Thursday, November 21, 2013

Holiday Happenings in Woodville

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Get your Delmar Creations...upcoming show info

Are you looking for a chance to check out the beautiful products of Delmar Creations? Here's your chance! Visit her at one of the following events, or she is always open in her Etsy shop!

Saturday November 16th from 10-2
The Village of Taunton Mills
3800 Brock Street North (south of Taunton, west side)
Great show with lots of vendors, bake room and wonderful products for their raffle.

Annual Craft Open House
Includes a selection from Delmar Creations, Kawartha Beads and Silpada
Thursday November 21 from 7-9
Friday November 22 from 7-9
Saturday November 23rd from 1130-4
Sunday November 24th from 11-3
Contact Delmar Creations here for location information.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Janetville Christmas Bazaar and Craft Show

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Kawartha Beads Holiday Deadlines

Hard to believe it but Christmas is right around the corner! If you are looking for a Kawartha Beads treasure to give this holiday season please keep in mind the following shipping deadlines to ensure your goodies arrive in time for Christmas:

International shipping cutoff date: November 22nd
Canada and US order deadline: December 9th
My Etsy shop will be in vacation mode beginning December 9th until December 26th
Local deliveries: December 20th

Please note that if you order through a Kawartha Beads consultant their order deadlines may vary from those above so be sure to contact them directly.

Have a wonderful holiday season and thank you for shopping small business handmade!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

October Dates to Remember

Happy October! Lots of great events coming up this month, not just for Kawartha Beads but many other small businesses. Take a peek at all of the amazing things to do!

October 5th- Craft Sale to benefit Seniors Greeting in Cannington from 10-3
October 5th- Find Your Voice in Cobourg
October 6th- A Chill in the Air- Autumn Portrait Sessions by Ashley Tough Photography to be held at Heart N Soul Gifts in Lindsay
October 6th- Scentsy Fall Party at the Oshawa Senior Citizens Centre from 130-4
October 12th- The Pink Diamond Event in Newmarket
October 16th- Kawartha Beads deliveries to Peterborough consultant
October 19th- Lindsay Cadet Core craft sale at the Victoria Park Armoury in Lindsay.
October 22nd- Ladies Night at The Grand in Lindsay from 7-9. Featuring the handmade products of Kawartha Beads, Piper Rose 
October 26th- Christmas in the Village handmade craft sale in Enfield from 10-3.
October 31st- Vape-O End of Summer Buy More Save More event ends
November 2nd- Winter Shopping Wonderland in Oakwood from 10-2.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Special from Local Pampered Chef Consultant

Place a Pampered Chef order by September 15th and get the Mini Serving Spatula FREE! Contact Christine @647-273-1057 or via email christinehull@yahoomca. Go to to view the online catalogue.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

An Auction for a Special Little Boy

Ashley Tough Photography is auctioning off a mini-photo session in support of Xander Townsend. Xander is a 4 year boy living with a rare spinal tumor. In just 14 days he will leave for treatment in Florida. This auction, along with donations to a trust fund, will help to pay for travel expenses, accomodations for his parents and other needs as they arise.
Auction ends on September 15th so be sure to stop by Ashleys Page to get your bid in!
For more on Xanders story you can also visit this link.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Vendor Call for Winter Shopping Wonderland in Oakwood

WANTED: Vendors for "Winter Shopping Wonderland" Event on Saturday November 2nd at Mariposa Hall (1010 Eldon Rd, Oakwood-same parking lot as Oakwood arena).
Doors are open to the public 10am-2pm
Doors open for vendors at 830am for setup.
Event details include: visit from Santa at 1130, free hot chocolate to all, free shopping bags to the first 25 adult shoppers, donations accepted for the Toy Drive to support the Oakwood Fire Department. PLUS a one stop shopping day for people to get their holiday gifts ordered/purchased!
Vendor details: a flyer will be done up (including vendor logos) and emailed to distribute, facebook event, advertising in Lindsay This Week, advertising on the big light up sign at the 4 corners of hwy 7 and Eldon Rd, flyers distributed in Lindsay, Oakwood and Little Britain.
Table size 8 foot. Table cost $20

To book your table contact Gina today!

September Dates to Remember

Welcome to the new monthly feature "Dates to Remember" full of reminders and upcoming events. These will be not just for Kawartha Beads but also for other handmade and mompreneur businesses, as well as a variety of events across Ontario. Have an event to add? Email your details to or send me a message on Facebook.

