Saturday, 31 October 2015

Social Media and Posting......A Change of Mind

Hi Peeps, As a blogger and a business person, as well as being a sort of Social Media Guru of sorts, I have read and used many pieces of advice, that is available and sometimes, just sometimes, I have come across some article that didn't work for me or for my friends and clients. The article was used in a blog that I did in September of this year and it was about the best time to Post, Blog, tweet and so on. but after a month and a half, I realised and checked with those who I had advised, that the times I suggested, were not getting us the results. Myself, I had no new likes, no tweeters liking my stuff, no pins being repinned of any new followers, etc.
After a few days of thinking what to do, then the demise of my laptop, I was unable to sort this out. So I have decided to remove the Blog, as I feel this research was not correct for me and my friends, here and now. It may be someone's right times to do their Social Media, but not ours.
I did change my Times, based in my business and am compiling what suits my business, I will then run it out among a certain few, to gauge their results. So for now, Sorry about the offending article and I have duly removed it

Go Forward My Peeps and Tweet,Post, Blog & Pin and see what suits your business
Till Later

Think This Sums the Whole Thing Up
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Friday, 30 October 2015

Selection of Glass Seed Beads. Available at Church Street Craft Market

From This Week, We have started to stock Glass Seed Bead Selections at the Craft market in Church Street,  Ballymena.
There are selections of Czech Glass Seed Beads, Glass Pearls & Crystals, as well as mixtures of Japanese Seed Beads & Czech Glass Beads also.
As well as those , we have now Tubes of Chinese Seed Beads, 5 Colours , all of which are 6/0 in size.
Packs of Chinese Glass Seed Beads, which have a selection of 8 colours. These come in 6/0 and 10/0. Why not come check them out.
We are open Monday to Saturday
9.00 a.m.  to 5.00 p.m.
Also I will be there always on a Monday from 1.00 till closing

Buy Local, Support your Local Business's

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Thursday, 29 October 2015

Did You Miss Me...Say You Did ...Please

Hi Peeps, Sorry I haven't been about lately and have not Blogged in over a month, simply because my laptop, has had to go to the Laptop Doctor...My Desktop, was so slow, a snail could have processed quicker. Trying to get orders from it to post was like waiting for it not to rain here for a whole Summer ( Fat Chance of that happening ), so by chance and it was chance, I changed my route to town and behold I spotted a Second Hand Desktop for Sale, with Windows 8 ( Oh Yeah Baby ) and after a quick rethink and a count of the cash flow, I had to have it. ( My Excuse is that it is my Birthday, next month, so I bought myself an early Birthday present ).
So Now I'm able to post and Blog without ageing and growing a full length beard, so the blogging begins in earnest again. Hope you Didn't Miss Me Too Much

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Christmas is Coming , if you haven't noticed
Remember to buy Local and Hand Crafted
Keep your Present buying Local This Year
Thank You
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Friday, 2 October 2015

It Started With One Little Bead, Actually One Little Idea

How My Business Started
As some of you might know my business had 3 beginnings, I know, you are asking, how can you have 3 beginnings, hang on and I will explain, so I will break it down into 3 chapters for you.
It Actually Didn't, start with one bead,but it was one little Idea,
And so the Saga begins
One Summer, I had visited my Friend's shop in Ballymena, she owned a shop that sold food, drink and other stuff from her own country, which was Romania.
Her husband would travel to Romania, once every 6 weeks to get supplies for to sell in the shop. On one such expedition, he had to stop in Paris, as he had to stop over, as his ferry back to Northern Ireland was not till the next day, while he was there, he bought her a beautiful Amethyst Bracelet, which had been made using Memory Wire and Amethyst Chips .

She showed me this and we talked about how beautiful it was, Then she wondered if we could buy stuff to make jewellery, ( Now at this stage, I would like to explain to you, Firstly I had no idea how to make jewellery, or what memory wire or Amethyst chips were, or where i would even get any of this stuff.) So i agreed to have a look and see what I could find. ( Also remember I was no Spring Chicken, so this was a complete new and unknown Field for me)
And so, Sitting down in front of my Computer, I began to search eBay, I was smitten almost right away. There was so much, beautiful Beads & stuff , I was like a child in a toy shop. Eventually, I picked some beads and stuff and ordered them.
The next 2 days, were like forever, meanwhile, I discovered online Bead shops, that only made matters worse, More stuff was ordered, all I saw was Shiny Things, Different Colours, So much choice. Days after beads & supplies began to arrive, I had now one Box of beads, which then turned into 2 and then it snowballed into 8.
So I had got myself beads, now what was I do with them. another 3 days of sifting through Websites for ideas & tutorials, then discovered that a shop in town sold Beading magazines.
I first learned how to use a head pin with beads, then how to crimp, then how to open jump rings and on and on till I had made some Bracelets & some Necklaces, looking back now, my work was really not the best made, but I sold a few things , which brought some money back in. I bought some Chain and began to make Charm bracelets.
That first Year from November to Christmas week, I made over 300 of those bracelets. I was working full time in a Hotel and coming home at night and making them till the early hours of the next morning.
The Next year,with the money that I had lifted from the charm bracelets, I bought wood and so on and my Brother in Law, David, build a stud wall in the Garage and a Word Bench. Now I had a Workshop, simply because my one box of beads, now had expanded from a box to being in the Box Room, The Kitchen & The Living Room. Now it was all under one roof and I began to work in Earnest at my jewellery making. My sister became interested and I taught her, how to make jewellery. I was turning out pieces and selling them and having a great time. I had a friend who was staying with me at the time and she too, began to make stuff. At this time she met an american guy and they became good friends and then, she moved out to live with her sister and I was back to my own making.
Eventually they became engaged and she moved out to Las Vegas and that is where the Second Chapter begins

