Getting to Know…Cindy Goldrick

If you’ve taken a class with Cindy Goldrick you know the enthusiastic and creative dynamo that she is! Creativity was highly regarded in Cindy’s family. “The women around me, aunts, grammas, neighbours, were crafters out of necessity and love, so I was always making potholders on lap looms, corking, making my own Barbie dresses, weaving bracelets from coloured telephone wire. My dad was a painter in oils and water, in his precious spare time, so I also like to draw and paint. I remember getting things like rock tumblers and bead weaving looms for Christmas and making my own jewellery …

Inspiration Monday: Ring a Bling Bling

Enjoy! InspirationFXGet your creative juices flowing by: Dwyn Tomlinson It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that bling … . Surely I must have used that before somewhere! Our new ring bases are just beautiful – with the heft of fine jewelry.  We bought some big sizes too – so you could even design a signet-style ring for your dude. Probably with less Swarovski’s than this though! Because these are made to be quite random (except for the one with the single rivoli) – take the component list as a starting point – rather than a definitive list. …

In the Classroom with Pam

Pam delivered a one, two punch this week with Shooting Stars on Thursday night and a private class in Friday during the day.  With permission from Kalmbach, Pam taught a project from Anna Elizabeth Draeger’s book, Crystal Play. Here are some pics from the class.  Today she taught a private class focusing on wrapped loops arranged by a woman for her and her two nieces. Did you know that you can request private classes? Well, now you do! Contact Pam at the store and she can set it up for you. Most of our instructors offer one on one classes …

in 1907 in Yonkers, New York …

… Dr. Leo Baekeland turned his mind to the problem of making a replacement for shellac. Up till then, shellac – used to finish furniture – was made from the Lac beetle – and, he reasoned, there had to be a better way. As with many revolutionary inventions – what he came up with was not what he had intended, but instead, was no less than the beginning of a modern revolution in materials – the invention of the first inexpensive, nonflammable, versatile, synthetic resin – or, as we call it today – plastic. Bakelite – as it was called …

Designer Spotlight: Sabine Lippert

Sabine Lippert teaches beading workshops in Germany, England, and the United States, as well as at Creativa (a huge German trade show). She is the author of 2009’s Das Perlenkochbuch (The Bead Cookbook), 2012’s Sabine Lippert’s Beaded Fantasies and she maintains an active and popular blog, on which she posts images of new beaded jewelry designs almost daily. Lippert also is a CREATE YOUR STYLE with Swarovski Elements Ambassador. She lives in Bonn, Germany. I am absolutely in love with Sabine’s work. She is constantly experimenting with new bead shapes and even invented one when she could not find exactly …

Beat the heat with August classes

Here we are in the ‘dog days of summer’ and enjoying the all the wonderful things that summer brings. By the way, did you know the phrase ‘dog days of summer’ had to do with the star Sirius being the brightest star in the sky and nothing to do with your favourite canine taking frequent naps? We welcome Shelley Nybakke who is teaching three wonderful bracelets. Giovanna Paz continues teaching Peruvian wire crochet. We also welcome Toronto seedbead artist Tracey Neidhardt who is teaching two classes this month. Plus, Angela Peace will be busy teaching courses in Chinese knotting and …

Inspiration Monday: Beach Baby

InspirationFXGet your creative juices flowing Beach Baby by: Rochelle Kilmer Seafoam colours and sea shell clasp – makes for a pretty bracelet for a day at the beach or a date after. String a wire guardian and secure with a crimp. Then string the bracelet, 2 donuts and a rondelle, with a daisy spacer in between each. Adjust for length at the end by adding or subtracting a donut as required. Use jumprings to attach the wire guardians to the clasp. This bracelet is about 18 cm (7 inches).   Components Go to our components list for this project and …

The Business Chat – Building a booth

Several of you have written me lately to ask about building your first booth. (You do know that you can email me questions? Catherine@sailorgirl.com, always happy to share information). You have asked about where to buy a booth, and where to get the parts. OK, let’s talk booth.  You must create a booth that is a showcase for your work, not a stand-alone fabulous booth. Some booths are so pretty, so creative, so much a work of art on their own that the product is secondary to the display. Your display is the supporting character in your act. Without it …

Just 2 days left!

We are still saleing – 25% off! But the clock is ticking … midnight tomorrow night! (Sunday) (Toronto time). Be sure to finalize your order and check out by midnight to lock in those sweet savings. Remember too – orders over $100 ship for free!

Videos from around the web

Hello everyone! I had planned on having a new inspiration for you, but that will have to wait for next week, as I ended up helping out at the store on my day off. First, I was packaging Miyuki Delicas, then I worked in the store in my favourite role, a professional enabler. hehehe!! So, what could I share with you? How about some fun videos? Jill Wiseman’s Bead Room Tour In this video, Jill lets us into her wonderful bead room. It is so organized…. makes me feel quite inadequate. lol. CREATE YOUR STYLE TV  Did you know that …