A cautionary tale about signing up early

This weekend we were reminded again how important it is to sign up for classes as soon as possible. On the morning of a class, two people called to sign up.  Unfortunately,when the teacher called the day before to see how many people were signed up, there weren’t any.  Most of our teachers require at least two students for each class, so the class was cancelled.

If those two had just called even one day before, everyone would’ve been happier.

If you sign up for a class and find out you can’t make it, just give us a call at least 24 hours in advance, and we’ll transfer your payment to another class, or give you store credit.

Happy New Year, and Thanks!!

To everyone that shopped on Sunday, thank you!  Thanks to your purchases, we were able to finish inventory in only 10 hours!  Yes, we counted every bead, strand, foot of wire, and inch of chain.  And it’s done!

For those of you that missed the sale, it was fantastic.  We didn’t advertise in the paper, or post signs in the store before, it was just for our newsletter subscribers.  Click on “Newsletter Sign-Up” at right and follow the instructions so you don’t miss the next one.

As of today, it’s only 46 days ’till Tucson Preview Night! And we’ve planned an extra day of shopping, so there will be even more fabulousness than ever!



Teacher Profiles – Pamela Ennis

Pamela Ennis
Pamela Ennis recently moved to the Dallas/Ft. Worth area from Salt Lake City, Utah. On a whim, she purchased an inexpensive jig, a pair of pliers and a spool of craft wire.

Since then she has discovered the value of quality tools, high grade metals and fine beads and gemstones. She has been creating wire designs for four years and has recently devoted her focus in traditional and original chain maille designs.

Happy Holidays!

From all of us at The Artful Bead, have a wonderful holiday!  We are
closed Monday December 24th through Wednesday the 26th.  We will
be back on Thursday  the 27th.  (Sorry to harp on it, but someone
kept asking “And Wednesday TOO???” till I lost patience.)

Yes, we’re taking a couple of extra days off.  That’s because of the extra “festivities” that are being squeezed into these few days off.  Come into the store and find out all the scoop!  And start on those
New Years party sparklies!

There’s still time!

Plenty of time, actually, to make those last-minute gifts!  Teachers don’t want coffee mugs with “World’s Greatest Teacher” on them, they want beautiful earrings!  Aunt Edna doesn’t need  another ceramic cat, she needs a sparkly elastic  bracelet  to show off at the Bingo parlor!

Make cell-phone charm dangles for the girls at the office!  And make yourself a glittery necklace for the Christmas Party at the Country Club (or at the house down the street.)  It’s practical, you can wear it again to the New Year’s party!

Hurry!  We have less than three weeks of Over-the-Top Glitzy Season left!!!

Oh dear!   I feel woozy, probably hyperventilated, too many exclaimation points…

Have you taken one of our classes?

Send us pictures of your finished projects!

Email your digital photos to info@artfulbead.com, and we’ll post them for everyone to enjoy.

We’re setting up places for you to ask questions about beading or share discoveries you’ve made.  We’ll even post a free pattern now and then.

Ahem. Taa-Daa!!!!

As they say, third time’s the charm.  The emails have gone out!

If you want to sign up for the newsletter directly, please go to http://www.artfulbead.net/catalog/create_account.php and sign up.  Print the confirmation email you get after filling in the form, and bring it to the store before December 31st.  You’ll get 15% off everything you buy that day except artist’s beads and books.

In the future, about once a month we’ll send you an email about some special sale or event or maybe even just a “here’s your coupon!” if we’re really busy.  And we’re even contemplating “secret” sales, available only to our newsletter subscribers!

So sign up, and come in soon.  And if you happen to come into the store on a Saturday around December 11th (like the 8th or 15th), please tell Our Amy Happy Birthday!!!

Keep Beading!


Well, with much fanfare we sent out the December Newsletter email, our first under the new system.  Taa-Daa!!!

Only to have it spit back over 1000 error messages because we “exceeded the hourly domain message limit” or something.  !!!aaD-aaT  (That’s the original cheer rewinding.)  So, if you didn’t get your email yet, hang on.  It’s coming, just as soon as the *professional* nerds (as opposed to us amateur nerds who dance around the edges of technology) get it figured out.

We know some of you got the message, because we’ve already gotten a lot of new signups, so print out that confirmation email and bring it in for your discount.   After all, there are less than 21 jewelry-making days left before Christmas!