Julie Schafer on Apr 3, 2016
Great product and service
Lane and Cara are a mother and daughter team of entrepreneurial artists and jewelry designers who live in beautiful Gig Harbor, Washington. Lane (mom) has been a professional watercolor and pastel artist her whole life (see her watercolor painting of Gig Harbor at left), served as an art commissioner for our small town and has run a successful small technology business with her husband for over 25 years. As a teenager, Cara (daughter) worked for the family business and, on the weekends, helped mom with her art booth at local festivals and farmers’ markets. But for years, they dreamed of creating an artistic small business that they could run and grow together.
When Lane had a major surgery that required a long recovery, Cara suggested that they take a jewelry making class together at their local bead store. Cara immediately fell in love with the beautiful beads and creative process and was soon hired by the store. It didn’t take long for Cara to discover her passion and knack for teaching and designing jewelry. When the economy, the family’s technology business, and Lane’s husband’s health all took a serious downturn, Cara and Lane teamed up and started their first business together, Bloomin’ Artist. On the weekdays, the local bead shop was kind enough to let them teach after school beading and art classes in the store’s classroom, and on the weekends they were hired to throw artistic beading parties for eager beaders of all ages!
Much to everyone’s disappointment, the local bead store was not able to make it through the difficult recession and was eventually forced to close its doors. While Lane faced the imminent threat of loosing her own business (as well as their family home), she was forced to take a second job while Cara took over running the office. While she pitched in and took over, she never gave up on her passion of beading or of having a small business of her own and often contemplated how in the world she could continue to teach jewelry making without a local bead store.
One day, while dog-sitting for a friend and thumbing through old issues of beading magazines, Cara had the light bulb moment and realized exactly what she wanted to do. She was going to continue to teach jewelry making, but from an online storefront! And, she as going to do it in a way that “left no beader behind,” ensuring success regardless of skill level! That’s how Simple Bead Patterns was started! In the beginning, Cara often worried that her detailed tutorials, that featured step-by-step instructions and tons of full color close-up photos, were too long or basic. But, appreciative feedback and testimonials from happy customers kept her on track. And when Cara and Lane realized that her fledgling business could be the opportunity they had always dreamed of, they decided to team up once again.
We’re glad to say that the business is doing well and we continue to grow (which has allowed our family to hang onto our home) – thanks to you! We have created hundreds of beading tutorials and have more constantly in the works. We have also expanded into offering other fun and helpful products, including beading kits and video tutorials. We’re always working on learning new techniques and methods to share with you, as well as coming up with our own unique and creative designs. We’re having fun and loving what we do, and enjoy sharing our passion with you!
Thank you for your interest in our story, and for being a valued customer.
As always, bead happy!
~ Cara & Lane
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Refunds and Exchanges
This is our full-time occupation and how we support ourselves and our family. As a mother and daughter team of artists, we work hard to come up with exciting new designs, create the PDF and video tutorials for them, and build and manage the websites and all other aspects of the business side that enable us to share and deliver our products to you. We work very hard to make each of our beading tutorials as clear and concise as possible and utilize the latest technology available to make downloading and viewing them as fast, easy and convenient as possible for you. However, we're still human and do occasionally slip up. And as we all know, while technology is great, it can have its moments too.
If you have any problem with one of our tutorials, or with the technology side, please rest assured - we'll make it right! Just contact us with your concern and we'll do our very best to work with you to resolve the issue in a timely manner.
If you are unhappy with your purchase for any reason, you may return the beading kit within fourteen days from date of purchase for a full refund, less shipping charges. Please contact us right away if you are sending something back and include the date and method of shipment. Please return items in the same or similar standard of packaging for their protection. Refunds cannot be issued until all the merchandise is returned undamaged and in tack (unless damage was previously disclosed). We truly want you to love your purchase and enjoy it. Therefore, we will make every effort to right any perceived wrongs within our capabilities. So go ahead and buy with confidence. Your satisfaction is guaranteed!
