Real Beads This Week

Some real beads this week – traditional beads like flowers and leaves and firepolish donuts. Pretty novel, for a bead store, right? These pretty flower beads inspired me to do this: I am going to mount it in a shadow box – although, I have to admit – I kind of want to go berserk and keep going with it from here. The pendant stone is the Poppy Jasper Square Donut – Rosemary rejected this one as being damaged, so I decided to have a go with it. For the embellishment, I grabbed some Delicas – 10/0 Japanese Cylinders – …

Oops, I did it again!

Oops, I did it again! Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the bead store … I found some more stone pendants … I know, I know. You have all these good intentions, resolutions to use the beads you have, resurrect projects, … but then I go and show you this Holy Aphrodite of Labradorite-y! Is that yummy or what? Because this one, meh … heh heh heh. Not! No? How about … ? This is Shattuckite. Shattuckite is a melange of Chrysocolla, Azurite and Malachite, with a soupçon of copper-bearing Cuprite. For those of us …

Cracking Open the Door / Still 10% off

Hold your horses! Don’t everyone stampede into the store at once! We gotz some rulez! We are cracking open the door and peering out. We want to see you again, but we are going to be super, super cautious. So here is how it works. No more than seven people in the store at once, and two of those seven are staff! So – Limit is 5 customers. Wear a mask. Social distance. Hand sanitizer at the door. Make an appointment! We are taking reservations. If you are coming with someone in your “bubble” – please make reservations for each …

OOAK Stone Pendants / Still 10% off

On your marks Get set Go! First out of the gate are these stunning Labradorite pendants – running neck and neck is this amazing shield pendant and this stunning circle pendant. Hard on their heels, the slightly smaller Marquise eye and the amazingly colored rectangle. Look at them go! Galloping away in second position – some gorgeously green Malachite – my money is on the third one to take an early lead. Drifting along behind them, because anything with this soft and ethereal color can hardly be said to be racing, is Larimar from the Caribbean. If you want to …

Current COVID-19 Situation Status

Can you believe it? Almost halfway through the year. We will remain online-only still, for this week. When we do re-open, it will be a controlled, slow re-opening. We are going to be very cautious with this. We are planning to enable reservation times for you convenience to avoid lineups and will limit the number of in-store visitors to ensure your experience is comfortable. We are continuing to pick and ship, Monday – Thursday. Online orders, pre-paid only, can be picked up curbside 11-6, Monday – Thursday. If you are local – you should see an option to select “Store …

Tidying & Sorting & Re-organizing / Still 10% off

We’re making lemonade – so to speak. With the store closed to the public for the moment, we have taken some time to re-think the layout in the store, re-think some of the processes behind the scenes, and re-think some of the items we carry. We are always on the fence between wanting to offer you everything, and the reality of we have to put it somewhere! What does that mean to you? Well, one, we are holding off another week at least on opening the doors. Because, it’s a little bit chaotic right now in the store – what …

Gardening is the new craft? / Still 10% off

Is Gardening the new craft? Is puttering about in the garden, pulling weeds, deadheading flowers, wrassling with weeds, bug-infestations and veggie-predators the new obsession? There is nothing new about growing stuff – in fact – it might be a toss-up as to which we’ve been doing longer as a species – collecting pretty rocks or sticking seeds in the ground. However, this year, for sure, as folks turn inward for their entertainment, many have stepped into the back yard, taken a deep breath, and said, “Hmmm, what about some tomato plants?” By June, there will be so much zucchini – …

What is your point? / Still 10% off, (Swa Pend 25%)

You don’t have to have a point, to have a point. But the point is, you can have a point, and be pointedly fabulous. In fact, let me get right to the point, the whole point of this message is, we have points. And if you think the point of these lovely pairs of pointy stones with caps is to make earrings – I think that you have a point. Pointedly, we are offering them in pairs. Although matching pairs of small pendant necklaces are a good idea too. You know, one for me, one for you, or one for …

Remaining Closed For Now

(But still open online!) To all our valued customers and beady friends: Please know that we will continue to be open online only for now, for your safety and ours. As the province slowly reopens, we all have to make our own decisions about safety. The essence of shopping for beads in person is touching them. Browsing. Comparing. Pondering. Planning. Lingering. Does this go with that? And, as such, we don’t feel that we can wipe down every bead with alcohol after each person leaves. By noon we’d be dizzy from the fumes! So please – continue to shop online …

Mixing the Media, Shipping & Curbside Pick-up!

More stuff to pour resin into, stuff your polymer clay into, load up with 2-part epoxy clay and encrust with rhinestones, use as frames for bead embroidery, loom work, or bead stitching. Nothing sets off your creativty like a nice framework. These wide cuffs are a handsome statement. Just slip a couple on as is, and you are wonder woman! (Actually – you already are wonder woman!) But let’s say you take a piece of beading foundation, trace out the size of the space in the cuff on it, and then embroider it with beads from your stash. Then trim …