Fall Bead Fair

It’s that wonderful time again! The Toronto Bead Society puts on a bead fair twice a year. The fall show being an extra special two whole days! Before you head down, please note that the show is in a new location this year. Click on the picture above for more details, a list of vendors and classes, and of course a map to the new location. We hope to see you there!

Oh My!

These…. I don’t really get my latest infatuation with pink. I’ve NEVER liked pink. I was too much of a punk as a kid – and well, still into my twenties to give it much thought. It could be that with two little girls, who absolutely adore pink, I’m now surrounded with pink daily. In any case, I love these beads – And I haven’t yet even seen them in person. With my nasty cold, and the kids various illnesses. I’ve been keeping my germs away from the store, which I’m sure you all greatly appreciate. 🙂 However, I think …

Blogging for Bliss

I was thrilled this morning to receive my package from Amazon.ca – The other day, I ordered a copy of Tara Frey’s Blogging For Bliss. I’ve always much admired all of those creative blogs out there with the fabulous photo’s, inspirations, and seemingly endless creative energy. The book doesn’t disappoint, and is filled with techniques, and profiles of some of the best bloggers out there. If you’re thinking of starting your own blog – I highly recommend picking up a copy. Armed with Tara’s techniques, and Dwyn’s past blog posts about photography – you’ll be well on your way to …

November is Quickly Approaching–Can You Believe It!

Before I launch into a look at the month of November just a quick note about Michael David Sturlin’s classes last week–they were FABULOUS! If you missed him this year do not worry he will be back next October with new classes. The students-and the staff- had a great time, he is a fantastic teacher. Thanks Michael! Stay tuned for details on next years classes. Can you believe that it is Halloween this weekend? I am all set here at home but am shaking my head trying to figure out how it got to be the last week of October …

Taking Great Photos. Part 9: On to Photoshop – Levels Part 1

Alrighty then – on to Photoshop and just what can we do to tweak a photo. Generally speaking, you can’t make a great photo from a truly cr4ppy one – just like you can’t make great meal with inferior ingredients. And you can’t “make data up” – if you start with a tiny, postage stamp picture, you aren’t going to get a big, beautiful image. I trust all you took last week’s topic to heart and now understand that we will be ONLY working with copies of the originals – and leaving the originals intact – in case we need …

Are you a Clueless N00b?

Having trouble staying on top of pop culture? Do friends hip comments on current events leave you feeling out in the cold? Do you roll into work on Monday, after a lovely, technology-free weekend at the cottage, only to find your co-workers spouting opinions about things you’ve never heard of? In the wildfire world of the internet, if you snooze – you bruise. So check out this site next time someone someone throws you a current event curve – you can quickly get up to speed and dazzle them. The Internet Meme Database takes those items that are most obsessing …

Corsage Project

Nathalie asked yesterday about how the Corsage Project went this year. It was a huge success – but I am sorry to say that donations were down in terms of the number of donors. We still had a large number of items donated – don’t get me wrong – but they were largely donated by just a handful of people – which was a little disappointing. I believe over 300 girls were outfitted – the number rises every year. It’s good that more and more girls are being helped and are graduating – it’s sad that the number that need …

Links from Yesterday and Seafoam

Have a look at the links our customers posted yesterday: http://www.canadianrockiesart.comhttp://jlwbbchallenge.blogspot.comhttp://www.geebsjewels.blogspot.com/ Yay for eye candy! Here’s something else to get you inspired – Seafoam, one of my favourite colours. I went on a little seafoam hunt through the shop, and I rediscovered these lovelies 🙂