Mom, I’m done…really

hehhehe….look what we found on our floor! The little one decided he’d had enough of all of this shopping. Nurielle posted a link to our internal mailing list last night to a blog that I hadn’t seen before. Design Sponge – Interior Design Sneak Peeks Be sure to check out the sneak peeks section especially the Wonderfactory offices. What I would really like to see though is how these places would look during normal work/living conditions. Where is all their stuff? It reminds me of a conversation I had with my mom…She heard on the radio an announcer mentioning that …

Creativity Block

Ever sit down in front of your beads, and suddenly discover you feel, well, uninspired? Been there, done that. Strung that, beaded those. Bla, bla, bla. If not, well – good for you! But sometimes, especially if there is pressure to make something – like a pearl necklace for an aunt, and you really don’t like pearls, or maybe something to take to a gift exchange, or heaven forbid – you’re writing an article!!!! – Sometimes, the inspiration doesn’t flow. This is a block, a creativity block, like a writer’s block. And there are two schools of thought on how …

Eye Candy – Buccellati Jewelry

Now, here’s a website that I would normally hate – it does things that I consider to be poor design. For instance – it expands the browser window to full width – I hate it when web designers want to control my computer, and it really is little more than an electronic version of a paper catalogue. Complete down to the page turning interface. But oh, the jewelry! The Jewelry! It is so beautiful – all is forgiven! The “High” jewelry collection – and the piece “Torchon” – like a massive, twisted rope of gold! And the watches! And the …

Sneak Peek at Next Week

Next week – due to Christmas Eve falling on a Wednesday – we’ll do the update on the Tuesday night instead. And boy – do we have some beautiful stuff for you! We have some daggers – with SPOTS! And a new shape of firepolish – the Faceted Bicone Rondelle Rivoli – ok, that’s more of a description than a name – but they are very sparkly! Other stuff too, so keep an eye open on Tuesday night!

Kate McKinnon arrives at Beadfx!!

As many of you may have already heard, Kate McKinnon is returning to Beadfx in May of 2009! We are very excited to have her back and are anticipating a great week of classes. We are currently updating our systems and therefore cannot post the classes on the site yet. All of the details will appear on the site as soon as I can get them on there. That being said, I will post some details here and if you are interested you can book now by calling the store. Tuesday May 19th 2009Fine Silver Findings and ComponentsBeginner Level10-5pm$250.00 class …

The inspiration update – as promised

Way, way later than originally planned 😉 Yesterday, we were hosting our final metal clay play day of the year. It was a small group consisting of Mona, Sandra, Tina, Christine, and Linda – plus me of course. It was a nice size, but we still managed to be a little rowdy. Lee kept shutting the door to our offices. I imagine so that she could hear herself think. 😉 Then last night, we had our staff Christmas party! It was a bit of late night… On Sunday during our demo day, I had designed a new colour combination for …

late today

Hey folks, I do have a blog planned for today, but I’m heading into a metal clay play day…in about 2 seconds 🙂 I’ll be back later with an update on my latest inspiration, and some new versions!

Crafts for a Cause: Packaging

A friend introduced me to a source for well-made, hand-crafted paper bags – perfect for low-enviro-impact gift-packaging and packaging your hand-made jewelry. The bags are hand-made from a paper with a distinctly handmade feel – it is heavy, yet soft and pliable – not at all like grocery bags – and has a tied, handmade rope hand handle. They are a natural, unbleached colour, and just scream out to be personalized with stamps and ink and what-have-you. They come in a variety of sizes, perfect for whatever you are packaging. They are hand-made in Bolivia – and are part of …

Eye Candy – Martin Katz – Jewelry

Feast your eyes on this jeweler’s site – beautiful jewelry – stunningly presented. www.martinkatz.com (This is also the jeweler that made the famous, or infamous, $5 million dollar bra for the Victoria Secret show – find it in the Media section.) And btw – the black opal ring will do nicely for me if anyone was thinking about sending me a Christmas present. 😉