Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
All right...it is a bit early to be thinking about the new year, but some changes have been made to the Washington State retail rules and we wanted to give everyone a heads up (and some time to do something about it).
Washington State has decided that any person or business that wishes to purchase goods for resale must have a resellers certificate. This is in addition to a UBI # that is also required of businesses doing business in Washington. Seem like a bit of overkill (or maybe just bureaucratic red tape)? They have their reasons, but for now here is the link to their information page. The form to apply for a reseller's certificate is here. There is no cost for a resellers permit.
Since we are a retail shop that also sells wholesale to designers and stores, we are required to have a valid resellers certificate and not just a UBI # for any person or business that wants to buy goods for resale (either as components or as part of a finished piece).
Therefore, as of Jan 1, 2010-any business that wishes to buy items tax exempt for resale (either as is or incorporated into other sellable goods) must bring in a copy of their resellers certificate. UBI #s will not be valid after the first of the year.*
*We apologize for the extra hoop, but we promise to have the best beads & supplies in town at the best prices, so that should help a little.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
These new rivet kits debuted at the Mixed Media Market, so now they are ready to share with the world!
Each kit contains a pre-punched brass back, a vintage brass flower, a vintage copper coated steel flower and 2 vintage Swarovski crystal set surrounds with a loose crystal to set in the center. You can choose from a pendant bail, pin back or adjustable ring setting. A flared tube rivet (so you can set the crystal) and instructions for basic tube rivets are also included. These kits are $10.
We have lots of variations that can be used with the basic kit...all sorts of samples are here at the shop and I'll be posting more over the next couple of weeks.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Thank you to everyone who braved the buckets of rain and visited us at the Mixed Media Market!!!
We had a great time, and learned alot for our next show in March. Everyone has been great about letting us know what they thought of the show and weather not withstanding(since I can't control it anyway), I think the next show will be bigger & better with more vendors, demos and maybe a little less food (we brought enought to feed a few armies!).
Thanks again for everyone's support and encouragement! If you want to know what we're up to, check out our blog at: www.mixedmediamarket.blogspot.com.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Its that special time of year for laughter and fear when all the ghosts & goblins come out to play by night & by day,
so dress your head, your hands and your feet and head to the shop for a special treat,
we'll have good food and good cheer and we'll try to keep it light on the fear!
My bad poetry aside, come join us for a special Halloween UFO Night. We'll be making pumpkin earrings, spider pendants and probably a really big mess! Join the fun & frolic---starting at 5pm! Special treats to anyone wearing a costume!
Monday, October 5, 2009
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Fall is fast approaching and the kiddies are headed back to school (some of us old folks are headed back to school, too!). Here at echo artworks, we love to learn so we have decided to entice all you life long learners to join us.
Here's the deal-sign up for two or more workshops and get the great swag bag pictured above FREE!
or if you really love to learn and have like minded friends-both you and a friend can sign up for three or more workshops and get 50% off your tuition fee and the FREE goody bags.
This offer is good for workshop registrations until Sept 30th, workshops can be scheduled thru December 31st. Workshops are on a first registered, first serve basis. Workshop fees are non refundable, so check your calendars and give us a call-360.405.4341 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
We just opened the boxes of lots of "new" vintage lucite, brass stampings and findings!
We're stranding fast & furious and have all the stock out for your beading enjoyment. I'll post some more samples as we finish them (I made a new lucite necklace last night...now I want matching earrings!)
Friday, August 7, 2009
These are new samples for the color on metal workshop to be held this fall...I have lots more samples to share, and I promise to get caught up soon ( I don't really need sleep). We'll also have a new workshop series on making a business with your arts & crafts. Topics for the first few are, making money with your craft, picture taking tips for crafters, and retail & wholesale marketing strategies. Check out the website and this here blog for more info in the next few weeks.
Friday, June 26, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
I just received the call for entries for the next Saul Bell Design Awards. The contest is put on by Rio Grande and always has some fantastic designs to aspire to…the best part? The competition winner receives a $10,000 gift certificate to Rio Grande!!!!! Think of all the tools, or silver, or GOLD! It is really hard to wrap my brain around winning a prize like this.
The categories are:
There are also awards for first and second in each category. We have applications here at the shop or you can get more info at www.saulbellaward.com.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Summer is officially here. Lazy days, cool nights and lots of iced tea.
Well, I have been lazy long enough! I am woerfully behind in making samples and the book...I think I've only written about 2 pages and taken 3 pictures so far...can we say procrastination?!?
So here it is, the clean, clear workspace. The only problem is that I work very poorly in a vacuum. I NEED YOUR HELP!!!
Come, work at the table with me...bring friends! I'll bring the iced tea.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Don't forget our next UFO Night coming up on May 29th. We'll have food and fun...all you need to bring is your un-finished objects. See you then!
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Spring has sprung in the Pacific Northwest. Today we are celebrating the third day in a row of sun & temperatures in the 60's. I have gardened as much as possible in these three days, and I have enjoyed every minute. However, as I write this post, the clouds are starting to close overhead and if the weather folks are right, it will be back to clouds & rain (maybe even snow?!?!) for the rest of the week. So I am going to be proactive and make flowers this Sunday if Mother Nature has decided to be disagreeable. I'll be in the studio for a metalsmithing workshop from 10 am to 5 pm if anyone cares to join. Yes, I know it is Easter Sunday, but trust me when I tell you I pray a lot at the torch.
Happy Easter everyone!
Thursday, April 2, 2009
I have been a bit busy these last two weeks, but I finally managed to get the new workshops updated on our website. I've added a few new links and pages and I'll be working on getting the calendar updated today & tomorrow. In the mean time, I thought I'd show you a set of bangle bracelets I finished in a metal fusing workshop last week. The bangle is brass with fused fine (pure) silver and copper hearts dangling around your wrist. I was inspired by a Himalayan legend that says that all Himalayan women wear a slender brass bracelet at all times to keep their soul inside their bodies. And, yes, I wear 2 brass bracelets and they never come off! (thought I could use the extra so my soul doesn't get any bright ideas about moonlighting somewhere without me)
Friday, March 27, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
I had a great post started for Friday, but unfortunately, powers beyond my control were plotting against me. This photo was taken shortly after we lost power on Friday afternoon. Apparently a trunk took out a pole behind our shop & was hanging (literally by threads) waiting for the utilities to right it. We got our power back in time for our Artist Trading Card swap, but my blog post was lost to the ether (time I got that battery backup for the computers huh). I'll have ATC swap pictures & more later this week, and will make up for neglected posts this week and next.
Have a great day all...stay powerful!