What a week!

And it’s not even done yet. They say bad luck happens in three’s. If so, I’m done. Good thing I had such a relaxing vacation, otherwise I’d have gone loopy by now. 🙂 First of course there was my husbands office with all of the water damage. Then our car broke down. Turns out it was the fuel pump. $750 later our car is at least back on the road. And to finish it all off, I am now spending the day lounging on my couch…and not by choice. As I was heading out the door (late to boot), I …

Don’t be a Turkey… Come Take a Class @ BeadFX

After a BeadFX roadtrip to Buffalo earlier this summer, we have been plagued with talk of wild turkeys. Our first sighting was in a park, just opposite the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. We promptly stopped the car to get a better look and as Cindy, Sue, Nadine and I sat there in the middle of the road staring at this gigantic bird staring back at us, we decided it must be a wild turkey. A google search the following day proved our suspicions right, this was no emu escaped from the zoo, it was a four foot tall turkey! Then, a …

I’m back from vacation, and traveling with children.

Traveling with young children…that should be enough to make anyone shudder in sheer horror. Did you know that a 3 year old child has the ability to turn around a 737? Much to my embarrassment and horror, 2 parents, 1 grandmother, and 3 flight attendants are apparently not enough to strap a 3 year old into a seatbelt if she doesn’t want to go in one. So, they turned around the plane, and headed back to the gate. Presumably to kick us off the plane. Just before we got back, the adrenaline required to fight off six adults must of …

A Sense of Wonder

If you’ve been beading or stringing or otherwise making jewellery for a while – you’ve probably learned a LOT. The more you explore the world of beads, the more fabulous and fascinating insider knowledge you get. (Especially if you read our website – as I tend to prattle on about details!) You have to remember what you didn’t know when you started – you have to keep that sense of wonder, remember the mystery and magic of it all, and not let is slip away. Case in point. I had some friends from my “other life” visit me – from …

Make your own Graffiti

Ever wander by a building with a huge, colourful graphic word carefully painted on it, and wonder what the heck it says? Graffiti “fonts” are meaningful – but obfuscation appears to be the name of the game. Try out this Graffiti Creator and see how, with stretching and pulling, overlapping, and the addition of “Yolk,” “Limbs,” “Stripes” and “Waves” – what started as a more or less readable word becomes camouflaged into pure design. Kewel, eh?

Sneak Peek at Next Week

New Beadwork and Stringing kits from Marilyn Gardiner – easy projects that come with everything you need! New Vintage – no wait – that doesn’t sound right. Old beads. Hmmm. Not much better. New to us and you, but actually old beads. Wordy. Vintage Swarovski and Chechoslovakian (yes, then it was Chechoslovakia!) beads and Rose Montees! Including some Swarovski colours long since discontinued: Mink and Seal. Apparently, they were going through a fur-bearing mammal stage in naming.

Naming Your Creations

Sometimes, when I make a piece of jewellery, or even just a bead, a name comes to me out of the blue. Sometimes, it comes afterward, when I hold it in my hand. Sometimes, it is a simple description, or based on circumstances. For instance, this dichroic glass beauty is called “Woot” – which is short for, depending on your source, “Wow-loot” or “Want One Of Those.” Both meanings are good, in my opinion – they are come from gaming slang. The Pink Dragon is known as “Heartburn” – not for his colour, but because I had a vicious attack …

Growing Like a Weed

With all the rain we’ve had these last two months, the garden is growing with a ferocity that I’ve never seen before – the Hollyhocks are easily 7 and 8 feet tall – I have an Echinacea that snarls at me when I go by, and the 4 foot tall statue of a heron that I bought in the spring has completely disappeared in the overgrowth! In my case, it’s only going to get more extreme. I was mixing some fertilizer up – the kind you dilute in water – for the new cedar hedge we planted this year. It’s …

Summer Sizzles @ BeadFX

I can’t quite explain it, but every summer, the hotter it gets the more people want to lampwork! Maybe, it’s because they can’t wait to make fun and summery beads.Maybe, they use it as reverse air-conditioning (because after sitting at a torch and reaching into a 950°F kiln for a few hours, even the summer heat feels cool!).Or, maybe it stems from a deep-seated desire to roast marshmallows on a campfire! Whatever the reason, why not join in on all the fun! Drop by our studio and check out the glass, mandrels, torches and kilns used to create beautiful handmade …

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It’s now just Tuesday morning and I’m already a day behind and deeply confused as to which day of the week it is. It feels like Wednesday already. Ack! Yesterday started out with my sitting down to do the weekly photography shoot for the store. About 3 pictures into it, the camera reported a “card error.” Well – given that I shoot hundreds of pics a week, pull that card in and out of the camera over and over, and have been using it for years, that really wasn’t a huge surprise. I popped it into the card reader on …