Oh, those crazy Managers …

We have lots of enticing Manager Specials – with crazy savings from 30 – 70% off! You can find them all here: Manager Specials In case you find that list a little overwhelming! – try this instead Manager Swarovski Manager Neon Manager Findings Manager Superduo Manager Delicas Manager Firepolish Hint – you can use the search box to search for manager plus whatever else you are looking for – in case, you know, you find it on sale!

Survey Sez: 20% Sale!!

Pretty much anything I say now is irrelevant, like a beagle spotting a squirrel, the entire population of folks with ADOS (Attention Deficit Oh, Shiny) reading this have just gone on high alert. It’s DefCon 4 Martha, start the car, fire up the ‘puter – BeadFX is having a pre-Christmas Sale! It’s lovely having the survey back up and online, and fabulous reading your responses. More on that later – but a number of you suggested that one way we could help you out with your goals for a #handmadeholiday is to have a sale. I know you were sorta, …

What’s on my bead mat – November edition!

I’m happy to say that my little purple doll, has finally started talking to me! I couldn’t take the rejection much longer, so decided to choose a couple of tubes of beads, and just start stitching!! Sometimes that’s all it takes!!! I decided on a purple and grey colour scheme (that has since been revised), pulled out all the tubes I own in those colours, and then proceeded to stall once again (one step forward, two steps back). So, I decided to sleep on it! It only took a week or so, before I woke up in the middle of …

November classes wrap-up with ideal holiday gifts

No matter what holidays you celebrate, gift-giving is part of the custom. November wraps up with class projects that will make wonderful gifts that everyone will appreciate receiving. Gillian Clarke brings you a festive chainmaille project for you and your Christmas tree! Sue Henry will help you make earrings from metal clay that are sure to please everyone on your gift list. Deborah Beesley has a new collar project that will be perfect with your holiday attire. Back by popular demand are 2-hour mini classes featuring designs by Starman TrendSetters, led by Pamela Kearns. Of course, we have encore classes …

Website Changes: All the Findings R Moved

Thank gawd – all the findings are now moved. What a job. I feel like I’ve been moving actual boxes, instead of electrons. Next week – I’ll tackle moving the items in the Components section. That’s only 2400+ items. Some of them can stay there, but clearly – there are findings in there. Hello bead caps! Clearly – this was a task long overdue!

Website Changes

As you may have noticed – we’ve been madly making changes to the website. Some of the have been great – some did not happen quite the way we anticipated. C’est la vie. C’est la web development. One of the things that we are working on it making it work on as many platforms as possible – which is to say – it should work on your desktop, your laptop, your tablet, your phone, and whatever else they are going to invent next. Implants? Those too. I asked Dan if I could quote what he has to say about this, …

Survey Sez: #Handmade Holidays!

Don’t forget, we have a survey running right now – answer a few questions and be eligible to win a $25 gift certificate to use online. Survey is here: Handmade Holidays and why I can’t get it to just show up on the blog is one of the many mysteries of Word Press.

Chain + Metal Beads

Some great new chain this week – chain that will inspire you. If you are trying to think what to make for the guy in your life, how about a nice, rugged stainless steel bracelet or neck chain? With matching jumprings and lobster claw clasp, you can put together a very striking look for the person – man or woman – that likes a non-fussy look. We also have some really striking chains that are highly decorative. For instance – this Fishbone chain – use a short segment as a decorative element with other chains – makes a truly stunning …

Power to the pendants!

I know that we all drool and gasp in delight, at many of the magnificent jewellery creations, that we see in magazines, and on the internet, but are they comfortable and practical? I think not! They’re certainly the best the beading world has to offer, but how often do you think they’re worn? My old favourites, and the ones I tend to grab from my jewellery box most often, are those that are simple, light, and definitely easy to wear (and now, mainly made by myself). I prefer longer necklaces and chains (28-30 inches), followed closely by those that hang …

You’ll be ‘Charmed’ at the third annual Holiday Class Bash

Mark your calendar now to join three instructors for three projects in three hours! This year’s annual Holiday Class Bash will feature wine-inspired projects that you’ll be able to use for your holiday gatherings and parties. Join Angela Peace, Anne Marie Desaulniers and Pamela Kearns who will each be teaching 1 hour projects during the evening. Each project features a different technique and you’ll end the evening with a total of 12 wine/mug charms! The class fee for this special three-class workshop is $55 + HST. The evening’s projects are: Easy Tassel Wine Charms Led by Angela Pace, you’ll learn …