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 …

What is Artistic Fear? Plus other ramblings!

Artistic fear is just like any other fear, but it’s still a paralysing emotion, that can cause a ripple effect in your life. Let’s start with the definition of fear, but I don’t intend to leave it at that, because fear is not always a bad thing. Definition of fear: “An unpleasant emotion, caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat. If you are an artist, then you have definitely experienced artistic fear in your life! It’s that blank page, or canvas syndrome, fear of opening tubes of beads, or even …

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 – …

May 2020 Bead Mat Update: A study in contrasts!

May 2020 bead mat update, is definitely a study in contrasts. The world is starting to open up, but we’re all holding our breath, to see which way the tide will turn. Fingers, toes, and everything else crossed, that all will be well! This is a brand new world, and we need to adjust to it! Everything still feels pretty grey, but I’ve decided to continue to experiment, then paint my personal world with colour! Why do that, you say? Well, I’m the eternal optimist, cannot bear to watch the nightly news, but then tend to read all about it …

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 …

What Sparks Joy?

What sparks joy when you really give yourself a chance to feel it? Is it a colour, that first spring flower, or the feel of the sun on your face? How about a new tube of seedbeads, then the look, but not the scent of lilacs (I’m allergic)? I’d vote for all of those things, but also a brand-new pair of scissors, a sharp pencil, the feel of soft rain on my face, and forget-me-knot blue. Then, I couldn’t leave out the smell of bacon, and fresh baked bread. Delicious! I guess what sparks joy, is not really the question, …

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 …

Dream a Little Dream!

Dream a little dream is how I want to remember this scary time. I know, it’s not really a dream, yet rather a lesson from the universe, to the world at large. But this craziness must stop! Enough preaching, now let’s get on to the fun stuff! But how can you have fun during this terrible time, you ask? Well, by using your time wisely, then having something to show, when the world returns to normal, or at least to our new reality. Is that too much to ask? I think of myself as a realist, but then again, I’m …

Buttons the Cat, Un-buttons, Still Shipping, Still 15%!

Buttons – the Cat Cat – the Buttons Yes, these are Czech-made glass buttons. They look vintage because they are still making them the same way and using the same equipment as 50 years ago. Cats not your thing? There are these! And holy moly – this! A button with it’s own rhinestones! But, the folks in the Czech Republic are not without a sense of innovation and the changing times, because we also have un-buttons. Or, cabochons by any other name. These are backless buttons, without the shanks. And if some of you are thinking “What’s the point of …