Thursday, July 31, 2014

Hoopin' and Bead Fest Prep

Hello friends!

I am always shocked by how fast the time has been flying by! I have been chained to my lampwork desk making beads like a crazy fool! I kinda freaked out when I laid out my trays to see what beads I wanted to make for the show. It doesn't look like much does it? Well not to worry! I have LOTS to make between now and then. I need to pull out my show table and get my set up all worked out as well so I can see how I want my display to look this year. It will be pretty similar to last years set up with a few changes ;)



 Infact I thought I would take a short break and offer up a tray sale on Facebook. Just a nice sampling of some of the beads I was making for the show all in one place. I did sell a good amount of these pretties yesterday, but there are still some amazing beads left!



Here is a shot of the entire lot of beads I had for sale yesterday.  Here is what I have left...

"Eye See You for All of the Beautiful Things You Are" Teal XL focal - $65
Rainbow Batiks "Teal" set of 7 - $64.50
Desert Serpent "Purple Peacock" Large focal - $38

Desert Serpent "Mermaid" Large focal - $38(Shiny, normally sold matte)
Desert Serpent "Mermaid" small set of 3 - $38(Shiny, normally sold matte)
From the Inside Out "Crimson" small set of 3- $38(ONE LEFT)
Spiral Earth Stones "Purple Velvet" stone textured small pair- $24(3 available)

Rainbow Batiks "Orchid Rose" set of 7 - $64.50(SOLD OUT)
Desert Serpent "Purple Peacock" small set of 3 - $38(SOLD OUT)
From the Inside Out "Sahara" small set of 3- $38(SOLD OUT)

Here's a shot of the back side of the beads.

I have also been working on getting my kits ready for my Wooly Wire "One-oh-FUN" class that is RAPIDLY SELLING OUT! So be sure to hop on in and grab yourself a spot for class. Details here. Here is a shot of the bundles of silk students will get to pick out for their class necklace.

Here are the designs we will be making in class in case you forgot what they looked like ;)

I've been making it a point to click pictures in my studio while I work. I forget that not everyone knows what it's like to be a lampworker. We do all of our daily routine stuff without a second thought. 

Here I have some colors laid out to make a sunflower bead for a dear friend. This is just the beginning step. I took more photos while I worked, but I will post those later( I gotta keep you coming back somehow, right? ;)


I have had the extreme pleasure of reconnecting with a dear friend. I have enjoyed the pleasure of his company along with getting to watch him dance(Hooping technically). He is one of those people that has this thirst for life and is so full of light. One of my favorite things about him is his love of music. He is forever catching a beat and just moving to it. I really admire his free spiritedness. Here you can see him hooping at Drum Tribe this past Monday. Isn't he amazing?!

I have even been entrusted with his first hoop to learn myself. *Insert heart here*
It inspires me just watching the iridescence glide along the hoop as it moves :D

Here's to my new adventure....

xo Genea

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Oxygen Check Engine Light and Sky Bleached Batiks

Hello friends!

I had intended this post to be souly about my new beads, but it turns out life decided to get more exciting... So let's start at where we are at this moment in time and work backwards.  So today I sit down to create. I pull out my glass and grab my nubbies of one of my colors to melt down and make into something usable. After all I am WAY overdue on ordering glass and have to  squeeze the last bits out of the glass I can. So I go to click on my oxygen concentrator(an essential part of my lampworking machinery) and I get a flashing red "service" light and beeping. 



So at any rate, my "check engine" light to my oxygen machine comes on and it's inoperable. Awesome.  Did I mention that this is my BACKUP concentrator? My "donut" tire, if you will. So what happens when your spare dies as well? Well, you cease to make beads. As you can imagine the panic sets in. I mean Bead Fest is HOWfar away? and HOW many beads to I have to make yet? oh and I have class beads to make too. *dies*

So what do we do after we panic and proclaim that the world is against us? We have sale, yep, that's right! a S-A-L-E! We tell our friends of our woes and ask them for their support by joining us in a sale to repair our broken equipment.

From now through July 11th(my birthday, YAY!) I will be offering up a 15% off sale in my shop here>> www.geneabeads.com. Use the coupon code "glass4oxy" at checkout to receive your discount! So this is a win, win for both of us. Not only have I just release these amazing, LIVE NUDE BEADS, but they are also on SALE! The sale will help me buy the necessary parts to fix my machinery and return to my regularly scheduled glassiness. See, yay for both of us! :D

Now about that moving from the present to the past thing. You can pretend it's like those movies that show you some strange blip and then start the story, only to re-show you the weird blip and then tie things together. Just like a big bow on a present!

So here we go...



So you see that bright band of color there? It's yellow, pale mint and turquoise? Yeah, that right there is what got my heart all a flutter. So I pulled out my glass and got to it on some more designs!

This is what the beads look like when you make them. Ugly huh, but with all beautiful things, it's what lies beneath.....
Partially cleaned. You can now start to see the design peeking through the muck.
Here they are the LIVE NUDE BEADS! Pretty sassy in the buff huh?! Isn't glass an amazing creature? May I introduce my "Sky Bleached Batiks" collection :) I had intended to sit down and make more of these awesome beads until my oxygen concentrator(oxy con, as we lampworkers call it) crapped out on me. Pretty breath taking huh?! I think I could still make a whole pile of these and not tire of them. So if you would like to see more of this glassy awesome. Stop on over to my sale and send some love my way ;)

I was kind of on this stone theme from last weeks update, which I failed to post here, oops!

