Last spring, while on their yearly trip to the Tucson Bead and Gem Show, our owners and buyers met up with the folks from TierraCast. They got to talking and everyone thought it would be a great idea for us to get them up to our store to do some promotions for our customers. As we entered the planning stages for our Annual Summer Artisan Market, we decided that would be the perfect opportunity to have TierraCast for a visit. Lucky for us, it all worked out perfectly!!
Julie and Tracey flew up from California, where TierraCast is based and Kelli, who lives in the Seattle area drove on down. They stopped into the store on Thursday to meet us and to get their display set up. Several of us took them out to dinner and we got to chat and see some of their super secret upcoming product launches. I can’t tell you anything about them but I can tell you how excited I am! The samples and prototypes that I got a chance to see are pretty amazing and I can’t wait for you to see them too!
On Friday, we had all three of the wonderful ladies, Julie, Tracey and Kelli in store doing their free make-n-take and perfecting their display. There was a steady flow of interested customers at the work table all day long. The first project that they demoed was a was a stacked flower on a metal blank. Crafters were taught how to use the TierraCast 2-part rivets and how to use eyelets.
Saturday was the big day! The Julie and Kellie showed up bright and early the day of the Artisan Market ready to go. And good thing too, since there was a steady stream of people coming in the door all day long. Some came to do their normal bead shopping, some came for the market and some came just to see TierraCast! One customer event told me that she closed her own shop down early that day so she could come to do the make-n-take. She makes beautiful micro-macrame bracelets using the TierraCast findings. See a pic of her work here.
On Saturday morning, the ladies made the same flower and metal focal that they did on Friday. Then, in the afternoon, they made a riveted stacked leather flower pendant. It was fun for the whole family! There were crafters young and old who stopped by the work table to take advantage of the lovely things TierraCast has to offer. In the middle of running around all day, I even got a chance to make each of the make-n-takes. You can see what I made in the picture below! Super fun and cute too!
Not only did we love having the TierraCast ladies in our store, but they had a great time as well. We hope they will be able to join us next year for our Artisan Market. The make-n-take was so well received I think it just has to become an annual thing! And in exciting news, Shipwreck Beads has expanded our inventory of TierraCast products. With thousands of items in stock, including the all new Maker’s Collection (see my recent blog post using their new line here,) you will be sure to find the perfect TierraCast item for your project. I have my eyes on quite a few items that will be coming home with me very soon!