Monday, November 3, 2008

A Blogging I will go.

In the class I was teaching the other day we were talking about the blogging... I promised that I would write at least every three days.. I was telling everyone that I don't get many comments on my posts.. they said they would if I would write more often.. hummmmm so lets see. We listed a secret sale on the last e-newsletter from beads gone wild. I decided to reward those people who have gone to the website and clicked the picture that says.. e newletter. sign up here, (or something like that).
We will do secret sale that only e-newsletter people know about. I was really thinking it was just going to be for the local customers who come into the store..
Well right after the e-newsletter went out we got about 15 orders for the secret sale and they were all from out of town.. And they couldn't find out how to buy it..
I was joking and said it really is a secret. Anyways.. we will be doing more of those secret sales. For the people who can come in or for the people who want to go to the shopping cart on line. then the on line shoppers will be able to use a special code to take advantage of the sale.. So the moral of this story is go to and sign up for the e-newsletter. Tomorrow is voting day.. make sure your go out and vote. If any of you vote and are out and about wear your I voted sticker in and we will give you a special gift...

I've learned that you can't have everything and do everything at the same time. Oprah Winfrey, O Magazine, April 2003

Saturday, November 1, 2008

The Holiday Season is upon us!

I have so many great new things to tell you! We have started a new area on the front page of the website for Quotes and Artist of the Week, where we can show off some of our students GREAT work! So if you have been in a class and would love to show off what you've done be sure to bring it in. It doesn't have to be what you made in the class, it can be any of the work you have been inspired to do. We have started our yearly "Count Down to the New Year Sale". Everyone looks forward to this Sale year after year. this is the time as we get ready for inventory we move out all the old to make room for next years new. Everyday we find and put new items on sale!
*** Be super sure that you check the sale table every time you come in.

Liisa and I collaborated on a new kit called with 3 pairs of "Snowflake Earrings" and it is on sale for a limited time...They are really very festive and make great gifts.

We have had so many new people coming in asking about what are the most important classes for them to take to get a grip on beading and we have always suggested, Basic, Tropical (for making drops and dangles, earrings etc) and pearl knotting. So we have made a special starter pack for new beaders. Sign up for the Basic and Tropical and get the Pearl Knotting Class FREE. With those three classes you really will be all set to go.

Some exciting news is that Liisa and I have been accepted to teach at the Bead and Button show in Milwaukee next June. I am very excited about that. It has been something I have wanted to do for quite some time and we finally took the time to enter some designs. Be on the look out too for some of our new work to be featured in the "Step by Step Wire" magazine and "Bead Style" magazine.

Erkki was just in a staged reading at the Jupiter Maltz Theater. It was for the emerging artist series. I was really impressed with his singing. I never really heard him sing on stage before.. I just always heard the "in the car singing". More and more I see him developing his passion. In December he will be in a performance with the Doo Wop group. I believe it is a night of Doo Wop Holiday Music.

So we have been busy with lots of new ideas, new kits, new classes, rehearsals, and school work. Seems like Linkin and Lilly are the only ones who get to lounge around all day. So remember to bring in your work for us to see so we can get you in the gallery and make it a great week. Remember to go out and VOTE! Glenda

Monday, October 20, 2008

How did he do it?

I am talking about my greyhound Linkin. He was home for a bit today and he got into our hurricane supplies, grabbed himself a JAR of spaghetti sauce, carried it on top of my high rise bed, unscrewed the top and ate all the sauce leaving just a little tail tail sign on my comforter. I don't know about that dog.... I guess I am just really glad he didn't drob it off the bed and let it break on my tile floor..
I am really excited about the new kits, classes, and guest teachers that we have for the fall season. Liisa and I made some really fun winter jewelry, and of course all the xmas trees and angles are always a hit and fun to make. I think this year will be a great time for people to make their own meaningful, holiday gifts. It is a great time to take beading and wire class too because we brought back our summer class special, book any 2 classes and the second is 1/2 price. We did it because it was so popular and our northern customers wanted to be able to get in on it. Some of the most popular new classes are the resin class, the new brickstitch earring class, and my new earring class called "golden vines". Maggie Meister was just here teaching over this last weekend. It was a great, great time. She showed "napal chain" which was incorporated into her design and it really intrigued me.. I worked with it and work with it and finally came up with some marvelous earrings that we have decided to call Golden Vines.Thanks Maggie for the inspiration and for coming to teach at Crystal Creations Bead Institute. We have Dallas Lovett, Sherry Serafini, coming this year and early next year we have Cynthia Rutledge, NanC Meinhardt, and Janice Berkilbile. I also have several other new teachers in the works.. If you haven't taken a guest teacher before make this the year that you treat yourself.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Beads Gone Wild

