A Budding Fiction Writer

A couple of weeks ago – Jen promised you some pictures of some necklaces she made – she made them late in the evening, and left them to take pictures the following day. When she went back for them – they were gone! So, questioning all the usual suspects led her back to her two young girls. “Have you seen the necklaces I left here?” she asked, trying to keep her voice light, so as not to scare them. The younger girl piped up immediately. “Yes! They burned up on the train.” There’s a long silence from Jen as she …

The Importance of Being Comfortable

A recent bout with tendonitis has reminded me, forcefully, yet again, how important it is to adopt a comfortable and sustainable position when beading, lampworking or indulging in any craft that absorbs you so completely that you forget about your physical self and get lost in your world of creativity. Last Sunday week, I suddenly noticed stabbing pains in one hand – not the ordinary sort of pain that one gets used to – but the “omigawd did I break something in there?” sort of pain. The kind that makes you involuntaryily drop things that you really didn’t want to …

Free Rice Time Waster Just Got Better

I know I mentioned before about freerice.com, a charitable website that gives you vocabulary questions and for every correct answer – they donate grains of rice. However – they have added a new wrinkle that makes it even MORE of a time-sponge. New categories of questions! Including “Famous Paintings!” Can you identify the artists that painted these well-known paintings? Can you recognize their style well enough to id some of the more obscure ones? To play, go to freerice.com, and to the upper right of the question, it says “Change Subjects.” Click on this, and select “Famous Paintings” in the …

Sneak Peek at Next Week

More in our addition to our Japanese seedbead line up – more of the Toho 8/0s and more of the Toho 11/0s (which are the seedbeads, not the Delicas.) These on the right are the Inside Colour Luminous Pink. Or, as I would call them: Piiiiihnk. They are so bright they hurt the eyes! 60 New beads in all!

Jewellery News

The front page of the Toronto Star this morning was splashed with an article re: recalled toys and children’s jewellery – Made in China, loaded with lead. Some of it even tragically labeled lead-free. Mostly sold through dollar stores – these items continue to slip past testing (and realistically – how much testing could be done?) and make it onto the shelves here. It’s sad – and an argument for sure for sitting down with your granddaughters and nieces (and grandsons and nephews) and teaching them to make jewellery from components that you know and trust! There’s a moral in …

New Art Clay Classes

Heather and I are really excited to announce that we’ll now be offering 2 day intensive metal clay classes. This is fabulous for you, as you get to immerse yourself in metal clay for 2 whole days, but you also get the expertise of 2 instructors! Beginner or intermediate, you’ll get tons of practice time, one on one instruction, and the opportunity to explore techniques you’ve been a little afraid to try on your own. The beginner class runs Saturday November 1st – Sunday November 2nd. Join us for a fun filled weekend of everything Art Clay. no experience necessary! …

Looking for something to do? We’ve got the Answer–Classes!

With the Creative Festival behind us I had some time to put some new classes on the site yesterday. Nadine has a brooch class coming up at the end of November and there is a new Japanese Chainmaille class with Marilyn Gardiner. There are lots of exciting things happening in the next week too! We have the 201 Wire Wrapping class with Robert Burton starting on Monday at 6:00. This is a 4 week class, suitable for those who have taken the 101 course or if you have previous experience with wire working. Dwyn has a 4 hour class on …

Creativ Festival Photos

We had a great time down at the Creativ Festival this year. (the spelling doesn’t bother me as much as it does Dwyn) – grin. We had such a blast there that I think we’ll probably do this show more often. The demos were a huge success, especially our in booth ones. I demonstrated my birdsnest rings more times than I can count, and my most avid student was Declan, the son of one of our fabulous instructors (Stephanie Dixon). Declan caught on very quickly, and proudly gave his new ring to his mom! Decland is 11, (i think) and …

What do you string on?

Spent the better parts of Friday and Saturday at the Creativ (sic) Festival (you can’t begin to believe how the affectation of spelling it “Creativ” bothers me!!!!) – demo’ing making various pieces of jewelry. When we ran out of one component, Cynthia would bring me a pile of something and say – “Here, we have lots of these,” and away I’d go again. I came up with a nice bracelet using Swarovski cubes (whotasurprise) and square bead frames – look for that as an inspiration as soon as I can get it back from Cynthia to shoot it (read – …

The Big Apple – Bead Show Weekend

Two competing shows opened on Friday. The first is the Whole Bead Show at the Metropolitan Pavilion. The first day is usually pretty busy as the wholesale and the experienced buyers come in early to have first dibs on the best stuff. This is one of the last big shows of the year, just in time for the pre-Christmas shoppers. Stuff from Swarovski beads to rusted steel chain can be found here. I picked up more of the Uber Curly Pigtails that we can never seem to keep in stock at the store. At one of my stone suppliers, the …