The Sparkle Report: Quilting

Here at BeadFX, we attract lots of multicraft afficiandos: knitters, crocheters, sewers and quilters, just to name a few.  Today is the last day of the 20% off Swarovski Hotfix sale and Kim Workman came in to take full advantage! Kim is a member of the York Heritage Quilter’s Guild. She’s currently working on a Spiraling Line Star quilt designed by  Jan P Krentz wanted to brighten up the darker spots of the quilt. Actually, it was her son’s idea, but who can refuse sparkle? Not I, and obviously, not Kim!! There are still two more layers to be made which will …

Toronto Ice Storm 2013

Here in Toronto, we’ve been hit by a whopper of an ice storm. Power was out for 360,000 people but has been restored to about 100,000.  Unfortunately, power is still out at the store. Good thing that our beads don’t freeze or melt! We’re trying to keep everyone updated on what’s going on via our Facebook page and here on the blog.  Our servers are still operational, so you can still place your orders. Yay!!  Here are some pics from around my neighborhood. Hope you all stay safe and warm. 

Old Shoes Made Again

I’ve always wanted to bling out a pair of shoes for the store and finally found the perfect pair to do so.  These are satin and faux patent leather pumps that I “found” at my apartment building. Gotta love it when people move out and leave stuff behind. Brand new never been used Scarpino pumps.  Rochelle and I worked out a colour scheme for each section of the shoe. We’re going with an ombré look in blues. Starting at the back of the shoe with Swarovski Crystal SS20 flatbacks, I’m going to apply Crystal, Light Sapphire, Crystal Blue Shade, Denim …

Get Gluing!

I don’t profess to be as good as The Crystal Ninja, Kellie DeFries, when it comes to gluing, but with her awesome tools, you can do some amazing things!!     I bought a pair of Roxy sneakers in a silver black colour and knew I wanted to add more sparkle to them. Because that’s how I roll. The sparklier, the better. And nothing sparkles quite like Swarovski flatbacks. Well, other Swarovski products do!!   Using supplies from Kellie’s Professional Glue Kit, I filled a syringe with Gemtac and started laying down glue dots. Not a line of glue, individual dots. Then …

BeadFX at Toronto Bead Society Fair this weekend

beadFX is thrilled to be a vendor again at the Toronto Bead Society Fall Fair. We always have special deals exclusively offered at this show. What is this year’s special? You’ll just have to visit us at the show to find out. For information on the show, please visit www.torontobeadsociety.orgMarg was recently interviewed for the TBS blog. See the interview below. How long have you been coming to the TBS Bead Fair as a vendor?BeadFX has been coming as a vendor since the Fair began. All of us who come to show look forward to seeing familiar faces and interacting with our …

Pam Kearns is going to Milwaukee!!!

What a year it’s been for Pam Kearns! Getting published for the first time in a magazine, BeadWork and now…… Congratulations to Pam Kearns on being accepted to teach at Bead&Button for the first time!! This is a huge accomplishment and a testament to her excellent skills as an instructor and designer.  This will be Pam’s debut on the international bead scene. beadFX’s well kept secret will not be so secret anymore!! I know many of you have taken classes with Pam or attended Open Bead Night and Afternoon Bead Tea when she is hosting, so you know how lucky …

Flat Cathy Day!

As part of Kalmbach’s “Shop at Your Local Bead Store” promotion, it’s Flat Cathy Day! What is Flat Cathy? It’s a cartoon of Cathy Jakicic, author of Jewelry Projects from a Beading Insider.There were two versions created of Cathy and people were encouraged to print her out and take her to your local bead store today. We are HUGE fans of Cathy, and as soon as the images became available, she joined us in the store.  Two Cathy’s, one Stephanie Cathy with Stephanie’s Open Bead Night gang Cathy is so colour coordinated with our fall theme display by Rochelle.  Cathy welcoming …

Is it really October?

Here in Toronto, the weather was a little crazy. We had a rainstorm last night and today called for thunderstorms that never appeared. The sky at times was blue with big fluffy clouds. At other times, the sky darkened as the sun hid behind black ominous clouds. The temperature was comfortable at I even went for my evening power walk at 9 pm in just a Tshirt. No jacket. Oh, ya, and pants. Lol.  I love fall. The ever changing colour palette. Ambers. Oranges. Reds. Browns. A perfect time for a redhead to blend in with the foliage.  I thought …

Sparkle Pumpkin Inspirations

So, I’m innocently pinning the latest beadFX Inspirations to our Pinterest page… Here’s the latest from the wonderfully wacky and creative mind of Rochelle: I thought, just for the heck of it, let’s see what comes up when I search sparkle pumpkins… WOW!!! Quite a lot, actually! Here are some Halloween or Autumn time inspirations for you. We have Swarovski crystal flatbacks! We have sequins! We have beads! We have chain! We have MetalFX (mica powder – super fine “glitter”)! We have glue! You will need your own pumpkin! To see the original sources for all these beautiful pumpkins, please …

A Sparkly and Spooky Halloween

A Halloween special brought to you by our friends at Swarovski! Everyone can use a little sparkle. Don’t scare off your friends and neighbors this Halloween, show them your sparkle! Your creativity could win your own “treat bag” of SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS! Get inspiration and contest information here.   1st Prize: $500.00 worth of SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS2nd Prize: $250.00 worth of SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS3rd Prize: $150.00 worth of SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS There will also be a random drawing from all entries so everyone from the novice crafter to the advanced designer can have the chance to win! SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS are available at your local …