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I haven't had a chance to post until today, but last Sunday The Whimsical Bead held a second COPPRClay workshop taught by talented artist Lara LeReveur

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As some of you may know, I recently ran a promotion where all proceeds from the sale of any Artisan Polymer Clay item would go directly to the Red Cross Victorian Floods Appeal 2011.  With your support we managed to raise and donate $350 to this worthy cause so thankyou!

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Today I spent the day at Funky Lula's Beads & Baubles in Mornington, Victoria teaching a workshop on creating canes. Each student created a leaf cane and a flower cane using colours of their choice. They then spent a few hours creating their own special beads.

We had a great day and I encourage those who are located near the Mornington Peninsula to visit Kerryn's shop. It's a lovely little place filled with a great variety of beads, findings and stringing materials.

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Only 2 years after the devastating bushfires, Victoria is facing more destruction as floods wash through the state.  Queensland and NSW are also victims of these horrific floods.

Help us to help those affected by the recent Floods. Any proceeds from the sale of any Artisan polymer clay item purchased up until 13th February 2011 will go directly to the Red Cross Flood Appeal.

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Aluminium cuff blanks have been very hard to find here in Australia for quite some time now and I am pleased to announce that The Whimsical Bead will now be stocking them!  We've got 4 different widths which can all be pulled out to fit many different sized wrists.

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Each year I take the time to create something small for each of the girls that I work with. I think it's a nice way to end the year, especially during that last week or so before Christmas when the time starts to drag before we all go on holidays for a week.  Most of them look forward to it and love opening their Christmas cards which have a little something extra inside them. 

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As many of you would know, I recently exhibited at the Melbourne Bead Expo here in Victoria. Thank you to those of you who came past the stand and visited. It was lovely to see some 'old' faces and to also put new faces to names!

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Last weekend was the weekend of the Lilydale Annual Spring Show.  Each year I try to enter a few pieces into their juried exhibition and this year was no exception.  This year I entered into the Advanced Beadwork category.  I decided to move away from polymer clay as this medium is not very well understood at this event (I need to do some more educating in this area!!).  Because of this, I thought it was the perfect time to challenge myself and make a few jewellery pieces from materials that I don't usually use or haven't used for some time.

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These past few weeks have been super busy with quite a few shipments of stock arriving.  I am busily preparing for the next few months when I will be teaching at various locations - Amya Beads, Funky Lulas and Chicky Babes Beads. We will also be having a stand again at the Melbourne Bead Expo in November so I've been collecting stock for that too - I feel like a squirrel, hoarding things away for the winter!!

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Yesterday morning we held a chainmaille workshop at the studio. Students were to create a bracelet with Japanese 12 in 2 weave. This is one of my favourite chainmaille weaves as it has quite a bit of weight to it (with approx. 400 rings) and looks very classy when finished with a beautiful clasp.

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