Who you callin’ Fat?

Yo’ momma is so fat — when she sits around the house, … Early last year – Miyuki brought out a new bead – a 2-hole flat square bead called “TILA.” Confusion reigned as to the pronunciation of this word? Acronym? What was TILA, except that it resembled “tile” – the approximate shape of the beads. Well – over the past year – pronunciation has proven to be “Tee-la” – rhymes with “Lee-la.” I had written on the TILA page that it rhymed with “Smile-a” – which I researched and got from somewhere, but haven’t the foggiest idea where now. …

The Joy Of Metal Clay: Copper Poppy Brooch

Here is a little project I worked on yesterday. A copper poppy brooch…made with Art Clay Copper (using a large circle cookie cutter and an ellipse or football shaped cookie cutter) Roll out a piece of copper clay 1 mm thick and cut a large circle. Since I was using copper clay, I went big using a 2 inch circle. Divide the circle into four parts (I used a circle which I had folded into four) and mark these four points. At these points you are going to use the ellipse cutter to cut notches in the circle. Place the …

The Business Chat – 5 tips to rock at shipping

Isn’t it such a thrill to open your inbox and see that new order? Big happy dance! Now let’s ship that order out.Packaging and shipping services are some of the best opportunities you have to communicate with your customers and remind them why they should continue to shop with you and not someone else. Clear communication and super cute packaging will give the customer nice warm fuzzy feelings, and happy customers are repeat customers. Make sure your shipping policies are very clear and very easy to find. Communication is key for online shopping. Your buyer should know the following:a. are …

A little of this, a little of that.

Poor lonely blog. Yet again, I have a sick one at home – and of course I’m running like mad trying to get everything done. I should just forget about most of it, and chill out with the sick one. And of  course amuse myself with facebook. As many of you know, most of us are serious dog (and cat) lovers around here. Dwyn our webmistress extraordinaire recently completed her level 1 Schutzund training with her dog ‘The Dude’, who is also a contender in the Fido casting call! If you’re so inclined please vote for him  We’d love to …

New This Week!

Swarovski does Denim Swarovski is dressing down and going Denim! Actually – Swarovski bling has been a great combo with denim for ages, but in this case – it actually is the colour of denim that we are talking about. As I mentioned on the blog last week, the new colours and shapes from Swarovski are starting to roll out. So this week, we are pleased to offer you – Swarovski Denim Blue! This is a lovely shade of blue – similar to Montana – but a bit lighter. If you mixed it with Montana, you would get some nice, …

This week in classes!

Tonight!  October 25th Flowering Branches with Nadine Foskin 6pm to 8:30pm Wednesday October 26th Resin with Rosemary 6pm to 9pm Thursday October 27th Open Beading Night Q&A Workshop with Stephanie Dixon 6pm to 8pm   Saturday October 29th Basic Bead Stringing Level 2: Multi-Strand Necklace with Marilyn Gardiner 10am to 12:30pm Saturday October 29th Japanese Flowers Cuff Bracelet with Marilyn Gardiner 1:30pm to 5:00pm    Sunday October 30th  Under the Influence of Peyote Bracelet with Pamela Kearns 11am-2pm

Lampwork Stuff that ISN’T Jewelry

Not everyone wears jewelry – beats the heck out of me why not – but there you have it. It’s a funny old world. So, you bought this great lampwork bead, you were going to make it into a pendant for a friend, when she says to you in casual conversation – oh, I never wear any jewelry except for this locket my grandmother made me, and I never take it off. Hmmmm. Well – we have a bunch of stuff that you can use to make gifts that AREN’T jewelry – using lampwork beads, beads with large holes, and …

The Joy of Metal Clay: The November Poppy Challenge

November 11th is four weeks away as I write this and my adoring son found a poppy from last year and asked if I though he could start wearing it (FYI I looked it up the recommended wearing time for poppies is from November 1 to November 11). If you are curious about the tradition of wearing a poppy in November check out the Royal Canadian Legion article about the Poppy Campaign and it’s history or The BBC News has an old article addressing poppy etiquette. Anyway this reminded me of my goal last year to come up with a …

The Business Chat – The price of success

Last weekend I went down to the waterfront to cheer on the runners in the Toronto marathon. I’ve participated in a few smaller distance events and I know how much a round of applause can help you push through a tough spot. And they deserve it. I was positioned at the 37km mark, only 5km to go. At that point the finish line is in sight, all that training was going to pay off, these were the runners who were going to cross that finish line. It was that training that I was actually applauding. In order to get to …