Leather & Rocks.

First off – I know that leather is not everybody’s “thing.” I know that some of you are so not comfortable with leather. That’s ok. But I have to say, if I had to name my top five favourite scents in the world – the smell of leather is going to be on that list. Frying bacon, fresh cut grass, wild roses, warm horses, lavendar, and lilac would also be duking it out for top spots on the list. And this is that kind of leather – 1 meter strips of super-intensely coloured, sueded-on-the-back, buttery-soft, luxurious leather lacing. In a …

The Doozy of a Druzy

There appears to be about as much consensus on the origin of the word “doozy” – to mean something big and spectacular in either a good way, or not – as there is on the spelling of druzy – or drusy. FWIW – I like the theory that a doozy was originally duesy – and short for Dusenberg – the top of the line and ridonculously large car from the 20’s. Druzy, or Drusy, is from the German “druos” for “bump.” (So if you drop a druzy on your foot and get a really big bruise – is that a …

Charm & Grace

Metal Charms & a week’s Grace on “free shipping at $50” There is something very romantic about the idea of a traditional charm bracelet – a chain bracelet crammed full of charms to commemorate all the major milestones in life. A gift, perhaps at sweet sixteen, and then religiously adding to it for every special event, birthdays, anniversaries, trips, goals. Very romantic, and a wonderful conversation piece. A treasured collection of memories for reciting to grandchildren as they cuddle in your lap. Buuuuuut – tastes change and so do the meanings of words. A “charm” is a metal (mostly) item …

Call me a Cab / Freedom $50! / 10% Better Full Packs

Over 70 One-of-a-Kind cabochons at affordable prices! If you are looking for an unique focal for your metal-smithing, seedbead or wire wrapping project – we have the Cabochon for you! Genuine stone – each one an individual; hand-cut and polished, and a wide variety for almost any taste! We actually stock a surprisingly large number of cabochons on a routine basis – you won’t find these at your local generic craft store! Some are “calibrated” – that means they are cut to specific sizes (i.e. 30 x 40 mm) that are commonly used in jewelry – and so you can …

15% off and free shipping at $50! One week only!

Freedom 50! Free shipping at $50 – that’s 50% off our usual free shipping at $100. But it will be harder to get there – because everything is 15% off this week. One week only! Plus new stuff – 😉 The new colour of Prometheus clay is in. Called “Jeweller’s Greenish Yellow Bronze” – it is, in no way green, but a very attractive and surprisingly warm and rich shade of gold. I admit that the name “Greenish” put me off until I saw some samples. It is really nice. And if you would rather buy your metal beads than …

Pearls that will speak for themselves

This week – it’s pearls. Strands of pearls for your pearly pleasure. And that includes some Big Hole pearls too, for using on cord, leather, wrap bracelets, etc. I don’t think I need to say much about pearls – you know what a pearl is, and you know that you like them!   We just restocked on the Bead on it Boards, and added a dark velvet version (for those working with light coloured beads that disappear on the cream background.)       To go with those pearls? Don’t forget the easy knotter, and for the ultimate traditional knotted …

It’s a Rocky Road – but it’s 20% off!

Which means – that when you slip on a piece of chocolate, you land face first in a marshmallow – which isn’t really all that bad. So, in the spirit of that, we are tempting you this week with new “Rocks” – stone beads, but you can land in the marshmallows, because we are putting all the stone beads on sale – at 20% off! Including the new ones. 😉 Iolite and African Turquoise! African Turquoise is a black-spotted jasper in mint green and turquoise colours. Harder than actual turquoise; pretty, soothing colours, and budget-friendly – this is an excellent …

Birds of a Feather – Bead Together

A big round Zen Moon face was cruising over the forest, calm and ethereal in the night sky. It was not alone among Zen Moons, but they took turns, because it would be too confusing to have multiple moons overhead. Two Fertility Goddesses were out for a pleasant stroll along the moonlit road, which was paved with Potholed Rectangles. “Damn,” she said Ms Turquoise as she turned her ankle for the third time. “I wish I didn’t have to walk down this path of potholes.” “Well,” said Ms Purple, who had so far, annoyingly, managed to step lightly over the …

Beautiful Buttons & Bulk Carrier Beads

Buttons – we have some beautiful new glass buttons to go with our existing glass buttons! The colours of these never fail to amaze me, and the myriad variations – well – as the resident photographer/database goddess – they make me crazy, but as a designer – they are wonderful. 😉 Ok – which one of these Lacy Flower Buttons do you love the most? I’m leaning the the fuchsia / verdigris – because of the contrast – but the others might be easier to integrate into a project. Or these magnificent peacock buttons! Or the Dragonflies? Because even if …

Bow & Cali

Not the latest music sensation, but two new shapes in shaped, multi-hole beads! The Bow Bead First up, the Bow bead – new from Preciosa, is large compared to other shaped-beads, and is a gently curved bar, with two holes. I’m quite excited about the design possibilities! If you click through to this article – you will see lots of glorious eye candy – some of which I guarantee you, will surprise you! See our website for lots of innovative ways to use this new shape, and a free pattern for the bracelet above! The Cali Bead The new Cali …