Happy Friday

It’s absolutely gorgeous here today. I’ve got so much work to do, and the outdoors is calling me. Sigh – it will have to wait. This weekend, it’s gardening, and of course you won’t want to miss the bead fair! Yesterday, was one of my few days in the shop. I usually come in about once a week to help out, and of course I end up spending way too much money 🙂 This weeks haul was 2 books, and the fabulous new dapping set Marg just brought in: s24384 Tools – Dapping Set – Basic (1) $47.95 The essential …

Are you going to the bead show?

We’ll be there – with our sparkly bells on (well, we’ll have sparkly beads anyway) 🙂 I’m referring to the Toronto Bead Societies Spring Fair.  If you have a chance, come on down. It’s always a huge amount of fun. Lot’s of vendors, reasonable parking and entrance fees. For more details on the show – please visit the Toronto Bead Society website. We hope to see you there!

Heather Bell-Denison

Heather is our resident metal clay instructor. Heather loves the flexibility of Art Clay Silver and passionately shares her love of creating and building with this medium. In her previous role as an occupational therapist, Heather loved teaching others ways of doing things differently and helping them achieve their goals. Now as an Art Clay instructor, she uses these teaching skills to help her students create their pieces and to problem solve any design challenges. She creates and teaches in Toronto where she lives with her enthusiastic boys and supportive husband. Heather is a Senior Certified Art Clay Instructor. finesilvergirl.com …

More Swarovski Musings, cool products, and etc.

I’m going to take you for a little wander through some of my Swarovski trip photos. Wrap yourself around a mug of coffee and let’s go! We all arrive at the Swarovski headquarters in Rhode Island. Even though this is primarily an admin building, they have still taken pains to ensure that it reflects (no pun intended – but fully appreciated) the essence of the business. The entrance has a crystal-like shape. Near the entrance – there are tributes to the founder … and samples of the raw material. Pictures of celebs adorned with Crystallized by Swarovski fashions and fashion …

Eye Candy: Crystal Evolution Jewelry

Crystal Evolution Jewelry – heavy on the Swarovski, and modern, edgy designs. Check it out – you’ll see the crystals in a new way. Although, the choice of the word “Acne” for a design collection seems a bit odd to me … maybe it’s a translation thing? (Someone just pointed out in a comment that ACNE seems to be short for AC necklace, as the bracelet is ACBR. Ok – that makes sense – but in the school of accidentally bad names … ya gots to look for these things. You know, like the sisters, Ima and Sheesa, in the …

New Stuff that is not online

Due to the limitations of our shopping cart – there are a few items that we do not offer online, as the cost of shipping them would kill us. 😉 As our silver smithing classes expand, we will be carrying more of these sorts of things. With the addition of the lost wax classes, expect to see more of the wax and carving tools too. So – if you are in need of these, and you are going to be coming to the store – well – there you go! If you are coming only for these items, it’s a …

Exciting things happening @ beadFX

Two exciting things, in fact. First of all, the shipment of silver-plated beads that I had ordered while I was in Tucson finally arrived, after being hung up for a week by the Icelandic volcano with the unpronounceable name. FedEx finally ended up routing it through Dubai. There’s over a hundred pounds of restock and new shapes and sizes of beads, toggles, S-clasps and tubes. The other thing is happening right now. Two guys are here (it’s almost midnight!) cutting and bending sheet metal for the ductwork to bring air-conditioning from our existing unit to our new office space next …

Happy Friday

Friday – thank goodness. I’ve been looking forward to the weekend all week – no time for beading unfortunately, but I’m about to tackle the huge job of the garden clean up. Front and back, and I think it may take a team effort to get it all done. And this is definitely on the list for after all  the hard work: http://smittenkitchen.com/2010/04/new-york-cheesecake/ or http://smittenkitchen.com/2010/04/lime-yogurt-cake-with-blackberry-sauce/ I can’t decide which one to make, I might just have to make both 😉 I love the smitten kitchen blog. If you haven’t checked it out yet, be prepared for a drool fest. She is an awesome photographer, …

BIG CORRECTION!!

It has come to my attention today that incorrectly quoted the new HST rules. All classes beginning after July 1, 2010 or that straddle the July 1st deadline, are subject to the HST if booked and paid for after May 1st 2010. To put another way, in order to avoid paying the HST on classes like Suzanne Crudden’s Production Line or her Metal Working for Beaders(scheduled for September) and/or any of Marcia DeCoster’s classes in July you must book and pay in full by April 30th. This is a great way to save a bit of money–8% on each class …