Stunning Lapis Pendants, Demi Rounds, Finials …

Here we have – another rocking collection of one of a kind stone pendants – hand-shaped, each one unique in shape and pattern. Lapis Lazuli – as I have been known to remark – is the most beautiful stone on the planet, and has been considered so by many people for thousands of years. You may quibble if you like, but … 😉 And if you prefer cabochons to pendants – sit tight – we’ll have a bunch of those coming up in a few weeks too. These are OOAK – One Of A Kind – so don’t let them …

20% off continues … Do you Spook?

20% off the store (mostly – the fine print is here) continues to Sep 26 … Do you Spook? Are you a Hallow-weenie? Are you wearing black just until something darker comes along? Does your ideal house perch on top of a hill with owls and spooky trees? Owls – check. Choose this gothy owl with spooky wings, or these rather more menacing looking Grrrr – owls. Search here for all our owls – we have an impressive collection – ignoring all the Howlite that comes up in the search as well … O_o. Spooky trees – check. We have …

Strike … before Canada Post does – 20% off now

Canada Post is now in a position to strike on Sep 27. Will they, or won’t they? Whatever they do, you should plan ahead. So we are having a sale – 20% off everything* – so that you can stock up now before you can’t get your stuff delivered. BTW – a strike will make no difference to our American friends, but you can still get in on the savings. BUT – because we didn’t want to hold them up, we’re still adding the new Link beads to the website – so you have new stuff that IS on sale! …

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 …