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Looking for a quick and easy reference to what's happening here at the studio this coming semester?
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As promised I have put together an easy to read calendar for our Semester 1 workshops - March through to June.

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2016 is a very special year for The Whimsical Bead as it marks 10 years of us being in business.
Whilst it's been a few months since this special event, the wonderful pieces that were submitted as part of our 10th Birthday Celebrations Competition are very much still cemented in my mind and I'm long overdue in sharing them with you.

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  ** UPDATED - EXTENDED DEADLINE.
Due to popular demand, I am giving you all an extra weekend to finish and submit your entries. Photo Entries are due by Monday 8th August 2016 by 5pm AEST. The actual pieces still need to be received by 31st August as in the original post.

2016 is a very special year for The Whimsical Bead as it marks 10 years of us being in business. Where did that time go?!

Our ‘official’ birthday is 25th September and in celebration of this, September is going to be ‘party’ month here at the studio!

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Come and join us for our mid year Open Studio - just in time for Mother's Day!
We'll also be giving visitors a sneak peek at our new workshops scheduled for July - December (and the chance to book early too!).
Saturday 30th April and Sunday 1st May 2016......read on for all the information.

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Many of my students have been on Pinterest for quite awhile and many of them regularly bring their iPads and tablets to show me images and share inspiring images with their peers.

As many people will know I'm not a huge fan of social media! Whilst I enjoy being able to make contact with my customers and interact with them regularly, I believe that in some ways social media is taking over and is affecting our personal relationships. As with everything in life, a think balance is key.

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After a lot of persuasion, I have finally put The Whimsical Bead on Facebook!  I am still learning all about how it works but we're there and it's certainly a start. All the latest news from the studio will be posted there - new products, updates, workshops etc. - just give me some time to get into the swing of it all!!

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At the beginning of the year I presented my students from various venues with a challenge. Beginning a new year, I think we all lack a little direction and sometimes a little motivation as we wonder what the year will bring, so I gave my students the option to participate in this challenge as a way to combat these issues.

The theme for this challenge was 'Dreamscape'. Students were asked to interpret this theme as they saw fit. Entries could be wearable or sculptural with the only limitation being that they must contain at least 75% polymer clay. Other materials could be whatever the student chose - glass, acrylic, wood, found items......you get the idea!

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I thought I would share with you some great new products that have made their way into our store. Something completely different........Stamps!!  I have purchased a range of Kaiser Craft clear, acrylic, unmounted stamps which are a high quality brand of stamp with a beautiful range of designs.

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After months of preparation, a hectic day of travelling and setting up and 3 long days trading (plus the workshop I taught!) , the 2011 Melbourne Bead Expo is over.  The Expo was held at the Kingston Town Hall in Moorabbin over 3 days. Like last year we traded next to good friends and fellow traders, Kay from Kay's Artycles and Jo from Cranberry Beads, however this year The Whimsical Bead had three tables rather than the two we had last year. This extra table served as a demonstration space so that we could show customers and potential students what the medium of polymer clay was all about. It was received well and most of the time drew a reasonably sized crowd.

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