Sunday, October 27, 2013

Who Knew? Shop Update!

Hello friends!

Do you ever have those days when you just randomly decide to do a shop update marathon? Well I did... today... for no apparent reason. Well... I guess the beads I made *are* pretty awesome! OH and I managed to have some beads left from my trunk show that didn't get sold out during their preview! So yay for you all since that means they are all up for grabs! I have been listing, literally ALL day so I am going to be lazy and not leave links for you all :p
Oh yeah.. you see what I am sayin' ! Look at all of this deliciousness. I feel my eyes getting fatter with this feast of eye candy!

You can find them all HERE.

Enjoy!

xoxo Genea

Friday, October 25, 2013

Genea Beads Local Trunk Show at The Bead Shop!

Hello friends!

I've missed you! I got stuck in the dark ages without the internet for over 4 days. It was lame... Funny how much we take things like this for granted!

So I had hoped to announce this sooner, but I guess you will just have to do with some last minute fun!

Ricky and I will be at The Bead Shop doing a trunk show tomorrow! You can check out the event and mark your attendance on my Genea Beads facebook page.

Here are the details! 
October 26th, 2013(TOMORROW!)
The Bead Shop
9009 Metcalf
Overland Park, KS 66212
From 10-5pm

Mention you saw this post and receive 10% off of your purchase!
Look! Here we are marked with the red circle! 

So what will amazing goodies will I have in store for your shopping pleasures??
Here are just a few samples of the beads I will have! You'll just have to come to the show to see some more and meet them in person!


Here are a few photos of the booth. The left side of the table.

Center.
Right side.

So as you can see, lots of amazing things just waiting to turn into your art bead jewelry this season!

We can't wait to see you there!

xoxo Genea



Thursday, October 17, 2013

A Glimpse into my Days and the birth of Stache Art!

Hello friends!

I always have so much to tell you. I swear by the time I get here I could have written about 4 blogs to tell you about everything that is going on. So I guess get ready for a long one! 

So I guess I feel the need to tell you a little bit more about my life and how my days tend to go.
I am, yet again in another transitional period in my life. As you may have read I currently live in Olathe, Kansas just 15 minutes over the Missouri and Kansas border on the Kansas side. Ricky and I moved here so that he was closer to his work. Unfortunately that job situation ended up worse and worse until he finally quit. He started up a new job that is just down the street from where we live now so it's nice that he doesn't have a crazy long drive. As soon as our lease is up in April we are looking for a house to rent again! I am over this apartment crap.

 Anyways.. that was the back story. So let's fast forward you to my weeks now... 
My studio is at my mom's house in Kansas City, Missouri. So I spend 2-3 days "up north" creating beads. I do wish I had more days in the studio because when I am not there creating beads that is all I can think about ;) Here is a pic of my humble little "Bead Dorm". I work and stay in my old bedroom.
When you enter the room you will see my sleepy spot to the left. You can see my little work area in that far right corner.


Here is the rest of the room. As you can see my work area is at the far left corner. 

**Just a quick side note** Now, just so we are clear. You don't see a ventilation hood. I have a double fan that goes in the window for exhaust. You may see it in the background of my bead photos. This is NOT proper ventilation, so please don't set up a lampwork studio like mine and say you saw it was ok to do that here. ;) I would never suggest my set up to anyone that wanted to work in glass. This is just how I have to work for now until I can do my entire set up. PLEASE be safe when you set up your studio. For proper ventilation please check out Andrea Guarino-Slemmon's web page here. Sadly, I have this same ventilation set up ,but it's in a box until I am in a more permanent studio :/ Moving on...**End side note**
Here is the view out of my "lampworking" window. This was taken last year, but it is almost looking the same about this time of year :D I love the view! It relaxes me to see trees and a soothing environment outside of my window. I call mom's back yard "The Canopy". It reminds me of a canopy in the rainforest or something. That wonderful feeling of being under lots of trees protected from the world outside. 

On the right you can see my second window and all of my glass in boxes on the floor. Someday I will have a nice sturdy glass shelf with all of my glass in separate cubbies all labeled. *dreamy sigh*
Here is a close-up of that corner. You can see my poor vent fan sticking out of the banana boxes on the right side of the photo. My double burner for pickling is on the floor(no I don't plug it in on the floor to use it :P)
Here is the view outside of the other window. Pretty huh?

Here is my bathroom. This across the hall from my "Bead Dorm". Where I get to hose off my crustiness after a long day of bead making ;P

While I am at the KC studio I only have an ipad and phone for my communications so if I have long messages to write I save those for the home pc since I can hammer out messages and chats so much faster from there on a *real* keyboard. So if you dont' see things I say I will post up right away this is why. If I do forget or if I miss responding to your message, please send me another one! It's totally not intentional. Mobile devices are awesome tools to stay connected, but sometimes I miss things! ;) This is also why there is a 1-2 business day ship on my Etsy items ;) If I am in the studio I am not with my Etsy shop stock ;)

Here is my little work area in Olathe. My bead desk, and all of my shipping stuff. One day it will be more organized when I get more fixtures for sorting, but this works for now.


