Beads can add years to your life

Add years and improve the quality of your life. Repetitive motion activities, like stringing beads, bead weaving, lampworking, hammering metal, even sorting and picking out beads, can trigger a state of “flow” in your brain, in the same way that meditation can. In addition to making an already happy person happier, it is also effective for dealing with stress by activating the parasympathetic nervous system (the involuntary system that controls heart beat, blood pressure, etc.), and – in turn – quieting the “fight or flight” response. Because we all have stress in our lives. We might not be chased by …

Interchangeable Pendants

I didn’t get around to talking about these new items with the Thursday update, because, well – I got distracted. But I thought you might want to see them, instead of just stumbling across them. Anyway – we have these three new interchangeable pendants, that are really quite clever. The first one is a fairly classic design – it has a screw on ball, and you put the pendant of your choice (forward facing hole) on it, and screw on the ball end.   The design is clean and simple they they look stunning. It’s a very versatile item too. …

Twist and Hex … or The Endless Band Looms

Well, Bead it up Baby Twist and Hex Come on, come on, come, come on bead it now Come on and bead it next ooooo, aaaaahh …. Get your bead on … feel the bead … let your fingers dance to the rhythm … New this week – we’ve added the Miyuki Twisted Hex Cut size 10/0s. The twisted and faceted shape make for an interesting visual texture, and a more unpredictable play of light. Unpredictable is good, right? Oooo, shiney. Ask not for whom the bead looms – it looms for thee! If you are currently being torn between …

Stoney Stuff

Old Stoneface has struck again and we have some of your favourite stones on deck this week. We have tourmaline – which is tourmalicious. Tourmaline means many-coloured, and from cream to butterscotch to strawberry to berry to licorice – tourmaline is many-flavoured too. Labradorite, labradorite, can’t get enough of that labradorite! Also classic – Amethyst! Dog Tooth Amethyst, with it’s distinctive jagged bands of white and cream, and the classic purple amethyst too. But, with either one, remember to not store them in sunlight – UV light will fade your amethyst. (I found this out the hard way – I …

OOAK – One of a Kind

One of a kind items. We know that it doesn’t make a lot of sense from a business perspective to put “One of a Kind” items on the website. We know that people shop on other sites – like etsy – for one of a kind items. But we also know that you trust us, and some of you like to get all your stuff in one place. And gosh darn it – we live in a big country, and it’s not possible for all of you to get to the store. 😉 Plus, our buyer is a genius. So, …

Closed Monday Aug 6 – Civic Holiday

Monday is the Civic holiday. Civic is an ancient word meaning “generic and inoffensive to everyone.” Apparently. Because there was no word for “gosh darn it, we need a day off in August to enjoy what fleeting moments are left of the summer before the great wroth of the winter storms descend upon us.” So maketh ye merry, enjoy the weekend, and remember – our trusty computers get no time off at all, and will be on duty and standing by on Monday to take your orders – especially as we currently have 20% off seedbeads right now. Cheers – …

Once Upon a Frog …

Once upon a time – there was a frog, and he considered himself to be a rebel. He didn’t want to be turned into a Prince, and avoided Princesses who came paddling up in a canoe to visit the pond, or sailing up in a sail boat by diving into the deep and murky end of the pool. Where the wild and scary things were. He definitely did not like spiders and snakes, and anyway, that ain’t what it takes, he thought. One day, he was sunning himself on a floating lotus plant, dreaming about getting a motorcycle and a …

Huge Price Reduction on Carrier Beads

Huge price reduction in bulk bags of Carrier Beads – better prices from our suppliers mean better prices for you! 500 gram bag is now $34.80 Cdn – which is approx 780 in a bag – making them about 4 cents a piece! Excellent for kit designers, teachers, anyone writing a book, or anyone with a #braceletobsession. Share with a friend – split a bag between you!   Finding – Acrylic Carrier Beads – Clear (500 grams) Finding – Acrylic Carrier Beads – Black (500 grams) Carrier Beads are the base (core) for Peyote (Gourd stitch) strips that are then …

Karo Bead Wrap

This project is by Martina Junova – designing for Preciosa-Ornela – the manufacturers of the Karo bead. This is a nice simple design that highlights the square shape and variety of colours in a Boho-Chic design that is simple to do, easy to vary, and can be adapted to the materials you have on hand.     Find the Karo beads here: http://www.beadfx.com/catalogue/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=947_1286 And in the event that you don’t have any 10/0 rocailles (seedbeads) on hand: http://www.beadfx.com/catalogue/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=858_202 The Ripple bead, for the closure is here: http://www.beadfx.com/catalogue/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=947_954 Lots of cord choices: Waxed Cotton or maybe something else appeals? http://www.beadfx.com/catalogue/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=864 And …