I've been operating under the name of Lauren's Creations since 2013. It's a name I chose without knowing exactly where my crafting journey would take me. When I started selling on Etsy (where it all began) I was actually selling my handmade painted, carved, and wood burned gourds. Here are some pictures of the gourds I made for anyone curious.
Then switched to French Beading when carving and wood burning became too difficult to do with children, but I kept the same name. I had no idea then that my business would grow to where it is now. If I had, I would have chosen a different name. Everyone and their dog has a shop named "so-and-so's Creations".
Basically, I've always hated it. So when I started having too many issues with my website builder (Weebly), and the frustration with the lack of features... I decided that it was just time for a change. And that it needed to happen sooner rather than later. So everything else had to be pushed aside so I could build a brand new website.
So, I am excitedly announcing the Grand Opening of my brand new website - BeadandBlossom.com! I've been working on this project for months. I haven't had much time for beading because of it, and it's making me really cranky. So I am very happy to be done with it so I can do more than just one leaf a day for my One-A-Day project.
I can't write a post about this without mentioning my wonderful husband. Professionally he is a Network Administrator and Programmer/Web Developer. There were so many issues I ran into while using Wordpress that he was able to assist with. I'd be stuck with Weebly forever if not for him and his mad coding skills. He calmed me down through many tears of frustration as I was trying to get all the pieces to work together.
I've been wanting to redo my free tutorials for years. Just haven't had the time. Building a new website was the perfect opportunity to redo them. Well, so far I've redone the ones that are absolutely necessary for people to be able to use my patterns. The rest I'll be adding a little at a time. I've put the tutorials in separate courses based on difficulty level.
My Beginner Course is mostly done. It's divided into 2 parts. Part 1 teaches all of the entry level techniques in separate lessons. The picture/text versions of those tutorials are up and ready for anyone who wants to browse through them. The video series for Part 1 of this course will be coming near the beginning of 2019 (I've already been recording videos, so it is coming soon!)
Part 2 is currently in development as well, and it will feature several new free patterns designed specifically to practice those techniques. That's definitely not something you'll want to miss.
Once all the parts and pieces to the course are finished, there will be a free PDF version of the full course available to download with links to videos and everything. I may consider doing a print booklet version on Amazon if people request hard copy (of course the hard copy wouldn't be free, since it's not free for me). So if that's something you'd want, please let me know.
Find the Beginner Course here.
I also have some of the Intermediate Course techniques up (the ones needed for patterns). I'll be adding more to this section and the Advanced Course in the coming months. But all the courses will be free. :)
While making these courses, I wanted to make the resource that I wish I'd had when I first started out. So I went forward with that in mind and I really hope you guys will find the new tutorials better than the last ones.
With this new website, you'll also be able to create an account. Doing so will allow you to access your orders and re-download any files that you may have lost.
Unfortunately I will not be able to add access to files purchased from this "old" website, just orders going forward. You can still email me if you've lost any files from orders from Lauren's Creations. I have all those records on hand.
My new website is set up to accept multiple currencies. In each product listing you'll see a Flag drop-down list where you can select your currency. And then you can pay in the selected currency. Please let me know if you have any trouble with this. Being in the US I was only able to run test orders in US dollars.
Grand Opening Sale
To celebrate the grand opening of my new website, everything is on sale. :)
If you are signed up for my newsletter here on Lauren's Creations, you do not need to sign up for the newsletter on Bead & Blossom. I will transfer you over. If you wish to unsubscribe at that point, you can do so by clicking the link in the bottom of any email you receive from me.
Thank you all so much for your support and for helping me build this website and my business. It means so much to me! I hope to see all of you over at Bead & Blossom! I'm really hoping that this new website will become, in time, one of the best resources for anyone wanting to Learn French Beading. Onward and upward!
Lauren's Creations is moving to a new home on the web! I'm moving my website over piece by piece. Come drop on by the new website - BeadandBlossom.com to see how it's coming along! My shop here on Lauren's Creations will be taken down Oct. 30th to prepare for the move. It will reopen on the new site on November 1st!
Hello everyone! I am Lauren Harpster, the designer behind Lauren's Creations. I am a 28 year old wife, and a mother to three adorable little kids. I've been making French Beaded Flowers for six years now, and teaching French Beading through my website for about four years. I hope you'll join me on my blog so you, too, can Learn the Art of French Beading.