I solemnly swear that I am up to no good…..

Yes, I admit to being a huge fan, but my girls are obsessed. Today is the DVD release of the final movie, so we’re planning a little Harry Potter movie marathon this evening. Had I planned better, and had a lot more free time, maybe I would have even have made some Harry Potter themed snacks. Best I think I can do is maybe Toad in the Hole, or some bangers & mash. Not exactly Potter themed, but at least it’s british 😉 let’s bring the post back to beads somewhat… These are adorable! Contact the artist via the link …

And more unatainable treasures.

At least for most of us. Marg sent on this link last night. I warn you, this is a serious time suck, but well worth it! A new article on estate jewelry has just been posted on The Hairpin. Particularly interesting is this circa 1700 example of ‘memento mori’ jewellery, which was intended to remind the wearer of his or her mortality. Memento mori translates to “remember you must die” A much more contemporary piece by Joel Arthur Rosenthal (JAR). It’s up for auction next week at Sotheby’s if you’re wealthy enough 😉  I must remember to put The Hairpin …

New this Week!

Ovals and Diamonds, Oh My Tis the season – for coughing and wheezing – and I am medicated up to the eyeballs on “soothing lemony hot drink” and leftover Halloween candy. So let’s see if I can tell you about this week’s update without sounding like an utter loon. First up – Swarovski Ovals! Yay for ovals! New shape from Swarovski this season – faceted, flat ovals. A shape so obvious and so useful – that rolling it out makes it’s previous absence a gaping hole. What do you mean – you only JUST introduced ovals! Oh well – they …

Staffordshire Gold Hoard…

…and one very lucky farmer.                                           “bling for warrior companions of the king.” Read the full, entirely fascinating article on National Geographic. 

beadFX will be in Ottawa this weekend!

We just wrapped up the ever fabulous Toronto Bead Fair Show…Fabulous mostly due to all of the wonderful volunteers who ensure that the show always goes off without a hitch. An amazing feat really. Thank you! Now were trucking out some of our sparklies out to Ottawa for the Ottawa Glass Bead Artists Show. If you’re in the area, please come by to say hello. We’d love to meet you! For those of you not able to attend the Ottawa show, we have a few wonderful classes this weekend! Friday November 11th Knetted Snowflakes with Pamela Kearns 6pm to 9pm …

Lampworking Studio News

Effective Today (Monday, November 7), Happy Hour Torching (2 hours for the price of 1) will now be for soft glass only. Happy Hour is every Monday and Thursday, from 5 pm to 9 pm, and gets you two hours of torching for the price of one. Happy Hour Torching is hosted by an experienced lampworker who can answer your questions. Excellent for beginners and novices. More experienced lampworkers will enjoy the camaraderie and exchange of ideas that come from torching in a shared environment. This event is popular, please call ahead (416 701-1373) or email to book space. In …

The Joy of Metal Clay: November Copper Poppy Brooch

Here is part two of the poppy I started last week. When we left of,f it had come out of the kiln and needed pickling and polishing. After pickling and polishing the poppy I decided it needed some colour. I enjoy using Pebeo paints for glass to add a bit of colour. I am always surprised at how well it turns out. Usually, anyway….. I had to paint this poppy several times. The first attempt was a big failure, the colour changed significantly when I was heat setting the paint. I used my toaster oven, which isn’t always the most …

The Business Chat – It’s a mental game

Step right up, step right up, it’s show time people! I have 2 very large shows in the next 4 weeks so I’m psyching myself up for this. They’re long hours (12 hours a day for 11 days), they’re hard work, they’re 40% of my annual income. Surviving requires a lot of mental preparation, I thought I’d share some of it. First thing I do before any event is to set my goals. For every single thing you do in your business you need to understand why you are doing it and what you want the outcome to be. If …

More Jewelry Holders – DIY!

Ok, promise this is my last post (at least for a while) on DIY jewelry holders. I thought I was done with it, but the creativity out there is too inspirational not to share.  Have a great weekend! Source: gratefulprayerthankfulheart.blogspot.com via Stephi on Pinterest Source: chaplank.com via Kaitlin on Pinterest Source: centsationalgirl.com via Alexis on Pinterest Source: generalvalentine.com via Kelly on Pinterest Source: shelterness.com via jennifer on Pinterest Source: madmim.com via Yumi on Pinterest

Hi Ho, Hi Ho….

It’s off to the Bead Fair we go!  TORONTO BEAD SOCIETY FALL BEAD & JEWELLERY FAIR SATURDAY NOVEMBER 5, 2011 10am – 5pm SUNDAY NOVEMBER 6, 2011 11am – 5pm LOCATION CNIB 1929 Bayview Avenue (at Kilgour) 5 min north of Eglinton, 10 min south of 401 ADMISSION $5 for one day or $8 for 2 days DEMOS AND CLASSES, HANDMADE JEWELLERY & BEADS, PEARLS, STONES, TOOLS, STERLING, FINDINGS, BEADS FROM AROUND THE WORLD, VINTAGE, KITS, WIREWORK, SWAROVSKI, AND SO MUCH MORE… Café service Parking $5.00 TTC accessible Go to Davisville Subway Station and hop on the #11 Bayview bus …