Spring is almost Here!!

With the approach of spring comes new classes!! March is a very full month and April is starting to look that way too! Nadine Foskin is offering another Basic Bead Stringing class on March 26th And back by popular demand is Nadine’s Wild Flower Pendant Class on Thursday April 16th from 6:30-8:30 Marilyn Gardiner joins us again in April with 2 classes on Saturday April 18th: Basic Bead Stringing And a new chain maille class, Vertebrae Weave Bracelet. We have a new instructor joining us in April–Pamela Kearns. Join her for her first class at Beadfx on Thursday April 23rd, …

My Studio – Almost Done

It was a whirlwind weekend that of course started by my furnace going on the fritz. Rather than while away the hours waiting snoozing…(which wasn’t all that bad of an idea) Dan and I headed down to the dungeon to do a bit more work on the ‘studio project’. Some of you may remember the before pictures I posted a couple months ago. Here are some updated pics! Now, I’m not done…far from it, but it is now a functional studio. The girls love it, and have commandeered the work table for glitter crafts. The glitter crafts used to happen …

Hatpins

About a million years ago, I used to watch, in horrified fascination, as my grandmother used to skewer her head with a pearl tipped hatpin as she got ready to go out. I resolved that I was never going to wear hats, as I would not be able to take the pain of sticking them to my head with pointy needles! Eventually, I figured out that the pins don’t actually go into your skull – but I never really picked up the hat habit. However, hatpins aren’t merely relics of a bygone age. Hats are back in vogue, and you …

Common Sense! Calling All Teachers – and those who just want to teach

Love to teach? Want to try teaching a computer? Then check out the Open Mind Common Sense Project. Here you can answer questions about normal, everyday things, or enter your own factoids and snippets of wisdom – and have the computer try and fit them into it’s world view. In their words: Computers don’t currently know the basic things about the world that we consider “common sense.” Here, you can help build a database of such knowledge in simple English sentences. The computer will analyze these sentences to connect concepts and draw new conclusions from the things you teach it. …

Sneak Peek at Next Week

What’s up for next week, well – we’ll have new inspirations by our Celebrity Guest Designers. Oh, what’s up for new products. Well, er, it’s kind of crazy down at the store – see – they are all as Mad as March Hares, and when it gets like that – well – we just sit down, shut up and hang on. Stay tooned! 😉

No Heat

Well, I’m at home incredibly thankful that we have a patch of nice weather. Last night we got home and noticed around 9 pm that the house seemed a little chilly. Tried turning up the heat, and a blast of cold air shot through the vents….lovely. Fortunately, we have a gas fireplace, so we kept that going all night. So I’m at home waiting for the lovely furnace fixer person to arrive. Since I’m stuck here waiting, I’m yet again working on fixing up my basement studio. So much for finishing it within a week at Christmas…HA. I think I …

Call outs for Artists @ Lark Books

Would you like to see yourself in print? Be sure to check out the current requests for Artist Submissions on the Lark Book site. They’re looking for gallery images for Iron Wire Jewelry, Skin to Skin, 500 Judaica, and Mixed Metal Jewelry. If you have ever considered sending items to magazines for inclusion in the gallery, or even if you would like to write an article. Here are a few direct links to the submission guidelines for the following magazines: BeadWork Magazine Stringing Bead And Button Step By Step WireI’ve seen some of your work folks…You need to get out …

What’s up this Weekend?

What’s up this weekend? This is a great question, and the answer is of course, awesome classes! There are only 2 spaces left in Nadine’s Wild Flower Pendant this Saturday. We also have a Glass Bead Making Introduction with Amy Waldman-Smith this weekend Coming up next week is Stephanie Dixon’s Wire Bead Crochet Multistrand Necklace There is the Intensive Metal Clay Introduction weekend on the 21st and 22nd And there is Metal Smithing 101 with Suzanne Crudden coming up on the 25th. And this is a just a quick glance at the month for all of the details check out …

Do you all know what happens in March?

Sorry for the late post today…but this should make up for it. As a little preview for our wonderful blog readers, I thought I’d give you a little heads up. Every year, we have at least one BIG sale. Well our March Madness Event will be starting soonish. I know, I know, very annoying of me to not announce the actual date yet. But I’ll give you a little hint. We always run the sale during March Break, and the sale runs for 10 days.Our staff always end up going just a little mad, while somehow maintaining their awesome sense …

Happy as a ClamShell Tip

Here’s a clamshell tip for you – how to use clamshell tips to finish your jewelry! A clamshell tip is a folding pair of half domes, with a loop, that you use to create a nice, clean, finished end on your jewelry. They have been around for a long time, and you will see them a lot on old pearl necklaces, for instance. However, they are very versatile and you can use them in lots of places you want a nice, tidy end. What you can’t see in these pictures, and is the secret to using them, is that at …