September 8th- Anyone wanting their Kawartha Beads order included in Tuesdays deliveries needs to have their orders in by 9pm
September 10th- Kawartha Beads deliveries to Peterborough and Port Hope including items heading to Melissa's Bowtique
September 13th- 30 Craft Market's Fabulous Friday Fair in the Peterborough Library's main branch (auditorium) from noon-7pm. Something for everyone on every budget. Razberry will be making balloon characters from 3-6pm. Free admission, wheelchair accessible.
September 15th- Last day to place your Pampered Chef order with consultant Christine to receive your FREE Mini Serving Spatula
September 17th- Log Cabin Blanket Class at Aberdeen's Wool Company from 7-9pm.
September 20th- Last day to book vendor tables for Seniors Greeting Fundraising event.
September 20th- Pre-Sale cutoff for Halloween tutu orders at Melissa's Bowtique.
September 29th- Peterborough Mom2Mom Sale from 2-5 at the Morrow building (behing the Memorial Centre) 151 Lansdowne St. West.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Vendor Call for Sale to Benefit Seniors Greetings

Sale date: October 5th from 10am-3pm
Where: Corner of Cameron Street and Ann Street (future home of the CHC) in Cannington, ON
This is an OUTDOOR show
Table fee: $25.00, must bring own chairs, table coverings and tent
Tables must be booked and paid for by Sept. 20th to get listed in the circulated flyer.

What is Seniors Greetings?
Senior's Greetings is a community based group with volunteers that meet and create handmade Christmas cards for seniors who live in retirement homes or for seniors who live at home alone and are registered to receive a card. These cards are handmade. Or are donated unused Christmas cards and are delivered during the holidays (before Christmas) to our seniors in Durham Region. This year the goal is to make enough cards for all of the seniors in Durham Region. The event will help tremendously to assist in buying supplies and the materials needed to make this group's efforts successful. All vendors and sponsors will be listed and advertised through the Seniors Greetings group page and the Vendor Sales event page on Facebook and mentioned in the flyers.

To book a table or sponsor the event please email
Follow the event on Facebook at

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Vendor Call!

Vendor Call for the Lindsay Cadet Core craft sale to be held on October 19th at the Victoria Park Armoury in Lindsay. Show will start at 8am (pre-show day setup is available).
Tables are $20 each plus an item donation to the raffle. To book your space email or call Sandy at (705) 344-9400.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Join Kawartha Beads at The Wedding Centre's Customer Appreciation Day!

Dear Brides & Grooms to be!
The Wedding Centre/A Perfect Dream Bridal will be hosting their annual Customer Appreciation Day Saturday August 10th from 10-4. Located at 369 King Street West in Oshawa all brides will receive
*A FREE bridal swag bag
*a ballot into the Grand Prize Honeymoon Trip Draw for 2 to Costa Baja Resort and Spa
*2 complimentary to the November Bridal Show at Mill Run Golf Course
In addition to all of this great bridal swag select dresses are on sale as low as $350!
Kawartha Beads will also be there with a display table in the parking lot. Not only will we have a wonderful selection of jewellery, bouquet charms and hair accessories for the bridal party, we will also be displaying a sampling of everyday styles and even some zipper pulls for your little one for back to school. A great opportunity for our Durham Regions fans to visit us in person. If there is something specific you are after be sure to send me a message so I can ensure to have it on hand!
See you there!!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Find all your wedding jewellery and much more from Kawartha Beads on the new Facebook Group!

Feel free to join the all new Wedding Facebook group for all your wedding needs! From Jewellery, dresses to your photographer!! Come check it out at

Friday, August 2, 2013

Fore! Golf Keyring/Clip Favors

These golf charm keyrings/clips are the perfect way to bring your keys along on the green! Just clip it to your golf bag and you are on your way.
70 of these goodies headed out this morning to be given out as favors at a ladies tournament in a couple of weeks.
If you are interested in your own golf favors or run a pro shop and are interested in wholesale you can contact Kawartha Beads via our website.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Melissa's Bowtique now open in Port Hope

Melissa's Bowtique, specializing in fashionable and affordable clothing and accessories for boys and girls, opened today (August 1st) at 18 Ontario Street in Port Hope. This new storefront location houses all 3 of Melissa's popular lines Melissa's Bowtique, Hair Candy Couture, and Sugar & Snails as well as a selection from several other artisans including Kawartha Beads.

