Sneak Peek at Next Week

How about that weather? From above freezing and raining and melting and zooming back in the space of a day to so cold it hurts. Jeez – if you don’t like the weather, wait ten minutes! The loot from Tucson has arrived (no, Marg does NOT lug it back in her suitcase!). There is a small mountain of boxes for me to sort through, shoot, prep, price and add to the website – I’m sure you’d all love to come and rummage through my studio. At a quick glance, there will be pearls, stone beads, and some more of that …

What a week!

The flu bug has hit us really hard this week. We’ve been down 4 people most of the week, but everyone is slowly on the mend. Thank goodness I’ve been pretty healthy this week. I’ve been so busy this week, that I don’t really have anything particularly beady to talk about today. I have been training pretty hard for my upcoming walk (in September) But hey….It’s 60k, and I’ve got to start now. I’ve come across a few blogs for any of you healthy foodies out there. My favourite is Dani Spies. She’s got all kinds of recipes and 101 …

Corsage Project

A few of you have started emailing, and coming in asking if we are participating in the Corsage Project this year. We are! I’m just working out the details for this year, but will in essence stay the same as last year. Here is a link to last years info – the only thing that may change is the deadline. We are also planning a special all day open beading event (on a weekend) for all of you to come in and work as a group on your donation submissions. More details to come soon! About the Corsage Project Mission …

March is almost here!

We only have a few days left in February and what a great way to end off the month with Nadine Foskin’s Dancing Dahlia class on Saturday February 28th from 10-1. There are a couple of spaces left in this class–I would book now! March is a very exciting a busy month here at Beadfx. We have got tons of classes coming up in the next few weeks. Tuesday March 3rd is Heather Bell-Denison’s Charmed I’m Sure Saturday March 7th and Sunday March 8th we have a Glass Bead Making Weekend with Amy Waldman-Smith. Nadine’s beautiful Wild Flower Pendant on …

Missing List for Inspiration

A flu bug has hit us pretty hard this week. We’re down 4 people, and of course the person who designed our inspiration this week has been sick too! Malliga is sending me the list later tonight. As soon as I have it, I’ll update today’s inspiration. On another note, we had a metal clay play day today – Thats why my blog posting is so late. We had a nice big group today, and everyone was so productive. I managed to make about 6 pendants, finished 2 boxes, and I’m starting on my third. I’ll be adding these to …

Looks Complex – Is Really Easy – Swa. Top Drills

Have you noticed how beautifully the 6 and 8 mm Swarovski Crystalized Elements – Top Drilled Bicones fit together? String these side by side, alternating sizes, and you have instant drama. You can alternate colours, or go with a solid colour. Let me tell you – these beads, in a bracelet, all Crystal or Crystal AB! Knocks your eyeballs out. They pack close – the firey bracelet – which is, admittedly, sized large, has 41 x 6 mm, and 40 x 8 mm.

Eye Candy – Boucheron Jewelry

Boucheron has been making jewelry for a long time – but they have some surprisingly playful ideas. And they sure aren’t afraid of colour! Check out their “design it yourself” section – where you can choose to put rubies, diamonds, sapphires or emeralds on the jeweled chameleon. And then check out the “High Jewelry” section – especially if you believe in tight deadlines (watch the video!). Their “hide the price” feature when browsing the regular jewelry is cute too. Probably meant for potential gift-givers – for us – it prevents depression! 😉 Site navigation can be a little odd – …

About.com is hiring a beadwork author!

Beaadwork.About.Com is hiring a beadwork guide. For more details, check out this link. Here is a run down of the basics: QUALIFICATIONS: We’re looking for an experienced beader who is capable of communicating that knowledge to a less experienced audience in terms that are easy to understand. Ideally, we’d love to find someone who creates original patterns and projects, but is able to demonstrate/teach classic patterns and techniques as well. Preferably, this person will be a published author or have experience teaching this skill to others. Basic knowledge of HTML is required. PRIMARY AUDIENCE: The primary audience for About Beadwork …

Spring Colour Report

Ahhhh, Spring. We need it to come soon. We’ve had some little glimpses of the sun here and there, and the days are finally starting to become noticeably longer. Our staff have been working on jewelry designs that have a definite spring feel. Just in case you haven’t seen it yet, here’s the Spring Colour Report from Pantone. ” Spring traditionally evokes a sense of freshness and new beginnings, with sprouting shoots and blossoming flowers that inspire designers to breakout of the winter doldrums. Bright colors return to the top 10 list for spring ’09, as designers incorporate vibrant pops …