New Glass Carriers & Slender Miyuki Bugles

Carrier Beads – A two-hole rectangular bead that you can use by itself – or as a base for a peyote stitched seedbead band. Now we have more colours, so the options for using them without the embellishment increase! And you might want some of our new colourful magnetic clasps to finish off those carrier bead bracelets –   Bugles! We don’t want to blow our horn, but bugles are a blast! We just added the 6 mm Miyuki Slender Bugles – in 10 gram tubes, or in 250 gram packs – in case you are beading a wedding dress …

As Promised, Lapis Cabs

I promised you Lapis Lazuli cabochons – and here they are. One of a Kind – please don’t wait – they will go fast. I don’t think I need to say anything else – they speak for themselves – “I’m bluuuuue – buy me.” At least – that’s what they say to me. 😉   What’s next? Here’s a clue … Tiger Iron! No actual tigers were ironed in the making of these beads – Tiger Iron is a combination of Tigereye, Hematite and Red Jasper. Tigereye and Hematite are both minerals that are iron-rich – but we don’t recommend …

Ice Is Nice – Swarovski Ice that is!

Thinking of frosting yourself with a little sparkling ice for the winter season? Soon, fall will splash her colours on the trees, frost will glitter in the a.m. – in some places – you’ve already had it this year. So here’s a thought – how about some rhinestones and the settings to pop them into. A little bling for the year-end parties? If you’ve been eyeing the Gita rhinestone settings – we have them for you! We have new choices in settings – and the stones to go with them. From pendants to links to earrings – you can flaunt …

Stunning Lapis Pendants, Demi Rounds, Finials …

Here we have – another rocking collection of one of a kind stone pendants – hand-shaped, each one unique in shape and pattern. Lapis Lazuli – as I have been known to remark – is the most beautiful stone on the planet, and has been considered so by many people for thousands of years. You may quibble if you like, but … 😉 And if you prefer cabochons to pendants – sit tight – we’ll have a bunch of those coming up in a few weeks too. These are OOAK – One Of A Kind – so don’t let them …

20% off continues … Do you Spook?

20% off the store (mostly – the fine print is here) continues to Sep 26 … Do you Spook? Are you a Hallow-weenie? Are you wearing black just until something darker comes along? Does your ideal house perch on top of a hill with owls and spooky trees? Owls – check. Choose this gothy owl with spooky wings, or these rather more menacing looking Grrrr – owls. Search here for all our owls – we have an impressive collection – ignoring all the Howlite that comes up in the search as well … O_o. Spooky trees – check. We have …

Strike … before Canada Post does – 20% off now

Canada Post is now in a position to strike on Sep 27. Will they, or won’t they? Whatever they do, you should plan ahead. So we are having a sale – 20% off everything* – so that you can stock up now before you can’t get your stuff delivered. BTW – a strike will make no difference to our American friends, but you can still get in on the savings. BUT – because we didn’t want to hold them up, we’re still adding the new Link beads to the website – so you have new stuff that IS on sale! …

Rhombuses and Ooak Lampwork Dragons, oh my!

Two very exciting new items this week – which to talk about first? Ok – the Rhombus beads! The Rhombus bead is a larger than usual 2-hole bead – designed by Lena Gillespie for the Canadian manufacturer and wholesaler – John Bead. It is a a parallelogram with opposite equal acute angles and opposite equal obtuse angles, and four equal sides. They fit together like puzzle pieces and because they are a larger size – they work up quickly. They are fun to play with! And, of course, my burning question is … can you make a stretchy bracelet out …

Beads can add years to your life

Add years and improve the quality of your life. Repetitive motion activities, like stringing beads, bead weaving, lampworking, hammering metal, even sorting and picking out beads, can trigger a state of “flow” in your brain, in the same way that meditation can. In addition to making an already happy person happier, it is also effective for dealing with stress by activating the parasympathetic nervous system (the involuntary system that controls heart beat, blood pressure, etc.), and – in turn – quieting the “fight or flight” response. Because we all have stress in our lives. We might not be chased by …

Twist and Hex … or The Endless Band Looms

Well, Bead it up Baby Twist and Hex Come on, come on, come, come on bead it now Come on and bead it next ooooo, aaaaahh …. Get your bead on … feel the bead … let your fingers dance to the rhythm … New this week – we’ve added the Miyuki Twisted Hex Cut size 10/0s. The twisted and faceted shape make for an interesting visual texture, and a more unpredictable play of light. Unpredictable is good, right? Oooo, shiney. Ask not for whom the bead looms – it looms for thee! If you are currently being torn between …

Stoney Stuff

Old Stoneface has struck again and we have some of your favourite stones on deck this week. We have tourmaline – which is tourmalicious. Tourmaline means many-coloured, and from cream to butterscotch to strawberry to berry to licorice – tourmaline is many-flavoured too. Labradorite, labradorite, can’t get enough of that labradorite! Also classic – Amethyst! Dog Tooth Amethyst, with it’s distinctive jagged bands of white and cream, and the classic purple amethyst too. But, with either one, remember to not store them in sunlight – UV light will fade your amethyst. (I found this out the hard way – I …