December 20, 2018

2018 Annual Beaducation Newsletter

They say a new year is a fresh start, full of positive changes. Nothing could be more true, especially in 2018.

We started 2018 saying a sad goodbye to our old location but with lots of excitement for our new space. We're now located in charming San Carlos and loving it.

With change comes improvement and we've been very busy this year. We launched a NEW Beaducation Original Letter Set, Cowgirl Carnival, which is a favorite of many. Plus we launched over 50 NEW Beaducation Original Metal Design Stamps! See them all below!

We did more behind the scenes updates too! Such as adding the opportunity to pre-order new, soon to be released, stamps. We updated our shipping options, and now you also have the ability to either have us hold your whole order until any backordered items arrive, or send available items now and create a second shipment for the backorder items. Plus you can now see, sort and search a list of all your previously ordered items for easier ordering and tracking. Lisa + Mel show how to do this here.

We regularly receive notes from our customers asking exactly what we used for our sample pieces. When viewing a product, just click the sample image on the left side of the screen and you will now be able to see all of the tools and materials used!

We continue to do our best to exceed our customers expectations and these new improvements have been applauded by many of you. We thank all of you that have sent kind, wonderful notes and feedback to Lora in Customer Service. We read some of your notes in our meetings to talk about solutions or you know, get the warm and fuzzies. You all mean the world to us and we really mean that! :) 
Speaking of improvement, our studio got a major upgrade in decor and equipment to give you a better overall viewing experience during our LIVE episodes.

To date we've gone LIVE with over 70 Facebook episodes featuring Lisa + Mel. Join us every 1st & 3rd Thursday of each month at 11AM PT.

Plus we've added What's New LIVE to share the latest and greatest at Beaducation, almost every 1st & 3rd Wednesday at 1PM PT.
On that note, our Facebook group, Community - Metal Stamping & Beyond, has doubled since last year. We've been very diligent doing our best to make sure we maintain a positive, helpful and fun community with fantastic members. This group is, well let's just say it, our happy place. You all are so wonderful. No you are. No you lol. If you haven't already joined us, please do!!
Mandala stamping has been a huge hit with our customers and it's easy to see why. It's so much fun to create unique designs! When we received our new 4" Aluminum Coasters, we created a free Circle Divider Grid that you can easily download. See how to use it here. This makes Mandala stamping even better!
In May, Lisa treated us to lunch and a tour of Filoli which was so much FUN! Filoli is a country house set in 16 acres of formal gardens surrounded by a 654-acre estate, located in Woodside, California.

It was beautiful and inspiring. You may have noticed that we launched 18 new design stamps of just flowers, clouds and butterflies. Inspiration is everywhere! See more of our pictures on Instagram here.
We had a lot of fun team building events/meetings this year including a trip to the movies to watch "Won't You Be My Neighbor" about Mr. Rogers.

We had a great time making essential oil skin care treats like orange scented makeup remover and fresh spring roll wraps for our lunch meeting.

In addition, we got a surprise visit from Lisa's sister who owns Kona Ice. We were treated to the most delicious snow cones ever. 
June brought bittersweet changes though, with Lisa's oldest daughter, Izzy, graduating high school and preparing to move to her new college. Ok let's be real, Lisa bawled for like a whole month because her and her daughters are super tight. But it's better now and Lucy is still at home so 😊

In July, Lisa was able to take almost three full weeks off to travel with her family. This was her first long vacation since owning the business (10+ years ago). What an adventure they had! As a team, we were thrilled that our boss felt like she could go away and enjoy herself with minimal worry. It's how we roll here at Beaducation.
This year also brought some new rescued fur babies! We welcomed puppy Don Vito and his kitten brother, Santino. Don Vito visits the office almost daily.

Office doggies Stella, Gamble, Ava and girl doggie George are doing well and still visit from time to time too.

And...we are expecting a brand new baby next year!!!! Jenn, our Shipping Manager is pregnant with her first child and we couldn't be more excited!!
From the bottom of our hearts, we sincerely thank you for being not just a customer, but an integral part of our community. We feel so connected with so many of you, and super lucky to know you. We couldn't do it without you and we are super excited about 2019!!

Happy Stamping!

Lisa, Mel, Claudia, Lora, Colin, Danelle, Jenn, Sophia, Angela, Mike + Paul


Patty B. said...

That old fashioned truck, facing left, is my favorite. I also painted on canvas the red truck with a pine tree for my dining room wall. Its a wonderful looking stamp! Thanks, Patty B.

DMH said...

I have sung the praises of Lisa Niven Kelly and her colleagues since almost the first time I discovered metal stamping on Beaducation. THEN I discovered soldering and was even more hooked into my new hobby and avocation. And my skill set and interests have just built and built from there: like specialized metal stamping techniques, like mandala; specialized fonts for stamping, like Royal Crest for Large Fancy Initials, the Hebrew Font Set, Celtic Font Set; fold forming and the tools required; riveting; enameling; etching; crystal setting with Swarovski flatbacks; and the list goes on. One of the biggest and best aspects of Beaducation is that our group is peppered with truly skilled and creative members who so willingly share their beautiful and amazing work and don't even hesitate to give us insights into how they made their amazing products - people like Ron Turner, Jay Michaud, Deb Bednarek, Janice Kang, and dozens of others too numerous to mention here. And, of course, my highest esteem goes straight out to Kate Ferrant Richbourg whose influence has made my entire life so much better. I would follow her to the ends of the earth. I'm still learning new stuff from her. Signed: DM Harmon, Northwest Ohio