The Texas Bluebonnets are in full bloom, so it must be April! Driving in Texas at this time of year is just breathtaking. Lady Bird Johnson started the program to beautify the Texas roadways with wildflowers. I have to say, it is a sight to see. One of the first things my creative wife Debra did when we moved to Texas, was have a family portrait taken in the Bluebonnets. It is definitely a Texan thing. If you see a car parked along the side of the road, most likely there will be a family sitting in the Bluebonnets having their photo taken. As you can see, our family photo was taken quite a few years ago, considering Jaylen just turned 24, and Jourdain will be 22 in July. But I so love this photo!
Speaking of beautiful color, next week Design Originals will be traveling to Phoenix Arizona to attend NAMTA (National Art Materials Trade Association). This is a trade show attended by Art Materials Stores from all over the world. Design Originals selection of Art titles continue to grow. Titles like Transfers & Altered Images, Mixed Media with Color, Altered Surfaces, and now all of our very popular Zentangle® titles will be featured. The great thing about all these titles, is the fact they also sell well in the Craft & Hobby Industry. In fact, the theme of this years CHA Chicago show is, “CraftFusion, The selling Power of Mixed Media!” By combining a variety of materials in non-traditional ways, mixed media provides craft and hobby enthusiasts with exciting new creative possibilities and new opportunities for stores to sell product featured in Design Originals books.
Speaking of NEW books. I am so excited to announce that Tila Beads #5373 has arrived in our warehouse. Tila Beads features the new exclusive two hole tile shape bead from Japan’s Delica Bead manufacturer Miyuki, Inc. Alice Korach edited the beautiful designs. It is a must have!
Just FYI. I have been in contact with Kenji from Miyuki and Iwao of Toho, since the terrible earthquake in Japan. Both companies have offices in Tokyo and Hiroshima. Everyone was fine, but being very cautious. I look forward to seeing my friends from Japan at the upcoming Bead & Button Show in Wisconsin in June.
Then also to arrive is Sandy Steen Bartholomew’s 4-inch pocket size Alpha Tangle book #3460. This small in size book is packed with tangles. Alpha Tangle makes a nice addition to any letter-lover’s library.
Remember Easter is April 24th. So pay close attention while driving to avoid hitting any cute four legged furry animal carrying candy. Possum’s excluded.
Till next time,