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Hello Beautiful Beaders,What a wonderful couple of weeks we have had! Thank you to everyone that came along to The Big Bead show, it was such a fabulous event and we enjoyed meeting you all and sharing our products, techniques and guests, including the lovely Pru McRae who showed you her latest Prumihimo magic. After all that excitement my family and I decided to jet off to Barcelona for a gorgeous little mini break. What a place! The colours, the architecture, the food, all amazing inspiration for my next projects. I highly recommend a visit, just avoid buying an orange...
Hello Beautiful Beaders,This week I'm going to show you how to create one of the beautiful Sparkle Spacer Angels that we often talk about in this blog. My Sparkle Spacer and Pearly Bum Angels are by far my most popular pieces and it thrills me to know that so many of you love them as much as I do.In fact I'm launching a new Pearly Bum beauty on Create and Craft TV, at 11am, April the 10th. She's a wonderful Snow White little lady who is named Imogen, after my adorable god daughter. Do be sure to tune in and...
It makes me so happy to see that Spring has finally sprung! The crocuses are in bloom, the cherry blossom is on its way and all at Riverside HQ are prancing around the store like happy little lambs...well, perhaps age-appropriate sheep anyway.One of my favourite things about Spring is that it's the beginning of a brand new wedding season. There's nothing more exciting than a blushing bride, thrilled to be embarking on her first (or second...or fifth) adventure in marriage! In honour of this flush of bridal excitement I'm launching a brand new white Sparkle Spacer Angel kit on Create...
Hello Beautiful Beaders,I'm always excited to teach a new beading technique and none more so than Kumihimo, which I touched upon in my last blog. It is a form of Japanese braid-making, where cords and ribbons are interlaced. Kumi himo is Japanese for "gathered threads". It was originally used as a way for Samurai to both functionally and decoratively lace their armour and their horses armour. In modern day Japan you can still find the Kumihimo technique used to tie on an Obi, which is a Kimono sash, but in the western world today we use it to make a...
Hello Beautiful Beaders,It's getting to that time of year when I start dreaming about sunnier climbs and family holidays by the seaside. This cold weather has a certain February bite that makes me yearn for the summertime, of family holidays at our favourite Sherringham cottage, where we relax and catch up with friends, neighbours and even the odd beader! I'm actually lucky enough to travel around the UK quite a lot for work, where I'm always excited to meet fellow jewellery makers and learn about their amazing beading adventures. Whether it's speaking to my peers at the Create and Craft...
Hello beautiful beaders!I don't know about you guys but I love these frosty mornings and can't wait to jump out of bed and see what excitement the day will bring. Everything is just a bit cosier in the winter and, although it's harder to prise my boys from their warm beds, once they are up I just love the madness of the kitchen, watching hands grapple for rounds of hot buttered toast and tea, whilst I sit back and sip my hot water and lemon contentedly.Once the boys are off to school my routine often finds me secreted in my...
Hello Beautiful Beaders! So it's a brand new year and whilst it may be rainy outside there's plenty of sunshine inside the Riverside ranch. The team is on full beam as we prepare the festivities for our mail order manager (and my Mum!) Gaynor's 60th birthday celebrations. She's one amazing lady and we can't wait to raise a glass to toast the big 6-0 with her!What's better than sunshine is the angelic glow of our latest and greatest Sparkle Angel kit, produced in conjunction with Sue Ryder, and which is being launched live on Create and Craft TV on Wednesday...
Hello Beautiful Beaders and a very Happy New Year!  Did you all have a lovely Christmas filled with baskets of beads and fabulous findings? I hope so. Here at Riverside HQ we had a wonderful time with friends and family and even the odd glass of fizz!  Now the festive haze has lifted its all Go, Go, Go again as we charge into the new year with our exciting workshop schedule. If you haven't had a chance to check this out why not take a look here http://riversidebeads.t83.net/.  There's so much on offer including a selection of FREE taster sessions! ...
Hello Beautiful Beaders! Donna McKean-Smith here - how are you all this fine December morning? All set for Christmas? Crikey I'm not yet, but I'm getting there slowly but surely. Being the owner of Riverside Beads keeps me pretty busy so finding time to Christmas shop can sometimes be a challenge…thankfully a lot of my friends and family like beading! Since opening the store, back in 2002, I've always been overwhelmed by the passion, commitment and support of those around me, and I wanted to take this opportunity to say a great big Riverside thank you to my loyal customers!...