Tuesday, March 6, 2012

New York City!

An opportunity to explore one of my all time favorite cities, stay in a charming hotel, run around with Maggie and Marcia, explore the garment district, bead shops, museums, and bead! I'm well versed in New York city as is Maggie, and to have both us be your guides, well I think we'll be guaranteed to have a great time.

October 21st is day one of the five day adventure and October on the East Coast is magic, for this formerly New England girl at least. There is bound to be just enough chill in the air and colorful foliage to remind us of fall, but not too cold to enjoy this walking city to it's fullest.

It's a Beadventure and it will be an excellent one. It is part of the Designer Inspired series. I'll be sharing my particular style of design with you, which is most often one of component design. I've got a brand new technique, inspired by the iconic Chrysler building.

We'll have plenty of time to select materials at perhaps the best stocked bead store you've seen, Beads by Blanche, just over the river in New Jersey.

After understanding this simple to do yet really effective component, you'll make bead, color and design decisions to bring this component into your very own piece of jewelry. And I'll be there to guide you.

Maggie just has to be one of my all time favorite people to hang out with. If you've had the experience you already know that, and if you haven't, well I can tell you it is an opportunity that you'll want to be a part of. It's going to be really really big FUN!


Peikkonen said...

The building looks amazing, no wonder you were inspired! Maybe I will win in the lottery soon, so I can book the beadventure :)

Julia said...
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Julia said...

Hey there! I'm a "long time follower, first time commenter"...

This sounds like it's going to be a lot of fun! Welcome to my playground :D I had to move out recently, but it's still "my" city at heart~

If you have time, go to Suma on 36th Street, just east of 6th Avenue. That's where I get my materials~ they carry semi-precious stones at great prices, have quite a wide selection, and the shopkeepers are all exceptionally nice.

There are a lot of stores in the area, though, so even if you don't end up at Suma there are a lot of other choices. Some stores are friendlier than others, so just be aware when you're shopping around.

It sounds like your trip will be a blast-- have fun on your beadventure! <3

(Sorry, I accidentally hit send before I was done writing, and I don't know how to edit... hence the deleted comment... technology is not on my side today!)

Sending lots of love your way,
~*~ http://beautifullywhimsical.blogspot.com ~*~

Marcia DeCoster said...

Thanks Julia, we will definitely be spending time in the garment district, though I admit to no knowing Suma so I will be anxious to visit it.

Julia said...

You are going to have so much fun! When you go to the garment district, be sure to end up in the beading area-- it's like a subsection of the GD. The bead stores are all clustered together, for the most part.

I went bead shopping today, and poked my head into the other stores since Suma wasn't open when I got there. I have to tell you, Suma is still my favorite-- they are the friendliest you'll find, and their prices are hard to beat.

Suma deals mostly in semiprecious and natural beads (like shells and stones and things like that). They have very little glass, no seed beads, and very little metal accents. But the shopkeepers are the nicest you'll find, and are very knowledgeable about current jewelry trends! In the other stores, you'll be lucky if you're even acknowledged, or worse, they treat you like a criminal and watch you like a hawk.

If you want metal supplies, Metalliferous (spelling could be slightly off...) is THE place to go. Best prices, and widest selection.

I don't know the name of my seed bead shop, or the street it's located on, but I'll try to find that out for you, if you'd like. They have the widest selection of seed beads that I've seen-- shop owners are terribly unfriendly, unfortunately, but you won't find another store with more glass seed beads. They have every size imaginable, every color of the rainbow, and different "finishes"-- translucent, opaque, shimmery, "clear", etc. That store also has lots of fashion beads and findings, too.

...sorry, didn't mean to write a book! I just know that NYC can be a big place, and I would hate for you to waste your time (and money!) during your visit <3

I'm a little jealous-- I don't have any real-life friends who are jewelers/beaders, so I don't have anyone to go on fun trips like this with me!!!!