Sunday 3 March 2013

Curious Update and Inspiration Kits

Happy Sunday everyone! I hope you are all having a lovely day. Here in Manchester, we actually have some sunshine! I am beginning to feel that Spring really is just around the corner, and I'm hoping - after an incredibly busy week in the Songbead/Curious household, to get out and about and enjoy it whilst it lasts. (Because here in Manchester, you just know it won't.....!) 

Last Tuesday was probably my most exciting post day ever. Beautiful czech glass beads arrived in multitudes from a new supplier. My biggest shop update yet! And boy, has it kept me busy this week.....I am so chuffed and grateful with how my fledgling business is going. I don't really know what expectations I had when I started Curious last November - more an aim to bring unusual Czech glass to the UK market - the type of glass that I could often only find for sale in America. And it seems I am not alone in my love of designer Czech glass! 

Here's a snapshot of some of the lovelies that hit my shop this week.

Top row (left to right):

Middle row (left to right):

Bottom row (from left to right):

I'm still far from the stage of being able to simply stock everything that I would like to. Maybe one day,  but I don't have this in mind to become a full-time job. In a way this seems good to me - I have no ambitions to become a one-stop bead shop; rather, a place to go to for an excellent choice of select items. I only want to stock supplies that I am truly passionate about and would use in my own work. Hence my current stock of beads and cord.....I keep saying it, but I really do have plans to roll out my own line of copper findings very soon! And I'm in talks with an artist about custom items for Curious....all very exciting. 

This week, with such a great influx of new stock, I decided to create some 'Curious Inspiration Kits'. Select packs based on colour schemes. They have flown out of the shop! I'm incredibly pleased that they have been so popular, and I will definitely be making them a regular feature. For now, I am down to the last 1 or 2 of most of them, so if you'd like to snaffle one up, I'd advise you move quickly as they were only listed on Friday!  Here's a peek at the different kits.

I'm already planning some more for the end of next week. It was great fun coming up with themes and names for them all! 2 of them contain Liberty's of London silk bias binding ribbon from my own personal stash, a gorgeous material that I've been hoarding for some time. I thought it was about time I shared the love! I'd love to hear what colours of themes you'd like to see turned into kits....


scotknit said...

These look so enticing and inspiring. I'd love to see what your customers go on to produce from the kits.

DVArtist said...

I love buying in themes. I sell in themes as well. Great selection.

steufel said...

Great kits - and congrats on your successful bead shop. Your stuff is really beautiful! Love what you offer!

Jo said...

The kits are so beautiful Rebecca! You have a wonderful eye for colour.

Unknown said...

Hmmm such yumminess - beautiful beads.

Caron Michelle said...

What stunning colours, the kids are fabulous and the beads just divine. Have favourited a few and hope by pay day they are still here!


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