Victorian Christmas Earrings

Victorian Christmas Earrings by: Jennifer Tough Looking for something subdued but festive to wear to the office Christmas party? Try these earrings, which combine richly coloured cubic zirconias, swarovskis and gold filled chain and findings. Pretty enough to be made into heirlooms!

Scribbles – InspirationFX

Scribblesby: Dwyn Tomlinson When I first saw these curvy tubes – I thought that would make an amazing necklace – but I soon discovered from working with them, that the radius of the curve is so tight, that threading any significant number of them is tedious beyond my ability to endure. So – time for a re-design! These light pointed oval links were also speaking to me, and so I designed to combine the two in one necklace. The beads are mine own lampwork (which I had intended to put into a bracelet – so that means I’ll have to …

The New Cash Wrap

Our new cash desks arrived on Wednesday. We were thrilled, the truck driver far less so! A huge truck pulled up to our loading dock, the driver very, very upset. In between the cursing, he mentioned something about a lack of a loading dock. I don’t think our comment of “well, this is what loading docks looked like 60 years ago” went over so well 😉3 huge 7 foot skids were plopped into the communal hallway of our building. Fortunately, Dan and his good friend Paul were able to help out. Here they are putting it all together. The coffee …

Leslee Frumin Class

I think the class was a huge success! The students were busy creating their own end caps, toggle clasps, twisted earwires, and more. We’ll have to ask Marg, Erin, and Janice to take pics of some of their creations to post.

metal heads

We like to do all sorts of things around here. We like beads, fibres, clay, fire and metal.I’d like to present our new metalsmithing area. This is a temporary setup that we’re doing for a class today. Once our renovations are complete though, we’ll have our new fabulous studio setup for both lampwork and silversmithing! Wahooo! …can ya tell i’m a little excited 😉

finally…some fixtures!

Dwyn took a panoramic shot of the store a while back, but I hadn’t had a chance to put it up online. Here it is! We’ve got a lot happening this weekend. Our slotwall is going back up tomorrow (friday), and our new cash desk….(Yup…2 cash registers folks!) will be delivered within the next week or two.Our new fixtures for the front of the store (tables etc.) will also be coming within the next 2 weeks. But the really fun project will be setting up our new metalsmithing studio this weekend. That really crowded back room where we had the …

We’re into July

Wow…time flies around here. I’ll have more pics shortly, and everything is coming along just swimmingly!The floor is now complete throughout both units. It looks fantabulous if I may say so myself.This week, we’re building new furniture for the office/kitchen, and running loads back and forth from the storage unit. It won’t be an overly exciting blog week unless we can get a video of Cynthia and I attempting to build Idomo furniture…..I’m guessing Idomo furniture will be just as hellish to build as Ikea furniture is 🙂 that’s it for now…wait for more pics at some point this week. …

Lots of pictures!

Wow! What a difference. We’re all very, very excited. The painting has been completed on the new side, we’ve got a nice new french door to the classroom. The door still needs to be stained.Jan our wonderful contractor, has just taken out the wall in front that separated the two units. Next week, another wall will be removed, and the new floor will be installed in our original unit.

smooth sailing so far

We’ve got a short term timeline this week. Today/tomorrow they are plastering, putting in doors, removing shelving from the walls. Wednesday/Thursday painting, and on Friday the new floor is going in. Nice, beautiful maple laminate floors…..yay….the new space is going to sparkle! -jen

smooth sailing so far

We’ve got a short term timeline this week. Today/tomorrow they are plastering, putting in doors, removing shelving from the walls. Wednesday/Thursday painting, and on Friday the new floor is going in. Nice, beautiful maple laminate floors…..yay….the new space is going to sparkle! -jen