Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Urge to Merge

For a while now I have been debating as to whether or not to merge my old company Gypsybeads and my not-so-new company The Peacock Shop on Etsy.  I admit, I was having a hard time letting the Gypsy go.  I sold my finished jewelry under that name for years, and my Etsy shop was relatively well-known.  The problem really came when I realized how hard it was to sell under my new name and still be selling online under my old name.  No one understood that we were the same company essentially.  So after much debate, and a few tears, I decided to merge the two into The Peacock Shop which will allow me to expand more easily than Gypsybeads.

I thank you all in advance for bearing with me while we transition into a single entity.   It may take a few weeks to fully integrate, but it'll be worth it in the end ;)

Here's one of the rings now available in The Peacock Shop....more to come of course ;)

Monday, April 25, 2011

Bead Unique Magazine's Monday Show and Tell!

This week's theme is BUGLE BEADS!


Post a photo of a beaded piece (beaded jewelry, art jewelry, home d├ęcor, or fashion) that you've created using BUGLE BEADS on the Bead Unique wall between now and Wednesday, April 27th (11:59 p.m. EST).

One lucky poster, chosen at random, will receive a copy of Jamie Cloud Eakin’s “Bugle Bead Bonanz...a” (Lark Books, 2010), a book filled with innovative ideas for using bugle beads!

This is a great opportunity to get your work seen, and to see what other beaders are up to ;)

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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Mixed Media Trapeze and Bellydance


Performed by Denver's own TribalTique.  Featuring the lovely Molly McClellan on the trapeze.  Want to see more?  You can check out their class schedule at Red Elephant Workshop, or check out the latest and greatest with Assistant Director Joanna's Blog here.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Great Movies to Bead by....

The Young Victoria (2009)






Dominated by her possessive mother and her bullying consort,Conroy, since childhood, teen-aged Victoria refuses to allow them the power of acting as her regent in the last days of her uncle, William IV's rule. Now eighteen, the British royal Victoria (Emily Blunt) ascends to the throne and is romanced by future husband Prince Albert (Rupert Friend) in this lush period film that chronicles the early years of the British monarch's larger-than-life reign. Produced by Martin Scorsese and Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, the Oscar-nominated film also stars Miranda Richardson as the Duchess of Kent, Jim Broadbent as King William, and Paul Bettany as Lord Melbourne.

This film really shows the stuggles of this young (and longest reigning) monarch in both her personal and professional life. The costuming is lovely, but pay particular attention to the crowns and jewels (of course ;).

My favorite quotes:

Princess Victoria: [to her mother] Oh, and if you think that I will ever forget that you stood by silent and watched him treat me thus, you are dreaming!


Queen Adelaide:[ to Queen Victoria] You are confusing stubbornness with strength, my dear. And I warn you, the people will not like you for it.




The Madness of King George (1994)


The dementia of King George III -- the English monarch who lost the war to keep the American colonies -- ignites a flurry of political and familial treachery in this comical biopic that earned Nigel Hawthorne and Helen Mirren a pair of Oscar nods. Based on Alan Bennett's play, the film provides insight into the primitive medical practices of the time and co-stars Ian Holm, Rupert Graves and Rupert Everett.

Helen Mirren is incomparable as Queen Charlotte who boasted 14 children of her husband King George III. Needless to say, the costuming is beautiful. The big hairdos and the dresses that come out 3 feet from the hip are particularly interesting (and accurate). Iam Holme is fantastic as the doctor who is determined to 'cure' the King, and Rupert Everett is hilarious as the dowdy Prince of Wales who is bent on usurping the throne.

My favorite quotes:

Queen Charlotte:[ to the Prince of Wales] Come on, smile and wave. That's what you get paid for. Smile and wave.

Dr. Willis: If the King refuses food, He will be restrained. If He claims to have no appetite, He will be restrained. If He swears and indulges in MEANINGLESS DISCOURSE... He will be restrained. If He throws off his bed-clothes, tears away His bandages, scratches at His sores, and if He does not strive EVERY day and ALWAYS towards His OWN RECOVERY... then He must be restrained.

George III: I am the King of England.
Dr. Willis: NO, sir. You are the PATIENT.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Spring Cleaning Sale!

***Spring Cleaning Sale! Everything in the Gypsybeads shop is 30% off!***


Simply purchase the item via PayPal, and you will be refunded 30% of your total purchase before shipping (and any applicable taxes of course ;)

Includes Bindis and Bindi Boxes, Earrings and Earcuffs, Necklaces, and even a few Showstoppers! Sale ends Sunday, so d...on't delay ;)