Additional policies and FAQs
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Thank you for your interest. We would love to have you to teach our designs, as long as you respect our copyrights by following our simple guidelines below. As fellow instructors, we strive to ensure everyone’s success and satisfaction!
The purchase of a $4.95 teaching certificate gives you permission to teach a specific design to any number of students who have paid for their own copy of the tutorial (as part of the class fee). With the purchase of a teaching certificate, you will receive a customized certificate in PDF format to print and display, showing your students that you are authorized to teach that class. You will also receive a 20% off coupon that you can use towards the purchase of each of your students’ copy of the tutorial (tutorials can be given out before, during or after class as you so choose. Providing each student with their own purchased copy of the tutorial ensures their success (especially if they need to finish the project on their own, or wish to make additional projects in the future) and will reflect well on you as a thorough and thoughtful instructor.
Copy and paste this web address in your search bar to purchase a teaching certificate: http://simplebeadpatterns.com/product/teaching-certificate/
As a professional artist for nearly 40 years, and having served as an art commissioner for our small town, I have had ample opportunity to discuss the finer points of copyright law with fellow artists and can say, without a doubt, that there are almost as many perspectives on the issue as there are artists. The debate over originality and copyright protection has exploded, in pace with the availability of unlimited inspiration found on the Internet. After careful research, (which included our review of copyright law and cases that have been brought before the courts, as well as the published positions of several industry leaders including Bead & Button magazine and Etsy), we feel that it is still too hard to clearly discern, with absolute certainty in some circumstances, what constitutes an original design or derivative work and what falls under the common domain. With that said, we have arrived at our personal position with regards to copyrights and have attempted to clearly define how you may use our products (tutorials, kits, and designs), so that you have a level of comfort in knowing what your rights are when using our products. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to contact us using the form at the bottom of the page.
Our Tutorials / Patterns:
We copyright our written and photographed tutorials (patterns), which represent our original and unique intellectual property (just like a book). As such, making copies of our tutorials (in full or part), to either share, sell or give away, is strictly prohibited by law and we will not hesitate to report any infringement of our copyrights to the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section of the Criminal Division of the United States Department of Justice for investigation and prosecution. We understand the temptation, but please respect our copyrights, as this is the sole means we have to support ourselves. If you cannot afford one of our patterns, or know someone who has difficulty affording a pattern, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will gladly do what we can to help out with the price – we’ve been there, and we’re all in this together.
Our Jewelry Designs:
Our jewelry designs include projects that are made using popular beading techniques (that fall under the common domain and as such are not restricted by copyright), variations of popular beading techniques, and, as far as we know, completely original works. As many artist do, we have often been inspired, whether consciously or unconsciously, by other jewelry designs we run across (sometimes years earlier). We never knowingly duplicate another artist’s jewelry design without getting their permission and/or referencing their original design. If and when we create a design that we know has been inspired by a published piece, we take great pains to create our own unique design by making changes to the process, materials and/or finished feel of the piece (meeting the two criteria the U.S. courts have used to determine whether two pieces of jewelry have “substantial similarity”).
Can I sell the jewelry I make using the tutorials and/or kits I purchase from you?
Yes! We have absolutely no problem with your selling the jewelry that you make using our tutorials and/or kits. In the past, we did ask that you give us credit for our original copyrighted designs, however we no longer feel the personal need to require you to disclose our authorship and copyright, as we feel that it may inhibit your ability to promote and sell your handiwork. But, just as we don’t claim other people’s work as our own, we ask that you not represent our design(s) as your own (i.e. you can proudly say that you made the piece, but please don’t claim that you designed it).
There are numerous articles attempting to disseminate copyright law and how it specifically applies to jewelry design, and if you are interested, we encourage you to research it further. We found an article written and published on Etsy, a globally known and highly respected artisan marketplace, to be clearly written and informative. You can view this article by visiting https://www.etsy.com/help/article/263.
Thank you for taking the time to review our copyright policy. And again, please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns regarding our designs or copyright policy.