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 and Craft TV, on Friday the 24th of March at 9am.
Tune in to see me create the exquisite 'Claire' Angel, a perfect gift for any elegant bride. She's part of my exclusive Create and Craft TV 'Giveaway' show where I'll be sharing not just my usual hints and tips but also giving away a bumper selection of goodies with every product purchased. Be sure not to miss out!

Claire sparkle spacer angel charm

Personally I just LOVE a good wedding. My hubby and I got married in Cyprus. It was such an amazing day, surrounded by close friends and family and set in a lush paradise. I made all of my wedding jewellery, obviously, and presented each of my bridesmaids with a handmade bracelet, as a little thank you. I only wish I'd have invented the Sparkle Spacer Angel back then, as it would have made a gorgeous embellishment to the bracelets and I could have themed each one according to the bridesmaid....oh it makes me want to do it all over again!

I'm actually going to show you how to make a Sparkle Spacer Angel in our next Techniques Blog, due out on the 28th of March, so if you're interested in learning how to create these little darlings make sure you come back to this Blog page and read my step by step guide.

We are pretty big on weddings here at Riverside Beads with not only oodles of gorgeous beads and kits available in store and online but also some fab workshops for you to learn how to make your very own unique pieces. Like our Tiara making class on Sunday 2nd April, from 11am until 3pm, where for only £15 per person you can learn how to make amazing headpieces for your special day. To find out more just follow this link.

Another cause for celebration this week is that it's our 15th Birthday! Can you believe it? 15 whole years since the birth of my little business! What started as Dalex Crafts has now expanded to Riverside Beads and Riverside Crafts. I'm proud as punch and couldn't have got this far without the support of all of my loyal customers.

So, until next time, let me raise a glass and wish you a HAPPY BIRTHDAY and, as always, happy beading!


Watch Donna On Friday the 24th of March at 9am on Create and Craft TV at Sky 674, Freeview 23, Virgin 748 and Freesat 813