Your source for getting away and combining your love of beading with great locations... Questions? E-mail or call 360.271.1410 PST.

Beading by the Bay... August 6 - 12, 2017
Only 12 spaces avaiable!

This is a fun filled week incorporating your love of beading with getting a chance to also tour a little of the Northwest! We will break up the classes into two, two day sessions plus one open day to complete or get help with a project. The off day will give your brain and eyes to rest and give you a chance to tour downtown Seattle or take off for Victoria BC, or you can just wander through historic La Conner or Anacortes, head out to Deception Pass and take in the spectacular views or just chill out for the day. Watch the sunset over the San Juans and the bay is just one of the perks!

There are two class options, both include breakfast, lunch, snacks and beverages at the studio during class days, and snacks and beverages on group tour days.

Beader's Package ... $650 - Includes 4 points worth of kits. Click here for an idea of what types of projects will be available. Final choices made two months before retreat.
Open Studio ... $275 - Kits not included, choose projects for just the kit cost.
Optional Tour Days ... include snacks and beverages for the day, transportation and entrance fees not included.
Zahara by Ella Des project choice, shown left.
Accommodations and transportation not included. Plan your travel to and from and ground transportation while you're here. I'll be looking into hotels close by and other options. One possibility are the cabins in the park next door. It's too early to reserve now, they aren't available for another three months, but I'll try booking both of them, they can sleep 3 people (one full and one set of bunk beds) with their own private bath, electricity and heat for about $90 a night. Let me know if you're interested in the cabins. They also have RV spaces with water and electricity, and regular camping spaces.

If you are coming alone, I also have a couple accommodation options between $45 - $65 night, for three singles and/or one couple, contact me for more information, 360.271.1410.

Reserve Your Space* ... $100 will hold your space. Balance due June 1, 2017
*Cancellation subject to 4% of amount paid to cover CC fees.

Beader's Package Deposit Only ..... $100 .....
Beader's Package
..... $650 .....

  Open Studio Deposit Only ..... $100 .....
Open Studio
..... $275 .....

 

NEW!!!
15 Day Be Creative Cruise
March 24, 2018
Panama Canal

Holland America - MS Westerdam

For those of you who were waiting! We have a date! We are travelling EAST TO WEST this time! This time we GAIN time as we travel through the canal versus losing it! Only one sailing is going East to West. Different stops from the last bead cruise, three new ports so if you came along last time, you will have new locations to explore this time! Get away from the cold and rain, travel to where it's warm!

Now is the time to reserve your cabin. Verandahs and balconies book quickly even this far out. Your deposit is 100% refundable until the final payment date (Dec. 2017), but you will be assured the cabin you want if you reserve it now! Click here to view the itinerary.

Click here to see current class choices. NOTE: there will be many new classes added before final choices need to be made for this cruise. What's shown is for the current year's cruise.

I always suggest arriving at least one day early, you never know if your luggage will arrive too! Better safe than sorry since it's hard to get it after we sail. I will be looking into pre-cruise excursion ideas. So we normally come in two days early, so one full day in Ft. Lauderdale to sight see and possibly bead shop in advance! More later as I get time to research.

You don't have to be a beader to come along, any person who is into hand crafts, knitting, embroidery, hand quilting etc. is more than welcome to come along as an Artisan Companion, or if you have a bunch of UFO bead projects, bring them along instead of purchasing the Beaders Package. You'll still receive a fun goodie bag and be included in all the group activities. For the non crafter companions, there is no additional fees other than your cruise price.

Remember, we only work on projects while we're at sea, so when we arrive in the ports we all go and explore! Classes are all open session, you're not trapped all day at a table, once you get started you're more than able to take your project and continue working on it in one of the many beautiful lounges and observation areas! We travelled all over the ship last time, taking advantage of the different areas from the Lido Deck by the Pool, to the Canaletto Restaurant and up to the Crows Nest!

Fly into Ft. Lauderdale and flying home from San Diego, CA. Last time it wasn't much different from the two locations as it would have been round trip. E-mail me with any questions or to reserve your space!

ms Westerdam ::: Panama Canal 2018 ::: 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. if you do not have a travel companion we will do our best to find you a room mate, but if not the single supplement would apply. The beds can be made into two singles instead of a queen. $600 deposit reserves your cabin. 100% refundable up to the final payment date of December 31, 2017.
Cabin prices are subject to change as we get closer to the sailing date. Book early for the best rate!

