovski bicones.

Ornamental Poppy Trilogy by Margo Field

On Mondays October 17th and 24th from 6-9 PM, Margo is teaching Ornamental Poppies - gorgeous poppy flowers with a rivoli center and size 15 seed bead sculptural petals. Check out the leaves and netted rope! You have the option of a single poppy focal flower or the trilogy version. This class is also $40.

Other Poppy News!
You will see the shop is shaping up, as today we added our new fixtures from Borders. I will finally be able to unpack the rest of Margo's fire polish and pressed glass inventory and expand the findings and crystal in ways I would like. Stay tuned to see how Poppyfield continues to blossom!

More Compassion!