Wishing you Peace and Prosperity for 2018

2018 – here’s to the new year and hope for a better world. Let’s start with a little medication meditation … … om mani padme hum … and give peace a chance. We all might need a hand with that. Let’s hope that 2018 is as charming as this update. (Silver, Copper, and Gold.) And if that doesn’t work, let’s all escape to our fantasy castle and play with beads. 😉   Like new choices in 3 mm Swarovski bicones And a new, larger Floating Display Frame to display your jewelry when you are not wearing it. Because it’s nice …

Try on these size 9/0s!

Another 20 colours in the size 9/0 3-cut seedbeads. If you are loving these size 9/0s – just a smidge smaller than the 8/0s, not as small as the 10/0s – then you will be happy to see even more colour choices! And, of course, the 3-cut facets make them just that more sparkly and rich-looking! Rough Chunks of Peruvian Chrysocolla We’ve had these for a while, but they were only available instore. These are one-of-a-kind – handsome chunks of rough, raw, stone. You can wirewrap them, or cut and polish them, depending on your skill level and expertise! Or, …

Snake Wind and Snake Berry

We’re not above the occasional fart joke around here – and I have to admit, when I saw that these beads were called Snake Wind, well – I’ll just let you imagine what streets my mind wandered down. Snake, however, is actually the name for the finish that gives it the darkened edges to the facets, giving the beads a distinctive scaled look. The Berry mix is obvious – and Wind, well, why not? They are part of the new 4mm fire polish beads this week, including the Nebula finish, and these metallics. And this Fuchsia! I have to admit …

It takes a Head …

It takes a head to get ahead – or in this case – to finish this pendant! Isn’t this fun! You can add a head that you make in polymer clay, or a collaged resin pendant with a face, or a lampwork bead … … or, if you have the sort of twisted sense of humor I have – a Swarovski skull! You can also dress them – make little beaded outfits, hats for whatever you choose as a head, and one hand even has a hole so you can make a little beaded purse to hang from it. I’m …

Growing Pendants, Bezels, Flowers

The stunning new Swarovski “Growing” Pendants – inspired by crystal-encrusted druzies are here. Swarovski has really hit a home run with these – they are really quite wonderful! The largest of the Rhombus has a open space in the center – making it even more of an homage to natural stone! By themselves, with a bail – they will make a wonderful pendant, the smallest of the rectangles will make stunning earrings – or you can bead or string something to accent the colours and texture. Bezels – more bezels for your resining pleasure. Our Anne Marie is addicted to …

Ready, Thready, Sale?

Is there a Black Friday Sale – why yes there is. Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, CyberMonday Stay tuned for news about super special sales, but in the meantime … Including the new stuff. 😉   Ready Thready? C-Lon Tex 400 and C-Lon Micro Cord. You asked – we deliver! C-Lon Tex 400 bead cord is a heavyweight cord – 0.9 mm It is a bonded 3-ply twisted multi-filament thread with a 75 lb breaking strength. Use it for micro macrame, stringing beads and other techniques such as bead crochet, finger weaving, kumihimo, tatting as well as anything else a …

A study in contrasts …

This week – we are all about the contrast. I’ve been watching a lot of Bob Ross videos lately (The Joy of Painting series on PBS in the 80’s and 90’s – if you haven’t watched them – don’t let what you’ve heard put you off.) Anyway – one of the things he says repeatedly is that you have to have the dark to show the light. Or vice versa. The point is, that you need contrast to emphasis your design, your image, your story. Creativity is about contrasts. (Good article here about creative people and how they sometimes make …

You needle these – 3 cuts above

If you are a needle-snob – you needle these needles. Exquisite needles made with excruciating attention to detail. These are the premium Hiroshima Tulip brand needles – made of high quality metal, with a larger eye – polished inside and out – and polished lengthwise for smoother action through fabric; these needles are for Beading, Embroidery, and sure, sewing, quilting, cross-stitch too – because who all doesn’t do more than one craft around here? You can read more about the history of these needles here, like how they were made by out-of-work samurai. 😉 And if you aren’t a needle …

One week left to stock up and save!

Are you preparing to hide when the winter storms hit? Better stock up on beads! Oh, yeah – canned goods and water too, but mostly beads, stringing stuff, findings, etc. And how great is it that we have a sale on everything – so you can get it all in one place! But just until Nov 8 – so don’t dawdle! And pick up some christmas gifts while you are at it – supplies to make gifts for those special people that will appreciate it – a few stocking stuffers for your creative friends, and maybe check out the Diamond …

Bargains are Coming!

Winter may be coming at a slow amble – but the bargains are racing at us at breakneck speed! We have hot deals to keep you warm on a frosty autumn night!   20% off everything* in the store. *Some select items excluded. Because they are already such a fabulous deal. (Like our bulk stuff!) But some stuff is more than 20% off. Like our Manager’s Specials! (nudge nudge, wink wink) OK – sale rules: The exceptions are: No discounts on class fees (Come for the classes – stay for the sale!) No discount on gift certificates.? No discounts on …