Converting

As Canadians – we are probably some of the most versatile people on the planet at converting units of measure. With the metric system thoroughly entrenched in our culture, but with our next-door neighbour still using the Imperial system – we have to be ready to convert litres to gallons to U.S. gallons to U.S. dollars to dog years at the drop of a hat if we want to retain whining rights about gas prices – and many other socially significant conversion/conversation skills. So you’ll be interest to discover ConvertWorld.com. Converting Euros to Baht for a trip to Thailand? No …

Food!

I’ve needed something to entertain myself with – I’m still stuck at home, but now with two sick children – and I’m starting to feel not so hot myself. Most likely just from being stuck in the house for a week. I’ve been perusing foodie blogs this week – planning our Thanksgiving Dinner I have a lovely version of boston baked beans in the crockpot right now courtesy of coco cooks She also posted a recipe for Cinnamon rolls on October 4th – yumm. Apparently, October 4th is Kanelbullens Dag in Sweden – the whole country celebrates the this little …

Copper Clay!

Coming very soon! Whohoo – I’m currently at home with a very sick little girl, and as such, I’ve been staying away from the store – But if my UPS tracking skills are up to snuff – I believe our metal clay shipment arrived yesterday. With it, of course we have copper clay! We’ll have the copper clay on it’s own, as well as starter kits. These will be sold similarly to the bronze (unfortunately, not available at this time for online purchase) You may of course place your order via phone or email. The bronze is available now – …

BibliOdyssey

Fabulous images from books circa anything before the 1960’s. Old bookplates, floral plates, and political satire from the 1700’s – Be prepared to stay a while. Inspiration for jewelry designs comes from everywhere. BibliOdyssey

Turkey and Beads…the Perfect Combination!

Life gets really hectic sometimes, especially around holidays. This Thanksgiving weekend take some time out for yourself and take a class. Leave the turkey, gravy and clean up to someone else and learn something new instead! Heather Bell-Denison is starting a new 2 week class this Thursday October 8th from 6 to 9pm, Metal Clay Rings. This class is intended for intermediate level students, or those who have taken the introduction class. Saturday October 10th Marilyn Gardiner is in town for two classes. First Basic Bead Stringing from 10 to 12:30pm. After lunch join her for the Celtic Visions Bracelet, …

Taking Great Photos. Part 6: Setting the Stage

A few weeks ago, in this epic saga on “Taking Great Photos” – I mentioned that it was important to declutter the background have the photo focus on the object, without a distracting background. I have also discussed lighting, and how to correct for poor lighting, but I also said that this does not mean you shouldn’t have good lights. Today, I’d like to go into that in more detail. Let’s talk about Setting the Stage. And building it too. 😉 Some folks like to shoot outside on a cloudy day, some find a nice north-facing window. Others go for …

Madeleine Albright – Read My Pins

Former U.S. Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright reveals in her new book – for those who hadn’t already figured it out – that she used her jewelry – notably her pins and brooches – as a diplomatic mood indicator while she was Secretary of State. From her turtle pins to indicate slow progress to a giant bug to protest the Soviet bugging – her new book promises to be an interesting read – see some pictures of the jewelry she wore, it’s intended meanings, and read a preview of her new book here.

Etsy – Jazzin’ up your shop

So you’ve now got your etsy, and paypal account set up – You’ve got lots of gorgeously photographed iems to post – but something is missing to tie everything together. You need a banner for one, and a nice little avatar. I mentioned the importance of branding once before. In a retail bricks and mortar setting, this generally means your packaging. Online, it’s your image – What does your banner and avatar say about your business? If your banner isn’t up to snuff, your whole shop will have a very unprofessional look. Those of you who have graphic design skills …