Beads are really going wild at Crystal Creations Bead Institute, Beads Gone Wild.
Liisa has been cranking out some fabulous new classes!.. The Latest is "Crystal Buckle Bracelet". It has the look of a very expensive cat collar. I think I will have to make one for Linkin and Lilly (even though they aren't cats)... All they have had to wear is a bead that Dallas Lovett made for them when he was here last year. We are all excited over the fact that he is coming back to teach this year. Check out his projects either on line or come and see the samples in the shop.. They are marvelous.

Sherry Serafini agreed to do a second purse class.. but that is almost sold out too. If you were hoping to get in on her class call right away.

There are a lot of photos up on facebook of my son and his friends in Stuart Little.
Some are of the show and then quite a few of the kids having fun for the camera.
Someone also put up some footage on youtube of the show. I guess you just go to youtube and type in Stuart Little.

Remember, now is the time to start preparing your holiday gifts. We just ordered in (as much as I could gather) parts to make the xmas tree earrings, and pendants. Consider trying your hand at holiday ornaments. Liisa and I thought it would be fun to make some ping pong ball size. It will go faster..
Oh.... I just had an even better idea....But You'll have to come to the shop and ask me about it. I am so excited I am going to start working on it right now...
Happy Beading from the Bead Goddess

Whether you think you can, or can't you're right. Henry Ford

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Stuart Little, Guest Teachers

I think many of you know that Erkki (my son) is in Stuart Little The Musical, up in the Gardens at the Borland Center. They have 3 more performances Friday night at 7:00pm, Sat at 2:00 and 7:00. The kids really did a great job and it is very entertaining. Erkki's love is acting. We went to Miami today for a movie audition.

Things have been really great at the bead shop. We have all the samples in for the guest teachers.. Well, we have Maggie Meister's, Tracy Stanley's and Dallas Lovett's. They are really GREAT, and there are a few seats in each of those classes.
We know what Sherry Serafini will be teaching and the class is full already, so I am going to see what I can do about getting her to extend her visit. Liisa came up with a few new classes. The "Mysterious Moon" and "Victorian Beads" are both really fun!

The other day I started worrying about all the "silver fillings" in my mouth and how I should get them out. I felt one crumble and then freaked out thinking that I might be swallowing some and causing grave damage...
I went to the dentist and 3 hours later all the silver from 3 teeth are gone and caps ready to go on. I am amazed that years of worrying about it got resolved in 3 hours... oh and 1 credit card.

I know school starts Monday so I hope all of you mothers will stop in to see us.... It's time to start making those holiday gifts, and we have plenty of new ideas!
Talk Soon, Glenda

“When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.” Wayne Dyer

Thursday, July 31, 2008

California Dreaming

Hi, Erkki and I got back Monday from California. We went there for a 7 day event that was all about business. They had a great teen class and Erkki got to meet alot of directors, producers, and several TV and Movie actors/actresses. I got to meet all kinds of people too from Film and Acting to Business CEO's, to Famous Speakers.
Oh and I just remembered when we went to Marshall Sylvers event a few weeks ago there was a man there who had just turned 70 and he climbed Mt. Everest last year when he was 69. Lisa Nichols from The Secret, gave a very moving speech, and of course I loved listening to Mark Victor Hansen again. It was a very fun and exciting week. I came back and discovered that Liisa made a fabulous new bracelet, and some beaded beads. She is soooo creative. We are gearing up for an unbeatable line up of classes for the fall. Make sure you check out the guest teachers too. We have some great talent coming with GREAT projects!

