What I did on my Vacation – or – I’m baaaaack!

Hey – I’m baaaaaack – back from 5 days in Florence, Kentucky, where I got sunburned to a crisp. October. Sunburn. Kentucky – who knew? We’re so pale here in Canada – we don’t even have to go to the topics to get badly sunburned. I went to the world German Shepherd Schutzhund competition. What the? Whosis? Schutzhund – pronounce that shutz (rhymes with “puts”) hund (rhymes with “fund”). Schutzhund is a dog sport that was initially developed to test the merits and strengths of the German Shepherd Dog breed – designed by the breed’s founder to, as he put …

Happy Thanksgiving

Today is turkey cooking day. I love eating turkey, I’m just not so fond of cooking them. This year I’m going to try something different. My mother thinks she remembers hearing a woman on the radio talking about cooking the turkey upside down ( breast down) Supposedly, this keeps the breast meat really tender instead of drying out. At least it’s just family coming for dinner tonight. If it doesn’t turn out, my mom won’t mind too much 🙂 I do have the rest of my necklaces done, from Fridays inspiration. At some point today in between cooking, I’ll get …

Sneak Peek at Next Week

Ah! – wait’ll you get a load of these! You know those gorgeous square and round Swarovski crystal fancy stones – the big ones with the centre hole like a donut but no little hole for stringing. Lookit what weeee found – mounts for ’em! New stone of the month too – Sardonyx!

Planning a wedding? – Bling it with Swarovski

The other day along with a pile of other mail that I don’t want to look at (bills, invoices, filing) all that fun kinda stuff, was a neat package from Swarovski. The non fun stuff got pushed to the side for a bit (just a bit as it does still need to get done at some point) sigh. In this package, which I haven’t had a chance to look through in complete detail yet, was a small stack of booklets about the upcoming Tucson Show in February, and 4 wedding booklets. There is some neat ideas there on how to …

Hof Off the Press!!

Exciting news…we have just added a new Stephanie Dixon Wire Bead Crochet class on Saturday November 15th! 8 spots available, if you are interested book now because they won’t last long.Already taken Stephanie’s beginner class why not try her Wire Bead Crochet Multistrand class this Sunday from 1 to 4pm. New Beader, no problem. Marilyn Gardiner’s Basic Bead Stringing is running this weekend and is a great introduction to colour and finishing techniques. If you enjoy that or are looking for a little chainmaille intro take a look at Marilyn’s Shaggy Drops Bracelet!This bracelet is stunning and it even jingles …

Orders galore!

Dwyn is taking off on vacation at just the perfect time…lucky her! All of us in the store are in for one very, very busy week. We’ve got a couple of exciting things going on. First of course, is picking, processing and shipping all of the orders that came in throughout the sale. I’ve got a pic of the table behind where Lee sits. Let’s just day this is only about 5% off all the actual orders. These ones will be shipped out today, many have been shipped out already, and even more still are in the process of being …

Using Cones

As you start making more and more complex pieces of jewelry – you will find yourself with multiple strands, wondering how to finish them off to be nice and tidy at the ends. You might even have seen a necklace finished with long cones at the end, picked it up and handled it and thought “That looks nice – how the heck does that work? How do I get the ends to go in there and stay there?” The answer is annoyingly simple. In a nutshell – you make a loop, attach all the ends to it, stuff the loop …

Guilty Pleasure: True Confessions

Everyone has a dark side – a hidden secret – a skeleton in the closet so vile and appalling that the weak faint and children run screaming in terror. Here’s mine: this is my flat-out favourite blog. The Comics Curmudgeon. Josh Fruhlinger daily takes the mickey out of the really lame serial comics that continue, for some unknown reason, to take up space in the daily newspapers. Don’t get me wrong, I love comics, cartoons, graphic novels and all forms of illustrated story telling. (And movies based on comic books!) I think that the editorial cartoon is high art. I …

Sneak Peek at Next Week

Only 2 more days of the sale – then we’re back to weekly batches o’ new stuff. This week has been a lot of tracking down odds n ends – There’s some cool Thai Silver, oh, and check out this Hissing Cat Clasps! And some Dragon Pendants. Because a day without dragons is a day without a large, mythological, fire-breathing lizard. And, for the lampworkers – this bead cap is awesome – large and shallow and a perfect fit on lots of lampwork!

Look what she made!

We LOVE it when our customers show us what they make! Check this out! Halloweeny spiderey yarn with liddle beady bugs! The beads are incorporated into the yarn and ready for knitting up into something very cool! And she has it up for sale on Etsy – so you can buy it and carry on the creativity! You go girl!