Store hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 10-5 and Sunday 12-4.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Now Available Birthday Party Favors for the Special Little Boys & Girls!!

Brand new designs for every little boy or girls Birthday Party Favors available now from Kawartha Beads! Many different options available and your choice of bead colour to match the party theme or even their favourite colour :) 

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Bridal Sale @ The Perfect Dream Bridal Boutique

A Perfect Dream Bridal Boutique in Oshawa is having the largest Bridal Gown Sale of the year!
If you have any brides who haven’t purchased there dresses yet now is the perfect time to check out The Perfect Dream Bridal Shop and you can also have a peek at the Kawartha Beads display as well!!
Bridal Gown Cash & Carry Trunk Sale!
Sale starts Thursday July 25th until all dresses are gone!
Dresses just arrived today!
All Sample Wedding Gowns are $350 or less!
Sizes range from size 6 – 18
We have shorter gowns, destination gowns & Wedding Gowns
Appointments are not needed but recommended
All Brides will receive a FREE Bridal Swag Bag, Wedding Planning Book, Bridal Magazine & 50% off any jewellery set in store!
Contact us today for more information:
Perfect Dream Bridal Boutique

Friday, July 19, 2013

Kawartha Beads wedding creations can be found on a new Facebook group!

For all your wedding jewelry needs and even wedding favors visit the new Peterborough and the Kawartha's wedding classified group on Facebook!

Now available at A Perfect Dream Bridal Boutique

I'm thrilled to announce that brides can now find a selection of Kawartha Beads products at A Perfect Dream Bridal Boutique in Oshawa. The store is located at 369 King Street and you can visit their website here.

Currently in stock are Bride and Bridal Party necklaces, bouquet blings, a selection of earrings and hair accessories. If there is something specific from Kawartha Beads that you are looking for just let me know and I will be sure to get it to the boutique for you!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Now Available at A Perfect Dream Bridal Boutique

I'm thrilled to announce that brides can now find a selection of Kawartha Beads products at A Perfect Dream Bridal Boutique in Oshawa. The store is located at 369 King Street and you can visit their website here.

Currently in stock are Bride and Bridal Party necklaces, bouquet blings, a selection of earrings and hair accessories. If there is something specific from Kawartha Beads that you are looking for just let me know and I will be sure to get it to the boutique for you!

Friday, July 5, 2013

Summer vacation fun!

Today the girls from down the street came to play "jewellery store" with my little guy. They were so proud of their creations I just had to share! Hope everyone is having a safe and enjoyable summer vacation!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Customer Appreciation Sale at Parkadilly!

Parkadilly is celebrating with a Customer Appreciation Sale! Whether you are already a fan or have yet to discover this talented artisan you will want to stop by her Facebook page to learn more about her journey. Discover Parkadilly.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Visit Kawartha Beads at the Enfield Craft Show

Come on out and visit Kawartha Beads at the Enfield Craft Show this Sunday June 23rd from 10-3. Just minutes north of Oshawa. Hope to see you there!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Win A Stunning Orchid Bracelet from Creations by GMarie

Creations by Gmarie is celebrating the 100 fan mark on Facebook with a special giveaway! You can win your own personalized orchid petal bracelet...but you'll have to use your sleuthing skills! Creations by Gmarie first launched this bracelet on Etsy in January 2012. Here's what you need to do to win one of your own.

1)You MUST have liked Creations by Gmarie on Facebook for your guess to count.
2)Use your sleuthing abilities to count up how many of these bracelets she has sold from Jan. 2012 to May 30, 2013. The count closest to the actual number without going over is the winner! Remember she has two shops on Etsy: and http://Creationsbygmarie2
3)Send a PM to Creations by Gmarie on Facebook with your guess. One entry per person please! Remember the closest without going over wins!
4) All guesses must be submitted by midnight June 15th. The winner will be announced June 16th

Happy Sleuthing!

Check out the Find It Here Vendor Show THIS Saturday!

If you live in the Stouffville area and are looking for something fun to do this Saturday be sure to stop by the Find It Here Vendor Show. Located at the Stouffville Legion (150 Mostar Street)from 10-5 you can visit a variety of direct sellers including Kawartha Beads very own independent consultant Julie. Other companies being represented at the show include Regal, Scentsy, Thirty One Gifts, Mary Kay and much more!
Happy Shopping!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Introducing Kawartha Beads newest product line!

