The Business Chat – Weatherproofing your booth

Step right up step right up, it’s show time folks! Time to pack your wares, schlep to a park and make some money! Participating in a craft show is an excellent way to not only make some money but to also develop your business network and build your clientele very quickly. Summer is the busiest time of the year for craft shows and they can be really great, when Mother Nature cooperates. Summer craft shows are always outdoors so setting up requires careful preparation. For your outdoor booth the first item on your Must Have list is a tent. Most …

Inspiration Fridays

I thought it would be fun to try something new – and get you inspired to create some fabulous jewelry!  Here’s the scoop – every Friday (as long as folks other than me participate!)  I’ll post a picture of something that catches my eye from Webshots.   If the image inspires you – make something! Anything at all. Even if the finished item in no way resembles the original picture. The idea is to get you inspired to create something new.  No rules. 🙂   You can even be late if you like. So if it takes you two weeks to create …

A Fond Farewell

I’m sure many of our in store customers know Cynthia very well. She has been with us for many, many years now.  Cynthia was a driving, and tireless force behind all of the bead shows, class scheduling, staff schedulng,  store renovations, Christmas decorations, birthday parties – and anything else that needed someone with extraordinary organization skills! She wore many, many hats – and filled any and all of them with ease.   As with all of our staff, Cynthia was highly over qualified for the job! Prior to her last maternity leave, she was our store manager. When she returned part …

Curiouser and Curiouser

No, this is not a post about Alice and Wonderland – (the new one is fabulous btw in case you haven’t seen it) I’m referring to our un-sated curiosity about all things bead and button. How did it go? Who was there? Did you take some fabulous classes?  – and most importantly what did you buy?  Curious minds want to know. I’ve rounded up a few blogs this morning of a few ready to post their adventures. I’m sure more will post soon as everyone winds down.  Grab a cup of joe – I’ll wait. You back?  ok: http://gaillannum.blogspot.com/ http://thedixonchick.blogspot.com/ …

Right Angle Weave with Rae Huggins

Learn how to do the Right Angle Weave this weekend with Rae Huggins! And if you plan on taking Marcia DeCoster’s Queen Anne’s Lace or Bellisimo class, next month, you need to know how to do the Right Angle Weave. So check it out this weekend. Rae Huggins is a talented seed beader, and a member of the Toronto Bead Society and has taught at the society’s technique nights, at Bead Junction and at the Canadian Bead Oasis Show in Toronto. Here’s how to register. Here are other highlights for this week and next week’s classes: You can dabble into …

World Cup Soccer and Beads?

I know. For those of you who are fans of the beautiful game, and cheering for your various teams, enjoy! While fans are going crazy with their vuvuzelas… Check out this beautiful seedbeaded vuvuzela… And soccer dolls made out of seedbeads and wire… I can only imagine the array of colourful beads and jewellery… all in the name of Soccer. CHEERS

Pearls, Pearls, Pearls

As I mentioned last week in the weekly update (known fondly to us around here as the “blurb”) – we have a boatload more pearls coming. (62 types this week) These are from Marg’s buying trip in Tucson in February. The thing about pearls is, that given the way they are made – i.e. by an animal! – they don’t pop out consistently from batch to batch, so even if you go out to buy pearls with some serious specifications in mind – OK – I need 6 mm rice pearls in pink, some 4 mm round in light cream, …

Resin and metal clay….there is so much you can do!!!!

It has been a while since I have pulled out my resin and used it with my metal clay, but it is quite a fun way to add colour, pictures or treasures to your metal clay. I know Jen has been working with papers, resin and metal clay – lovely stuff. Let’s look at other uses for resin with metal clay and at the end I will add one tip I discovered along the way. When I first started using resin several years ago, BeadFX didn’t carry any and I was having a hard locating it locally, until I walked …

Testing new gemstones and others

If I am trying out a new material to add to metal clay, I will test fire it alone before I add it to my clay to see if it can withstand my normal firing temperature. BeadFX just got in new gemstones and I have a sampling of six of them which I am test firing. The new stone that I am testing are: Garnet CZ (3mm round) Lab created Black Saphire (7mm round) Aqua CZ (3mm round) -this might be my favorite imagine it in silver Lab created blue Spinel (10mm heart) Lavender CZ (3mm) Lab created ruby (3mm) …