Friday, 24 October 2014

New Opportunities, Oh! Yeah

Hi Folks, Today Comes the Good News
A while back I told you about a new opportunity, that I had been offered, Well I was excepted for it.
Our local Business Centre, here in Ballymena, opened an Art & Crafts Business Centre in Church Street. Myself and 29 other Crafters of all kinds, were picked to breathe life and hand made items into this project. So, as I started out in business, I used to make hand made items, till the Bead Shop, became a reality.
So know I can get back into this and get back into making my stuff again. This is an exciting challenge for me, as well as the jewellery, I will be making. I am also producing Beading kits for all ages, as well I will be able to do a bit of teaching on a one to one basis.
We open the Doors, hopefully ( if my Shelving is finished and delivered in time) on the 1st November at 9.00. There is so much talent and beautiful handcrafted items, it will be prefect for Christmas Presents, everything from Handcrafted Silver Mementoes to handmade Cushions, Paintings of all different styles & techniques, beautiful crafted pictures, earthenware, ceramics and the list goes on ( Oh and Me!).
Frantically, decided what to take with me and making Kits as well.
So I'm off  again to the Shop to make more up
Have a Great Day and Sorry about yesterday's rant :)

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Christmas Shop Has Opened

After Slow Internet, Bad connections, Website problems, Poor pictures for my items. I eventually got my Christmas Shop Opened at last.
I try so hard to do everything I can and all these things are just there to try and stop me
So I have 12 beautiful Enamel Christmas Charms, some in 4's but most in 5's.
All are £1.80 per pack
Here is some of them

Check out all the other Items

Small Business's and the struggle We have.

As you all know every small business, these days struggle at least sometime during the year. The Struggle isn't helped much by those who keeping moving the Goal posts, on a regular basis.
eBay and our Good friends, Facebook, don't help much, after promising a good time, then go and start making conditions.
Ok , some things might help us, bring in more business, but the time it consumes is greater, something small business's do not have.
eBay and their 101 changes, so that we sell more, if anyone has sat and tried to fix these ,what they want, is almost an impossible task. Ok my picture is this size and I have at least 3, Why?..... A week later they tell me to change them, or why do I want to add some word into my title, so as to sell more, when it tell everybody else to do the same. Oh and I forgot, they then charge us for wasting my precious time. I have things to do, eBay, I have customers to serve, I have website and Social media to update, I have parcels to make up and post.
Now Facebook is getting as bad. They are now talking about doing away with the Friend option and just making us like each other, Fine, but then this came along.

" FACEBOOK has recently changed its rules for Business Pages
A person has to be 'active' on your page a minimum of 3 times within any calendar month period.This means a 'like' of a picture, a comment or a full post on the wall.
If a person is not active on your page, as listed above, after a month of no activity, their 'like' will be removed from your page, as FB has decided they are not interested... in your page! So, if you are a fan of any pages, do make sure you are regularly active. Even just one quick post a week will ensure that the page will remain in your timeline..
It's also been found that the more Likes or Comments any one post receives, the more people that see it in their News feed.
So if you see a post or photo from any Business page you are a fan of make sure you like it, or even comment on it.
Help keep small Businesses running"
Oh and don't forget you have to save everybody you like or you don't get their posts as well as that, you may have 10,000 likes, but only 4 people are seeing it..AAAAAAHHHHH!!!!
I'm not even angry or annoyed.
Ok in Theory, this is fine, but , what happens if you have 500 likes, this means within a month, you have to take time to make 1500 entries on Facebook. Where am I going to find the time to do all this, especially when I get a big delivery in, or when I have to make jewellery, teach, keep my books and all the other things I have to do. Oh! and I have to work Part Time on top of that to keep a roof over my head.
Again Ok, they are only looking after us.....or are they.
Ok Rant Over
I hope everybody is having a good day
Oh and there is Amazon, Twitter & Etsy to keep going as well :)
So from all here at Wicked Princess Beads
Bye for now.
Good news coming soon

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Last date for Halloween Items

Last date for Halloween Items
Monday 27th of October at 3.00 p.m.will be the last Posting date for Halloween Items
Still Available are the Wicked Princess Ghoul Mix, plus there are still Ghosts, Pumpkins & Witches.
Plus the Antique Silver Halloween Pendants are in stock
So Don't Disappoint, Order  Soon
Check out our Enamel Christmas Charms on eBay


Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Christmas Shop

Hi Folks, Due to a problem with my Internet , My Christmas Shop, on my website, will be opening next week. Sorry.
Remember Folks, that your local Crafter's put loads of Hours & Love in at this time of year preparing their creations in hope, that you will buy from them, rather than the Big Chain Stores.
Support your local crafters, this year and make their creations, the best present you have ever given.


Thursday, 2 October 2014

Earlier in the Week ..............Good News

                 Earlier in the week , I posted a Blog, entitled New Opportunities.
                       Well this morning, I received a call, from Jenine McIlroy, to tell me that I had been one of the people picked to be part of their new Ballymena Business Centre Flagship Store in the centre of Ballymena.
I am pleased that now, I can exhibit, showcase & sell my products and jewellery.
      This means a lot to me, as I have worked hard to even get where, I am now and has give me a boost and bring my business to a lot more people, who craft in the local area, as well as in Northern Ireland
Will keep you posted on an opening date, next week.
Folks, Don't Forget October is Visit Your Local Bead Shop



Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Saw This, Went What a Good Idea

Loom Bands,
Love them or Hate them,
They got everywhere, kids went crazy for them,
I was prompt to learn how to do them by my 5 years old, Niece Layla,
Actually it was more like a challenge, she laid down.
But anyway, they were everywhere.
So as they are beginning to slow down, now what do we do with, what is left.
Well here is a use for the Loom, This is why I thought, What a Good Idea!!!!!

Check out to make a Scarf, using Wool, using The Loom Band Loom

Opening from the 5th of October

As from the 5th of October, We are opening our Christmas Shop, Here in Galgorm and Our Website
Come and choose from our range of Christmas Charms, Beads & Findings

Choose from our vast range of Glass Pearls
Or from our Selection of Gemstones

Pick from our different colours of Chain, Cord or Wire

We also stock Bead Smith Products, as well as other Tools

Also A Large stock of Acrylic & Resin Beads

Don't Forget you get 10% off, when you visit us, here in Galgorm

Remember October is Visit your Local Bead Shop Month

#visityourlocalbeadshop, #wickedprincessbeads, #beautifulbeadsgalgorm, #beadssupplierni ,#jewellerysuppliesni, #beadsandfindingsgalgorm, #jewellerysuppliesantrim, #fabulousfbpages

Did you know ...................

Did You know that October is Visit Your Bead Shop Month.
Well You do now.
So why not come , call and see our Selection of Beautiful Beads, Charms & Findings.
We are open just 3 days each week, as I have committed myself to help a friend in a New restaurant
Monday  10.00 a. m . - 8.30 p.m
Tuesday 1.00 - 8.30 p.m
Wednesday 10.00 - 8.30 p.m
Give me a Call before hand, just in case I have had to go out, it happens.
These are the days that I also teach basic Jewellery Making Classes
and I may have had to go on one of those.
Check out my Facebook Page for any Changes, as I will be posting them there