After searching for the perfect charm for creating Father's Day keyrings (and coming up empty) I decided to try my hand at metal stamping. My new product line, created from metal washers, will give a sentimental gift that is still manly and rugged!

Each keyring is handstamped with the word Dad, Papa or Grandpa and accented with a silver toned charm. Currently available are the golf themed keyrings but watch for more charm varieties to be added in the next couple of weeks. Stop by my Facebook page to grab yours or watch for them to come in my Etsy shop.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Long Weekend Special at Delmar Creations

May long weekend sale at

Receive 25% OFF your purchase (excluding shipping) when you enter the coupon code 25MAYLONGWEEKEND at checkout. This is the perfect time to get yourself a "Delmar Creation". Coupon is valid until midnight on Monday, May 20th.

Monday, April 1, 2013


For those of you who may be new followers of Kawartha Beads I should start by saying that I inherited my creative fever from my mother and she has been my inspiration and guiding light in my own journey. I am always pleased to share new shops and handmade specials from any artisan but it gives me extra pleasure when its so close to my heart. While my mom has sold on Etsy for several years she decided to branch out and take the plunge into her own website. Introducing! Be sure to stop by and take a peek at all of her wonderful items and stay tuned for a FABULOUS monthly special. You can also find her on Facebook here.

The Deal of the Month for April is this beautiful Bird on a Swing Pendant Necklace, available at 40% off of its regular price. Sale ends April 30th.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

It's Craft Show Season!

With the onset on spring craft show season I know I have been busy getting my stock ready, revamping my table display and spreading the word like crazy! Whether you are a seasoned craft show vet or a newbie to the scene here is a great article from Etsy on How to Get Ready for Spring Craft Shows.

Any of your own tips to share? What are you looking forward to this spring season? Here's a list of where to find Kawartha Beads in the next couple of months.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Spring Specials at Ashley Tough Photography

Spring has sprung and to celebrate Ashley Tough Photography is offering some fantastic limited time specials! Be sure to book your space while they are still available!
  • For everyone expecting a baby in 2013- Book your Maternity Session with Ashley, and receive 50% off of a Newborn Portrait session- Offer Valid until March 31st, 2013 at 9 pm. 
  • Any Wedding Package booked with Ashley (with deposit), will receive 50% off engagement portraits- Offer Valid until April 30th, 2013 at 9 pm. 
  • Any session booked in studio will receive a complimentary 8 x 10 portrait and $10 off their session (excluding Mini Sessions)- Offer Valid until April 30th, 2013 
To book your space or if you have any questions you can contact Ashley via her Facebook page, by email or by phone 705-878-2634

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Have you thought beyond your Etsy shop?

I have actually been thinking alot lately about my shop beyond Etsy. I guess I'm not the only one! This article popped up in my inbox today and I thought it was an interesting read. Enjoy!

10 Reasons Why Etsy is a Starting Point (but only a starting point)

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Great Mother's Day Gift Ideas at Farm Girl Creations

Hard to believe that Mother's Day is right around the corner! If you are looking for that special something for a gift this year why not stop by Farm Girl Creations! With an assortment of handmade items to choose from there is something for every budget and the quality and care she takes with each piece is sure to be appreciated by any mom. There are also several gift sets to choose from (the above is my favourite colour combo!) and this one in particular features 2~ Facecloths,2 ~ Flower Face scrubbies,1 ~ Hand Sanitizer Cozy with Hand Sanitizer, 1 ~ Bar of Soap from Little Bitty Bath Boutique.

Start your Farm Girl Creations shopping now!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Piper Rose Hair Accessories NOW OPEN!

I'm thrilled to announce that my super talented sister has just opened her own Etsy shop, Piper Rose Hair Accessories, featuring an assortment of beautiful hair accessories. Her pieces are made with extra care, with each metal piece being soldered on as opposed to simply glued for extra durability! She offers a variety of styles and price points and is happy to create a custom piece for you if you don't find a fav. already in her shop.

