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Mar. 21, 2014


Just Bead'n
Around, Vol. 2

Beader's Chatelaine



Mark Your Calendar & Reserve Your Place!!!
Summer Bead & Craft Retreat Dates!

Here are the dates for the Mini Art Reteats plus one true getaway retreat! The exact location for the two day retreats will be announced a little later. You can stay anywhere from La Conner to Anacortes and Mount Vernon, WA area and be only 15 - 20 minutes away from any of the locations I'm looking at. This gives you plenty of choices of where to stay if you're to far to drive home each day.

2015 Two-Day

12 to 20 people
depending on location.

July 11th & 12th
July 25th & 26th
August 8th & 9th



Fidalgo Bay Bead Retreat
August 26th - 29th, 2015

This will be held at a beautiful view home. Arrive August 26th, relax, enjoy the stunning views, then enjoy a great group dinner at 6:30pm.

Classes start Thursday August 27th through Saturday August 29th. Choose from multiple amazing projects.

This retreat is limited to 12 people, $395 reserves your space and covers your two kits, classes, lunch, beverages and snacks for the class days and welcome dinner. The kit choices will be from national designers from all around the country in many different color ways.

There are three bedrooms available for single or double occupancy, and additional pull out beds throughout the home. Let me know if you'd like to stay at the house, room pricing to come.


I'm keeping the Two-Day Retreats small so you get more hands on help and not lost in a crowd! Reserve your space early. You can come up for just a single day, or both. Hours from 10am to 5pm each day. The class fee is $50 for one day or $80 for both. This includes beverages, snacks and lunch for the day. Then pick out a project and it's just the kit price to learn it, or bring a project you may have picked up before and need help on and we'll work on that! I can even help with most other designers patterns, bring the beads and pattern with you and we'll give it a whirl.

My studio is located right next to Bayview State Park, so if you have a camper or motorhome or like to tent camp it's a great location, they also have two or three cabins available.

I will also be offering applique quilt classes too, pick from any of the designs on the i-stitch.com page. I'll be adding more shortly! That's what I'll be focusing on design are new art quilts! They are so much fun to do and I love being able to draw again!

Click here to see the Full Schedule, there have been some changes.

New Designs from "Gotcha Covered!"


These designs fit the top shank of the Pilot G2 Pen.

NOTE: Pens provided in the kits are either Black or Dark Blue shown with Sew Quilty and When Pigs Fly, other colors can be purchased at your local office supply. The ink matches the color of the pen, so you can replace the ink cartridge if you want the fun outer color but need black or blue to write with.


Blue Feathers

PATTERN ONLY      $12.00  

Floral Paisley

PATTERN ONLY      $12.00  

Hot Stuff

PATTERN ONLY      $12.00  

Sew Quilty

PATTERN ONLY      $12.00  

When Pigs Fly

PATTERN ONLY      $12.00  

Lip Balm Carriers
These designs can carry the classic Chapstick and lip balm tubes inside. They don't fit tight around the lip balm tube, so they are easy to slip out use, then pop back in. They are a great size to wear as a necklace, not too bulky, or just leave the necklace off and carry in your purse.

You can also use them to carry other things too, they would make a lovely scent vessel. Just put a few drops of your favorite scented oil on a cotton ball. Wrap it in cling wrap and pierce it in several places with a toothpick so the scent can travel out. The oils won't get on the beads or your clothes.

Click on the picture to see the full design with necklace.

Blue Feathers Floral
Hot Stuff Sew Quilty When
Pigs Fly








"Gotcha Covered!"

Click here to see all the designs and kits availalbe. Have fun with these five designs in the various formats to create some unique and usable gifts! The final designs in the book are Floral Paisley, Sew Quilty, Blue Feathers, Hot Stuff and When Pigs Fly.Four more to go.

Tissue Holder - Floral Paisley

Come Along with Us! 14 Day Bead Cruise
March 15 - 29, 2016 Panama Canal

We have FIFTEEN beaders coming! Only NINE spaces LEFT! If you're at all interested at least get your deposit in to hold the best prices! Fully refundable up til December 31st of this year, so you have nothing to lose, but a LOT to look forward to!

We will be beading while we're at sea and then enjoy all the regular activities and shore excursions of each port location. What a way to combine our joy of beading (and for me keeping my hands busy!) with seeing the world. I LOVE cruises!

Holland America is a great cruise line. Their ships are smaller by almost 1,000 passengers!

We were in port with a Princess and NCL ship in Victoria BC, it possitively made our ship look small! This means less crowding and more attention to detail. Group would be limited to 24 beaders only.

You do NOT need to be an experienced beader. These classes are for all levels and experience. You will have over 10 projects to choose from with multiple color choices. .

Cruise Price: There is no mark up on the cruise price, it INCLUDES ALL port fees and taxes. You will also receive an additional $100 shipboard credit, and any other promotions until sailing that are listed for this cruise, you will receive also.
NOTE: If you go elsewhere online to compare pricing, make sure the rate INCLUDES the port fees and taxes, they usually post it without!

Cabin Categories:
All prices are based on double occupancy, please e-mail me for single occupancy or other cabin pricing.
If you don't have a room mate and are flexible we can help you double up in a cabin.
The beds can be made into two singles instead of a queen.