This summer I am noticing that so many people want to make their own gifts for the upcoming holiday season, and that they are very into working with their hands.

August 1st starts a new moon in Leo and I am told it is a great time to start new creative ventures. Leo is ruled by the Sun, which is the center of our solar system. It is the sign of play, creativity, self-expression, romance, and circumstances in which you are the leader or take center stage. Self-expression is vital to experiencing a feeling of wholeness, so find a way to express your authentic self and yes, be creative! For artists, this is a perfect time to start a new project and for you shy types, do something for your eyes only - but do express yourself!

I got this from Lisa Zimmerman an Astrologist I met at the event in California. Her web site is

So it is the perfect time right now to come into Crystal Creations Bead Institute and plan on play and self-expression!

"Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken." ~ Oscar Wilde

Make it a great day!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Fire Eaters

Hello, Last week Erkki, Liisa and I, all went to a "Turning Point" Seminar. It was in Orlando at the Hyatt. The Hyatt there is a really fun hotel because it is actually inside the Orlando Airport. The seminar was presented by Marshall Sylver, a famous Hypnotist. It was about taking action now.. We had lots of fun and all three of us ate fire... and broke a 10 inch square piece of wood with our hands. I learned about hesitation and follow thru. Now Erkki and I are in LA at a business convention. Mark Victor Hansen will be teaching here and Erkki is excited to meet him. I brought my beading with me. I love to make new projects while I am on the road..Check out the Current Bead and Button Magazine. They published my Paradise Earrings. If you haven't done so already make a pair... they really are fun and easy!

Friday, July 4, 2008

Independence Day

Happy 4th of July 2008!
I am feeling very independent today.

Got back from a seminar in Las Vegas last week. It was a short trip and the seminar was from 7:30 in the morning till 9:00 at night. The first night I got there about 8:30 pm and after traveling all day, plus waking up at about 5:00 that morning (more on that later) I rushed to see Cirque du Soliel. It was great! The next two nights I made my way to the strip to check it out. Even though I was tired I really wanted to experience Las Vegas. All in all the trip was great, the seminar was great and I only lost about $50.00 to the wheel of fortune. Next to beading I think I love education, motivation, and inspiration best. Last Month I went to a Mark Victor Hansen seminar in California. I rediscovered him from a very old set of tapes I had from my Mary Kay days! Yes I sold Mary Kay before I sold real estate, which is what I did just before my beading adventure. So I went to Mark's seminar and have to say it is one of the best things I have done for myself in a long time. I feel extremely happy to have reconnected to something else that really feeds my soul.

Now about that waking up at 5:00 am. I figured out that from 4:00 pm on I operate on 3/4's energy till I would reawake at 11:00 pm and then stay up till 1:00 or so...
I decided to try Ben Franklin's early to bed, early to rise and hope it makes me healthy, wealthy, and wise! The goal was to wake up at 5:00 am and be to work by 6:00and then try to get done around 4:00. So far so good... Unless I go to Las Vegas... and wake up at 5:00 but go to bed at 2:00.

From Mark Victor Hansen "The size of your thinking equals the size of your results"
Go out and Make it a great day!

Monday, June 23, 2008

New Beginnings

Hello, I am going to try blogging again. Last time I thought I would try to write about my personal life instead of just beads.... but guess what? Beads are my life and most everything does evolve around that. I am so lucky to love what I do for a living. So I will just write.

We have some GREAT new finds from the Bead and Button show that I attended in Milwaukee earlier this month. 2 Great new bead artists and LOTS of clasps. They told me that we needed clasps so I ran into the show and nearly wiped out 3 different vendors.. Yes I was the first one in the show.. It was funny because I was standing right in front of the door, and the door security personal was standing inside the door, so all the vendors walking into the show before it started thought I was security and they all showed me their badge. I politely nodded them all in.

So if you get a chance, come on in and see the collection of new clasps, and some fun and easy necklace designs made from the new 1mm wire lace. Then check out the new crystal rivioli colors, and several sizes in the galatic crystal pendant.

Thought of the day:
I heard this from Wayne Dyer, and don't know who said it, neither did he, but it goes
"When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change."