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! You guys are the heart and soul of the business and your support makes it possible for me to keep offering you such amazing, good value courses, products and those all important smiles. ❤ 

For those not in the know I've been appearing on the Create and Craft channel for the past two years now. It's the UKs number one TV shopping channel for the arts and craft world and I'm so very privileged to have been asked to join their on-screen family.

Donna McKean Smith & Create and Crafts Nigel May

I guest present a range of Riverside Bead branded shows and demonstrate live on-air how to make elements from my very own beading packs. The unique designs have so far gone down a storm (thanks to you!) and the great thing is that you can record the shows, order the packs and then play back the programmes, beading along with me in the comfort of your own home! Exciting eh?!

As I think most of you know I do struggle with the whole self-promotion thing, but your positive feedback and kindness has definitely helped me feel more confident, especially with my most recent TV appearances. Do keep sending me your comments either via this blog page or through studio@createandcraft.tv

We've got some very exciting shows scheduled for the new year. I'll be showing you some of my newest kits, involving beautiful techniques and hot trends for 2017, so you really must tune in....and tell all of your friends about it too! ❤ I am going to try my best to blog about them beforehand as well, to keep you up to date.

There's lots happening at the store too. I've just released the latest schedule for next year's Craft classes, and these are already proving really popular, so be sure to check them out on this website or pick up a pamphlet from the store for further booking information, click here for full details http://riversidebeads.t83.net/

We are also having a little re-jig at Riverside Towers. I'm bringing in a small office area so that I can spend even more time in-store, rather than being cooped up at home on the computer. That way I get to have a cup of tea and a well earned natter with you guys whilst I beaver away!

Riverside Beads sparkle spacer snowflake design

So that's my update this week, aside from the usual Christmas madness that is. My husband Steve, our three boys and I worked super hard putting the tree up this weekend and I have to say it looks extra magical this year! I'm feeling pretty blessed at the moment with such a beautiful family, friends and great customers.

If you're passing the store do pop in and say hello, or feel free to come in just to have a look at what we do. I'll be back with this blog in two weeks time with more exciting new product information, sprinkled with the mayhem and madness of the Riverside team. Hope you will join us then and, in the meantime, Happy Beading! 😊

Merry Christmas

Donna Xx

Watch Donna on Create and Craft TV at Sky 674, Freeview 23, Virgin 748 and Freesat 813