More Swarovski Flag Eye Candy

I continue to be fascinated by these Swarovski sample flags. They are so beautifully made – all hand-done, stitched and layered and appliqued. They are made with beautiful fabrics, silks and velvets and leathers, and have buttons and toggles and snaps and ribbons and hidden pockets. Sort of like those educational toys for children where they can learn to do up buttons and tie bows. But much more wonderful.  😉 They also have the spirit of the scrumble – the random joyfulness of sheer, chaotic pleasure. I showed you some awhile back – here are the rest from the Swarovski …

The Joy of Metal Clay: Photos

Today, Tracy Lai and Jessie Lin spent the day finishing up their Art Clay Level One Certification course.  They did a great job.  Here are some of their completed projects.  The course took three days and they completed seven specific projects each including two rings.  Tracy’s Flowered Porcelain Cabochon  Jessie’s Hibiscus  Tracy’s rolled band ring and syringed earrings.  Jessie’s  Sage Leaf Brooch  Tracy’s Hibiscus Leaf Brooch Jessie’s Syringe Pendant They both did a great job.  I made a few things too, but didn’t get time to finish them but I will share next week.

The Business Chat – rejection

It arrives. The envelope. From the show you applied to. You hold it, wondering, am I in or am I out? Do they want me? With bated breath you open it…. “Dear applicant, We regret to inform you…” Damn. Crap. Argh. You’ve been rejected. Don’t feel bad, we’ve all been there and still are there sometimes. You might assume that as a professional crafter with 10 years’ experience and hundreds of craft shows on my resume that I’m in a show automatically. But no, there is no guarantee. I’m sitting here waiting to hear from three new shows that I’ve …

Inspiration Friday

Welcome to our newest version of Inspiration Friday. We thought we’d made a few changes, namely allowing folks to choose their own inspiration, and the biggie – we give you a lot more time! If you would like to participate in the next one, see the end of this post for complete details. I love the idea of using an inspiration palette to base your design on. We all tend to stick with our own comfortable colour palettes, and this is just such an easy way to expand your range. Bonni and Lyndsey created two stunning pieces – and I …

New Stuff

Ali Baba and The Coffee Thieves Once upon a time – there were two brothers. One was greedy and conniving, and so became very successful and wealthy. His heart was as black as a Raven’s Wing. He would sit around eating Cassis and Cream, and Bumbleberry Humbugs.   The other was a good man – wise and kind – and he didn’t give a Juiced Mango for worldly riches. One day – Ali Baba – for that was his name, was venturing out into the forest to pick some Lotus Blossoms to sell at the market place. The fact that …

Show Season is Starting

Have you downloaded your free copy of CraftSource yet? The Ontario Arts Council publishes an annual resource for craft shows in Ontario. For those of you outside of the Ontario market, there are plenty of tips on what to look for when booking into craft shows. Highlights include: *  Key questions to ask when choosing which shows are right for you *  Checklist for craft show participants *  Detailed information for each show including types of art/crafts sold, juried or not, anticipated attendance, contact information, web links etc. Deciding which shows to apply to can be a tough decision, this …

Upcoming Classes!

Isn’t this awesome? Join Pam on Thursday evening (April 26th) for a beginner (yes, beginner!) class on how to create this stunning African Helix stitch bracelet. Bangles are all the rage this season and you can create your own using the African Helix stitch and even-count Peyote stitch. Lightweight and flexible, the bangles are created using size 11 seed beads. Technique:Stitching Level: Beginner Class fee: $35.00 + HST. Payment due in advance. Kit Fee:  $15.00 This includes all the supplies needed to complete the bracelet To enroll in this class, please call 416.701.1373 Saturday is clay day here at beadFX!   …

Looking Forward to Class … with Jeri Warhaftig

I’ve signed up for 4 days of classes with Jeri Warhaftig – to be held at the newly re-designed studio at beadFX. As I was the re-designer – I’m looking forward to seeing how well the space is going to work! A few years ago – ok, quite a few- I think it was 2006 – I bought a bead at auction at the ISGB gathering. I managed to lose the maker’s info – but I was pretty darn impressed with the bead. It was – is – I still have it – cobalt blue, iridescent like carnival glass, and …

The Joy of Metal Clay: Certification Today

Yesterday and today, I have been busy in the BeadFx metal studio working on Level One Art Clay Certification with two great students. They have been busy setting stones, making rings and using syringe to make earrings. They are not quite finished but perhaps they will let me share with you some of their work when they are done after our final class in a few weeks. Here are pictures of them busy at work: Tracy working on her syringe earrings. Jessie working on one of her rings! While Jessie and Tracy were busy at work I brought out my …

The Business Chat – your signature line

No matter how small your crafty business is, you are marketing already even if you don’t know it. I’ll bet you have email and that you use it, even if it’s only to your friends and family. Each of those emails is a potential marketing tool and you have the power to turn them into gold. Or sales. Or Facebook fans. Or whatever you ask your customer to do. Each of those emails has a signature line. Your signature line has the power to make you money.  Your signature line of course contains the following: ——————— Your name Your company …