Rhombuses and Ooak Lampwork Dragons, oh my!

Two very exciting new items this week – which to talk about first? Ok – the Rhombus beads! The Rhombus bead is a larger than usual 2-hole bead – designed by Lena Gillespie for the Canadian manufacturer and wholesaler – John Bead. It is a a parallelogram with opposite equal acute angles and opposite equal obtuse angles, and four equal sides. They fit together like puzzle pieces and because they are a larger size – they work up quickly. They are fun to play with! And, of course, my burning question is … can you make a stretchy bracelet out …

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 …

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, …

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 …

Karo Beads & Druzy Cabochons

At the opposite ends of the beading spectrum, we have the tight cohesive look of small beads and clever designs taking advantage of the intricate shapes of the different beads in an almost mathematical approach, and at the other end is the loose and free-form approach of the using whatever and whenever, free-form shapes and flowing forms. And yet – somehow – these two aesthetics manage to merge in pieces that use free-form cabochons and intricately crafted beaded bezels. Whether your style is precise and controlled, or serendipitous happenstance – we have the beads to make you happy. This week …

Trend Spotting – Top 3 Trends we see right now

Sometimes, the coincidences pile up so fast you think to yourself – there’s a trend here. And I’ll tell you what we are seeing in terms of what people are interested in right now in jewelry crafting!   Matte – Matte finish comes and goes, and right now – it’s in. Matte, particularly in stone – which adds an extra step to the process – as the stone is polished, and then matted. I’ve always been fond of matte in particular colours – i.e. Black – I like the contrast it provides – and rose quartz looks particularly nice in …

Yule love 20% off

Yule love 20% off Summertime, and the beading is easy There’s a sale on, and I feel so fine I feel rich, and my beads make me good-looking So hush little darling – I’m stocking up on beads Don’t miss our Christmas in July Sale! 20% off the whole store! 20% off everything* in the store. *Some select items excluded. Because they are already everyday low prices. OK – sale rules: The exceptions are: No discounts on class fees No discount on gift certificates.? No discounts on Studio time/lampwork cards, lampwork tools, glass and lampwork supplies. No discounts on special …

Jingle Bells … Christmas in July!

It’s hotter than Hell out there … Hell, California that is. Also, Hell, Norway; Hell, Cayman Islands; and Hell, Michigan. Although Hell, Arizona is pretty close. Which means that hiding in the basement beading is looking like a pretty good option right now. And it also means, while you are hiding from the heat, that you can take advantage of our Christmas in July Sale! 20% off the whole store! 20% off everything* in the store. *Some select items excluded. Because they are already everyday low prices. OK – sale rules: The exceptions are: No discounts on class fees No …