So Much to Do, So Little Time

There is so much coming up in the next month and a bit and I am having a hard time deciding what to talk about this week. I have to admit that I am in the gift giving mind set right now and I think we have some great classes that can help you out with this. These projects are sort of the quick and easy way to get your shopping done, with very little stress, while still being able to feed your beading addiction. Our Make it and Take It’s begin this week and there is still time to …

An Invitation from Heather Bell Denison

You are invited to an open house for Fine Silver Girl, Heather Bell Denison, on Wednesday November 12th 2008!! 48 Woodington Ave Toronto Ontario9:30am to 2:30pm 7:30pm to 9:30pm View Heather’s handmade fine silver jewelry at FineSilverGirl.com Heather Bell Denison is one of the Metal Clay instructors here at BeadFX and this would be a great opportunity to see some of her work, meet her in person and start some of your holiday shopping.

Treasures for Trash

I pay my bills online – and of all the utilities and credit cards and bills that come through my door – one, ONLY ONE, has a system smart enough to recognize this – and not send me an envelope to return my payment in. The rest send envelopes – mostly printed with “security” patterns inside. Have you ever looked at these patterns? I hadn’t! Aren’t they handsome? But this lady has looked at them, and what’s more – she’s making buttons out of them! And quite fabulous they are, too. She reports that she had found at least 80 …

Beady Graph Paper

Have you thought about designing your own patterns for peyote (gourd) stitch, or brick stitch, or square stitch? Are you thinking that some specialty graph paper might make it easier? There are a bunch of free graph paper resources online! Check these out! Graph paper by Shala Kerrigan – lots of different styles here, including brick, peyote, (2 and 3 drop for both, and triangle weave with bicones. Hmmm – that looks interesting. Graph paper in PDF format for Peyote, Brick and Right Angle Weave, seed beads and cylinders from Black Giraffe. This inspiring Chevron Design graph and Victorian Lace …

Another Time Sponge: Take the Test

Here we have yet another time sponge – a website that sucks up spare time like a like a super shammy demonstrator soaking up spills. HelloQuizzy.com – chock full of quizzes – personality quizzes ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous! From the “Keirsey Bates MBTI personality test” to the “Are you actually a pirate test?” – whether you are looking for deep insight or some mindless fun – there’s something here to amuse you. If you want to know if you could spot a serial killer, or find out how hedonistic you are, or find out what colour crayon …

Sneak Peek at Next Week

Hey – it’s that time again – time for a new stone of the month! Okay – could somebody please explain to me where these months keep going? Anyway – Pink Crazy Lace – yummy happy pink. If this weather keeps up – we won’t need happy colours to keep us cheerful, but the odds of that happening are . . . ooooh, slim to none. And Slim just left town. This is Canada, after all.Also – more “Jewel Bugs” – these fun two-hole beads are Vintage Swarovski – yes – even though there are no facets – these are …

Toronto Bead Society – Fall Bead Fair

Don’t forget – the Toronto Bead Society Bead Fair is this weekend – located here: View Larger Map Over 50 vendors of hand-made jewellery and bead supplies – a diverse marketplace for bead enthusiasts. Classes too. Bead there or bead square! Downtown Toronto YMCA 20 Grosvenor Street Sat Nov 8 10am – 5pm Sun Nov 9 11am – 5pm Admission: $8 for a two day pass $5 for a one day pass TTC-able, or parking across the road if you arrive early enough. Hope to see you there!

Craft Site

I just found this neat craft site which has tons of jewelry related projects. I believe all of the projects are submitted by viewers, including a bunch of links to craft videos. This will be especially handy for those of you looking to do crafts with kids. Or just big kids like us 🙂 http://www.craftbits.com

Handmade Nation

On the way home last night after picking up the kids, we decided to hit chapters for a looksee. I wasn’t really planning on buying anything, but Dan was looking for a particular book. Going to Chapters with my kids (other parents may be luckier with better behaved children) is always an experience. One parent stays in the children’s area, trying to watch them as one stays put reading books, while the other (who has the attention span of a gnat) runs around causing havoc. I decided that I should get to look first since we only get about a …

Fun in the Fall

It is nice right now, but before we know it it will be cold and gloomy outside. The fun of Halloween has passed and we are starting to look to the upcoming holiday season. But that does not mean that we cannot have some fun at the same time!I did not put up much that was new this week, but that does not mean we do not have tons of great things on the go. November is packed with classes and workshops that should not be missed.We have three Cindy Vroom classes:Ric Rac Allure bracelet Spiral Rope LariatAnd the fabulous …