Put Down the Liquids – Before Reading This Site

For those of you who revel in the English language – or even if you don’t – you may have noticed that English takes a lot of abuse and keeps on ticking. Mostly, the meaning survives – but sometimes, the mangle-age of the language pushes it into the realms of the incomprehensible, and the hilarious. Check out this site – Engrish Funny that documents signs and packaging from far-away lands. Oh, and if the signs weren’t funny enough – read the comments. 😉

See our Samples

We’ve mentioned that we are having a sale tomorrow – all the staff here make jewellery – if you didn’t make it before you start working here – you soon are! (Staff frequently attend the in-store classes – sometimes, we have to schedule an extra class so that you can take the classes too!) So tomorrow’s sale features our own creations, samples make to demonstrate new products and techniques, colour combinations – or just made on the spur of the moment – “oooo – I know what I could do with that!” And after a while, it accumulates! So here …

Happy Thanksgiving

To our American friends of course! We had ours a month ago, and are already in the throws of the holiday season. My kids insisted on putting up our tree last weekend. My 5 year old wanted to do all of the decorations herself. She did a pretty good job, and even had a stool to get to the top of the tree. Enjoy your long weekend! It’s a good time to plan out what gifts you’ll be making this year. I’ve highlighted below some of our more popular designs from our inspiration pages. These make fabulous gifts for the …

Handmade is Best of course!

Gift giving can be a difficult thing. You may have many different types of people to buy for–the picky person, the one who has everything, the short person, the tall person, the mother in law and so on. The answer to this problem is making something yourself. Even if it is not their favourite colour or shape, they are guaranteed to love it. A handmade gift means that you took the time to think if them, pick something out and put it together. It is, if nothing else, made with love. If you are having trouble finding inspiration, classes are …

Flameworking

The Toronto Star had a nice little article on flameworking yesterday in a special section on Continuing Education. The article focused on Sheridan College in Mississauga, but still – it’s nice to see something you love featured. BTW – Flameworking = lampworking = torchworking = wound glass. It’s all the same thing. Originally – glass was melted over small oil lamps – hence the older name “lampworking.” Torchwork or flamework would be more accurate, but the name “lampwork” does seem to hang on. Wound glass describes the process of winding it off the rod of glass as it melts – …

Sample Sale On Saturday

I know, normally I post some helpful tip on Monday about making jewelry. But, have you ever wondered what actually happens to all those items that we make, and display in the store? The Inspirations? The samples? The demos? The how-to stuff? Well, it accumulates. Piles up. Fills drawers. Boxes. And, it’s now time to share the wealth. This Saturday, one day only, we will be having a “sample” sale – a sale of our samplers, our one-off creations made to showcase a particular bead or technique. Some of them we don’t have on display any more because they are …