Inventory is Over!

Finally, after 11000 product numbers, 300 inventory pages, 275 man-hours and 7 lbs of elastic bands, our annual inventory is finished! A giant thank you goes out to all our staff, family and friends that got roped into helping us count for the last two and a half days. And boy, do we have a heck of a lot of leaves and flowers! After counting just shy of 1000 crabapple leaves, I started to think it might be faster to count the leaves on the crabapple tree in my yard! Megan has decided, after completing page after page of botanical …

Woven Starlight: Necklace by Marg

Check out the latest creation by Marg, in our gallery. Marg doesn’t get a lot of time to make new jewelry, but when she does! boyohboy! This features a Swarovski rivoli, sterling wire and rhodium plated size 15/0s. Marg says that it is not finished (wowsers! there’s more!) but: I haven’t finished the rest of the necklace because I haven’t quite mastered the technique of doing tubular bead crochet with size 15 beads. I can barely see the 15/0’s, never mind seeing which way they are oriented! More detail pictures and Marg’s full comments are here in our gallery!

Standard Colours

Many, many moons ago, when I did the bulk of the buying for beadfx – and you can thank your lucky stars that someone with better negotiating skills is doing that job now! – I was at one of our major wholesalers, and their agent was showing me a new line of beads. “What do you think of these?” she asked me. “Those’d sell,” I grunted, non-noncommittally. “Okay,” she replied, “I’ll bring them in in the usual colours?” Well, I knew exactly what she meant by “usual colours” – but I thought maybe you’d like to know too. With the …

Open beading night

We had our first open beading night on Friday night with a small group of us. All of us made major headway on some projects that have been in the UFO (unfinished objects) pile for quite some time. I took the opportunity to reaquint myself with seedbeads. Many years ago I started by bead journey with stringing and seedbead work. I was around 16! A soon as I got bitten with the lampworking bug, the time consuming seed bead work was put aside. I started with a simple 2 drop peyote bracelet, and was pleasantly surprised at how fast my …

Big Bold Bug Art

Every year, I try to get to the One of a Kind Craft show, here in Toronto. And one artist I used to look for every year was “the bug lady” – a woman who did these incredible sculptures of bugs – over the top, magnificently surreal representations of bugs and beetles. Eventually, she stopped showing there, and I lost track of her. But, I recently googled her name, Elizabeth Goluch, and Lo! She has a website. Check out her work, jewelry and sculpture of bugs made in gold, silver, copper and gemstones. (Pictured to the left, from my personal …

Sneak Peek at Next Week

What’s in the queue for next week? Well, we had squarelets, which were flat squares that hang like drops, so it seems only fair to have Ovalets! Actually, they are called ovaltines – not to be confused withe the drink. Not as many colours as the squares, but I’m thinking that they could hang in nice grapey clusters off chain. New sterling chain – I’ve already started using this one – I know, so unfair – and I always get compliments on it when I wear it. A couple of new items in stone beads – check out this – …

Another Exciting Change to our Website!

Woo hoo! Finally! Pictures and clickable links in the shopping cart. Now, when you put items into your shopping cart – you’ll be able to see a picture! Easier to remember what the item was, and get an overall sense of whether the items you are picking go together, and if you forgot something! I can’t begin to tell you how long we have wanted to be able to give you this – and now, here it is. [insert happy dance here!!!!11!1!]

Kudos to You: Corsage Project

Kudos to you, all of you who contributed to the Corsage Project. For those of you not in the know, the Corsage Project is a charity to collect and organize and distribute prom dresses, jewellery, shoes, hair styling, limos, flowers – all the accoutrements of prom night – so that young women who have earned the right to graduate, but might skip the ceremony for financial pressures can still attend and graduate in style and without fear of peer pressure. Each year, we coordinate donating handmade jewellery so that these girls have a special momento of that special night. I …