Happy Thursday

So I woke up this morning to discover that our website was supposedly down. Dwyn called to let us know, and I couldn’t connect at all. I could get email though, and since it’s all on the same server I found that a little strange. I called the store to let them know I was running late as I was trying to get the website back up and running. Of course their response was ‘huh?’ The website is fine here. More strangeness. Turns out one of the major pipes (bandwidth) in Toronto was having problems. If you had trouble getting …

April Showers Brings May Bling!

Ok, so with the Bead Fair coming up this weekend we do not have too much going on this week-except for Nadine’s fabulous Dancing Dahlia Brooch Class!! And of we have our second Happy Hour Torching Night!! Buy 1 hour get 1 hour free!! The rest of May looks pretty darn fantastic though. Stephanie Dixon’s new class the Bling Ring is on Saturday May 9th. Learn to Make Glass Beads Weekend with Amy Waldman-Smith on Saturday May 9th and 10th. On May 10th we also have 2 NEW Robert Burton classes:Wire Wrapped Beaded Bracelet and Earrings And Simple Wire Wrapping …

Our love affair with etsy

I can’t help it. I really can’t… I adore handmade goodies, and even if I can’t actually buy all of the things that I covet.. I do love to look. One day, while browsing around it came to me that since I spend too much time there as it is. Some work, but mostly not. It would be a natural extension to offer up some of our goodies on etsy. I ran it by Dwyn, as she is my voice of reason most of the time. I don’t always listen… In this case, she agreed with me. We have set …

Multi-Strand Bracelet

I love this style of bracelet – I made a bunch of them in different colours. This goes back a ways, but sometimes, when sorting through older items – you find they are fresh and new again! The only key thing with making these is to make sure all the strands are the same length – otherwise, one sticks up or flops over and looks goofy. If you did it deliberately, I suppose, with different sized beads and whatnot, it would look ok – but I was going for smooth river of colour look myself. The other slight awkwardness was …

Extreme Poodle Grooming

I love the internet – the things you find! A friend, knowing my interest in all things doggy – emailed me these. Those are poodles, folks. White, Standard poodles – clipped and dyed. Poodles – I’ve known a few – are pretty happy, goofy dogs and you have to have a sense of humor to have one. And I think that clipping your poodle to look like a camel is about the best expression of irreverent humor I’ve seen in a loooong time. Now, before anybody goes all PETA on me – I did some googling around – and found …

Chocolate Cake!

Malliga, one of our store staff members just sent this email to our internal mailing list. too bad we don’t have these ingredients at the store! I haven’t tried this yet but if it’s really good then we’re all in trouble!!! “Mmmmmmm, yummy chocolatey trouble!” ~Malliga 5 MINUTE CHOCOLATE MUG CAKE 4 tablespoons flour4 tablespoons sugar2 tablespoons cocoa1 egg3 tablespoons milk3 tablespoons oil3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional)a small splash of vanilla extract1 large coffee mug Add dry ingredients to mug, and mix well. Add the egg and mix thoroughly. Pour in the milk and oil and mix well. Add the …

Lampwork beads!

You’ve asked for it! Many, many times in fact. The thing is, we couldn’t really figure out a cost effective way to post our one of a kind lampwork beads on our website. Plus, our website allows you to edit the quantities. You want to change the number of lobster claws from 5 to 500? No problem. However, that doesn’t work so well with one of a kind items 🙂 We have a ton of lampwork beads in our retail store by these artists and more! I have scooped a small selection of my favourite lampwork beads out of the …

More New Classes!

As promised we have a bunch of new Marilyn Gardiner classes this week. Marilyn will be doing a NEW chain mail class each month from now until September. All of the kits for her chain mail classes are available in both silver and copper. Saturday May 16th is her next new class, the Captive Round Necklace or Bracelet. This is a beginner course. Byzantine Rose Bracelet on Saturday June 6th. This class is a beginner plus. It is recommended that students have some experience with a previously completed chain mail project. Foxtail Bracelet on Saturday July 11th. This class is …

Brushed Silver Beads

Our copper core brushed silver beads are back in stock! And we’ve got tons of them…whohoo! These sold out faster than you can blink your eye last time around. Our new shipment just arrived. You can find them here.