Beady priorities! Should we worry about them, or not?

Have you ever thought about your beady (and/or crafting) priorities? Is this something that you have already considered, or is it a totally new concept? If you’re in the business of selling your beaded items, I’m sure that it’s something that you have already defined, in your business plan. But what if you’re beading for a hobby, relaxation, or just for the fun of it? Do you need to set priorities? If so, why? I believe that you should set beady priorities, in both instances! On the business end, you need think about how you will sell your work? For …

Treat yourself to a weekend of fun at Bead-Treat!

Imagine a weekend of fun, learning, friendship-building and creative opportunities – away from the kids, chores and everyday cares! Have you heard about Bead-Treat? BeadFX is the presenting sponsor at a brand new jewellery-making retreat to be held at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario, May 4 – 6. Bead-Treat will feature three classes with three of BeadFX’s instructors – Angela Peace, Marilyn Gardiner and Pamela Kearns. All Bead-Treat participants will take a class with each instructor and learn a brand new, never-taught-before project in their respective specialties. Each class is suitable for all levels – beginners will learn the basics …

Tri-Tri-Trios

They are fun, they are green – they are the greatest beads you’ve ever seen! Tri-Tri-Trios! Fun little wedge-shaped two-hole beads – the category that grows! These Trios are so new they squeak! We’re rolling them out in the big designer packs first, and as soon as they are packaged, we’ll have them in vials too – but for now, you can get in on the ground floor and start designing with them. Take them out for a spin, try them in your favourite stitches – blaze some new trails and boldly bead where no one has beaded before! And …

Creativity Secrets: Nuturing your muse!

What are creativity secrets, and why doesn’t your muse know more about them? Shouldn’t they be easy to spot? Think like a child, then open yourself up to the freedom to play! Who says that everything that we do, needs to be dead serious? Have you considered working in another medium? It might wake your muse up, and help you to work through creativity blocks! Besides, it could be a whole lot of fun! Get down, and get dirty!!! If not mud, then try finger painting. Design some jewelery, based on your painted output! Immerse yourself in colour! If you …

January classes are full steam ahead!

Thank you to everyone who came out this past Saturday to Meet the Teachers – 40 class registrations in a single day! We had a fantastic turnout, in spite of the deep freeze. And, thank you to Marg who brought in all the delicious goodies and hot chocolate – perfect for a cold January day! January continues with some fun NEW classes as well as a re-introduction to some previous classes – in case they didn’t fit in your schedule before now. Anne Marie Desaulniers will get your mixed media and free form bead embroidery creativity going with three classes. …

InspirationFX: I Want Candy

~~~Get your creative juices flowing~~~ I Want Candy Designed by: Dwyn Tomlinson The stretchy Candy Bead bracelet that TJ showed me last week got me inspired to try my own. It turned out really quite pretty and easy. All these fancy-dancy shaped two-hole beads are pretty intimidating to the ordinary bead stringer like me, but this was ok. Take the long big hole needle – I finally had to retire my old needle and get a new pack – I have to say – I really like these! – thread your elastic, and string a Candy bead alternating with a …

Wishing you Peace and Prosperity for 2018

2018 – here’s to the new year and hope for a better world. Let’s start with a little medication meditation … … om mani padme hum … and give peace a chance. We all might need a hand with that. Let’s hope that 2018 is as charming as this update. (Silver, Copper, and Gold.) And if that doesn’t work, let’s all escape to our fantasy castle and play with beads. 😉   Like new choices in 3 mm Swarovski bicones And a new, larger Floating Display Frame to display your jewelry when you are not wearing it. Because it’s nice …

Words to live by – and other fripperies!

Its 2018, and its time to focus on some words to live by! Which words, I do not know, but hope to by the end of this blog post. New Year’s resolutions have never been my thing, and that’s something I share with many creatives. For me, it would be just setting myself up for failure! As words seldom fail me, they will certainly be a better option! The logical first word will be CREATE! I would go crazy without this word. Of course, you’ll say that I do that anyways, and yes that’s true. However, with looming workshop deadlines, …

Reminder: Meet the Teachers is this Saturday!

Be sure this is in your 2018 calendar! Drop by and see the January, February and March projects and meet the creative instructors bringing you the classes. Meet the Teachers Saturday, January 6 11:00am – 6:00pm Come on out and meet your amazing instructors and see first-hand the great projects they have planned for you! As a bonus, for each class you register for, you will receive a draw ballot toward a $25 gift certificate. One class = one ballot; two classes = two ballots, and so on. This bonus offer is valid for in-store registrations and for on-line registrations …