<![CDATA[Dutch Tulip Beads - The BEAD Blog]]>Mon, 15 Feb 2016 04:31:54 -0600Weebly<![CDATA[New Year, New Beads, New milestones]]>Thu, 11 Feb 2016 12:07:47 GMThttp://www.dutchtulipbeads.com/the-bead-blog/new-year-new-beads-new-milestonesThis April will mark our 9th year of bring delicious Czech glass beads to crafters across the globe!  This year I also predict The Dutch Tulip will celebrate its 5,000th sale on Etsy!  I humbly thank you for your continual support. 

This past year also saw The Dutch Tulip relocate to a much larger space. This has allowed for better organization and quicker shipping times, but most importantly it has allowed our inventory to grow!  :)

This month be on the lookout for:

14mm Czech Glass Ring Beads in 16 different colors
Restocking of 9mm Matte Seashell Beads
Large 25mm Handcrafted Czech Glass Cabochons
<![CDATA[Monday funday sale]]>Mon, 06 Jul 2015 02:56:03 GMThttp://www.dutchtulipbeads.com/the-bead-blog/monday-funday-saleSale time! Use Coupon Code "MondayFunday" to receive 25% off all orders $15 or more (not including shipping or taxes). Hurry!  Sale is for ONE DAY ONLY and expires July 6th at midnight EST!!]]><![CDATA[Monday funday sale coming soon]]>Thu, 02 Jul 2015 15:20:18 GMThttp://www.dutchtulipbeads.com/the-bead-blog/monday-funday-sale-coming-soonCheck back on Monday July 6th for the Coupon Code.  You'll be happy you did! :)]]><![CDATA[fresh beads]]>Sat, 27 Jun 2015 20:27:03 GMThttp://www.dutchtulipbeads.com/the-bead-blog/fresh-beads1
Ladybugs - Spring Mix
Matte Pine Green Flowers
Chartreuse Striped Lentils
<![CDATA[beads, beads, and more beads!]]>Wed, 10 Jun 2015 19:17:41 GMThttp://www.dutchtulipbeads.com/the-bead-blog/beads-beads-and-more-beadsI always have such a great time at The Bead and Button Show every year, but this year was a little more special.  My Dad came with me this year! He was truly amazed at the works of art created with seed beads, both woven and embroidered. 

As in the past, I take a workshop or two to learn a new technique or to build upon my current skillset.  This year I chose foldforming. I am addicted to texture - there, I said it!  I am fascinated with the variety of textures and dimensions one can created with metal, a seemingly flat and rigid material. Here is a copper cuff bracelet created during the workshop:

And now for the beads...I have over 20 pounds of new beads to add to my Etsy shop!  Whoo-hoo!  Look for new shapes, colors and styles all month long. :)

Happy crafting!
<![CDATA[usps rate increase]]>Thu, 14 May 2015 13:45:12 GMThttp://www.dutchtulipbeads.com/the-bead-blog/usps-rate-increaseBeginning June 1st, the USPS will be raising its shipping rates for First Class Packages by 5.1%. The majority of The Dutch Tulip's orders are shipped using this service which will result in an approximate $0.10 increase for packages weighing 3 ounces or less (generally 4 - 6 strands of beads).   

On a happier note....in 3 weeks I will be in Milwaukee at The Bead and Button Show searching for more new and exciting bead finds! I am also thinking about expanding my shop selection to include more findings and cabochons. What do you think? Do you prefer any particular size, shape or color cabochon? Vintage or contemporary?

<![CDATA[new beads]]>Fri, 24 Apr 2015 19:37:55 GMThttp://www.dutchtulipbeads.com/the-bead-blog/new-beadsNew Czech glass beads have arrived! 

18mm Table Cut Ovals - Turquoise Green, Apple Green, Sapphire Blue and  Beige (pictured).

9mm Rustic Central Cut (Baroque) Round Beads - Translucent Aqua, Translucent Garnet, Jet Black, Blue Turquoise, Beige and Chartreuse Green.

11mm Coffee Beans - Rosewood (new color!).
Beige Table Cut Czech Glass Ovals with ZigZags
<![CDATA[hearts on sale]]>Sun, 19 Apr 2015 15:55:42 GMThttp://www.dutchtulipbeads.com/the-bead-blog/hearts-on-saleNow through May 9th, all 16mm Czech Glass Hearts are 25% off! These are perfect for Mother's Day and Father's Day crafts.  No coupon code required, prices reflect the discount (was $3.50, now $2.63 for 12 beads).]]><![CDATA[etsy coupon codes]]>Tue, 14 Apr 2015 16:02:39 GMThttp://www.dutchtulipbeads.com/the-bead-blog/etsy-coupon-codesLove to shop on Etsy? Well, if you're like me, I always search for coupon codes or sales before clicking the SUBMIT ORDER button.  The Dutch Tulip, like many other Etsy shops, offer a special "Thank You" coupon code to our customers. The catch is you MUST opt-in for the codes to be emailed to you.

So, if you'd like to receive the codes by email rather than spend time searching the internet hoping to find a valid code, use these steps to opt-in:

1. From your Etsy shop/account drop-down menu (aka YOU), choose ACCOUNT SETTINGS
2. Select the EMAILS tab 
3. Under GENERAL NOTIFICATIONS, make sure the Coupons, Promotions and Recommendations box is CHECKED
4. Click SAVE SETTINGS on the bottom of the page
5. Start receiving coupon codes from your favorite Etsy shops!
<![CDATA[new Czech Faceted glass beads]]>Thu, 26 Mar 2015 14:52:35 GMThttp://www.dutchtulipbeads.com/the-bead-blog/new-czech-faceted-glass-beadsNEW this week!

4mm Blue Honeycomb
4mm Cranberry Honeycomb
4mm Creamy Yellow Honeycomb

6mm Saturated Pumpkin Orange
6mm Saturated Navy Blue
6mm Saturated Red

6mm Matte Metallic Antique Copper
6mm Matte Metallic Antique Gold
6mm Matte Metallic Golden Flax

6mm Opaque Bright Orange
6mm Cherry Red with Marbled Gold

8mm Matte Jet Black