Create Your Style

With Swarovski of course! If you haven’t had a chance to check out Swarovski’s Create Your Style website…it’s certainly worth a look. First stop, check out the downloads section. Lot’s of free projects in PDF form available for download. Everything from jewelry, home goods, clothing, and packaging ideas. It’s the glittery version of Martha Stewart 😉 They also have a new community forum where you can chat with other crystal addicts, and show off your work to the Swarovski community. You never know who might see it! Stephanie just sent me a link the other day to a fashion forcasting …

Turquoise Waves

After spending the last week camping and relaxing on the shores of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay, I’m finally back to work. But I didn’t manage to escape beads for the entire week! While on our way to hike the Cup & Saucer Trail on Manitoulin Island, we dropped into Lillian’s Crafts in M’Chigeeng. There we found quite a large selection of seedbeads and bugles for sale, as well as some gorgeous beadwork. If you are ever in the area, definitely make a stop there to check out the beadwork, carvings and stunning quill boxes. The scenery is definitely something …

Surprise Wine and Cheese

Once a month, a group of heavily addicted art clay aficionados, get together at beadfx to talk about new techniques, teach each other, share our creations, and talk. The meeting is always fun, and we’ve got a great group of people. Last night, Liz brought wine, cheese, port, dip, and bread! Yumm. Heather showed up a few minutes later with homemade salsa and chips. I of course had missed all of the prep for this, as I’m still trying to get caught up with everything. It was such a nice surprise, and a great way to start the week. One …

From diapers and bottles to bling and glitter!!

Welcome Back, Cynthia!This week, we welcome back Cynthia, who is returning from Maternity Leave. She has been never really far away, dropping in occasionally with her baby girl or her boys, staying in the loop. But now, she will be back and in the store – so Welcome Back! Here’s her comments and thoughts:As August begins, my time is up and I am happy to say that I will be returning to Beadfx this week. It has been almost a year since Sophia was born and I am retreating from the world of diapers and bottles back to the glitter …

Quiet Musing on Jade

I found this lovely, peaceful blog on the topic of Jade – collecting Jade. The author says “I started this blog to celebrate my loves … my love for all things jade.” She features items that she has collected (I’m assuming it’s a she) and includes the sort of lovely trivia (it must be pretty obvious by now) that I just adore – such as “Mandarin Ducks are a symbol of martial bliss.” I love these cultural insights – here we would use swans, and duck the issue by saying that marriage isn’t all it’s quacked up to be. Her …

Sneak Peek at Next Week

Next week – Firepolish and Pressed Glass. Cool stuff, and we managed to restock on some of those lovely, limited edition donuts that I know I’m so very fond of! Oh, and we snagged some coin pearls. Coin pearls seem to be in short supply, and wooee – the prices have gone up. What are they doing, driving them here by car? Oh, and check THESE out – tiny little goddess beads! For your fertile imaginations!

Hosting a Jewellery Party

Welcome back to part 2 of yesterday’s blog post. Now that you have all of your promotional materials ready, you now need to decide where you’re going to sell your work. Note – I know I’m skipping over a big step in the process (actually registering your business) I’m purposely not covering this here, as each province/state/country has different rules and regulations. You’ll need to check with your local government. One great way of getting started selling your work is by hosting a jewelry party with your friends, (and their friends, family, co-workers) The general idea is to host a …

It’s that time again….

Please don’t shoot the messenger! It’s hard to think about the holiday shopping season when the weather is warm. If you’re like most of us, we prefer to spend as much time as possible enjoying the lazy days of summer, well…just being lazy 🙂 If you’re planning on selling your beaded creations this holiday season, you need to start planning now (or three months ago!). All of you veterans have probably got your line planned and mostly made. Your shows and selling venues lined up, and all of your supplies on hand. Hmmm..or not 🙂 It’s time to get busy …

Have you been bitten by the bug?

As a result of all the wet weather (this past July being one of the rainiest on record) Ontario has a bumper crop of mosquitos. Its even become so bad, news reports are warning motorists of wildlife being driven out of wooded areas onto highways by the bugs. Whether headed up north to cottage country, down to Olympic Island for Caribana celebrations or off to Thompson Park for Ribfest this past long weekend, hopefully everyone remembered to take along a bottle of Deep Woods Off and a tube of AfterBite. But the mosquito wasn’t the bug i was referring to …

Whoops!

Whoops – sorry – somehow, yesterday got missed. We have a bunch of restock that has just been received and processed. We have some of that very nice cloisonne back in – some of it won’t show until tonight (midnight) when the database updates. We also have a bunch more of the carved Chinese motifs, the little wood, bone and stone symbols that can beautifully accent a design with an eastern theme. We will have some on the site, the same ones we offered before, but there are too many designs and too much variation for us to offer them …