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Just a silly thing, but I had so much fun!

post #1 of 24
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As a hobby, I make beadwoven jewelry, mostly with teeny-tiny seed beads... and good quality seed beads are so hard to find! We've never had a really good selection any closer than 40 miles from where I live. But tomorrow is the grand opening of a brand-new bead store that's only 20 minutes away from me, and they've got 1200 different kinds and colors of seed beads!

A few weeks ago, the owners of the new store put out a call to local beaders, asking for help in packaging all those millions and millions of seed beads into thousands and thousands of little tubes as start-up inventory for their store. It took four days, and to "pay" for our help, the owners let us keep any leftover beads that didn't make whole tubes -- so we all ended up with lots of interesting shapes and colors to take home!

As we were working one day last week, the owners got their cash register running and told us we could have 20% off anything we wanted to buy. So I bought a few small things, Val rang me up... and I was their very first customer!

Well, that gave me an idea. I decorated a frame with beads, doing the name of the store in little alphabet beads at the top, and I framed that first receipt for them to hang on their wall:



I'm taking it over there tomorrow morning for their opening day. I know it's silly, but... I'm so excited!
post #2 of 24
Oh Carol!! They will be thrilled!! That is gorgeous, and what a wonderful idea!
post #3 of 24
That is so cute! And I can see that you are very creative! What a nice thing to do. I sense that you and the owner of this store will be friends for a long time. Isn't it great when something nice happens?

I like it, and I'm glad to see you so happy!
post #4 of 24
Wow that's beautiful! It's not silly, it's sentimental and sweet!!

That's so great that they moved in close to you and that you are off to such a great start.

Enjoy your new favorite store!

post #5 of 24
That's so cute! You're very talented....I can't even glue macaroni (I can't even spell it! ) to a piece of paper!
post #6 of 24
That's beautiful! And I'm sure they will be very touched by it. What a wonderful idea to do that for them!
post #7 of 24
That must have been fun helping them out! Congratulations on being the first customer, and I'm sure they'll be thrilled with your gift!
post #8 of 24
aww, that's really sweet of you!

I'm sure you'll be their favorite customer.
post #9 of 24
I don't think that's silly at all, Carol. I think it's very thoughtful and sweet -- not to mention creative -- and I think they'll be tickled pink.
post #10 of 24
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Originally Posted by white cat lover View Post
That's so cute! You're very talented....I can't even glue macaroni (I can't even spell it! ) to a piece of paper!
You have spelt Macaroni correctly, don't panic!

The frame looks wonderful! They will be so pleased!
post #11 of 24
You did a wonderful job and I'm sure they will love it.
post #12 of 24
Wow, how nice!!
post #13 of 24
That is lovely, what a wondrful idea. they are going to love it
post #14 of 24
Carol, that is so gorgeous and professional! The owners are going to love it!
post #15 of 24
What a great idea, it's wonderful
post #16 of 24
I think it's very cute and I think they will appreciate it very much!!!
post #17 of 24
I think that is wonderful! You are so creative. Where is it located?
post #18 of 24
It's not silly, it's wonderful. I bet they will love it. You did a great job.
post #19 of 24
That's so cute!! Have you given it to them? Did they love it??
post #20 of 24
I bet they will be appreciative!! That is something they probably haven't thought of and to use their products is good advertising too!!
post #21 of 24
Oh Carol, and that so sweet and so like you! I swear you are probably one of most thoughtful people I know, online or in real life. I'm sure they will love it!
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Carol, that is so gorgeous and professional! The owners are going to love it!
Rosemary say´s right!...........very good my friend......congrats!...
post #23 of 24
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...I can't even glue macaroni (I can't even spell it! ) to a piece of paper!
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Originally Posted by DeeDeeMay View Post
You have spelt Macaroni correctly, don't panic!
Really? I thought it was maquereauni!

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Originally Posted by Mom of 4 View Post
I think that is wonderful! You are so creative. Where is it located?
The store is in Carrollton, on the southwest corner of Josey & Trinity Mills... in the same little strip center where Rabbit & Rooster Beads was until a couple of months ago. Hey, are you a beader too?

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Originally Posted by sarahp View Post
Have you given it to them? Did they love it??
Yup! And I'm so glad I did it, because there was a big bead retreat in Shreveport this weekend, so most of the beaders who knew about the opening weren't able to be there. I was the only one there when they officially opened their doors, and my little present helped keep it from being anti-climactic, y'know? They were just thrilled, and they showed it off to everybody who came into the store while I was there shopping.

And oh gosh, what a store! Everything I could ever want is there, and the prices are not crazy. The very best thing: a great big basket of loose semi-precious stone beads, hundreds of different kinds and shapes and sizes... $6 for all you could fit into a 2x3 bag and still zip it! (And it's amazing how much one of those little things will hold!) I got some beautiful focal beads in dalmation jasper and moss agate and yellow jade and matrix turquoise, and one very beautiful piece of black-and-white striated onyx that I knew my mom would love. (And she does!) I can hardly wait to get started working with these beautiful new beads!

But I digress. The point is: thank you all, for all your kind words! Normally, I don't manage to follow through on little ideas like this, but you sure make me glad I did this time.
post #24 of 24
That is so sweet! I am sure they will apprectiate that!!
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