Fish heads, fish heads,

Fish heads fish heads,Roly poly fish heads,Fish heads fish heads,Eat them up yum Ya win some, ya lose some, and this design was a definite (IMHO) swing-and-a-miss. We started carrying these Swarovski Rock Pendants back in October because I spied them in the Swarovski showroom and thought they were just awesome. I loved that they are asymmetrical, that part of them is matte, and just the tension between looking like an arrowhead and crystal – they really appealed to me. And I did go ahead and design this, IMHO, fairly awesome necklace with them! However, one of the designs I …

The Joy of Metal Clay – What to do with your less than perfect pieces….

OK, so the title “less than perfect pieces” is probably not the best title. As many of those of you who know me will know that I am not one for absolute perfection. I embrace the nuances of imperfections (most of the time). What I mean in the title is what to do with the pieces you are not so happy with….. I, being the experimental woman that I am, will often make crazy things that afterwards I say to myself “What the heck was I thinking?” Over the years I have managed to temper this spirit (slightly) as this …

The Business Chat – Booth manners

Hey ho people! I have good news for today. After 2 days of the 11 day One of a Kind art show I am happy to report that the economy seems just fine. Consumer confidence is definitely up and people are buying. For those doing a craft show in the next 29 shopping days before Christmas you should do well. Of course how well you do financially is somewhat dependent on how well YOU do in the booth. There is no magic recipe on how to sell however there are some basic Do’s and Don’ts to booth behaviour. Actually selling …

Inspiration Friday

If you would like to participate in our Inspiration Friday posts and get some free publicity…Come on people – free publicity is good!  It really can be anything at all, as long as you were inspired from the post to make something. It should be new. Once you’ve got it made, send us a picture and we’ll post it here. Submissions should be sent to info@beadfx.com with the subject line “Inspiration Friday”  There is no timeline, so please don’t worry about trying to complete it within a week.  If you have a blog, or an etsy (or similar) site – …

Happy Turkey Day

To our American friends of course! And with it, comes the long weekend of shopping – Kicking off tomorrow with Black Friday. What that does mean for those of you who are ‘making’ most of your gifts this year, is you need to get busy! Avoid the crowds in the malls, hunker down with baked goodies, your beads, tools, and see if you can get at least 5 people crossed off your list. Check out the cupcake blog for some delicious treat recipes If you’ve got one of our Bejewelers, whip up a few Swarovski embellished holiday cards, or handmade …

Inspiring your kids

Dwyn posted on Monday about giving handmade. It’s meaningful, certainly comes from the heart, and gets us into the whole spirit of Christmas/holidays. Children of course want to be involved – and we all know that dragging them out to the mall is painful at best. Inspire the handmade ethos in your kids, and get them started on some crafts to make for their friends, teacher’s, grandparents – and of course you! If you would prefer not to get a beautiful pasta necklace – Take a look at the site with your kids: http://recycledcrafts.craftgossip.com/ There are a ton of beautiful, …

On a Good Note

We want to end the year on a good note, so next month, beginning December 1, we are bringing back some of the old favourites, as well as a few newbies. Back by popular demand is the 3-D Snowflake Extravaganza on December 1 with Maria Rypan. They make excellent gifts, excellent Christmas tree ornaments.You’ve been putting it off. You’ve admired your friends jewellery and you want to learn how to make yours. The Basic Bead Stringing Class on December 4th will make a perfect start. Metal Clay is fun. It’s even more fun when you are doing it with your …

Christmas is Coming – Time to Start Panicking

Well, actually – not. Let’s not have a panicky, last-minute, rushing-around-like-a-chicken-with-it’s-head-cut-off holiday season. Oh, and btw, yeah – they do run around after you, uh, decapitate them. If they happen to land upright. For a surprisingly long time. Rural experience – many years ago. Aren’t you glad you asked? So, with the big holiday season only a month away, wouldn’t it be nice to slow it down for real this year, instead of just talking about it? Let’s skip the commercialism, and use the season to tell the people around us that we appreciate who they are and what they …

The Joy of Metal Clay: More about textures…

Last week I talked about the abundance of textures you can find in life. This week, I realized there was more to say about textures. I had a conversation with an individual new to metal clay who was astounded that simple rubber stamps such as those used for scrapbooking and other stamping tasks would work on metal clay. Yes it is true. People use rubber stamps found in craft stores and there are even great little stamps often found in dollar stores too. Many people who have discovered metal clay have fallen in love with the abundance of rubber texturing …

The Business Chat – the 10% rule

At 2 a.m. last night I finally turned off the lights in the studio after a really long long day. Why was I working so late? Well I was having fun, however it is also 3 days before move in for the One of a Kind craft show. The One of a Kind show is a juried art show of 800 vendors, it takes place on November 25 – December 5. Yes, that is 11 days, 11 hours a day. It is a BIG deal. And I have left too much work until the last minute. Again. As I was …