Beading games

I was hunting around the web trying to decide what to write about today…shhhh, I’m supposed to have these planned in advance! 🙂 I started typing ‘online beading’ and the first thing that popped up was ‘online beading games’ hmmmm….I didn’t know there were any. My daughter has Jewelry Design Studio for the DS, which she loves playing. I was curious if any were of a similar caliber. I generally try to stay far away from computer/online games. As a teen, I was highly addicted to Sid Meyers game ‘Civilization’. I will never get back those hours wasted. The first …

Tatiana Van Iten

I recently across the work of the highly talendted beadwork designer. You can see a video of her at bead and Button While I wasn’t able to actually find a site of hers online. Google her name, there are a ton of examples of her work – Tatiana Van Iten

New Payment option for micro businesses

I wanted to pass on a resource I recently came across. I’m sure this will help some of you! If you’re one of the many micro jewelry/bead businesses who only do the occasional show, or sale of your creations – A new payment option has opened for Canadians. Some of you may have heard of Propay. It’s an American company that has been getting rave reviews amongst the indie business set. Up until now, it wasn’t an option for Canadians. Propay allows you to accept Visa, Mastercard, and Amex at shows. More details can be found at their website. The …

Metalwork for Beaders and so much more!

This Wednesday January 20th is the first week of Suzanne Crudden’s 8 week Metalwork for Beaders class. There are only a few spaces left! In this class rather than focusing on the technical aspects of professional metalsmithing we will focus on having some fun with metal. Students will learn traditional techniques as well, such as, how to saw, pierce and solder metal. Our focus will be not be project based but on skills that you will be able to practice at home with your own work. This weekend January 23rd and 24th is a Glass Bead Making Weekend with Amy …

Multi-strand necklaces and a few thoughts on photography

What IS it with the fruit flies? It’s the middle of winter and I have a dancing cloud of drosophila melanogaster in my kitchen. (See – that high school biology class was good for something – 30+ years later and I can remember the scientific name for the fruit fly. Can’t remember where I put my car keys, but I can rememer drosophila melanogaster. Go figure.) These fruit flies seem to have become immune to my tempting traps of fruit juice and Grand Marnier, (selective breeding – see last comment about 30 year old biology class) – and are starting …

Big Honking Diamond

507 Carat Diamond found. Big, honkin’ diamond! This diamond was found in the Cullinan mine in South Africa. Recognize the name? Other famous Cullinan diamonds would be the Greater and Lesser Star of African (Cullinan I and II) in the Crown Jewels of England – both cut (along with other stones) from a 3,106 carat piece of rough. Check out the story here, and the photo gallery. Looks like a big ol’ hunk of quartz, doesn’t it?

Haiti Relief Fundraiser on IndieFixx

Jen at IndieFixx (no, not me!) is hosting a silent auction to raise funds for the Red Cross. They are looking for auction items to donate, and if you’re able – Be sure to bid on of the lovely items. From IndieFixx“ By now I’m sure you all have heard about the horribly devastating earthquake in Haiti and I’m also sure that like me you feel so heartbroken and helpless in face of the suffering of the Haitian people. Nothing will bring back those who perished, but the survivors need our help. From all the reports I’ve read, the biggest …

Garnet

Garnet is January’s birthstone, so I decided to take a little peek around the site and see what I could find in one of my favourite non-blue colours 😉 (Yes, I do like beads that are not blue – really) And we also have an inspiration from last year with a project from Dwyn – The clasp is out of stock, but we have everything else – the clasp you can sub easily with another one.