Sneak Peek at Next Week

Normally, I post the sneak peek at next week on Sat. am. This week, however – I have no idea what you are going to get next week. About all I can promise at this point are some of the fabulous reproduction vintage Czech buttons. These showy, iridescent buttons are show-stoppers, for sure. It has not been what I call a productive week – due to various computer issues. I spent the better part of Thursday convincing my computer that it was NOT missing a hard drive – despite it’s opinion of the matter. I’ve dealt with downloading images from …

Buying for BeadFX

Today was the first day of the Market at Beadfest. This is the day that jewellery designers and buyers like myself do our power shopping. There are two floors of vendors here, so there was a lot to see. I headed straight to my favourite stone bead wholesalers and grabbed some of their nicest stuff before it all got picked over. So you will be able to see more Iron Zebra Jasper, Fire Agate, Rainbow JAsper, Onyx, Porcelain Jasper, Snakeskin JAsper, and Rhyolite to mention only a few. My personal fav is undyed Chrysocolla from a new find in Madagascar. …

The BeadFX Buyer goes to Beadfest – crossing the border

BeadFest takes place this weekend at the Valley Forge Convention Center outside of Philadelphia PA. I think it’s one of the better retail shows on the east coast. Crossing the border today was interesting – the lineups were massive as US Customs was searching everyone diligently. The poor schmucks ahead of me were searched thoroughly and then sent off to the main Customs Hall to be searched even more carefully. Then it was my turn. I handed over my passport with a sprightly, “Good Morning!” (Anyone who knows me, knows I do NOT do “sprightly”, especially in the early morning). …

Trunk Show – the View from the Inside

I will be one of the vendors/demonstrators at the Trunk Show this weekend. This is the only public show left that I do, as I approach a sales venue with a fair amount of trepidation. I really don’t care for selling direct, as I find it difficult not to take even casual comments deeply personally. I can intellectualize that comments about the beads are not comments about me, my taste, or my skill level. I can understand that “fiscal responsibility” (even if it is not a trait I personally possess!) is a balancing act – some times you might love …

Beadmaking Demo’s and Bead Show – This Saturday

If you’re going to be in town this weekend, or planning on coming to Toronto. Please stop by the store on Saturday for our Beadmakers Trunkshow. The show runs from 10am to 5pm in the store. We’ll have lots of yummy goodies and refreshments available throughout the day. One huge highlight of the day is the beadmaking demo’s. Our studio is always a popular spot during these shows (we also keep the treats in there!). Throughout the day, a number of beadmakers will be showing you how they create their tiny works of art in glass. Have you ever wondered …

The things you see …

… when you’re not carrying a jewelry repair kit. So, yesterday, I pop into a dollar store to grab a few quick items. (Note to those who sell jewelry – some of my best display items have come from the dollar store!) In the line up for the cashier – while we all waited for the woman at the front of the line to sort through her platinum cards (snort!) – I noticed the gentleman in front of me was wearing a necklace. I always look closely at men’s jewelry – at the jewelry they chose to wear that is …

Colour Hunter

We have another shout out to Stephanie this week for finding yet another awesome site. You may have already found this last week if you spent any time searching through all of the colour forecasting links. This one I’m really quite impressed with though. Color Hunter: Use this color tool to create color palettes from images. If you don’t have an image, you can find color palettes on Color Hunter when you enter a search term in the box at the top of the page. You can search by tag or hex color code or image URL. Here are two …

Send This File

I love this site – I use it all the time – it’s great for friends that want you to email all the pictures you took, but have tiny little inboxes that fill up! SendThisFile.com is a free service that you can send your file to. They store it for 4 days and send a notice to whomever you want, that they can pick the file up at their leisure (within the 4 days.) Painless. Of course, they have an upgrade version, but for just sending large files around, I’ve found the free version to be totally fabulous. A big …

Sneak Peek at Next Week

Gack – where has the year gone! August half over and fall coming at us like a freight train – yeesh, back to school and Labour Day just around the corner. Argh! Next week, look for more Cloisonne, Cinnabar, and Cubic Zirconias beads. Among other things. 😉

Olympic Colour and High Definition Life

Does anyone else think that these are the MOST colourful Olympics ever? Amazing colour, and amazing colour combinations. From the venues to the computer graphics – that big serpenty gold dragon graphic that CBC is using is AWESOME – I want to take him home! And the costumes. From the opening ceremonies (ok, hands up those who hadn’t figured out the kid was lip-syncing from watching it – get HD – you won’t miss that sort of thing again) when the team in those “Ack!” uniforms rolled in – near the beginning – big green suits that looked like they …