The Rest of January!!

Even though the month is nearly over, we still have lots of exciting classes coming up. This Saturday January 24th is Catherine Winter’s last class until June. There are still spots available so call now if you are interested! We also have a 2 day lampworking weekend coming up on January 24th and 25th with Amy Waldman-Smith. This is a very comprehensive introduction and is also a great way to warm up during this horrible deep freeze! Come by and try it out.There are only 2 spaces left in the Photopolymer Plate Workshop with Suzanne McNenly on January 31st. Just …

Wear your Pearls Day!

Did your personal invitation to the inauguration go missing in the mail? Voicemail was too full of offers from collectors to take a message from the office of the president elect? Oh well, you can still participate by “wearing your pearls.” I think this is kind of a fun idea – we’ve definitely noticed Ms. Obama’s thing for pearls. And because of the soft, reflectiveness of pearls – they don’t overwhelm on television, an important consideration when one lives life in a spotlit goldfish bowl. Hmmmm – what have I got for pearls that I can wear? Definitely not the …

Also Ran: A design that’s not quite there yet.

Love rings – actually – I love jewelry I can look at while I’m wearing it – and necklaces and earrings don’t fall into that category. Bracelets and rings, however, do! So I was playing around with the loopy rings the other day – trying to do something other than the obvious. I found, with a little fiddling – bending the outermost loops outward a little more, that a big, square Swarovski (Crystalized Element) stone fit on top. OK – how to keep it there? In my former life, adhesive would have been my answer, but I was never totally …

End of the LOOOOONG URL

Ever received an email like this? I don’t know if this link will work so you might have to cut and paste but if you go to: http://www.theworldslongesturl.com/somepagename.php?thentheremilesandmilesofnumbers and letters and gobs of incomprehensible stuff that goes on and on and for miles and miles and days and days. When we were new to internet – we had to deal with stuff like that – but now, there is a better way. TinyURL.com. Go there, paste your mega-URL into the box, hit the button, it gives you an itty-bitty URL to send to your friends. It’s perfectly safe and completely …

Sneak Peek at Next Week

I just came in from 2 minutes outside with the dogs – which is about all they want to stay out these days. I reported to hubby that it was -16 (which I knew, from checking the thermometer) – but felt much colder – which sad to say, I also knew, because I was comparing it to the last 3 days!!!!!! Argh! This long frozen streak is putting the “old” in “cold.” What to look forward to for next week? More of these stunning Rondelle Rivolis and some other kick-ass Firepolish. To heck with the weather. Stay home and bead.

Our Clearance Sale, and some cool stuff from Stacy

First off, we’re almost finished adding all of our overstock clearance to our sale tables. We have two big tables jam packed with beads and goodies between 30% and 50% off. We’re also clearing out our jewelry samples at 30% off too! Our clearance sale runs today through Sunday. Hope to see you here! Stacy – one of our faithful blog readers sent me some pics of some jewelry she has made up using triangle beads. I love these…awesome job Stacy!

Few updates

Hi Everyone, I just wanted to blog about a few quick changes to the class schedule. Catherine Winter is not going to be available in February for classes. Her last class is scheduled for Saturday January 24th, How to Run a Successful Craft Show. Catherine will be away until June so if you were planning on taking her classes, I would recommend you call and book soon. There has also been a date change on Cindy Vroom’s Basic Bead Stitching 101. The dates are now February 5th, 12th, 19th and the last class Thursday March 5th. There is still time …

Whoohoo, It’s a Sale!

Clearance and Overstock Sale – This Weekend Only! Save 30% to 50% off on selected items in the store starting Friday the 16th through to Sunday the 18th. This is an in store only event – I’m sorry, the sale is not available online. These special sale prices cannot be combined with other discounts.(business, bead society, frequent beader points) As any beader knows, sometimes our stash grows just a wee bit too big, and we start running out of space to keep them. Help us clear out some of our excess stock, so that we have room for lots of …

Come on by and Play!

It is another textbook Canadian winter day here in Toronto–freezing would definitely be the correct word!! This week I am just going to talk about a few of the upcoming classes as well as a few updates. Just a quick update on Kate’s classes before I begin, the Mixed Metals and the Components classes are full, however we have started a wait list–you never know. The Fine Silver Chain and Boxes and Birdhouses classes have very limited availability. If you are interested I would not delay. Suzanne Crudden’s Metal Smithing 101 class starts tonight, if you are interested you still …