Sneak Peek at Next Week

Coming next week – Graceful, handmade Sonoran Leaves – handmade glass leaves. Some new colours in Firepolish. And 2 sizes of Precisosa Machine Cut Flowers that go beautifully with the Swarovski Margaritas to make a most excellent Christmas Tree.

The BeadFX Buyer in the Big Apple – Day 2

Today I spent some time at one of my stranger bead places. This warehouse is run by an old gentleman and his daughter who buy out the stocks of stores or jewelry-related businesses that have closed down. There are rooms and rooms full to the ceiling with boxes. The only way you can move around in this place is to pick up the box in front of you, drop it behind you, take the next box, put it behind you, etc until you have cleared a box-sized spaced in front of you. Take one step forward and then repeat…. This …

The BeadFX Buyer in the Big Apple

I’m in NYC for a little shopping and a little R&R. This is Bead Week in NY, culminating in two shows this coming weekend. First I stopped in to one of the big Swarovski distributors. They tend to have some of the Out Of Production stuff that is difficult to get elsewhere. Out Of Production, or OOP in Swarovski-speak means that they are no longer making the item. Every month, there’s a big list of items that Swarovski declares is now OOP. This doesn’t necessarily mean that it is gone forever. Swarovski usually hedges their bets by saying that they …

Some Fall Fun

If you are looking for a bit fun this fall why not try a class. There is still time to take Dwyn’s 8 week Lampworking 101 beginning October 16th at 6:30. This class runs until December 4th–it is a detailed and extensive introduction to making glass beads. You also get to hang out with Dwyn our webmistress–how cool is that! Although the October 18th Charmed I’m Sure class with Heather Denison is full, the Tuesday October 21st class is still open. This is a 7 hour introduction and you will have time to make a few pieces and likely leave …

Million Dollar Necklace

I will be demoing my “Million Dollar Necklace” this Friday and Saturday at the Creativ Festival (in Toronto, in the South Building of the Metro Convention Centre.) This will be the first time that I have demo’ed this piece, and I know quite a few people have asked about it. It’s was dubbed the Million Dollar Necklace partially because, loaded as it is with Swarovski Crystals – it’s fairly pricey to make – but mostly because – you feel like a million dollars wearing it! It’s truly Oscar-worthy. You’ll never be anything other than the centre of attention wearing this! …

Demo Schedule for Creativ Festival

Here’s a our planned schedule for demos for the Creativ Festival – subject, of course, to change! Creative Festival BeadFX In-Booth Demonstration Schedule Friday October 17th 11:00 Silver Art Clay Demonstration with Jennifer Tough12:00 Silent Night Swarovski Christmas Ornaments with Dwyn Tomlinson1:00 Million Dollar Necklace with Dwyn Tomlinson 2:00 Coach Lantern Earrings with Dwyn Tomlinson3:00 Cubic Bling Bling Bracelet with Dwyn Tomlinson 4:00 Snowflakes with Swarovski Crystals5:00 Christmas Blossom Brooch with Nadine Foskin6:00 Christmas Tree Earrings with Nadine7:00 Last Minute Gift Ideas!!! Saturday October 18th 10:30 Snowflakes with Swarovski Crystals11:00 Crystallized Gift Tags and Bags with Pam Carson-Mitchell12:00 Swarovski Rainbow …

Creativ Festival

Ya know, sometimes I wonder if we simply thrive on stress, and we’ve just become so used to it, that we simply don’t know what to do with ourselves unless we’ve got 15 projects on the go. We’re still trying to catch up from the sale. This one was particularly successful, with a record number of orders coming through on the Sunday. I want to thank everyone for your patience while we catch up. I especially want to commend Lee. All my staff are awesome, but the fact that Lee hasn’t called in dead, and is still speaking to me …

What I did on my Vacation – or – I’m baaaaack!

Hey – I’m baaaaaack – back from 5 days in Florence, Kentucky, where I got sunburned to a crisp. October. Sunburn. Kentucky – who knew? We’re so pale here in Canada – we don’t even have to go to the topics to get badly sunburned. I went to the world German Shepherd Schutzhund competition. What the? Whosis? Schutzhund – pronounce that shutz (rhymes with “puts”) hund (rhymes with “fund”). Schutzhund is a dog sport that was initially developed to test the merits and strengths of the German Shepherd Dog breed – designed by the breed’s founder to, as he put …

Happy Thanksgiving

Today is turkey cooking day. I love eating turkey, I’m just not so fond of cooking them. This year I’m going to try something different. My mother thinks she remembers hearing a woman on the radio talking about cooking the turkey upside down ( breast down) Supposedly, this keeps the breast meat really tender instead of drying out. At least it’s just family coming for dinner tonight. If it doesn’t turn out, my mom won’t mind too much 🙂 I do have the rest of my necklaces done, from Fridays inspiration. At some point today in between cooking, I’ll get …

Sneak Peek at Next Week

Ah! – wait’ll you get a load of these! You know those gorgeous square and round Swarovski crystal fancy stones – the big ones with the centre hole like a donut but no little hole for stringing. Lookit what weeee found – mounts for ’em! New stone of the month too – Sardonyx!