Why, thank you. I made it myself…

Fall weather triggers two things (at least) in me: the back to school/back to learning mind-set and the urge to start making handmade presents. When I was very young and without income of any kind, relatives received pot holders and trivets woven from scraps of wool. Then when I was in my late 20s I went through a phase when I made my own paper and bound it into small books and spent a lot of money on Japanese paper that I covered hat boxes with to make my presents fully reusable. The boxes were great year-round storage containers. In …

InspirationFX: Honey & Champagne

Honey & Champagne by: Dwyn Tomlinson These large crimp tubes and heavy, decorative wire make it easy to make bangle bracelets. Cut about 10 inches of wire, and thread on the beads. Check the length – making sure that it will pass over your wrist. A bracelet sizer is a handy tool at this point – you can measure an existing bracelet that is the right size and compare to that, or make a practice piece out of scrap wire or string and tweak the size until it is perfect, and then measure that. I admit that I pulled beads …

We’re so excited

Two weeks into our new website and we’re still excited about it. So many new capabilities. Also – vast amounts of time spent looking for stuff that we’re pretty sure should be here somewhere … . Such is the path of the upgrade! One of the new capabilities will be to resurrect the monthly survey/prize draw that we used to do! In fact – let’s do one now! How this works is, you answer some questions, sign up for our weekly emails if you haven’t already (or not, your choice), and at the close of the survey period – we …

To brooch or not to brooch?

Apparently, brooches are back in fashion, so we should all expect to see more of them for 2017 and beyond. Is this because of the return to more ladylike fashions, like silk blouses, dresses, and pant suits? I haven’t worn a pant suit in years! Have you? I’m no longer in the corporate world, so formal suits, pantyhose, etc., are but distant memories. Ask me if I’m sorry? (Note: photo of Swarovski Bow pin, courtesy of Google Images). You should probably avoid wearing brooches on light silk blouses, but they’re perfect on jackets, coats, heavy sweaters, ponchos, hats, scarves, and …

You’ll love the Mid-November classes at BeadFX

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. – Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, physician with the Canadian Army Medical Corps; composed at the battlefront on May 3, 1945, during the second battle Ypres, Belgium. For full poem, click here. We have a lot to be thankful for, including the ability to create and the freedom to express ourselves through many form. Jewellery making is just one way and be able to create items for ourselves, family …