This is where I am right now typing to you. So when I am online you can imagine me here going *clickity clickity clickity*

So now you can see how I spend my days in and out of the studios. It's hard. I have trouble transitioning. It's like being on vacation and then arriving home. You have to transition to one place and then it takes at least a day or two to transition to the other, then repeat.

SO WHAT IS THE OTHER NEWS??

Well, geez, I have lots! So I will try to give you the short version(insert laugh here). Well for starters I had the extreme pleasure of my veiled cane glass being featured in GG Glass' ad!!!
How flattering is that?! This is the necklace I was inspired to make since Bead Fest Philly and just got to recently! 

I was inspired to work with some silver glass and I created these new INCREDIBLE focals! They are all SOLD OUT. I hope to get more glass so I can make more soon. Speaking of selling out, that has been happening a lot with my beads(again YAY so flattering!). So if you want to snag some I would suggest watching my Genea Beads facebook page for previews! :D

THIS has been where I have been spending ALL of my creative energy last few days!
 So while I was at Hobby Lobby picking up some supplies these chip board moustaches were "talking" to Ricky. 
He picked up one and then we headed to a thrift store to look for some other supplies. Ricky did collages back in highschool and was inspired to create some with a moustache as a base.

That night while I worked on a crafty gift, Ricky sat at the table and worked on his FIRST art piece! He found an M.C. Escher book at the thrift store and thought it was perfect for his first collage. I am so proud of my little artist :D

He was really excited about his M.C. Escher moustache collage!  He titled it "M.C. Stacher"!
Didn't it turn out amazing?! I LOOOOOOOOOOOVE M.C. Escher. I fell in love with his work in high school and have loved him ever since. So after this first piece Ricky was hooked and talked to me about creating an Etsy shop!

So what would any good artistic wife do?? Well create her husband a shop along with all of the necessary pieces!


I got to work on Ricky's shop banner. His favorite color is baby blue so we used that for the base color of the banner. 


Next he needed an avatar so I had him pose for this photo using my palm tree shower curtain as the back drop! I love this photo! It really captures Ricky's personality :D


Every good business needs a logo, right? So I fumbled my way around photoshop and created this logo for Ricky! I LOVE it! 

Of course Ricky also needed a facebook business page too, right? So I hopped on and created Stache Art's facebook page!

You know how much I LOVE packaging, so I HAD to go get Ricky some good moustache packaging supplies!

You need to have "Thank You" cards too so we picked up blank kraft cards! I stamped each one with a moustache stamp on the card and envelope while Ricky worked on his second piece!

This one is called "Stache Dynasty"
It has a wonderful Asian art theme with sumo wrestlers on down to Buddha!

Each of his works have a moustache "signature" embellishment and are signed and dated by the artist!


Here is Ricky's newest piece. He is working on a vintage style mini stache that will get a little hanger on the back so it can be mini wall art! 

So if you have not already stopped by Ricky's fanpage or shop, stop on by and show some love by "liking" the page and sharing with your friends!

Thanks so much for stopping in to see what's been up in my world!

See you soon!

xo Genea

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Bag up the Beads "Left Over's"- Wing Ding and Weeny Ding mixed sets

Hello friends!

Here are some "Left Over's" you won't mind! The sale went AWESOME! Thank you to everyone that came out and participated! Luckily they saved you some! So let's see what went up for sale over lunch hour today...
Here were the tasty smackrel's I served up for lunch! Mmmm tasty!

Here are the amazing "Left Over's" that are still available to you!

Number 6- A woodsy earthy sampling of greens and browns in opaque, transparent, and etched glass. 

Number 7- Some romantic soft pastel pinks and purples in opaque, transparent, and opal glass.

Number 11- A sweet sampling of fall! Rusted violet, peach, sepia, topaz, coral, squash, and mulberry in transparent and opaque! 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

I have so many more stories to tell you! See you soon!

xo Genea

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

"BAG UP THE BEADS" WING DING SALE! 10-10-13- 12-2pm CST

Hello friends!

Are you missing seeing wing dings in my shop? Well now is your chance to get some and get some with a 10% discount! Here are the sets that will be on sale TOMORROW! 
So here is how to participate! YOU MUST POST ON BELOW THE PHOTO ON MY GENEA BEADS FANPAGE FOR YOUR POST TO COUNT! This is VERY important so that participants can receive the beads they call and for me to let people know which ones are still available.

Here are the rules-
How to play- Beads are first come first serve. At noon CST the beads will be offered up for sale at a 10% discount on all sets($25.20)! To "call" your beads make a post HERE with the number of the set/sets  you want. First one to post gets them! I will be on posting which beads are left in the thread as the beads sell. If *any* are left(which  I doubt will happen) the remaining sets will go up for sale in my etsy shop at full price($28). SALE BEGINS 10-10-13 12-2PM CTS. SEE YOU THERE! 

xo Genea