If you are local be sure to stop by the Kawartha Beads booth at the Lindsay Mom2Mom Sale on March 30th at the Armouries in Lindsay where I will have a small sampling of these wonderful hair accessories available.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Upcoming Kawartha Beads Shows

Here's where you can find Kawartha Beads this spring!
March 30th -10-1- Victoria Park Armoury, Lindsay- The Lindsay Mom2Mom Sale
April 12th Ladies Night Fundraiser at the Legion in Bobcaygeon
April 28th 10-3- Janetville Craft Sale/Baazar
June 23rd- Enfield Craft Show

and of course we are open 24hrs a day/ 7days a week online in our Etsy shop. Also be sure to follow along on Facebook for sneak peeks, specials, and my crafty thoughts. 

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Vendor Call: Spring Janetville Craft Sale/Baazar

Janetville Spring Craft Sale and Bazaar 
Sunday April 28th 10-3

Tables are $25 each; tables are of different sizes (sorry but I cannot guarantee which size table you will be receiving). Tables can be shared and they will get priority for the larger tables.

Hoping this will be a great time for to promote products and services for: Mother's/Father's Day, Graduation, End of School (teacher/bus driver/crossing guard gifts if people are looking for that), weddings, bridal/baby showers (I know these occur year round as well), and anything else!

Please email: to receive Vendor registration/contract. **Completed contracts and payments are due by April 6, 2013 (please note we filled all of our available table spaces before our deadline for the Christmas Sale). Please remember, when you sign your vendor contract (or if emailing it back, by typing your name and emailing it back) you are AGREEING to the conditions stated within the contract. Completed contracts along with payment are what will reserve your space.

Monday, January 28, 2013

A Valentine's Collaboration between Kindred Krafting and Kawartha Beads

Kawartha Beads and Kindred Krafting are proud to bring you our first ever collaboration! Just in time for Valentine's Day this fun and affordable handmade delight is the complete gift for your little Valentine, their teacher, daycare provider or any other special person who deserves to have their day brightened♥
A beautiful handmade treat package made from quality cardstock and featuring two beautiful red embossed hearts hides a treasure of cinnamon hearts and a handmade L♥VE charm zipper pull inside. Clip the zipper pull to your purse, your little one's backpack or pencil case or even a sweater for some extra Valentine's cheer! This all in one gift is just $3.50 with local delivery available. Don't miss out on the chance to make someone's Valentine's Day extra special, limited quantity available. Contact either myself at Kawartha Beads or Beckie at Kindred Krafting to order yours by Sunday Feb. 10th (if you are local) to ensure delivery by Valentine's Day.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Kawartha Beads: A Year in Review and Looking Ahead

I wanted to extend a BIG thank you to all of my wonderful customers, crafty friends, loyal blog readers and all Kawartha Beads supporters in general. It truly warms my heart to hear from you and I hope you will continue to do Facebook me, email me, Etsy convo me and have tea and buttertart craft meetings in the year ahead!

My most popular Etsy listing of 2012

Kawartha Beads saw a tremendous amount of growth in 2012 both online and locally and I'm SO proud of how things have developed. That being said I must admit I struggled with time management a bit. With two very active little guys I underestimated how little time I was actually going to have and how tired I would be at night once they went to bed. For all the other mompreneurs out there struggling to "do it all" I wanted to share with you that I too felt overwhelmed at times in 2012 and once I accepted that it was OK to feel that way and let some things slide a bit then I felt much better. I've also put a fair amount of time into helping my hubby grow his own little business Man Cave Collectibles so now that we have system worked out for that I am concentrating a little less on his stuff and can refocus my energies on my own work.

For the year ahead I am going to do things a bit differently. We used to do our "activities" in the morning but I've found the boys play better together then and I can get a bit of creating done, leaving the afternoon for visits, errands, playdates,etc. I am limiting my evening work time to one hour for the time being since a rested me makes for a more productive me! For next fall I'm going to explore once a week daycare for my youngest while my other is in school leaving me an entire day each week dedicated to preparing for the 2013 holiday season.

Other plans for Kawartha Beads:
  • List a minimum of 200 items on Etsy and maintain that inventory
  • Do some classes (on jewelry making, starting an Etsy shop, blogging, etc)
  • Perhaps doing some beadable b-day parties
  • Expand my local business by reintroducing my "buckets"
  • Blog once a week (I love it but I need to focus my time so I will be limiting my posts to weekly. Be sure to follow my Facebook page for lots of other announcements, creative thoughts, sales, new products, etc.)
What would you like to see from Kawartha Beads for 2013? Where are you heading with your own business or hobby?