Sep 30, 2020

One in a Million: Gitte and her Samson

 

               


This is a story about one special cat and one very special human and how they found each other. Most of our readers know Gitte from our Facebook Live shows. Gitte lives in Denmark and moderates the comment section on Wednesdays and Fridays. Like clockwork, Gitte is saying hello to everyone and linking products and projects while Kate is live. She is amazing!  Janice, Kate, and Gitte became fast friends through the screen. Gitte volunteered to moderate chat on beadshop's FB page long ago...Kate and Janice thought it was so generous of Gitte, but never imagined it would go on for so long and develop into lifelong friendships. The entire BSDC team feels such gratitude to Gitte. We are always looking for ways to thank her. Asking her to create a Monthly Mix was important to us...we just didn't know it would open the door to such a worthy cause: World Animal Protection and a special fund for Samson.

In the summer of 2020, Gitte was approached by Janice and asked to create a bead mix. Gitte knew right away she wanted to honor her beloved cat, Samson. Unfortunately, Samson is no longer waiting for Gitte to cuddle or feed him; Samson passed on in 2015 from illness at the age of eight.           

But, let Gitte tell you Samson's story in her own words:

Samson was the first kitten born to my parents' British Shorthair, Svea. My parents quickly decided I should have him. I already had his name picked out, Samson.

He was a happy cat and very social. He was also BIG!  He grew to 16 lbs! He loved to eat and my other cats knew to be quick or there wouldn't be any food left with Samson around.


Everyday he would sit on the windowsill and wait for me to come home from work. Everything about Samson was special. We had an unbreakable bond. 


When he developed health issues, it was unbearably hard to watch. It was his love of food and his final inability to digest what he ate that made him so sick. I was forced to make the impossible decision to end his suffering. I had to put him to sleep. To this day I know it was the right decision, but it still breaks my heart. We all love our pets, but Samson was truly someone special to me. My best ever furry friend - I say that he was my king.

Big hugs to you all
Gitte xoxoxo

Samson died shortly after his 8th birthday in 2015. And when Gitte sees orange poppies, she is reminded of Samson and knows that he is never really gone. To honor Samson, the mix has the green of Samson's eyes and the grays of his lovely fur. It also has the oranges of poppies and Gitte's own red hair!


When asked how we can help honor Samson, Gitte asked if we would donate to World Animal Protection, an organization helping to bring awareness worldwide to the suffering of animals. BSDC is donating $1 from the sale of every Samson Monthly Mix to World Animal Protection. 

Samson, the monthly mix for October 2020

If you would also like to help, you may donate here. Gitte has earmarked the donations from beadshop to help the abandoned kittens left behind in Denmark after the summer residents leave and go home for the year.  Samson still has lots of brothers and sisters across Denmark. One of his sisters is pictured here with Samson. Her name is Venus. And, although Samson will always be missed, Venus is now the Queen of the Castle.

Venus and Samson

 

While supplies last, you can purchase Samson,  
 
the October 2020 Monthly Mix at beadshop.com.

                            
Thank you!







Jul 17, 2020

Free Tip Friday 7.17.20

Wire Wrapping Found Objects

We recently had a very special request in our Facebook Group, The Bead Table. What can you do with a special object that's not a bead, but you want it protected and memorialized in some way? Perhaps even made into a piece of jewelry? A precious rose quartz stone was the item in question, and many of our Bead Table members suggested wire wrapping. We agreed!

Today, Kate explores what to do with a "found object," using wire wrapping techniques to capture the piece and enable a work of art to be created around it.


Ingredients were simple today...just wire! Kate used 20, 22, and 24 gauge wires. Specifically, the stone on the left uses 20G in Titanium, and the sea glass on the right uses 22G in Bare Copper.

You'll also want to have Nylon Jaw Pliers, Chain Nose and Bent Nose Pliers, Round Nose Pliers, and Flush Wire Cutters.


Jun 28, 2020

Free Tip Friday 6.26.20

This mix is Bliss! Inspired by a colorful photo Faye posted to our Facebook Group, Kate concocted this stunning and vibrant mix. She also had a great way to use it in mind...check out her ingredients, bracelet, and FTF episode below!

