We’re hosting a sale this month: all of our India copper, both plain and silver/gold plated, is 20% off through the end of November. These are gorgeous, flashy beads, great for spacers or for mixing with glass, stone or crystal. Come check these out – we have our stock set up on the front table.
We’ve also restocked lots of staples! New chain is in, in a wide variety of colors including the popular satin gold. A full selection of tools – including hammers, bench blocks, foam-handled pliers, and a few exotics like bailing pliers and hole punches – has arrived, and all are ready to go.
Large-hole pearls, Roman-era glass, channel wrap bracelets (twice!) and the Sundance-inspired mixed-media necklace…all on our Sunday Classes page.
Hey everyone! Many thanks for all your concern and good wishes. We’re doing fine at the shop. The worst we had to deal with was a rush of silt under the back door, which made for some very nasty puddles and a full day of cleanup, but we are pretty much back to normal at this point. No one suffered a flooded basement at home. All in all we’ve been very lucky, and are most grateful.
That said, what we HAVE lost is most of a week’s worth of business, so we are hosting a Clear Skies Sale!
10% off everything in the store (excluding classes and repairs, sorry!) between 9/18 and 9/25!
Please come in, cure your stir-craziness and support your favorite local bead store.
We’ve also got October classes listed, and we’ll be hosting Heidi Kummli for a full weekend starting 10/14. She will be teaching both a pendant and a bracelet class, and will be bringing in some of her best finished stuff for a trunk show.
One of our favorite events is rolling in this weekend: Carole and Mary of Voices of the Stones will be here, along with their amazing dog Emma and an entire truckload of beautiful jewels, pearls, crystal and other goodies.
Carole and Mary have a skilled eye for the lovely and unusual. Their stock generally includes everything from $1.50 crystal beads to a $900 strand of sapphires we’ve been drooling over since we first saw it.
Prices are as marked, and generally end up about 30% less than Nomad retail, so there are some amazing deals here! If you’ve got the time we encourage you to come by. We always have a blast and hope you will too.
Ice Resin, channel wraps, Roman era glass and malas with tassels – check it out at the Sunday Classes page!
People bring us boxes of things to consign, and every once in a while something really curious pops out of a box and makes us smile. The piece above is a coin case dating back to the 1890′s, and you could wear it around your neck on a chain and pull out your coins for the trolley or the subway. It holds nickels and either dimes or pennies. The case is a treat just to look at, but the coolest part for us is the engraving on the cover. After a lot of squinting, we were able to make out that it says “Cawston Ostrich Farm, California”. Turns out that Cawston Ostrich Farm was the first ostrich farm in the United States and was a tourist attraction from 1886 to 1935. The farm was at the end of the trolley line from Los Angeles to Pasadena – so this little case would have come in very handy for ladies visiting the farm on the trolley.
This is a shot of the interior of one of Cawston’s plume shops – ostrich plumes were used to decorate hats, clothing and homes! Can you imagine us in the summer wearing huge hats loaded with ostrich plumes? With long wool dresses and corsets? Good grief!!
Our case came out of someone’s grandmother’s jewelry box – that grandmother, or maybe even her mother, probably traveled to California from Colorado in the 1890′s and brought this souvenir back. It has survived, intact, to give us this glimpse into the past of women’s adornment.
Check out the Sunday classes page for upcoming August projects. A couple of these are repeats from July, as we had unprecedented interest in some classes, so if you missed out on something – give us a call and sign up for the next session!
We’re pulling together more cool stuff for early fall, including another class with Heidi Kummli early in October. Watch this space.
Check out the Sunday classes page for upcoming July projects. We have some really cool stuff going, including a Saturday Heidi Kummli class. Several of these are filling up rapidly, so call in soon if you wish to attend!
Note that there will be no free class on Saturday, 7/20, as we will be setting up the table for Heidi’s students.
Nomad will be closed on Thursday, July 4th, for a day of well-deserved rest, bad summer movies and barbecue. We will be open for the entire following weekend.
Wow! this is pretty exciting, having our own blog and all. Summer is finally here – we are enjoying the sunlight through the windows and all the visitors from out of town stopping by to check out our beads.
We have lots of great colors for summer in glass, gemstones, pearls and semi-precious stones. It’s a wonderful time to put together mixed strands to wear with casual clothes and your tan (if you’ve got one). Ask us if you’re not sure how to combine textures and colors.
Just arrived: the summer copy of Jewelry Affaire – chock full of interesting and innovative ideas for jewelry making. Why just string beads when you can try all this other stuff? Always an inspiration to me.
Also new in the store: lampwork beads from our own Phyllis Kenyon, a Boulder resident who makes exquisite beads using borosilicate glass. Also, we have lampwork beads from Casey Schell of Castle Rock. The girls will not be doing any shows until the fall and have agreed to let us have their beads for the summer. Make something completely unique using these fabulous hand-made beads.
This coming weekend, June 29th & 30th, 2013, Sat. 10a-7p, Sun. 11a-5p , don’t miss Firefly Handmade at the Twenty-Ninth Street Mall. There will be 90+ indie-craft artisans, make & take and children’s craft tent, food trucks & more! Visit their site for more details.
Welcome to the shiny, new, updated Nomad website! Class details have their own pages; note the links just under our banner.
Catherine is out traveling this week, but Jake, Margot and the rest of the staff are here to serve all your beading needs. We are still unpacking lots of beautiful estate items, and have just replenished base metal chain and rolled leather if you’ve been waiting on new stock.
Check out these gorgeous things! Antique ivory, bakelite, shell and coral from the Kilcoyne estate. Representative of a vast and eclectic collection we’re hosting here at the shop; come take a look!