Pictures from the move!

I have a few pictures that were shared on facebook yesterday from the team at Waterman. I am truly amazed at how quickly things are coming together. The staff and helpers are doing a fabulous job!  We are beyond excited about the new space. It’s HUGE!!!

News for this Week!

The move is ON! As of yesterday morning – the move is started! Well – actually – Monday night was the first stuff to go in – when I personally hand-carried the kilns over to the new facility – as I didn’t want them to go on the truck and get kicked around.  We are sooooo excited. Nervous – that we haven’t forgotten some huge show-stopping item – and exhausted. Woowhee – this is hard labour. Do you have any idea how much a shop full of glass beads weighs? I mean – a tiny little bead – doesn’t weigh …

Moving Day!

Well, I really shouldn’t say moving day. Days more like it of course. However, today is the day the trucks arrive. As I work from home, I’m watching all of this from the outside, but I can well imagine the chaos of moving an entire very full store from one location to another. The staff are of course excited, and most likely quite stressed right around now. Marg is standing guard over the contractors to make sure everything is done (or gets done). She even managed to have them working past midnight on Monday! Please keep in mind our phones …

The loot from the bead inspired weekend with the kids

Well, the bead part got left out. Not on purpose mind you, it just happened to take most of Saturday to gather the materials (after swimming lessons, and other Saturday chores). We cleared out the living room, only to fill it again with piles of craft felt, buttons, embroidery floss, and of course piles of beads from Maya’s various craft kits. First, we had to learn how to sew (including me). Thread, needles, tiny seedbeads and I have never mixed that well. The instructions shown in various books, just never make any sense. I can’t tie a proper knot to …

Closed this week for the MOVE!

Well – this is IT! Moving week! I have just one question – who is puttering around barefoot in the construction dust? Hmmm? And why? Anyway … . So – the renovations are almost done – the flooring is in place, the slatwall is installed – after having to send it all back because they delivered a skid of it in grey. Back on the home front – there are skids and boxes everywhere. We’ve been working on the packing – but with the store closed – and the truck coming this week – now the real push begins in …

The Joy of Metal Clay: This and that

This weekend I have been trying to organize and tidy my studio which seems to have been invaded by all family members making the task even harder. Needless to say, I have been unable to get to work on any projects yet. Regarding the project I am hoping to start, it is the chess board pieces I want to make. I realize this will be quite an undertaking and I will have to really plan this one out. The first step in this plan is to brainstorm design ideas. I have decided that rather than the traditional chess pieces I …

The Business Chat – Morsels of thought

Well hello people. At this time of year don’t you just want to curl up inside with a cup of tea and a good book? I do and I have been. I’ve been reading a lot lately and not just good trashy novels. I’ve been reading my business books and blogs and digesting all sorts of information. It’s really important to take some time to regroup and gather your thoughts. I have a huge soup of knowledge simmering in my brain right now but it’s not quite done and I’m rather low on brilliant words of wisdom to share with …

A kid initiated beading weekend

I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am! I’ve been gently encouraging my girls, especially the eldest, to work on art projects, various crafts, and of course beading. I’ve never pushed hard, but the materials (and help) were always available should they decide to use them. My youngest is not overly excited about any type of art, as you generally have to stay relatively still to work on anything. She’s not capable of that 😉 The eldest however spends hours and hours drawing, writing, and cutting up vast quantities of paper. I recently picked up a bunch …

Lucite and Alcohol – an FYI

A heads up to all of you lucite fans. Be careful not to expose your lucite beads to alcohol, this means perfume sprays, trying to colour them with alcohol inks (Guilty!), and even some essential oils. Patchouli being a definite culprit. I would avoid wearing non-alcohol based perfumes as well. Perfumes are made with either fragrance oils, or essential oils – both need to be stored in glass, as they break down plastic. If patchouli is a problem, I’m sure other oils are just as much of a culprit. Lucite dissolves in alcohol. While small exposure to the odd perfume …