Want to make your own colorway? This ingredient list links to both the broad general category and the specific item Kate used. For example, clicking on "Regular C-Lon" shows you all the flavors, clicking on "Teal" brings you directly to that color. Easy-Peasy!

Ingredients
1 Button and Mini Mix or Monthly Mix- Summer Bliss Mini Mix
1 Spool Regular C-Lon- Teal
1 Spool 0.5mm Chinese Knotting Cord-  Golden Toffee or Violet
1 Czech Roller Bead- Pomegranate

Additional Learning
How to Macramé
Bollywood Bracelets


Jun 19, 2020

Free Tip Friday 6.19.20

Wanna Getaway? Us, too! Kate makes some perfect Summer Getaway earrings today with our June 2020 Monthly Mix. This beachy mix is a bit of summer in a tube! Sun, sand, sea...it's all here. Get your sunglasses and SPF...it's time to hit the beach!

Kate's earrings are a take on Alley Mori's Looped Tassel. Find her ingredients below. Want to make your own colorway? This ingredient list links to both the broad general category and the specific item Kate used. For example, clicking on "Fine C-Lon" shows you all the flavors, clicking on "Turquoise" brings you directly to that color. Easy-Peasy!
Ingredients
1 Pair Earwires- Folio
1 Spool Fine C-Lon- Turquoise
1 Tube Monthly Mix- Getaway
1 Pkg Currents Beads- Mist
1 Pkg Jump Rings: 2 types!
 -8mm Soldered - Bright Silver and
 -4mm Oval- Bright Silver


Jun 17, 2020

RAW Necklace: Kate's Colorway!

BSDT's Kim Golias made us two gorgeous colorways of her Right Angle Weave (RAW) Necklaces, and Kate is throwing her own into the mix on today's Live show! Below, find the ingredients Kate pulled for her demo. Once the show airs, we'll update this post to include the video. Enjoy!

Want to make your own colorway? This ingredient list links to both the broad general category and the specific item Kate used. For example, clicking on "6mm Melons" shows you all the flavors, clicking on "Red Picasso" brings you directly to that color. Easy-Peasy!



Ingredients
6mm Melons- Red Picasso and Mustard Brown Wash
10mm English Cuts- Red Picasso
Faceted Drops- Milk White Picasso Gold
5mm Rondelles- Wine Red
11/0 Seed Beads- 11-190 Nickel Plated
Oasis Links- Antique Silver
Chain- Feel Good- Antique Silver
Clasp- Swivel- Antique Silver





Jun 11, 2020

Free Tip Friday 6.12.20

The Dancer Earrings + The Hammertone Collection = WOW! Kate whips up some sweet sparklers using our newest components from TierraCast's newest collection. Textured, colorful, standout...perfect!! Find the video here.

Want to make your own colorway? These ingredient lists link to both the broad general category and the specific item Kate used. For example, clicking on "Puffy Rondelles" shows you all the flavors, clicking on "Antique Copper" brings you directly to that color. Easy-Peasy!



Ingredients
BRASS
1 Pair Earwires- Antique Brass Leverback
1 Spool KO Thread- Dark Grey
1 Spool 26G ParaWire- Vintage Bronze
1 Pair Hammered Teardrops- Antique Brass
1 Tube 11/0 Seed Beads- 11-2091
1 Tube 8/0 Seed Beads- 8-4242
1 Strand 3mm Fire Polish- Polychrome Aqua Teal
2 Briolettes- Indicolite
6 Hammertone Daggers- Antique Brass
2 Puffy Rondelles- Antique Brass

COPPER
1 Pair Earwires- Antique Copper Vintage Leverback
1 Spool KO ThreadDark Grey
1 Spool 26G ParaWire- Antique Copper
1 Pair Hammered Hoops- Antique Cooper
1 Tube 11/0 Metal Seed Beads- Antique Copper
1 Tube 11/0 Delicas- DB1850
1 Tube 11/0 Seed Beads11-2091
1 Tube 8/0 Seed Beads- 8-4204F
1 Strand 3mm Fire Polish- Matte Metallic Copper
1 Strand 5mm Rondelles- Stone Bronze
1 Pkg Tierra Heishi- Antique Copper


One in a Million: Gitte and her Samson

                  This is a story about one special cat and one very special human and how they found each other. Most of our readers know G...