More to come
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Thursday, 1 October 2015

October at Wicked Princess Beads

October at Wicked Princess Beads

Here , During October at Wicked Princess Beads, This Month, we are going to ask you for your  Support,  as it is Visit Your Local Bead Shop Month

Plus, we are going to make October our Social Media Month as well.
Where we will be giving you tips on how to use Social Media to help grow your business.

As well as that Our Halloween Shop on Our Website is opening

Also Our Christmas Shop is Opening Due to Demand on Our Website as well

For a preview of our Christmas Charms
Check out Our Christmas Charms Pinterest page

Keep up to date either by Following our Blog
Or by our Social Media 
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Wednesday, 30 September 2015

The Loneliness of the Bead Stringer

The Loneliness of the Bead Stringer

Oh Woe Is Me,
I am alone,
No one wants to help.

It is the day after the big order has arrived from India and now I have to begin to string the beads for sale, Yes , I know that I could bag them up, but they look better strung and hung against the wall, rather than lying flat on the counter.
So here I sit at the Kitchen Table, with what looks like an ever ending mountain of beautiful beads before me. Their different coloured peaks rising up, towards the Kitchen ceiling and beyond and I have to decide which peaks to begin with, usually picking the one with the least beads to begin with, it’s easier that way to start.
And so my journey across the Mountains of Beads begin, I turn 3 packets of these into a bowl, there seems to be a moving ocean of glass beads afloat in the bowl, swirling around avoiding my fingers as I start to pick them out. Looking down in the bowl there seems to thousands there bobbing up and down as I attempt to get started, but really there are only 300 in the bowl, but there is still another 30 bags still to go)
And so my Bead stringing begins, one after one they are strung, endlessly, each bead eating another couple of seconds of time as I continue on my lonely trek through the bead stringing expedition, then there are those, who won’t play the game, the runaway ones, the ones that escape, they bounce and roll all over the kitchen, into the Hall and out towards the front door, trying to make a break for it… There I go after them, catching some in mid bounce, other rolling to darkest corner, below the kitchen units, behind the pipes of the radiator , below the table, if there is a place that it is difficult to get to, it is there they will go to hide and there I have to go to rescue them from non use.
Onwards, I go the noise of glass bead clicking on each other as they meet, sliding down the plastic cord, nearer the roll, one after another, the even ending pile, not seeming to be getting smaller, like an infinity puzzle, it just keeps going on and then you see it the first glimpse of the bottom of the bowl, faster you work to take in the sight, that glorious sight of the bottom of the bowl.
And then suddenly, it’s empty, a barren wasteland of bowl waiting for the next 3 bags of beads.
A feeling of euphoria, washes over me, I feel like celebrating, but, No
And so it begins again.
Tipping in the next 3 bags, it resumes …. Again you begin the process, one after another, just yourself alone, humming a little song in your head or over thinking an event that happened a couple days ago . Promising yourself that this will be the last lot before, Your Dinner, Bed or some other occasion, that you are using to get away from your Bead Stringing… But you are fooling yourself , you keep on racing against the clock, pushing yourself onward like an athlete, ( I know that sounds over the top, but I’m by myself, who’s to know.)
One bead after another, watching for the slightest sight of the bottom of the bowl, but alas it‘s not to be.
The phone ring, I stop what I am doing to answer it, my momentum gone, the moment lost.
“ Hello “, I say.
.” Hi Dad, What you doing? Says the voice of one of my Children.
 “ Stringing Beads “, Says I.
“ Don’t know, Why you don’t bag them, says he

So remember, the next time you buy a string of beads, the labour of love that went into it, the passion of the lonely Stringer, as he sat, late into the night, (Well 10.30), working so that you could have those beads strung. 

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Monday, 28 September 2015