Coming this October

Denim Blue, Petrol Pearl, and Antique Pink are the new colours of Swarovski!    “The associations with the color blue are powerful and universal. We live, after all, on the blue planet; blue has a profoundly calming effect on the psyche; and blue skies signal optimism. The addition of Denim Blue to the color range brings with it all this and more: it is hip and practical, and it connotes a sense of freedom; it is sophisticated and understated, and it is unisex; it also works for everything from casual sportswear to elegant eveningwear. Designers have long accorded the color …

Resin!

We finally have a resin class coming up! You’ve been asking for it, and Rosemary has delivered. Learn how to create your own collage of mixed media elements, and embed them in a crystal clear dome of resin.  Join Rosemary on Wednesday, September the 21st from 6 to 9pm. This promises to be a fun night – and the best part…you can’t go wrong! Need some inspiration before the class? Have a look through all the participants of the Ice Resin Blog hop   –  Click on the picture below to start with Jess of Vintaj There are just so many …

The Joy of Metal Clay; Butterfly Series, Part 2

The butterfly series I have been working on has been stalled partially as I wait for carbon for firing. Unfortunately, they are not finished here is where they are right now: Above are supposed to be chrysalis earrings. I used oval cork forms to make the shape then added copper wire in the centre for ear wires. Here is a Monarch pendant. This was made with layers of copper clay which was then carved. The antenna are pieces of copper wire.When they are fired I will share.

The Business Chat – Holiday bootcamp and product inventory

Oh boy, it’s back to school time! New pens! New notebooks! Such a sense of new beginnings! No I don’t have kids, these are all for me! No matter how long I’ve been out of school (and we do NOT discuss exactly how long it has been) this is the week where I feel motivated to buckle down and get to work because school is in. So I’ve taken my new notebook and pen to the local coffee shop and brainstormed and planned my little heart out. As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, Christmas is coming! By starting …

Creating your own jewelry tags

Some of you know that I like to make little bits and bobs as I like to call them. I make jewelry as well, but I much prefer to make beads, findings, clasps, and other assorted little bits.  That said, I’m always struggling with how to display them. For my handmade beads that I sell in the store, along with our other bead artists – I usually use a little tie tag with a tiny little price tag on it. Sure it works, but it’s not exactly the most creative or inspired way of displaying or pricing. As an ‘artist’ …

New This Week!

Wildhorses Can Drag You To Beads Wildhorses can’t drag you away from your beads, and this month – they can’t drag you away from our new, Wildhorse Picture Jasper. Wildhorse Picture Jasper – our stone of the month for September – is named for Wildhorse Canyon, where it is found, in the Owyhee Mountains on the Idaho & Oregon border. It is a combination of a slate blue-grey and a caramel mustard colour – a very attractive, earthy combination – so long as you don’t think too hard about caramel and mustard together. As a matter of fact, we have …

It’s all about colour

This may be rather old for some of you who are already planning for spring – however, for those of us just starting to design our fall jewelry, and planning our new fall wardrobes – well, except for me…Working from home doesn’t require an extensive wardrobe, which is great as that means I have more money for beads! LOL .  That said – I’m not a complete hermit, and I suppose I’ll need to do a bit of shopping for some basics to wear with all of the new jewelry that I’ll finally have time to make now. Get your …

Whew

The kids are back to school, and I breathed a huge sigh of relief once I got back home after dropping the 2 very excited little girls off to school. They were both excited to be going back, and I’m excited to finally having time to work again (without having to work from 9pm til 3am). Sleep, I’ve missed you 🙂 Now it’s your chance to learn some new techniques, or even just hang out with some old, (or new!) beady friends. Rae is teaching a create your own findings class starting tomorrow – Wednesday the 7th from 6pm to …

Thinking of U

Hope U are having a lovely long, Labour Day weekend. I still can’t stop thinking about all our lovely Swarovski crystal letters. This ring uses the U’s – arranged spoke-like, radiating out from the centre. Additional stones nestle in the curve of the U, and between. So many possibilities – so little time! Oh, and we have most of the missing letters coming online soon! A, D, R, and M – just as soon as we can get them processed and on the site!