Saturday, 18 April 2015

Smitten Open House 2015

I need to start with an apology as this is my first blog for almost a year! It's been quite a year, Smitten has been busier than ever and with the Bead Fairy (my helper Julie) moving of to a very much warmer climate, so something had to give.... However I'm back with a bang as I have news of this years OPEN HOUSE! Yup that time is upon us again, the sun has been shining and my energy levels are rising so it's time to get out the beads and show them off.

ARTISAN BEADSTERS - We have the usual suspects joining us this year, Bo Hulley, Pips, Earthshine and The Curious Bead Shop but we also have a very special extra guest in Faerystone - Lucy the head honcho and chief metal basher will be joining us with her superb chain and findings. I will be back soon with more info about all these talented ladies.

WHAT'S NEW AT SMITTEN - The Smitten section will have some rather interesting new beads this year, I've just taken delivery of a huge range of FRESH WATER PEARLS just for the show and today found  some rather gorgeous HEMP CORD in 25 stunning shades. As you would expect there will be lots of new and beautiful CZECH GLASS beads including ETCHED FARFALLE, STONE BEADS and the gorgeous ENGLISH CUTS in 3 & 10mm. We will have the new MATTE HAEMATITE range and the SNAKE SKIN FIRE POLISHED beads on display and of course it will be your first chance to see the beautiful GREEK CERAMIC and GREEK CAST METAL beads that were added to the website just before Christmas.

Some of our latest Czech glass beads

A selection of Greek Cast Metal beads

Etched Farfalle (peanuts), some of the new chain from the US and 4mm leather cord.

 SMITTEN DESTASH - Over the last week I have been spring cleaning the bead room and deciding on which beads are going into the Open House destash in order to make way for all the new beads. There will be some serious beady bargains to be had, as ever Mum (The Duchess of Destash) along with my niece Emily will be on hand to help you.

CLASSES - I'm happy to report that Rebecca Anderson and Charlotte Rosser are both back teaching this year along with our new tutor Dawn Gatehouse. I will be posting again at the end of the month with details about all three classes and information on how to book.

LAMP WORK TASTER SESSIONS - Last year Linda Newnham from Earthshine treated us to a fabulous demonstration of how she makes her stunning beads, this year she plans to offer you a chance to sit at the torch and make your own. I will be posting more details and how to book this along with the the class information very soon.

EATING CAKE FOR A GOOD CAUSE! - Guilt free indulgence!...Last year I asked you all to bring a cake or a tray bake to share in aid of a good cause. Your donations for the refreshments along with the raffle raised over £150 for The Born Free Foundation and this year I would love to top that. The Bead Smitten facebook group every year raises money for charities for the two legged but as I'm a bit of a fan of conservation and animal welfare charities I've chosen another close to my heart the WWF. I have discovered that I make a mean chocolate fridge cake so I will be whipping one up for the day, I shall be asking Pauline to do her (and my favourite) mushroom quiche and Auri (Mr Smitten) will be making us a lovely summer punch (non alcoholic!). So if you can please make something scrummy, sweet or savoury to bring with you to share I would be very grateful.

HOW TO GET YOUR INVITATION - If I've tempted you with the above and you would like to come and visit us on the 29th or 30th of May then here's what you need to do - Email me with your name and the names of anyone you would like to bring and your preferred day to visit, I will then reply to let you know that I have added you to the guest list. An email will then be sent out about 10 days before the event with your invitation which will include all the relevant info for finding us and parking.

To be added to the guest list please email me at -

I look forward to hearing from you and hope to see you in May.