Pearls, pearls, and more pearls

Just a little teaser for tonights update. If you like pearls, you’ve got to check out the email update that will go out at midnight tonight. Wow! And such pretty colours too. – you’ll just have to wait 😉 Not on our email list? You can join here!

Art Clay Certification Classes are coming to Beadfx!

For all of those die hard Art Clayers, we have exciting news–Heather Bell-Denison will now be offering Level One Art Clay Silver Certification courses! This class will include the completion of 9 specific projects that will cover a variety of techniques and types of Art clay. Projects include making flat and round shank rings, use of syringe clay, creating a mirror finish, a brooch, pendants and much more. Upon successful completion of the certification students will be entitled to a 35% discount on Art Clay Silver. This is a specialized course for people interested in learning and demonstrating proficiency in …

Glossary – Advanced Bead Shapes

Last Monday – I reviewed some basic bead shapes – shapes that are essentially round, oval or rectangular, and their various names. Today – let’s tackle the more, for what of a better term, “exotic” shapes. 😉 In defiance of all logic, “pear” shape is rounded at one end, and pointed at the other – much like a raindrop or tear drop. This, came, I think, from the same shape in gems. A pear can be flat or 3-D. And sometimes you will see it referred to as a pear drop – to emphasis that is droplet shape. When we …

Ack – It’s Sunday!

Ack! Ack! Guess who forgot it was Sunday? Blog post. Ack! A friend just emailed me and asked “Is it a rule that there is always something to buy to finish a project.” Speaking with my bead store hat on – I would have to say, “Why, yes – there’s a law – there is always something that you need to buy to finish every project.” But – I had a fellow designer tell me – many years ago – “When you are putting something together, and you find yourself saying ‘I need …’ – you should stop and think …

Castle Cake

We decided to make Maya a castle cake – after watching how easy it was via a video on the Betty Crocker website. I’d post the link directly, but the website appears to be down right now. Maya and Isla ‘helped’ decorate, so it’s not quite as neat as it could have been…but wow – I would have loved a cake like this as a little girl!

Recession? What Recession?

There may be a recession going on, but you’d never know it from looking at the crowds of (mostly) women wearily but happily dragging bundle buggies and rolling suitcases full of beads out of the annual Bead & Button market hall after a day of power shopping. The number of attendees this year may be down slightly overall, but those of us who attended made up for it. There’s still 2 days of shopping left at B&B, but already a few vendors are looking at empty hooks, wishing they had brought more stock. I spent over 10 hours on my …

Fish tank – sans fish

Last night the fish tank was finally assembled. We’ve got the lights, water, and plants in. Maya and Isla decorated the tank. We’ve lost Ariel somewhere – she now lives in one of their toy boxes 😉 Next week, once the tank acclimates we’ll get the fish. Here’s a pic of Isla who is permanently planted in front of the empty tank 🙂 – and yes, we forgot to put on the backdrop…

Update on the kitten

No luck unfortunately . The cute little ball of black fur was nowhere to be found. I do hope he’s safe! As disappointed as I am with my lack of a new pet, we decided that it’s time for Maya to learn how to take care of animals. Maya turns 6 this weekend…can you believe it? Yikes, time flies. As a birthday present, she’s getting a small aquarium. (she wanted rats) I’m sure Dan and I will be doing most of the work. We’re setting up the tank this week, and next week she can pick out a few small …

Kittens

Oh, I almost found a kitten last night. I’m a sucker, big time. My husband is actually allergic to cats, and I really shouldn’t even have entertained the idea…but there he was. (and hey, that’s what reactine is for) I was leaving beadFX last night, and we’re in an industrial area. By the side of the road was the tiniest little black kitten. At first, I could just see this little ball of black fur. We pulled over into the bank parking lot, and I crossed the road to get a better look. He was so, so tiny, and so …