A day off

What noive! I’m going to enjoy it though. This weekend Heather and I are teaching a two day intensive beginner art clay class. I thought I’d rest up a wee bit before the class, as we’re all starting to get pretty exhausted. Three more days left of the sale! I’m heading down to my basement studio, which no longer feels like a dungeon. Yay… Don’t know what I’m going to do yet, I think I may just enjoy being down there 😉 For all of you heading to the Bead Oasis Show…or Canada Blooms at the convention centre – enjoy!

The non post ;-)

Sorry, no real post today. I’ve been out in the absolutely packed store all day, and poor Rosemary had to go home sick. I’m sure you all know by now we have a sale on…it’s our big one. Save 20% off almost everything. Ok, back out to the store!

Ultimate in bead embroidery

Sorry about the no post yesterday. We of course have our March Madness sale going on right now, and I was so exhausted last night. I got home, made the kids dinner – then passed out on the couch. So much for getting things done last night 😉 Marg posted a link to our internal mailing list last night with some incredible pics of a very old bead embroidered carpet. The pearl carpet of Baroda features hundred of rubies, sapphires, diamonds, and an estimated 2 million basra pearls. The carpet is going up for auction at Sotheby’s Doha Qatar.

In the midst of Madness there’s Classes!!

Ok, so you may be focused on March Madness right now–who wouldn’t be–but I am focused on the up coming classes. We have An Intensive Introduction to Metal Clay Weekend with Jennifer and Heather on March 21st and 22nd. This is an introduction class, that means no experience required. Dwyn is offering An Introduction to Lampworking on March 24th There are a few spaces left in Nadine’s Basic Bead Stringing class on the 26th of March And there is only one space left in Stephanie Dixon’s Wire Bead Crochet Cuff on March 28th. For all you Rosemary groupies out there, …

Dressing up Donuts

The dilemma of the donut – or – how to hang a wide, flat bead with a single, front to back hole. If you can find one of those fancy, specialized donut-bail findings that fits, well and good – but life sometimes doesn’t work out that way. (Sometimes? Ha!) But necessity is the mother of invention – and there is nothing so invention-inspiring as not having the part you need to finish a necklace! Now, a plain piece of wire, wrapped around the donut will do the trick from a structural point of view – but it looks unfinished – …

Colour Picker – What’s it’s colour?

Here’s a useful design tool – a website that picks out the dominant colours in an image, and also picks out the complimentary colour. What’s It’s Colour takes your image, or an image off the web, and examines it pixel by pixel to find the main colours, and then does some math to find the complimentary colour. You just feed it the url or your image, and it does the rest. It doesn’t store the images for more than 10 minutes. So, for instance, I gave it the URL of our image of this chrysocolla, (http://www.beadfx.com/images/s18608.jpg) and these are the …

Bead Museum in Financial Difficulties

The ISGB (International Society of Glass Beadmakers) forwarded this to us with regards to the Bead Museum. It would be a shame to see this collection broken up and lost for want of a few dollars. The Bead Museum was founded in Prescott, Arizona in 1986 and moved to its present location in Glendale, Arizona in 1999. It moved from a 1,400 sq. ft. space to an over 8,000 sq. ft. space and houses a very extensive collection of documented beads from ancient to modern and contemporary periods, a rare and valuable Research Library that includes the archived files of …

The importance of communication…

Or semantics will kill you. So, last night I watched as the email went out, and the website to update with the sales prices. The email goes out, and the website is supposed to update at exactly the same time. It’s automated, so at midnight both go live at the same time. It happens like clockwork, so when the website didn’t update, I knew there was some sort of problem. Of course, I had to call Dwyn at home to see if there was a problem – problem is, it was midnight. And I hate calling anyone at midnight. I …

Ooops, i forgot

to blog today….Well, I think I can be forgiven this time. Of course, we’re up to our eyeballs in pre-sale preparations. This is the big one folks. Our annual 10 day sale-a-thon. 20% off almost everything in the store! Sale starts midnight tonight, and runs for 10 days until Midnight the 23rd. Whoohoo! This sale works out particularly well for our American customers. With our Canadian dollar being what it is – Your money goes a lot further! For example, a $10.00 CDN purchase, only comes to $7.60 US – add on your sale discounts. American’s are getting quite the …