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 juice on Las Ramblas....£10!?

So I promised you some big news this week, I've got the most sensational announcement to make....drum roll please....Riverside Beads and Crafts is opening a new store!

We've been very happy as part of the Deeping Craft Centre for many years but now have finally decided to take the plunge and open our very own brand new stand alone store. Beautiful Beaders I just can't tell you how excited I am, I feel like I'm giving birth to another child. It's even got it's very own workshop room, so our classes are going to be bigger and better than ever before! Yay!!

Locals and regulars will be glad to know they won't have to go far to find us because we have secured a large shop pretty much directly opposite our current home. Spooky eh?

We are planning for our grand opening to be on the 20-21st May. There will be loads going on that weekend including free goody bags, free taster sessions and a chance to speak to lots of your favourite craft and beading friends. We will actually be in the shop from the 6th of May and, though you may have to forgive the chaos, you'll find our full product selection available, so please stop by and say hello.

The new store is going to be open 7 days a week; Monday-Saturday 10am - 5pm; Sunday and bank holidays 11am - 4pm.

The gang cant wait to see you all there! 

You will still be able to find a special selection of our range in the Deeping Craft Centre, with a smiling face to assist you as always, but for the full Riverside monty you'll be directed to hop, skip and jump (like the Easter reference?) across the road to the new store, where you'll find lots of happy bunnies (did it again) and fully stocked shelves with the latest designs from the craft and beading world.

If you can't wait until then to get your fix of newness then you can always tune in to see me on Create and Craft TV. I'll be bringing you some exclusive new kits and one-off treats on April 19th at 9am and then again on May 1st at 11am. To find out more why not take a look at their website here

As well as all that amazingness I've been furiously making Easter cards and preparing for our annual family Easter egg hunt. I can tell you there are chocolate eggs hidden in places in my home that you would never imagine!

Happy Easter and happy beading!


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