When the moon hits your eye …

Like a big pizza pie, that’s Amore When you’re down by the sea and an eel bites your knee, that’s a moray If a dolphin comes by and smacks you in the eye, then it’s for play. When it is sterling and then gold, layered up to be bold, that’s a vermeil     For a nautical feel, theres a thing with a wheel, and an-chor aweigh   If a sparrow flies by and he poops in your eye, that’s not ok If a unicorn appears and he snorts and he rears, then it is a fey If a butterfly …

The Color is in Tents

If you are camping out in the winter … waiting for the coming spring desperately in need of some bright pops of color because color is your thing You stroll into your local bead store And there you just hope to spy something bright and shiny and filled with promise and these Terra beads catch your eye And you know that colors cheer you, and they lift your mood to the sky And you have a good feeling about the year to come Even though it is called … The Year of the Rat … * If you are as …

Welcome to the Dark Side – Seeds Cubed

Come over to the seedbead side … 20 years. That’s how long I have been resisting the lure of the seedbeads. “I don’t have time for anything that fiddly.” “It must take so long to get anything finished.” “I hate thread and it hates me.” In truth, they were easy to resist – virtually no appeal whatsoever, with the exception of some particularly fabulous finishes. Love that Brown Iris. — And now … clearly, something has snapped in my brain. And now, now I get it. Here’s what I have observed from my recent forays into seedbeads and shaped beads, …

Big Ol’ Big Hole Stone Beads

Big Hole Stone Beads Yes – big hole beads – takes up to 2mm leather or other type cord. More design possibilities. Shamballa bracelets, wrapped, wire, cord – yep – there are times when you need a bigger hole. Fireline Big spools baby – 300 yards – 274 meters. That’s three times the length of a football field. Feeling Gimpy? Gimp – not a condition that describes legs after that ill-fated plan to hike up the mountain – but the tightly coiled wire – also called French Wire – that you slip over the thread at the end of the …

Glittering Chain, Stan’s Hearts

Glittering Chain Rhinestone chain – also called cup chain, for the little cups that contain the stones. These are quite a bit daintier than I am used to seeing, being only about 3mm across. These would make lovely dangly chain earrings, you would just need a few inches, and you add a loop to the end for hanging with these cupchain end connectors. What I find really quite charming about this chain is the mechanism for holding the stones in the cups – sort of folded over loopy handles, instead of the usual prong method. Looks less – pointy and …

Light as a feather …

“I am as light as a feather,” –Ebenezer Scrooge, A Christmas Carol – by Charles Dickens We have the beads that are as light as a feather. If you, like me, like big beads (I cannot lie), then the light and airy decoupage beads can let you go big, without being too heavy to leave home. We are selling them in strands this time around, which means you get more, can do more, and don’t have to wonder what you will get – you get what is on the strand. Each strand may have a slightly different combo of beads …

2020 is a year of vision …

Eye can see clearly – 2020 will be a visionary year. Eye, eye – you might think this is an eye for help, but that’s how eyeroll – the cornea the better. So eyeball this, my pupils – Eye have a cornea-copia of goodies for you this week. Now, don’t lash out – you’ll just make a spectacle of yourself. Clasp your eyes on this – this week we have quite a view new clasps for you. Amethyst that if you want a nice simple look – you can see that a toggle has a clean look and is easy …

grumble mutter 20% everything – Happy New Year

Well – I was in the cozy afterglow of lovely Christmas dinner, grumble mutter millennium hand and shrimp … and Somebody Who Shall Remain Nameless says – “Let’s have a sale.” O_o Oiy. So all-righty then – 20% off everything. For the next week. Starting now. Go. Fine print here. Happy Boxing week! 😉 —-Also – If you are maybe thinking about your plans for next year; things you are planning to make, or learn, in the new year, here is an idea: Confirmed instructors include Pamela Kearns (beadwork), Darija Radic (metalwork); Anne Marie Desaulniers (mixed media); Liz Kennedy (metalwork); …