Weekend to end Breast Cancer

Join us on our Walk or Donate to the Cause! The Weekend to End Breast Cancer is a two-day, 60-kilometre walk through the neighbourhoods of Toronto. September 11th – 13th 2009 Proceeds benefit The Campbell Family Institute at The Princess Margaret, funding important breast cancer research, education, services and care. Jennifer and Marilyn will be participating in the weekend walk. Cancer has affected our family, friends, and customers. Please help us raise money for the Princess Margaret Hospital in their fight for a cure. Our Team page can be found here. From this page you can make a donation through …

Today’s Blog part 2

I forgot to mention in my earlier blog post today that there is a Metal Clay Play Day on Tuesday February 24th from 11-6pm. Call and let us know you are coming please and thank you and hope to see you there!!

Move over February, Make Room for March!!

February has been an awesome month for classes so far and it’s not over yet. We have a 5 hour Introduction to Glass Bead Making class with Amy Waldman-Smith on Sunday February 22nd from 11-4. And of course we have the beautiful Dancing Dahlia Brooch with Nadine Foskin on Saturday February 28th! As great as February was, March is looking even better. Sunday March 1st we have Robert Burton’s Wire Wrapping 101 class. This class fills quickly so early registration is strongly recommended. Monday March 2nd is Wire Wrapping 201. This is an intermediate class ideal for those who want …

Valentines Day Beading Party

Saturday was quite the fun day in the store! (and busy) We had a full studio, two classes going on, and of course our little beading party! A few of us brought in batches of cupcakes, and we all ate way too much. My daughter and her best friend from school joined us to make Tiara’s, or I should say Rachel’s mother Margaret and I made Tiaras after they got a little distracted 😉 Check out Cynthia’s blog for pics! I even went home with a new necklace. I peeked in on Stephanie’s class, and she had a selection of …

Attaching Hot Fix Rhinestones on Fabric

Itching to be a Rhinestone Cowgirl? Or maybe you want to add some sparkle to your scrapbooking? We suggest the Bejeweller(R) if you are setting individual rhinestones. We tried some of the cheaper stone setting devices and they just don’t work as well. The Bejeweller comes with a variety of sizes of tips – for the different sizes of stones. The basic idea is that you pick the stone up with the cup in the tip – pause until you see the glue liquify, and put it in place. Essentially – these hot-fix stones have hot-melt glue, pre-applied, making the …

New Swarovski Colours for Spring 2009

Swarovski announced their new colours for Spring 2009 this week. They are continuing their exploration of their opal series with Air Blue Opal. This blue opal looks remarkably like a vintage colour they had 30-40 years ago. What goes around, comes around, I guess. In addition, there is a new coating, which they are calling Crystal Red Magma: And finally, there’s a new colour of pearl, called Platinum: There’s a lot of new shapes in the Fancy Stones (no holes) lines, but less so in the bead lines. There will be an oval shape to go along with the Cosmic …

Interesting Site: 99 Designs

Well, here’s a site that falls into the category of “where was this when I was getting my career started?” Course, there are lots of sites like that – and the reality is – there was no internet when I was getting my career started. This one is called 99 Designs and is a graphic design contest site. The idea is, that if you need a logo, a book jacket or whatever visual design created – you pay a small fee to set up a contest, define your parameters (i.e. A online business selling handmade jewelry that appeals to women …

Sneak Peek at Next Week

Happy Valentines Day! Are you planning to drop by for our cupcake parade? (Quick, where can I buy cupcakes!) Wowsers – we had a warm spell there – I thought it was spring. Spring – as in a fountain of water – which is what I get in my backyard when it melts. So – thinking of Summer Thunder – and Oh Look – More of those Summer Thunder beads in other shapes! And Car Lot Flags! There must be a law that says Car Lots have to have lots of whippy little flags. Especially used car lots. Ooops, sorry …

Copper Bling

I’ve got another “inspiration” post for you today. My inspiration to make anything has been sorely lacking as of late. I’ve just been so busy over the last few months, that It’s been quite difficult to get in any time to make anything. Yesterday’s simple little necklace encouraged me to do something slightly more elaborate…but still simple, and it’ll take less than an hour to whip up. It’s a copper theme of course! The pics aren’t fabulous, as I took them with cell phone 🙂 Here’s what I used: 20mm Crystal Copper Ring @12.5022 gauge natural copper wire (artistic wire) …

Less is more – sometimes ;-)

A single bead, a simple bail, and a chain. Sounds kinda boring right? Not if that bead is a 28mm Swarovski Twist bead. We’ve had these for a while, but sometimes you need to see something in a new light to appreciate it’s beauty. I was restocking the Swarovski wall this morning, and the light must have hit these just the right way. I now have a new necklace, that I whipped up in a about as long as it took me to remove the items from the packages. You’ll need one 28mm Crystal Moonlight Twist @ 7.95One 12mm Vein …