General Musings

As part of our 10th Birthday Celebrations we are so lucky to have the amazing Christi Friesen here at the studio.

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As part of our 10th Birthday Celebrations, we held a VIP evening event on Monday 12th September.

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As part of our 10th Birthday Celebrations we are so lucky to have my beautiful friend and amazing polymer clay artist, Debbie Crothers here at the studio teaching 3 days of wonderful workshops.

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Is your creativity in holiday mode? Has your mojo taken an unwelcome break? This happens to the best of us - usually during the periods when we've actually got time to create! There's nothing worse than sitting down to design and make your next masterpiece only to be drawing a blank.  Perhaps you need some inspiration to rediscover and invigorate your creativity?

Why not try the following??

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I wanted to share with you a blog post I read last week that really struck a chord with me. It is an issue quite close to my heart. 

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Sometimes I think we all get a little too comfortable in our surroundings and with what we are doing and fail to challenge and push ourselves out of our comfort zones.  I know this is true of me at times so when this new challenge presented itself to me, I was excited and petrified all at the same time!

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There has been so many wonderful workshops here at The Whimsical Bead and so many more planned. I have always loved classes and workshops. I guess I am one of those people who have a 'thirst for knowledge'. I am also someone who loves a hearty chat and a good discussion too.

These days it is easy to get caught up in the hype of the internet and social media and we can forget how great it can be to actually physically attend a workshop. There is so much information online now - tutorials, e-books, webinars, pinterest, Facebook, YouTube videos....the list goes on. This is fantastic for those of us who live in remote locations or for whatever reason cannot attend workshops but for those of you who do have the option of a physical workshop does this overload of online media prevent you from attending physical workshops?

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Last month, in addition to our monthly newsletter, I also sent out a short survey to my customers.  Thank you so much to those of you that participated. It has given me a bit of an idea about where to go from here, what you all like and what you'd like to see happen in the future. 

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This year, The Whimsical Bead is not only supporting the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal, we are also collecting funds for this worthy charity.

This appeal is one that is close to my heart and something that we have always supported on a personal level, but this year I wanted to get the business involved as well.  Even though the Royal Children’s Hospital has recently moved into it’s new premises, there is still a lot of work to be done and a lot more specialist equipment that needs to be purchased.  You can read about this on their website www.goodfridayappeal.com.au

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Those of you who receive our newsletter will know that we held a competition in February. Each person that made an order online during the month of February received an entry to win a copy of the latest The Polymer Arts magazine due to arrive in store any day now. 

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