Monday, December 31, 2012

New on Pinterest: All that glitters...

At Bumbershoot Designs and Supplies, we like sparkly things. We love lots and lots of sequins, glitter, and rhinestones. On New Year's Eve, in our new Pinterest board "All that glitters..." we express our love for all things that sparkle. Check out some of our favorites:

Friday, December 14, 2012

New on Pinterest: Ring In the New Year

The end of 2012 is fast approaching. Now our imaginations turn to sparkly dresses, statement jewelry, sky high heels and smashing New Year's Eve parties.
On our latest Pinterest board "Ring In the New Year" we're pulling together some of our favorite vintage NYE images for inspiration.
Check these out!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

New On Pinterest: Tag, You're It!

Now that it's wrapping season, our minds have turned to tags.
Printed, stamped, glued, embellished or embossed tags can make a great statement on a package. They're also a great canvas for mixed media art.
We've been collecting together our favorite tags in our new Pinterest board, "Tag, You're It!".
Check these out:

Thursday, November 29, 2012

New on Pinterest: Brown Paper Packages Tied Up with String

If there's one thing that binds pretty much all of the winter holidays together, it's the giving and receiving of gifts with your loved ones.
We're still picking out and making our gifts, but soon we will turn our attention to wrapping.
We've pulled together some wrapping ideas on our new Pinterest board "Brown Paper Packages Tied Up with String".
Here are a few of our favorite things:

New on Pinterest: A Very Vintage Christmas

The holidays are just around the corner. Now we turn our attention to all things in the holiday spirit: mistletoe, holly, bells, fir trees, santa hats, reindeer, and snow!
We've been pulling together some of our favorite vintage and vintage inspired Christmas things on our new board "A Very Vintage Christmas".
Check them out:

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Announcing Winner: Newsletter Gift Certificate Giveaway at Bumbershoot Designs and Supplies

We are delighted to announce the winner of our newsletter subscriber raffle for a $100 gift certificate to Bumbershoot Designs and Supplies is:
Kathy F
Congratulations Kathy!
Thank you to all of our newsletter subscribers for your continued support!
The raffle is over, but the November special for subscribers is still available.
During November, newsletter subscribers are offered a free pack of snowflake charms with their purchase (see photos). For details and to receive your charms, see your November newsletter, or sign up for our newsletter here.
Best wishes for a happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

New on Pinterest: Trim Up the Tree

The holidays are fast approaching, and one of the best things about the holiday season is the decorations! Even if you don't celebrate Christmas, you may still appreciate the craftsmanship of the gorgeous glass ornaments of yesteryear. In our recent board "Trim Up the Tree" we've been pulling together some of our favorite vintage glass ornaments. Check them out:

New on Pinterest: What a Card!

Recently on Pinterest we've been pulling together some of our favorite greeting cards on our "What a Card!" board. Take a look, there's all kinds of creative ideas for holiday and all occasion cards here:

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

New on Pinterest: Thanksgiving

The air is getting colder, and all the trees have turned fantastic shades of red and gold.
Thanksgiving is right around the corner!
Recently on Pinterest we've been pulling together some of our favorite images on our Thanksgiving board. Check them out:

Monday, October 29, 2012

New on Pinterest: Harvest's Gold

Autumn is a season of color, bright reds, oranges, and golds. Recently on Pinterest we've been collecting together our favorite golds in our "Vintage Palette: Harvest's Gold". Enjoy these and more!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Bumbershoot Designs and Supplies on the Etsy Blog

Jim, Eric, Sharon, Emma at the Skagit Valley Tulip festival, way back when…
Jim and I were recently interviewed by Dana Mauriello of Etsy about many aspects related to having a family business. Dana included information about how we hired our daughter Emma as a contractor for Bumbershoot Designs and Supplies in this Etsy blog post, Etsy Success: Getting a Helping Hand. Enjoy!

Sunday, September 30, 2012

October Special for Bumbershoot Designs and Supplies Newsletter Subscribers

This is a great time to sign up for our newsletter!  See the button in the right sidebar. October newsletters will be sent on Oct 2 and Oct 15.

When you sign up, you will receive a coupon for free shipping that you can use once at your choice of any of one our sites:

You’ll also receive monthly specials for newsletter subscribers only. For October, we are providing a special assortment of our popular vintage Japanese glass bead drops, in Halloween colors, as shown in the photo above. Both of these bead drops come with looped brass wires, and are perfect little dangle embellishments for your holiday projects and designs. Information on how to claim your free Halloween beads is included in the October newsletters. Or contact Sharon after subscribing at
We provide our newsletter subscribers with all kinds of fun freebees, such as vintage rhinestone earring kits, additional free shipping coupons, and free vintage treasures. You can read past issues of our newsletter to see the types of things we do.
And yes, you can combine specials, so you can have the free shipping AND the free beads with the same order.
Looking forward to serving you!

