Metal Clay Playday this coming Sunday

Hi all, We had planned to run a metal clay playday on Sunday October 2nd. I just heard from the store that no one has signed up yet, and we’re wondering if we should cancel it. It’s not too late just yet! If you’re interested in coming by – please call the store today to register. 416.701.1373 or 1.877.473.2323 Jen

Pssst…Hey! Wanna cute free blog?

So, this morning while I was forced to wait for something – I decided that I should redesign my blog….again.  I have a bad history with my personal blog. (not this one!) 1) I’m not so great at keeping it updated. I have great intentions, but updating it is always so far down the list of priorities. 2) Stupidly at some point I decided to go with a pay for use blog. I have no idea why I did that, but when it came time to renew recently, I was seriously wondering why I ever thought that was a good idea. I’m …

Bead Soup Blog Party

Have you ever participated in a Bead Soup Blog Party? Sounds like a huge amount of fun! Lori Anderson from Pretty Things has been organizing these for the past few years. The 5th one will start in January.  If I can remember, I think I’d like to join in. The party has become extremely popular, so popular in fact that this coming year – entry is by lottery! Click the image below for more information, and spend a few hours/days checking out the previous years entries. Inspiration abounds!

New This Week!

Capturing Your Attention And now that we have your attention, how about some Capture Chain? Two more additions to our Capture Chain selection, actually – Urban, which is a silver wire knit tube over a gunmetal ball chain – very chic, and Khaki, which is a bronze over a black chain, for a more earthy look. If you prefer – there is also the new Knitted Wire tubes – well – flat tubes, and if that doesn’t grab you – you can always make your own knitted wire tubes, as we now have the Lazee Daizee Viking Knit wire weaving …

Paula Radke – Art Glass Clay

I may have mentioned this before, ever since Marg popped this in with a package of other less interesting things (paperwork) 😉  – I’ve been just itching to to try it out. I finally had the opportunity this week. One very important note regarding the instructions – it mentions to not breath the dust. I think this is understating the importance drastically. This product is very similar to enamel – it’s glass dust. DO NOT BREATHE this in. Wear a respirator, and keep a damp towel handy while you work to wipe down any particles that could become airbound as …

Kellie De Fries

Yes, that Kellie!  The Crystal Ninja herself will be in the house October 13th and 14th teaching her flatback application master class. Now, don’t get yourself overly excited as obviously you will not be making the Mad Hatter in class. You will however be well on your way to creating your own fabulous designs on your cell phone, shoes, clothing, hairbrushes, your nails. Just about any surface you can imagine can be blinged up with Swarovski Crystals! The details are not yet on the website, and we imagine that spots will fill up insanely fast.  Here’s your chance to get …

The New Espresso Machine

We got a new espresso machine for the store – one of our regular instructors, Catherine, who runs like the energizer bunny and never seems to stop, convinced Marg – a committed tea drinker – to get an espresso machine for the classroom. It arrived – all shiny and new and complicated – and sat unopened for several weeks while we decided what kind of coffee to get it and where it was going to go. Catherine came in, and was “Oooo – we must set this up!” so out it came from it’s box and off we went and …

The Joy of Metal Clay: Challenges. they can inspire – Knobs anyone?

Entering challenges or contests, admiring entries or even just browsing contests themes can be a source of inspiration for many. I just got sent this one to me BRONZCLAY CHALLENGE (thanks Marg). It’s a challenge to make Bronze knobs. OOOHH, ahhhh that could be interesting. I must admit I have thought of this one before but it has remained on my list. This little contest may just inspire me to make something. Of noted the deadline is October 6, 2011 which is a little tight. The other cool thing about this challenge is that it includes instructions on how to …

The Business Chat – Holiday Bootcamp 3 – Your holiday booth

OK people, if you’re following along you now have a plan for your inventory and supply shopping, and you’re spiffying up your online presence. Now let’s glitz up your holiday booth display. Your booth is your store, even if it’s only for an afternoon. How your store looks absolutely affects your sales. Your display will make your store’s first impression on your customer. For the basics of booth display you should read Booth Display 101 and Booth Display 201. Today we’re talking about how to display for a major holiday season. Now is your chance to shine! Speaking of shine …

Inspiration Friday

Happy Friday! I’ve got a full weekend date with the torch, and I’m hoping to make some woodland themed beads this weekend – and with them, some woodland inspired jewelry. Perfect for fall, and of course for today being the first day of glorious fall. My absolute favourite time of year. I’ve gathered up a few wonderful fall inspired colour combinations. Enjoy, and I hope you get as inspired as I am. Have a fabulous weekend!                                                                                              Source: design-seeds.com via Teresa on Pinterest                                                                                              Source: google.com via Vienna on Pinterest