Creativ Festival Photos

We had a great time down at the Creativ Festival this year. (the spelling doesn’t bother me as much as it does Dwyn) – grin. We had such a blast there that I think we’ll probably do this show more often. The demos were a huge success, especially our in booth ones. I demonstrated my birdsnest rings more times than I can count, and my most avid student was Declan, the son of one of our fabulous instructors (Stephanie Dixon). Declan caught on very quickly, and proudly gave his new ring to his mom! Decland is 11, (i think) and …

What do you string on?

Spent the better parts of Friday and Saturday at the Creativ (sic) Festival (you can’t begin to believe how the affectation of spelling it “Creativ” bothers me!!!!) – demo’ing making various pieces of jewelry. When we ran out of one component, Cynthia would bring me a pile of something and say – “Here, we have lots of these,” and away I’d go again. I came up with a nice bracelet using Swarovski cubes (whotasurprise) and square bead frames – look for that as an inspiration as soon as I can get it back from Cynthia to shoot it (read – …

The Big Apple – Bead Show Weekend

Two competing shows opened on Friday. The first is the Whole Bead Show at the Metropolitan Pavilion. The first day is usually pretty busy as the wholesale and the experienced buyers come in early to have first dibs on the best stuff. This is one of the last big shows of the year, just in time for the pre-Christmas shoppers. Stuff from Swarovski beads to rusted steel chain can be found here. I picked up more of the Uber Curly Pigtails that we can never seem to keep in stock at the store. At one of my stone suppliers, the …

Sneak Peek at Next Week

Coming next week – Graceful, handmade Sonoran Leaves – handmade glass leaves. Some new colours in Firepolish. And 2 sizes of Precisosa Machine Cut Flowers that go beautifully with the Swarovski Margaritas to make a most excellent Christmas Tree.

The BeadFX Buyer in the Big Apple – Day 2

Today I spent some time at one of my stranger bead places. This warehouse is run by an old gentleman and his daughter who buy out the stocks of stores or jewelry-related businesses that have closed down. There are rooms and rooms full to the ceiling with boxes. The only way you can move around in this place is to pick up the box in front of you, drop it behind you, take the next box, put it behind you, etc until you have cleared a box-sized spaced in front of you. Take one step forward and then repeat…. This …

The BeadFX Buyer in the Big Apple

I’m in NYC for a little shopping and a little R&R. This is Bead Week in NY, culminating in two shows this coming weekend. First I stopped in to one of the big Swarovski distributors. They tend to have some of the Out Of Production stuff that is difficult to get elsewhere. Out Of Production, or OOP in Swarovski-speak means that they are no longer making the item. Every month, there’s a big list of items that Swarovski declares is now OOP. This doesn’t necessarily mean that it is gone forever. Swarovski usually hedges their bets by saying that they …

Some Fall Fun

If you are looking for a bit fun this fall why not try a class. There is still time to take Dwyn’s 8 week Lampworking 101 beginning October 16th at 6:30. This class runs until December 4th–it is a detailed and extensive introduction to making glass beads. You also get to hang out with Dwyn our webmistress–how cool is that! Although the October 18th Charmed I’m Sure class with Heather Denison is full, the Tuesday October 21st class is still open. This is a 7 hour introduction and you will have time to make a few pieces and likely leave …

Million Dollar Necklace

I will be demoing my “Million Dollar Necklace” this Friday and Saturday at the Creativ Festival (in Toronto, in the South Building of the Metro Convention Centre.) This will be the first time that I have demo’ed this piece, and I know quite a few people have asked about it. It’s was dubbed the Million Dollar Necklace partially because, loaded as it is with Swarovski Crystals – it’s fairly pricey to make – but mostly because – you feel like a million dollars wearing it! It’s truly Oscar-worthy. You’ll never be anything other than the centre of attention wearing this! …

Demo Schedule for Creativ Festival

Here’s a our planned schedule for demos for the Creativ Festival – subject, of course, to change! Creative Festival BeadFX In-Booth Demonstration Schedule Friday October 17th 11:00 Silver Art Clay Demonstration with Jennifer Tough12:00 Silent Night Swarovski Christmas Ornaments with Dwyn Tomlinson1:00 Million Dollar Necklace with Dwyn Tomlinson 2:00 Coach Lantern Earrings with Dwyn Tomlinson3:00 Cubic Bling Bling Bracelet with Dwyn Tomlinson 4:00 Snowflakes with Swarovski Crystals5:00 Christmas Blossom Brooch with Nadine Foskin6:00 Christmas Tree Earrings with Nadine7:00 Last Minute Gift Ideas!!! Saturday October 18th 10:30 Snowflakes with Swarovski Crystals11:00 Crystallized Gift Tags and Bags with Pam Carson-Mitchell12:00 Swarovski Rainbow …

Creativ Festival

Ya know, sometimes I wonder if we simply thrive on stress, and we’ve just become so used to it, that we simply don’t know what to do with ourselves unless we’ve got 15 projects on the go. We’re still trying to catch up from the sale. This one was particularly successful, with a record number of orders coming through on the Sunday. I want to thank everyone for your patience while we catch up. I especially want to commend Lee. All my staff are awesome, but the fact that Lee hasn’t called in dead, and is still speaking to me …