Saturday, September 29, 2012

New on Pinterest: Halloween

When the air starts to get crisper and the days get shorter, we know that Halloween is right around the corner. We've been pulling together some of our favorite spooky images on our "Halloween" board on Pinterest. Check them out:

Saturday, August 25, 2012

New on Pinterest: Vintage Butterflies

Butterflies have a delicate beauty and a brilliance of hue that make them fantastic subjects for artists of all disciplines. Over on our "Vintage Butterflies" board on Pinterest, we have been pulling together some of our favorite vintage butterfly images. Here's just a few, check them out :

Monday, July 30, 2012

Learning to Fish: New Rhinestone Settings, Free Earring Kit and Tutorial from Bumbershoot Supplies

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day.
Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
~Chinese Proverb
At Bumbershoot Supplies, we're about learning to fish.

With this in mind, we recently had manufactured for us several types of beautiful 2-stone pronged settings. These new antiqued brass settings will allow you to create your own beautiful dangles, drops, and charms, personalized to meet your needs. Together with our vintage rhinestones, and this tutorial on setting rhinestones in pronged settings, you are good to go!

With a 20ss pointed back rhinestone for the top and any number of shapes and sizes for the second stone, depending on the setting you choose, you will be able to create a customized look for your designs. Think of the shiny, sparkling possibilities!

And if you are a newsletter subscriber, you're going to get a chance to take these settings for a test drive for free.

Here's a sneak peek at the free bonus for newsletter subcribers this August. From August 1-31, all components to make these peridot teardrop vintage rhinestone earrings will be sent to newsletter subscribers, with a paid purchase. In order to receive this free earring kit, you have to be a newsletter subscriber and provide the coupon code with your purchase. Sign up for our newsletter here. By the way, signing up for the newsletter gets you a free shipping coupon code too, and yes, you can always combine coupon codes at Bumbershoot Designs and/or Bumbershoot Supplies. So you can have the earring kit and the free shipping in the same order.
Happy fishing!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

New on Pinterest: Vintage Seattle Board

Did you know that 2012 is the 50th anniversary of the World Fair in Seattle?
To see images from that era as well as other vintage images of Bumbershoot Designs and Supplies' home town, scroll down for a few photos and visit our Vintage Seattle board on Pinterest.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Book Review: The Quilts of Gee's Bend

The Quilts of Gee’s Bend is one book I turn to regularly, partly because my creative roots are in fiber, paper and fabric and those art forms still resonate for me, but also because I find it to be full of inspiration that translates to many forms of art and design.

When I look at the Gee’s Bend quilts, I learn about color. I learn about symmetry and asymmetry. I learn about looking to traditional design as a source of inspiration for creating something new. I learn about seeing pattern in the world around you and interpreting it in your art. I learn about how to create something beautiful and artistic with only the materials on hand. I learn about the impact of keeping it simple.

Recently I had a customer, a beginning jewelry artist and designer, ask how she could prevent tiny marks on the jump rings when she manipulated them. After providing a few tips, I also shared my belief that “…it is also OK to have some slight marks sometimes - it is a sign of the presence of you, the artist and designer, in the piece”. The prominence of the hand quilting in the design of many of the Gee’s Bend quilts allows me to see and feel the presence of the artists and continues to guide my approach to handmade jewelry design.

I was fortunate to see many of the Gees Bend quilts in person at the Tacoma Art Museum several years ago and I can say for sure that the experience of seeing these quilts in the flesh surpasses anything that can be presented in a 2 dimensional form. That said, the Quilts of Gee’s Bend is one book I turn to over and over again, as an endless source of design inspiration, and a touchstone to remind me of my path in handmade art and craft.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Bumbershoot Supplies Now on Pinterest!

Bumbershoot Supplies is now on Pinterest, and we are loving it!
Come and visit us at our Pinterest Page.

There you will find our growing collection of boards and pins featuring vintage color palletes, vintage Seattle, craft and diy ideas, beautiful images of rain and umbrellas (!) and just plain vintage inspiration. 

If you are not a member and would like to join Pinterest, please send us your email, and we will be delighted to send you an invitation. 

Happy pinning!