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 soup├žon 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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Stone Beads, Still Shipping, 1 More week of 15% off

How do you make a bead from rocks found in the ground? How do you make that finely polished round? A chunk of rock comes from the mine, it is sliced and slabbed so fine And then it is cut some more, till it’s chopped up with sides of four Now if cubes are what you want, you drill a hole and off you go But if rounds are what you want, there is more to do, you know A large vibrating machine rounds off the sharpish edges and some sanded grooves refine the shape some more And all the …