Inside Cabin

Ocean View

Lanai Cabin

The Beaders Package is an additional $575, this is for 5 full day classes, includes all your bead kits with complete instructions and appropriate thread and needles. You will need to bring your basic tools (snips, cutters, crimpers, extra needles) reading glasses and/or magnifiers. If you don't have any basic tools, a starter kit for $20 will be available.

Also I will be looking into new destinations for 2017, this will give you plenty of time to save up or sign-up on a monthly payment plan that will make this both affordable and possible! E-mail me to offer suggestions/locations for the next Cruise!

E-mail me to reserve your space today!

Interested in Beading
& Art Retreats
I'll be planning more mini art and beading retreats summer 2015 in the beautiful Skagit Valley in Washington State. To find out more click here or sign up for my beading retreat newsletter.

The mini Art Retreats will be open sessions. Enjoy working inside or outside overlooking Padilla Bay. You can learn anything I have kitted in my studio or pulled from my HUGE bead stash, OR you can bring a beading project you've needed help with! There will be beading, applique quilt designs, and who knows what else available by then for you to explore and create!


Having Fun with Applique
Art Quilt Designs!

I have new ones on the drawing board and samples on the way. Click here to see the quilt designs. If you have a pattern idea e-mail it to me. If you want your fluffy buddy imortalized in fabric, I do custom designs, 12" x 12" portrait with placement and color code chart for $85. If it's one I'd like to use as a design for retail and it's okay with you, you will recieve the pattern for FREE! Just e-mail me several pictures of your furry friend close up and in action, and his/her name and a little about them. It helps me capture more of their personality.

Join me on Facebook!
I've been posting new pictures of designs and I'll be blogging a little on my travels as I get on the road. Just search my name "Amy Loh Kupser" in Facebook and send me a Friend Request!

Private Teaching...
As I travel cross country, if I'm passing through or fairly close to your town I offer private classes. Minimum students 4 and I need a place to park my RV, and 110v power for free, in front of your house works just fine! I don't charge for my travel or stay, since I was coming through anyway. Contact me in advance to find out if I'll be anywhere by you, or look at my schedule and you can sort of figure out where I'll be and around what dates. Click here to see what classes are available and the prices.

Classes at Shows
Keep checking or sign-up for my e-mail newsletter to be the first to know where I'll be and to get free tickets (not all shows give us tickets though but I'll post when I have them and for which ones)! Plus new classes to be added at the trunk shows and crafting shows.

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April 24 - 25
Rocky Mountain Bead Bazaar & May 1 & 2 Kansas City Bead Blast
Sorry! Due to unexpected life happenings, I'm having to cancel these two shows. I will miss you all, please check the schedule later, I am going to try and set-up a trunk show and classes in your area later in June.

May 12 - 16
Trunk Show & Classes ~ The Beadles
Hey Ladies! I'm coming back! Lots of new designs!
114 W Dallas St., Broken Arrow, OK
May 19 - 23
Trunk Show & Classes ~ Bead Heaven
A spring visit this year! Come check out the new designs!
6900 Denton Hwy, Watauga, TX
May 17 - 23
Trunk Show & Classes ~ Wild Beads
I'm headed your way too! Come see the new designs!
2833 Galleria Drive, Arlington, TX
June 5 - 7 - I'M BAAAAACK!!!
Bead & Button Show - Milwaukee, WI
June 11 - 13
Trunk Show & Classes
Hosted by Carol Mundy
Kansas City, Kansas
August 13 - 15
Quilt, Knit, Stitch
Portland Convention Center
Portland, OR.
September 24 - 26
Rusty Barn Sew, Quilt, Craft Show
Great Classes for Beginners to Advanced. Come by and sign-up, THEN go shopping, limited space and classes fill fast!!!
Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton, CA
October 8 - 10
Rusty Barn Sew, Quilt, Craft Show
Great Classes for Beginners to Advanced. Come by and sign-up, THEN go shopping, limited space and classes fill fast!!!
Pomona Fairplex, Pomona, CA
October ?
Trunk Show & Classes ~ Wild Beads
Great Classes for Beginners to Advanced.
2833 Galleria Drive, Arlington, TX 76011
October 24 - 26
International Quilt Market - Wholesale Only
George R Brown Convention Center
Houston, TX
October 29 - November 1
International Quilt Festival
George R Brown Convention Center
Houston, TX
November 12 - 14
Rusty Barn Sew, Quilt, Craft Show
Great Classes for Beginners to Advanced. Come by and sign-up, THEN go shopping, limited space and classes fill fast!!!
Puyallup, WA
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March 15 - 29, 2016
Panama Canal Bead Cruise
Travelling on Holland America
14 day Panama Canal Cruise. Starting in San Diego, CA and ending in Fort Lauderdale, FL for only 24 beaders! No limit to non-beaders.
Only 9 spaces available! 15 are already coming along!
Contact me for more information or to reserve your space. Deposits and any payments made to the cruise are 100% refundable up til December 31, 2015! So you have nothing to lose except missing out on a fabulous trip! The earlier you reserve, the more cabin choices. Don't miss out, e-mail me!

Check back for updates and new Trunk Show & Classes that will be added throughout the year!

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