Using Art Beads

This morning, I was  thrilled to discover that Shannon LeVart of MissFickleMedia featured some of my worry beads in a blog posting at Art Bead Scene – I was quite surprised, as of course I haven’t listed much on etsy in quite a while…You know all the usual excuses (kids, no camera, blah, blah, blah). Now I must go get busy and try to get a few new things listed, and attempt to do it on a more regular basis. Question of the day – Do you purchase art beads? If so, do you primarily purchase a certain type, or …

New This Week!

Back to Beads Last week’s update was all about the metal and vintage rhinestones – this week – we’re back to beads. New colour and “effect” combos in Swarovski beads! Check out these new Top-Drilled Bicones (they are the ones with the horizontal hole, near the top, so they are a drop shape when strung.) These are all Double AB colours, so they are extra-marvelous. Looking for some nice warm colours to start planning your fall projects? How about these colours, Crystal Brandy – a champagne colour, and Crystal Chili Pepper, richer, deeper cognac colour. 3 mm Bicones – Crystal …

Short and Sweet

Happy Wednesday! You all know what happens at midnight tonight – What new goodies are in store for us this week. Your guess is as good as mine, as I don’t know yet either.  I’m off to work on the inspiration for tonight – as I got seriously sidetracked with the back to school flu bug. I think I’m better now (fingers crossed)! A couple weeks ago, Dwyn sent me a little goodie bag to create something awesome for the inspiration. What shall I make? Hmmmm….lots of possibilities!  And I actually finally have a camera to take the inspiration pics …

Chainmail and wireworking classes

Sorry for the tardy post today – It’s back to school, and flu season has hit us early. Since Thursday, at least one of us has been sick. I think we’re finally almost through it… crossing fingers! Have you been considering adding wire working to your jewelry making repertoire? While not wireworking per se – chainmail is an excellent way to add exquisite metal designs to your beadwork. It can be complicated – but the example above is actually quite simple in construction. Best of all, working chainmail does not require a lot of expensive tools or materials. Start with …

Rrrr Mateys, Talk Like a Pirate, Leah Fairbanks Class Picture

RRRRrr Mateys – it be “Talk like a Pirate” day – a day to celebrate all things knot-ical. I’ll be just a waitin’ here while you be checkin’ out that website thingy to confirm what I be sayin’. RRR – you’re back now are ye? Pirates be our kindred spirits, what wi’ th’ love o’ treasure an’ jewels an’ th’ whole general booty thin’. We be havin’ a soft spot for those black-hearted buccaneers*.—And we all thought Johnny Depp looked pretty cool with beads in his hair too. πŸ˜‰—Speaking of beads – I’ve been taking the Leah Fairbanks’ classes. (Any …

The Joy of Metal Clay – Sharing my display

This weekend I am participating in the Danforth East Arts Fair at East Lyn Park in Toronto. It is my community so I especially love to be there to meet new and old neighbours and promote the joys of metal clay. If you are in the area, come by and say hi. I thought I would share pictures of my booth. Although my booth is far from perfect it works for me. It is transportable, easy to set up and flexible and interactive. There are many things I may change if I had the time and money but for now …

The Business Chat – Holiday Bootcamp #2, your online business

Did you do your homework from last week people? I left you with a few tasks, such as listing your sales plans, deciding on your sales goals and thinking about your holiday product line. Now it’s time to let the world know about all your fabulous creations and give them a variety of ways to buy your work. Here are 11 steps to help you build up your online business for the holidays. 1. Make it easy for a customer to find you. Your website address, email address and phone number should be listed EVERYWHERE. Put these on your business …

Well, just cuz.

My planned blog posts for this week are delayed due to technical difficulties, and this silly human is just a little too excited about the Leah Fairbanks class tomorrow to concentrate on coming up with anything else πŸ˜‰ I just happened on this one, so I went looking for more. Now we all know that kitty’s love to get in our beads. I can’t find any pictures! Nothing, nada. Weird. So how about I just make you all really, really hungry…..                                                                                Source: bakeitinacake.com via Nicole on Pinterest

New this Week!

Stamping Around Are you stamping around, looking for something to punch? Do you just want to flatten something, hit something with a hammer, or just make your mark? Well – have we got the update for you! A whole new “whack” of new metal stamps for you to hammer in the morning with. Or the evening, depending on your preference. Last week, we rolled out the heart stamps early – but this week, we have Circles Magical Astronomy And we have letter sets. A through Z plus “&” Typewriter (UPPERCASE) Typewriter (lowercase) Elegant script (lowercase) Playground (UPPERCASE) Modern Print (lowercase) …