Sneek Peek at Next Week

Seed beaders rejoice! More itty beady beads – new Delica 11/0s and Toho 8/0s and 11/0s. Lot’s of stuff for seedbeaders in the magazines lately too. There’s a lot to be said for investing some time and about 50 cents worth of beads to get something fabulous! As opposed to my usual approach which involves less time but much more expensive materials! Magazine – Beadwork – 2010 – June July Magazine – Step by Step Beads – Best of … – (2010)

Flowers on the brain, and peony envy.

I’ll admit, I had a hard time coming up with something to yammer on about today. I have just a few late items on my to do list (Yes, Helen – I swear they’re going up today!). Once those are done though, it’s out to the garden I go. The veggie plot is all dug up, I just need to pick up a few bags of top soil, and I’m good to go.  The front will be getting the addition of a few annuals, and I’ve got my pots to do as well.  I have a love affair with  Dahlias, …

Renovations are almost done

The carpentry was finished yesterday and Rosemary and the rest of the staff are already busy moving stock into our new store section. We’ll have a whole wall of Japanese seedbeads, both Miyuki and Toho, with space left for the new colours as they arrive. The wall at the back of the room already has the wire and wire-working tools neatly displayed. Base metal findings are along the wall to the classroom and silversmithing and other tools will be along the back wall. It’s still a bit dark back there, but the electrician will be here right after the 2-4 …

Cool book sharing site

I recently became introduced to a book sharing site via my hubby who is working on the facebook plugin for it. The main site has nothing to do with me/hubby however (in the interest of full disclosure) 🙂 It’s called Bookmooch, and the premise is you post books you want to give away, and create a wishlist of books you’d like to receive. It’s completely free, and the only cost to the user is your postage when sending books out.  It’s an international site, and some of you may know – many books that are published in the UK, other …

What do you call it?

Fine silver, or metal clay that is? I’m sure many of you have wondered what to call it when you are selling.  I just ran across an interesting article by Suzanne Wade on the Orchid list site – Ganoksin – Which is THE jewelry making mailing list. Catering to goldsmiths, it is the largest, and in all probability the best source of jewelry making info on the internet!  If you want to join the mailing list (keep in mind it is extremely high volume – you’ll want to make sure you know how to set up filters in your email …

New Classes with Robert Burton!

Before I get to the new stuff with Robert Burton, just a quick note about Beau Anderson. Due to some travel conflicts he has had to post pone his classes here this May. We are currently working on re booking them for the fall. Stay tuned for details. Robert Burton has a number of new classes coming over the next couple of months. These will be appealing to those of you who are interested in taking his classes, but cannot get here on an evening during the week, are out of town, or are unable to commit to a 3 …

The Annual Blooming of the Tree Peony and Stress Testing

Time for the annual blooming of the Tree Peony report. I blogged this when I first bought it, in 2007, and again, last year, when it bloomed, which was May 25, so if you are feeling like stuff is advanced in your garden, you’d be right – as this year, it unfurled it’s opulent bud of paper-thin petals on May 15 – a full 10 days earlier than last year. And, you can see that Soggy, the Loch Scarborough Sea Monster, has already put in an appearance in the pool. The good news is, it cuts down on the amount …

Let’s Talk Metal Clay

Hi, it’s Heather (Bell Denison) a.k.a. Fine Silver Girl here. I will be guest bloggin’ on Sundays. I am one of the metal clay Instructors at BeadFX. I fell in love with metal clay several years ago when I took my first metal clay class at BeadFX with Jennifer Tough. Since then have spent many hours playing with all types of metal clays and I have become a Senior Certifying Art Clay Instructor. This all means that I have a lot of metal clay experience and tons of information to teach and share. Guess what? I will be sharing that …

Setting up an ecommerce website

Here’s another ecommerce enabler for those of you who would like to set up a site and sell a few pieces, without getting lost in the overall marketplace that is ebay and even etsy these days. It’s main focus is artists, but unlike sites like etsy – it is not a portal to a multitude of sellers, so you have less risk of your customers wandering away from your site and off to shop elsewhere. Big Cartel is a hosted website – so no need for a server or such. They have a free account, which allows you to sell …