Smoke Gets in your Eyes & Hearts are Wild

They asked me how I knew, My love of beads was true, I, of course, replied My stash is vast and wide I will not be denied. They said some day you’ll find A craft to change your mind. But when you think you might, Then you realize Smokey Quartz has grabbed your eyes If the Smokey Quartz doesn’t grab your eyes, maybe the Lepidolite will. Need more pink? Picture Australia – no, wait – Australian Picture Jasper! Poppy Jasper Links! Earring Starter Kits Here’s a nifty and useful thing – a starter kit for earrings. Maybe you are doing …

January 2019 Bead Mat Update: Stitch and Bead!

My January 2019 Bead Mat Update came much too fast! Snow must have clouded my brain, because I almost missed writing it!! During the month of January, I’ve had a nasty cold, received some interesting news, and have started on my 2019 Stitch Meditation journey! I’ve also re-connected with the Bead Journal Project, and have been helping  to breathe new life into the project! I’m a Moderator, on the Stitch Meditation Group, and an Administrator on the Bead Journal Project (BJP) Facebook groups. Stitch Meditations have really taken off, so an awful lot of time has been spent approving new members. …

Come out of winter hibernation with a class

Finally, the days are getting noticeably longer and I’m beginning to get more interested in ‘the outside’. Leave it to me to stay curled up with my beads! Classes have definitely kicked into full gear and early-February has some great opportunities including a new class with Ann Shewan; a new bead embroidery class with Anne Marie Desaulniers and a new wirework class with Lucie Lee. We are also thrilled to have Jen Rosen back with two wire classes that are perfect for ‘newbies’. As always we have lots of encore classes in case you missed them before now. Mark your …

Something a little different

Bugles. Long, skinny glass tubes. Ever think of using them this way? Standing on end. Spotted this at the wholesaler the other day – not sure who to credit, but is that ever a cool idea. Big fat bezel finding, not sure what the base is – epoxy clay or polymer clay? –  and bugles pushed in, and some seed beads and rhinestones. Reminds me of sea anemones. Big Fat Bezels Rhinestones Seedbeads & Bugles

A Dessert of Rocks, and I have an Impression there is a Sale

Ah, modoms et monsieur! Zo good to see you again. Zis week – we have more stones for your dining pleasure, and a sale, BUT, ah must hasten to add, NOT a sale on the stones. Ah just wanted to clarify that up front. 😉 I zink you will find the sale, riveting and it will make an impression … But first, dessert. Because life is short – we must eat dessert first, no? Can I interest modom in zome icy Rutile Quartz rounds? A zesty blend of frosty quartz and delicate inky rutile inclusions? Or perhaps zome of ze …

Colour Choices: Are you willing to buck the trends?

We all make colour choices in our lives? Do you play it safe, or are you willing to go against the masses? The premier colour master, for people who follow trends, is Pantone! They put out a report that predicts the colours that fashion, paint, and interior design gurus, are likely to follow during a certain period. The Colour of the Year for 2019, is called “Living Coral”. A fresh, but somewhat meh colour for me, but if you’re interested, we do have a nice Swarovski Pearl in Coral. However, this would probably not be one of my colour choices …

Getting the most from a BeadFX class, part 2

Learning is an investment in yourself. It requires time to take the class and practise your skills. There is also a financial cost for the fees and any materials you require. So, how do you get the best return on your investment? I asked our instructors how students can help themselves to get the most out of a class. Part 1 of this article is posted here. Here are some more tips to help you become a great learner. Perfection is not a requirement. View making mistakes as an extra learning opportunity. Often times making a mistake enriches the experience …

Welcome to the Stone Age

As promised at the beginning of the year, this week we start rolling out some premium stone beads and pendants and cabochons that were recently unearthed in the preparations for my renovation. Ahem. My bad – but the good news is, this is quality that even a few short years later, is getting harder and harder to find. First up – a stunning assortment of Amazonite. Strands of beads … Or these One of a Kind strands of large, freeform stones that you can use one at a time, or in one fabulous statement piece. Turquoise Heishi, just because. Reaching …

Slow Stitching, No Bitching!

While you’re slow stitching, it’s almost impossible to start bitching! Okay, perhaps I’m using a sweeping generalization here, but don’t you think that it could be possible? I belong to many slow beading and stitching Facebook groups, and they share an awful lot of very nice people!! There’s obviously a wide range of talent levels, but everyone seems to appreciate the work that the others do. No, not everyone comments, or even “Likes” the posts, but neither do they add snide remarks. Of course, I don’t review every post, for every group that I’m in (I’ve joined too many), but …