The Business Chat – Guess what’s coming?

“That’s it, the last present bought, I’m done my Christmas shopping,” said my customer. What was scary/impressive about this statement is that I heard it last week, in August.  In just 3 months we’ll be cozying up to glasses of holiday cheer and frantically wrapping presents. Wouldn’t it be nice if a whole lot of your work was being wrapped as presents? And not by you, but by customers of yours. If we’re going to get our work under some Christmas trees we need to do some serious thinking and planning right about now. In my summer craft show booth …

Neon Seeds!

Grow your own neon! Yes – the seedbeads have joined the happy, happy colours of Neon, and if you’ve been itching to get beady with some perky, bright colours, we are happy to accommodate you! Czech 10/0s Czech Seedbeads – 10/0 Seedbead – Transparent Matte Neon Green (20 grams) Czech Seedbeads – 10/0 Seedbead – Transparent Matte Neon Pink (20 grams) Czech Seedbeads – 10/0 Seedbead – Transparent Matte Neon Yellow (20 grams) Czech Seedbeads – 10/0 Seedbead – Transparent Matte Neon Orange (20 grams) Czech 6/0s Czech Seedbeads – 6/0 Seedbead – Opaque Matte Neon Green (20 grams) Czech …

Introducing … Afternoon Bead Tea

Are you looking for a time to bead and make new friends – but the evenings just don’t work for you? Then join us at Afternoon Bead Tea! From 1:00 – 3:00pm on alternating Thursdays, I (Pam Kearns) will be hosting and sharing tips and techniques as you work on your own projects. You’ll also be among the first to see new weekly update products before they hit the store! I am BeadFX’s class coordinator and teach classes in several techniques. My project, Boho Bangle, was recently published in the June/July 2012 issue of Beadwork. I’m passionate about beading and …

Inspiration Monday: Mall Survival Bracelet

InspirationFX Get your creative juices flowing Mall Survival by: Pam Kearns Paracord Survival bracelets are all very well – but we know there are tougher environs to survive than out in the forest where all you have to worry about are bears and venomous snakes. Anyone whose has ever shopped the mall pre-holiday sale knows that venomous snakes have nothing on the angry store clerk and toddlers make bears look like a picnic. This a more feminine version of a cobra stitch bracelet and is done using our new Parachute Cord. The sample shown measures about 9.25″ in length and …

The Business Chat – Now available at…

This week i received an email that a lot of people would be thrilled at. It was from a very well known crafts shop and it began, “we would like to carry your work in our store. Are you interested in a consignment opportunity?” Now, many people would jump up and down in delight and automatically throw a whack of jewelry at the store. After all, having your work in a store means that money is going to pour in, right? You can sit back and just make oodles of work and they’ll sell it all, right?  Maybe. Most likely …

New this week: Hardcore Survival Jewelry or Warm and Fuzzy Needles?

Oh hey – what do Bear Grylls, Tom Hardy, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Seth Green, Alex Trebek have in common? They’ve all been spotted wearing Paracord “Survival” Bracelets. Now – I know that’s not exactly a line-up of A-listers – but the paracord bracelet thing is hot, and the bracelets themselves are pretty cool and easy to make – and you can actually make them for your dude. Or even get your dude interested in making them. The deal behind these essentially macrame’d bracelets is that they contain about 20 continuous feet of strong, lightweight “Parachute” cord which, in an emergency, …

The Learning Never Stops

The kids will soon be back in school and life will get back to a regular routine – yea! Life is good! In the BeadFX classroom, our world is getting back to normal too. Instructors are looking ahead with new classes and there is a revitalized energy to teach – and learn – new techniques and projects. Let’s take a look what new between September 3 and September 15: Friday, September 6 Hodgepodge Bracelet Instructor: Anne Mitchell 10:00am – 5:00pm Saturday, September 7 Simple Elegance: PMC and Fine Silver Necklace Instructor: Anne Mitchell 10:00am – 5:00pm Friday, September 6 & …