You don’t want to miss – 25% off Crystals and Pearls

Thank heaven, for little pearls They bead up in the most delightful way. And crystal beads, So sparkling and appealing When they are flashing They look so smashing And send you squealing, Thank Heaven … 25% off Crystal Beads and Pendants and Pearls, Fashion and Freshwater. We have much to be thankful for – from little things like getting to the bus stop just as the bus pulls in, to big things like the test result that comes back “Clear.” This coming Monday is Thanksgiving (here in Canada – because we like to give thanks early and often). The store …

You say Pa-tina

And I’ll say Pat-inaYou say Gildersand I’ll say VintajPa-tina, Pat-ina, Gilders, VintajEither way we add some colour! So if you like Pa-tina and I like Pat-inaI’ll call it Pa-tina and give up Pat-inaFor, we know, either is a colour glow Better call the calling-off off At the behest of Anne Marie – who is all things multi-media – we have added the Vintaj patinas – starting with a hand-picked selection of colourways, plus the Gloss and Matte sealer – which you can use as a sealer, a glaze, or to dilute the patinas for different effects. These patinas are opaque …

Brown …

I cannot pretend to be impartial about the colours. I rejoice with the brilliant ones, and am genuinely sorry for the poor browns. Winston Churchill Brown. A colour so maligned, but full of such deliciousness as coffee, cream, brown sugar, chocolate, honey, topaz, wheat, grain, spices, beer, molasses, amber, coconut, ginger, chestnut. And toast. Do not go to a diner with me if you will be embarrassed by the following: Overworked server with sensible shoes and a mile of piled, bleached hair: “White toast or brown, hon?” Me: “Isn’t all toast brown?” Maybe it’s just the word. Brown-Frown-UpsideDown. Brown is …

White after Labour Day

At some point in my life, I discovered that there were dumb fashion rules. Actually – I am stunningly fashion-challenged, so I tend to think most fashion rules are … questionable … . 😉 Anyway – a quick google regarding “white after labour day” gets you a host of articles agreeing that it’s not a thing and you should wear white whenever you want. (In my case, not in the muddy-puppy season.) Which is good, because these White Jade beads are too yummy to not wear! In both Matte and Glossy – they evoke crisp white shirts, smooth clean sheets, …

Brand new mobile-friendly website

Easier to use, Easier to navigate, Truly mobile-friendly. What’s new this week? How about the whole online-shopping experience! Mobile Friendly: The techie folks call it “Responsive Design.” The non-techie folks say: “Hey, look, I can actually shop on this site on my phone!” What else have we done? Well, we’ve consolidated some categories to keep like items together. Example – all the Swarovski bicones are on one page. Now you can see them all, side by side. Too much? We’ve added “filters” so you can look at just the color and/or size you want. Not on your phone? We think …

A Walk Down the Crystal Lane

New this week – Crystal Lane bead mixes. Listen – we know you are probably thinking more about the long weekend, and all that it signifies (end of summer, back to school, relief from the heat and bugs; your choice), so this is a simple little update.* These coordinated strands come in wide range of colorways – and consist of five strands of beads, with three strands of glass pearls in 4mm, 6mm, and 8mm, plus two unique glass bead strands. Each strand is about six inches long – so that’s 30 inches of beads. *What the heck – let’s …

Delicious Little Bon-Bons

Today’s selection consists of some bite-size, tasty little beads with yummy textures. May I present an appetizer of some adorable little mush-butts – mushroom button beads – if you please? The menu is ripe with contradictions – these are shaped like the delicate petals of a flower, but colored like exotic granite. And if you are fond of Eggplant, well – good for you. I’m not going to fight you for it. The color yes, but not the actual vegetable. 😉 If you have an etch to scratch, then these beads are etchy. Would you like some cutlery with that? …

Cat’s Eye, Chakra, OOAK Cabs, Bit of a Hurry

Sorry folks – working on something BIG and suffering from a bit of a time crunch, so brace yourself, the update is coming atcha at the speed o’ light! Hang in there. Cats Eye & Eagle Eye This lovely shimmery natural Cat’s Eye is a far-cry from the man-made fiber-optic beads that are also called Cat’s Eye. Nothing wrong with those, they are pretty and fun, but this is the original, the inspiration, so to speak. And this will look amazing in your own handmade jewelry, whether you are making something office chic or evening elegant. Or for just making …