These were last weeks treasures(there are still plenty in the shop). I am a dirty tease though, I did save the Orchid and Black beads for my Wooly Wire "One-oh-FUN" class for Bead Fest Philly. You can get all the details for class here.

Or you can just read it here ;) Be sure to sign up by using the link above ;)

Here is what we will be creating. Pretty sweet huh? If you have never used Wooly Wire, but want to dip your toes into the pool of fiber wire, you really should hop on over and take my class. We will start out with some basic steps and move into these gorgeous pieces.

If you haven't already, you may want to take a moment to sign up for my Genea Beads Bulletin Newsletter. You will find out about all things Genea Beads including: special subscriber only sales, new work, classes, shows and more!


Well I will have to bid you adieu for now. I'm off to tag and tie up the new beads so they can get ready to go to their new homes!

See you soon!

Much Love and Beady Goodness, 

Genea

Monday, June 30, 2014

New Work, NEW Designs, and RARE Glass Beads!

Hello friends!

Are you ready for some BRAND NEW DESIGNS? Some special ODD LOT GLASS BEADS? RED?

Well you are in for a treat! This was my haul from the studio this week. As you can see red still remained on my lampworking table.

Introducing our NEW designs: "Sarcophagus", "From the Inside Out", and "Mirage". The new pointed and swirled design in our "From the Inside Out" series represents the flow of energy, beauty, and love that flows from the inside out. This design was the foundation for all of the other designs we created this week. 

We started in red and moved onto electric lime green feeling like this design would compliment the color very well. As you can see it was a great success! We even pulled out some peacock pearl metallic glass too! Since we have to use our smaller torch the metallics come much more easily. We figured instead of cry over having to temporarily step down in torches we would work with it! 



All of these wondrous beads are NOW available in our Genea Beads shop!

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Want to earn some money off your order? Read about how to score some "Genea Beads Buddy Bucks" here.

See you soon!

xo Genea


Friday, June 27, 2014

Introducing Genea Beads Buddy Bucks!

Hello friends!

I am excited to announce our "Genea Beads Buddy Bucks"! How do you get said bucks? Join our mailing list, and refer a friend. When both of you join we will e-mail you both a special code for $5 off your purchase!  Already on the list? Refer a friend and when they join, you will both receive the code! You can sign up for our Genea Beads Bulletin here.

Now for the rules...
Limit one per customer, per transaction. You can still keep earning bucks for every friend that you refer that joins our list. You will only be able to use one coupon at a time though ;) **Disclaimer** To keep it fair, please only refer interested parties. Please don't add your mother's brother's, friends, cousin's cat that has no interest in beads ;)**

We can't wait to keep you in the loop about all things Genea Beads and give you some BUCKS!

See you soon!

xo Genea

Sunday, June 22, 2014

OMG RED Beads! Shop Update!

Hello friends!

Can you believe we made RED beads?! I am in shock a bit myself. It took me ALL day and I scored a super nice sunburn, but the shop is full! Well... it was full. There are still some awesome beads left from the update. Well don't just stand there! Run on over to the shop and pick some up for your designing!

xo Genea

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

"Shine On" Limited Edition Collaboration Kits by Genea Beads & S L Artisan Accents!

Hello friends! 

Staci and I are excited to be offering our Limited Edition Collaboration "Shine On" necklace kits! We thought it would be fun to do do a collaboration just before Bead Fest Philly in August last year. We chose a pink and purple palette and got to work. I created a glass headpin, Wing Ding and Weeny Ding glass beads. Staci Created her awesome star focals and the fabulous finished design. Our kits have been featured in the current Step-by-Step-Wire Jewelry July 2014 magazine! There are ONLY 8 of these incredible kits available and when they are gone, they are GONE! You can purchase them in Staci's shop here!

Thanks for stopping by!

xo Genea



Friday, June 13, 2014

Grand Opening Sale and Announcement

Hello friends!

So it's finally time to release the behinds the scenes information! 

BUT FIRST...


 Come on by and check out our GRAND OPENING SALE! Receive 15% off by using coupon code "helloindie" at checkout! Sale runs June 13-15th! www.geneabeads.com

  We are excited to announce our newest adventure!  We have moved our bead shop and entire page over to IndieMade!  You can get to the new shop by visiting www.geneabeads.com. We feel that this move to our new venue will allow us to better grow our business. You can now easily find everything you want to know all in one place! Yay! 

Our "Welcome" page will tell you what's going on just like our old shop announcement page.  Our bead shop is the "Shop" page. The "Blog" will direct you to our  Blogger page. We have a super awesome new calendar so you can now see our "Shows & Classes"!  I am still working on the tutorials/video tutorials, and gallery tabs.  You may notice that our jewelry is still over at our Etsy shop for the time being. We are still working out how we want to manage that shop.

Some other changes that you will notice is that we will be offering up our beads in our IndieMade shop instead of doing Facebook bead previews. We may still offer up special sales on our Facebook from time to time, but will do the bulk of our business in our new shop venue.  We feel that this change will help avoid confusion and insure that our customers are able to get the beads they want.

Our Wholesale customers can now use wholesale coupon codes to automatically receive their discount at checkout. *Custom orders are not eligible for a wholesale discount and are not being offered at this time due to our busy show prep.

The checkout is easy to use and just about the same as Etsy as far as inserting your coupon codes and paying through paypal. If you don't have a paypal account you are still able to pay without making an account! 

We look forward to better serving you with our new upgraded site!  Thank you for your continued support of our business! We could not be doing what we do without YOU!

xo Genea