Stay tuned!

Today’s blog post will be late today. I’ve got some stuff cooking for you – but it won’t be ready until tonight. In the meantime – here’s a little diversion for hump day… I can haz cheezburger is always worth repeating! Thanks Dwyn 🙂

Michael David Sturlin is coming this month!

We are very excited that Michael David Sturlin will be joining us this month. Michael is a well known, award winning instructor and artisan who teaches all over the United States and is finally making his way up to Canada! Michael will be here teaching two classes, October 22nd to 25th. Michael will be teaching his signature Hand Crochet Chain October 22nd and 23rd from 10 to 6pm each day. This class is suitable for all levels and the finished product is incredibly supple and absolutely gorgeous. There are only 2 spaces left in this class. October 24th and 25th …

Taking Great Photos. Part 5: The Macro Setting

Macro – Wasn’t that the really abusive tennis player that turned the tennis world on it’s ear? No? Ok – the “Macro” setting on your camera is the setting that allows you to get in and focus up close. It may be a setting on your camera that you have to manually turn on, or it may be a built-in function. Usually – if you have to turn it on – the icon that indicates “macro function” is a stylized flower – indicative of those close-up flower photos – you know – the ones with the stamens and pistils all …

When Crafting goes Bad

Just because you can – doesn’t mean you should – and no where is that little truth more horribly apparent than at Craftastrophe – the blog of Bad Crafts, Crafters who’ve crossed to the Dark Side, and projects that should never have been. If your psyche isn’t permanently scarred by the spectre of the Octopus Chandelier – I’m sure something else there will scar it forever. Bwwa-ha-ha ha!

Linky Love Friday

I’ve assembled some fabulous eye candy for you today. Enjoy 🙂 Robin Atkins Art Bead Circle – An insight into the world of beading in Japan One of our customers! Joella And the last one for today – Yes, Shrinky Dinks can be REALLY cool! – Andrew Thornton (of Greengirl Studios)

Etsy and Paypal – and their associated fees! – Etsy Part 2

Fees, fees, fees – These are unavoidable of course. Knowing all of the associated costs ahead of time however will insure that when you do sell something, you are in fact making a profit. Etsy has two fees, one is a listing fee – which buys you a listing for one item for 4 months. Every time you relist your item, you are charged again. The listing fee is currently .20 cents US. for every item you list. If you list an item, and set the quantity on hand to 5, you will be charged $1.00 US. This is the …

Copper Clay Update

It’s about time for a little update on my copper and bronze experiments. I’ve been focusing primarily on copper, as I much prefer the colour. I’m sure most of you know by now my love for all things copper 😉 Turns out the problems we were having with firing were primarily due to the kiln. I’m now firing with a Paragon Firefly, and a Paragon SC2 – both are dream kilns! I’ve had no problems at all using either kiln. The ash in the kiln is still an issue – see pics below. That said, it really isn’t all that …

September is Almost Over…Can You Believe It?

I can hardly believe that it is almost October! Even though the month is almost over we have a lot going on. This Thursday is week 3 of Cindy Vroom’s class, Basic Bead Stitching 101 Continued. The focus for this week is Dutch Spiral. A note to students from the week 2 class (which was cancelled because Cindy was sick)we will be re-scheduling that this week and I will put it up on the site and of course contact those students. Cindy apologizes for the inconvenience. We have a really full day of classes this coming Saturday September 26th. Robert …