Linky Love Wednesday

Yesterday, I spent a good portion of the day in bed – kids go back to school after March Break – Mom gets sick….happens every time.   I got a chance to catch up on some of my email lists – and blog hopping. This stopped me dead in my tracks. I haven’t tried it yet, but you can be sure that once I finish up my work for the day, I’ll be hunting around the house for styrofoam.  Metal Clay and Polymer artists take note – this is very exciting, and so, so easy. Wanaree of Artwear by Wanaree has …

Classes!

Whew – March Madness is over…Well, not for the staff who are still busily packing up all of your orders. By Friday, I’m sure the lot of them will have sunken down onto a comfy couch with a bottle of wine 😉 However, the fun never quite stops – and we’ve got some great classes lined up for you this week.  This has got to be the nicest sliding adjustable knot I’ve ever seen. Much better than mine! Adjustable Sliding Cords with Angela Peace 6pm to 9pm Wednesday March 21st. Join Pam on Friday the 23rd from 6 to 9pm …

More New stuff from Swarovski

As I mentioned last week – Swarovski makes these lovely sample flags. They look like they would be a fun thing to make – I bet they would be way more effective if you were doing shows and wanted to show the available colours to your potential customers. A nice handmade flag of heavy silk or velvet, with short strands of the various colours stitched on – what an awesome sales tool that would be! Here is the next flag with more new stuff.  These are the new Crystal Mesh balls. These will be different from the existing Mesh balls …

The Joy of Metal Clay – A mixed metal clay piece

I have finally fired my mixed metal clay piece I started several weeks ago. The outer portion of the piece is three layers of metal clay. The first layer is bronze; second layer is copper; and the third layer is white bronze. To begin the bronze and copper layers were fired first. These two metals have a higher firing temperature. Then a layer of white bronze was applied and fired again. For the centre piece, I used a selection of white bronze, copper and steel. They were mixed together and all fired together. Here is the result: This piece could …

Bonus Blog: An Expert's Guide to Shopping a Sale

If there’s one thing I’m good at, it’s shopping. My prowess increases when a sale is on, especially a bead sale. With just over 24 hours of March Madness, I thought I would share some of my expert tips with you. Bead BasicsThe first thing I do when preparing to shop a bead sale is take stock of what I have on hand that I consider the bead basics. *headpins*eyepins*jump rings*ear wires*crimpsWhat colours and metals do I use the most?*silvertone (bright and antique)*goldtone (bright and antique)*copper (bright and antique)*gunmetal *brass (bright and antique)*sterling silver*gold-filled Make a list for yourself of …

The Business Chat – 10 minutes to success

ARGH! There are just not enough hours in a day! If only we could shut the door and focus for a whole day on getting our little crafty endeavours up and running all would be well. Too bad life just doesn’t cooperate. What’s a craftista to do? If we wait until we have a large chunk of uninterrupted time in order to do those little business tasks that need to be done, well, you know what is going to happen. Nothing. Grab 10 minutes twice a day and get small things done. Small things add up to big things. One …

Bead Insanity!!!

I’m sure you know by now that the March Madness sale is on. If you didn’t know….well head over to www.beadfx.com for all the details and start shopping!!! Today, Thursday, was the first day of the sale and I’m so thankful that I survived and am able to write this blog tonight. As I mentioned in last Thursday’s blog, I was all set to start working on a great crochet pattern in the latest issue of Bead and Button, but I had brought the wrong size of hook. So, I was prepared with my whole set of itty bitty steel …

Grand Re-Opening, and Oh Yeah – a Sale!

GRAND RE-OPENING, and oh, yeah — March Madness. Our grand re-opening celebration is Saturday! Yes – March 17th – Saint Patrick’s Day. Most of you have heard of St. Patrick, and know that he had something to do with Ireland and snakes and lots of beer gets drunk. The beer is dyed green, and after drinking enough of it, the drinker turns green too. It turns out – St. Patrick had really bad hand-writing – so when he told his followers to go out and buy beer – what he ACTUALLY wrote was – “go forth and buy beads. From …

Is relaxation the key to creativity?

And yes, it seems you can learn how to be creative! Check out this fascinating article on creativity. How To Be Creative The image of the ‘creative type’ is a myth. Jonah Lehrer on why anyone can innovate—and why a hot shower, a cold beer or a trip to your colleague’s desk might be the key to your next big idea.

Exciting week!

New classes, a grand opening, hmmmm – I wonder what else may be in store this week? Tomorrow is update day – always fun to speculate on what new goodies may be in store for us this week. Thursday of course is both open beading night with Stephanie, and Happy Hour torching. Check the class schedule for more details. Join us on Friday for Pamela Kearns Fire Polished Flowers Class. Friday 16th, from 6 to 9pm Create daisy-like flowers using two sizes of fire-polished glass beads and size 11 seed beads. Students will create three flowers that can be used …