Brains! Brains!

Zombies must have gotten into the store and eaten someone’s brains – because suddenly we have a ree-dic-u-lus number of items on sale! Help! You have to go hunting for them! Over 1100 items – now 50% off – scattered all over the site! What’s a bargain hunter to do? Well – I guess you’ll just have to go looking for them … they could be anywhere …

Treasure Hunt, Hemp, and Rats

It must be Halloween! First up – zombies broke in and ate somebody’s brains – because now, suddenly we have a whole whack of items that are 50% off! (“whole whack” = 1100+). But – they are scattered all over the web site so you have to go looking for them! It’s a Treasure Hunt. A Halloween-50%-off-Treasure-Hunt! Sort of a black-and-orange Friday! Of course – we have over 25,000 active items – so you are going to have to do some looking. Hint – search for the word manager … . 😉 I don’t know what said “manager” was doing …

All dolled up!

You’re never too old to start playing with dolls!   You’re also, never too old to start doing something you’re not comfortable with.  I did play with dolls as a child, but never really dragged them around, the way the other girls did.  However, I remember the total joy of believing that Santa tucked a brand new doll (well actually three, as I have two sisters) under the tree at Christmas!  As I grew older, I also confess to spending an awful lot of time, focusing on new fashion statements for Barbie!   But did I bond with the dolls? …

November classes – Getting you ready for gift-giving!

2015 is just flying by! November brings us Remembrance Day, Thanksgiving for our American friends and neighbours and lots of football! Our thoughts (although reluctantly) also turn to Christmas, Hanukkah and other gift-giving holidays. What about creating your own gifts by learning the techniques in one of our classes? A class makes a great gift too for your creative buddies and family members. November is chock full of new classes from our roster of inspirational instructors! Angela Peace brings us a new soutache bracelet and Christine Woollacott will teach you how to incorporate your own pencil drawings into enamelled charms. …

Big ring small ring joined ring jump ring

Wow. I love chain mail. In 2003 my son started begging me to make him a chain mail gauntlet — ROM summer camp influence I think. So I discovered The Ring Lord in Saskatchewan and ordered green aluminum jump rings and went online in search of instructions. I found a wonderful online resource library of chain mail weaves at mailleartisans.org and started to play. I was an avid needle worker at the time, creating intricate samplers with silk on linen but I was fascinated, at the Creativ Shows, by chain mail as demoed by Marilyn Gardiner at her booth. My …

The Business Chat – 11 tips to Holiday up your online shop

You know what’s really nice first thing in the morning? A nice cup of tea while checking email, and seeing money rolling in! Now that makes a day start off on the right foot. Craft shows are great but if you aren’t standing there working, then you aren’t making money. This is where your online store comes in. Your store, be it your own website, or a marketplace like Etsy.com, works for you 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Now is the time to spiffy up your online site before the crazy shopping begins. People are looking, and …

InspirationFX: Twisted Sisters

Twisted Sisters by: Bonnie Cottingham I am attracted to the heavier jewelery.  When the new chains came in, a pictured of  them braided  popped into my head. Not afraid to mix metal colours,  I tried for an elegant and an everyday mix. Both appealed to me. Take three 9-inch lengths of the doubling curb chainAttach the chain to a 3-strand tube clasp, using 4mm jumpringsBraid the chainMaking sure the other side of the clasp is in the right position, attach the chain ends using 4mm jumprings The finished bracelets are approximately 7.5 inches long. Components Go to our components list …

The cupchain is half-full … at BeadFX

Half-full of sparkling ideas! Woohoo! Choose your own colour combos and make your own fabulous crystal rhinestone bracelet! Cupchain in 3 colours and 2 sizes, and earrings too! The two sizes are for size SS 29 stones, or SS 39 stones – and we have both of those too! To assemble, just place the rhinestone in the cup, and fold over the prongs to hold it in place. Use a flat metal tool, like a butter-knife or the handle of your tweezers to press the prong down into position! Easy peasy! Findings – SS 29 Empty Cupchain Bracelet – Bright …

Button, button, who’s got the button?

Do you remember playing in your mother’s button box as a child? Reach back, far back, and reflect on the sound and feel of your fingers running throught the coolness of the buttons. Aren’t memories wonderful?  Who doesn’t remember the sweet, sweet smell of apple pie baking, or waking up to the rythmic sound of the percolator (I know, this has nothing to do with either buttons or beads). According to “The Button Craft Book”, by Dawn Cusik, the earliest buttons date back to 2000 B.C.  I’m pretty sure that those buttons were probably made of bone, wood or rock, …

The Business Chat – Let’s ship!

Yay! Someone clicked the Add to Cart button on your website/online store and purchased your fabulous earrings!!! Congrats!!! Now, before you run off to celebrate you still have work to do. You have to get those earrings to their new owner. You have to ship your product.  Of course it won’t be that much work because before you listed those earrings you thoroughly researched how to ship, what packaging to ship in and how much to charge for shipping. And of course you posted all of this online or in your booth (where you took an order for the earrings). …