The Business Chat – Engage!

“Where’s that new series you’re working on, the ones in your email?” said my first customer today at a craft show.  I showed her the new pendants and yes, she bought one. And so did the next customer. Then several other people commented about my last sailing trip, or how much they enjoyed my monthly letters.  Did I actually email each of these women? Well, yes and no. Not a personal email but my last newsletter that I emailed to my mailing list.  According to all the business books, Rule #1 of making money online is “build an email list.” …

Colour Inspiration: Bright, Bold and Happy

I’ve posted before about how much I love colour and I’m quite bold in my colour choices compared to most people. With the neon trend still going strong since Swarovski’s launch of the neon pearls, many companies have followed suit. I really don’t see this trend towards sunglasses required brights ending anytime soon.  Last week, beadFX’s neon bead offerings extended to spikes, twins, druks, daggers, tiles and round beads all made from glass. Merchandised all together, they certainly seem to glow with nuclear neon power! The trend towards using the neon jewellery is showing up in beading magazines in a …

Do you like your seed beads big?

Do you like your seed beads big? Do you like your seedbeads big? Not like an ant but a guinea pig? Do you like them large and chunky? Do they make you feel all funky? These are for you – don’t be a monkey! Glass – 9 mm Big Hole Colour Lined Pony Beads Don’t be a fool – you want to say That’s not a seed-type-bead – no way Then p’raps you’d really like to use A happy bag of thirty-twos? These beads are kind of rough and ready But there’s no need for hands too steady! Fah! You …

Going Geometric

Jean Power came to beadFX this past week to teach three incredible classes. I was lucky enough to squeeze into Geometric Stars on Saturday and I am so glad I did.  I’d been working on her Reversible Triangle Pendant pattern for a while using different colour combos. I finally settled on a bright, happy colourway to complement a top I bought for the Swarovski cruise.  Jean’s instructions are fantastic and have excellent diagrams with them. She shares all sorts of tips and tricks to creating the stars and also provided colour coded charts for different designs. The Geometric Stars is …

July will be ‘Hot’ with Classes

Can’t stand the heat? Come into the air conditioning for some great classes during July! And, yes, you may want to bring a sweater – our air conditioning works very well. July has some amazing classes, including our new Summer Arts Camp classes for youth. We also welcome three new instructors! What’s new July 1st – 14th: (these are in addition to other repeating classes!) Tuesday, July 2 Netted V’s 6:00 – 9:00pm Instructor: Maria Rypan Thursday, July 4 Sprinkled Diamonds (left)1:00 – 4:00pm Instructor: Sureka Sriharan Intro to Bead Embroidery (right)6:00 – 9:00pm Instructor: Stephanie Dixon Friday, July 5 …

Inspiration Monday: The Origin of Life

InspirationFXGet your creative juices flowing The Origin of Lifeby: Dwyn Tomlinson This shipment of Blue Green Quartz – well – sorry – but I can’t hear the phrase “blue-green” without thinking of “Blue Green Algae” or Cyanobacteria – the bacteria that started photosynthesizing and churning out oxygen as a by-product – thus changing the planet’s atmosphere from largely carbon-dioxide to one with enough oxygen for a whole new biodiversity to evolve. It may be bacteria (ick) but – yay – oxygen = eventually – US! So hooray for blue green algae – we wouldn’t be where we are today without …

The Business Chat – Rise above your competition

“There’s too much jewelry/soap/scarves at this show, I can’t make any money!” And if you think there’s a lot of work similar to yours at a craft show with 150 vendors, try looking on Etsy where there are over 800,000 active sellers.  You have competition.  Deal with it.  Let’s use the examples of Amy and Betty. Both make really good quality jewelry using semi-precious stones and sterling silver. They both have decent craft show displays, a good website with quality photos and they both have a reasonable mailing list. Yet Amy has a lineup at her craft show booth and …

Another way to get hooked on leather

InspirationFXGet your creative juices flowing Really Hooked on Leatherby: Dwyn Tomlinson Geez – I just can’t stop making these! They are soooo easy, quick – appeals to my instant gratification needs – and look so professional and polished – they make me feel good! Good thing it’s easy to wear a bunch of leather bracelets at once! The “Super” Hook is large – so you don’t need quite as much leather. You will be doubling it up though. Fold your leather in half, and slip on a 10 mm (hole) bead of your choice. Make sure the ends of the …