Questions or ready to reserve your space? E-mail me bead@i-bead.com or call me at 360.271.1410 PST


Inside Cabin
$2400 pp

Ocean View
$2625 pp

Verandah
$3200 pp
Private Balcony

Signature Suite
$4300 pp
3rd Person $1800

Neptune Suite
$7775 pp

The Artist Package is $575, this is for 5 full day classes, includes all your bead/quilt/craft kits with complete instructions and material supplies. You'll have 5 Points to choose projects with. You will need to bring your basic tools based on your projects, a list will be provided upon final selections. Click here to see current class choices

Artistan Companion fee $150 gives you access to pre/post cruise events, and group events during the cruise.
Ability to purchase individual kits to work on the ship along with any of your current projects!

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7 Day Bead Creative Cruise
Alaska ~ Aug. 31 - Sept. 7, 2016
ms Volendam

Cruising to a new port PLUS Glacier Bay! This sailing has more port time to take advantage of the tours and scenic adventures! Click here to view the ship and iteneray.

This cruise departs from Vancouver, BC. This is a town well worth coming in a day early to tour around. I'll be checking out hotels and working a a group rate for those who want to come in a day early. NOTE: This is a WEDNESDAY to WEDNESDAY sailing. This saves about $100 per person and usually cheaper air fares during the week.

We will have THREE FULL DAYS of beading PLUS plenty of open session beading when you're done with the shore excursions. We seemed to always have someone in the Hudson Room beading unless it was reserved for another group.

Cruising the scenic Tracy Arm. You won'tbelieve the color of the water!

Take a ride up the scenic Tram in Juneau, or go for a hike up the trail to the top for incredible views of the fjords and ride the Tram back down!

Wander the scenic town of Ketchikan. Situated in the Tongass Narrows,
the houses and buildings cling to the hills and over the water.
This cheerful town calls itself the Salmon Capital of the World!

The library is located right next door to our beading room has great seating and fabulous views to sit and bead, plus really cushy chairs, you just have to get there early to get a prime spot! There is one main project, and two others you will great combinations of projects from designers all over the country to choose from. Projects will be updated after Bead and Button in Milwaukee! Got to see what's new and wonderful first!

Maximum of 24 beaders, I've found this is a great size, lots of personal hands on time and not getting lost in the crowd! Classes are based on a point system. You'll have 3 Points to go towards your projects. A point equals a project that would take approximately a full day and a little to finish. So for example, you can choose something as simple as a pair of earrings for a quarter point (.25), a bracelet for half a point (.5) or a necklace that can range from one full point or more for a more advanced and complex piece. an range from one full point or more for a more advanced and complex piece. Click here to see current class choices.

PRE-CRUISE TOUR - Aug. 30th Victoria, BC & Butchart Gardens

This is an optional tour to explore the local area a little before heading out on the cruise. We've got the cars are booked and the ferry tickets reserved and we're ready for a great day of discovery! Experience some of the best of the Northwest.

Start out the morning on a relaxing ferry crossing from the mainland of Canada to the picturesque island of Vancouver on one of the BC Ferries. Choose your start from the informal coffee shop to the all you can eat buffet! Relax over your morning coffee and enjoy the scenery.

Then a short drive to Butchart Gardens and spend the afternoon wandering through these amazing gardens. Rain or shine they are an amazing collection of styles and themes.

Then we'll spend the late afternoon and early evening in downtown Victoria.

Walk through the historic Fairmont Empress Hotel and enjoy a "High Tea" in the Tea Room or visit one of the Museums in Victoria which cover everything from Aboriginal culture to science and nature. Just for fun, visit Madam Tussauds Wax Museum and get your picture taken with some of the rich and famous!

Pick from many great restaurants to enjoy dinner overlooking the bay. Then it's back to the mainland and a good nights sleep a liesurely breakfast and then off to board the ship!

ms Volendam ::: Alaska 2016 ::: 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.
if you do not have a travel companion we will do our best to find you a room mate, but if not the single supplement would apply. The beds can be made into two singles instead of a queen.

Questions or ready to reserve your space? E-mail me bead@i-bead.com or call me at 360.271.1410 PST


L Inside Cabin
$1100-1250 pp

FF Ocean View
$1300-1450 pp

CA Lanai Cabin
$1615

BB Vista Suite
$2215
Even though a category is sold out, you can be put on a wait list to upgrade when you reserve your cabin.
Normally cabins become available just after the final payment date and those on the wait list will be the first to be offered the cabin.

The Beaders Package is an additional $450, this is for 3 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, round nose plyers) reading glasses and/or magnifiers. If you don't have any basic tools, a starter kit for $25 will be available.
Click here to see current class choices

Artist Companion is $100 gives you access to any pre/post cruise events, and group events during the cruise.
Ability to purchase individual kits to work on the ship along with any of your current projects!

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Future Be Creative Cruises...
Caribbean? Mexican Riviera?
Alaska Glacier & Denali?
Hawaii? Panama from East to West?

Looking into other destinations for 2017- 2018.
E-mail me to offer suggestions/locations for the next Cruise!


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