Delicious Little Bon-Bons

Today’s selection consists of some bite-size, tasty little beads with yummy textures. May I present an appetizer of some adorable little mush-butts – mushroom button beads – if you please? The menu is ripe with contradictions – these are shaped like the delicate petals of a flower, but colored like exotic granite. And if you are fond of Eggplant, well – good for you. I’m not going to fight you for it. The color yes, but not the actual vegetable. 😉 If you have an etch to scratch, then these beads are etchy. Would you like some cutlery with that? …

Cat’s Eye, Chakra, OOAK Cabs, Bit of a Hurry

Sorry folks – working on something BIG and suffering from a bit of a time crunch, so brace yourself, the update is coming atcha at the speed o’ light! Hang in there. Cats Eye & Eagle Eye This lovely shimmery natural Cat’s Eye is a far-cry from the man-made fiber-optic beads that are also called Cat’s Eye. Nothing wrong with those, they are pretty and fun, but this is the original, the inspiration, so to speak. And this will look amazing in your own handmade jewelry, whether you are making something office chic or evening elegant. Or for just making …

An Ocean Trip

Oh book me a ship, for an ocean trip acrost the navy sea to an isle so fair, that turtles swim there though ever so far it be An island with charms to fill a seastar’s arms and shells both large and wee We’ll drop anchor there, and with nary a care, Nap under the coconut tree. Website tweaking We are doing some tweaking and fine-tuning to the website in order to make it easier to find what you are looking for. With 50,000 products, even I have days when I look at something and can’t remember that we have …

Knot just a pretty pearl

Pearls – a classic look that never dies – the beauty and timelessness of pearls are eternal. Pearls aren’t just about a graduated-strand of matched-colour anymore! If you’d like to nod to tradition while putting your own stamp on your handmade jewelry, check out this week’s new Keishi pearls. Random shapes, not unlike a potato chip or a cornflake! – these pearls have the color and lustre of traditional pearls with a modern organic shape. Pearls have small holes, so choose a fine softflex to string them, or go for the traditional knotting silk. (New colors also this week.) You …

I goofed up … Sale still on

Call me … disorganized? Just don’t call me late for the sale! What was I thinking? Our big summer sale carries on until the end of July! (Midnight EDT July 31)! So what the heck was I thinking? I’m blaming it on “puppy brain.” That’s my excuse and I’m sticking with it. Anyway – you need to be smarter (or more focused) than me, and jump on board for the savings. Stock up for the summer vacations – beading on the dock at the cottage – or staycations – beading in the comfy calm of your home. Either way – …

Ooops – forgot this!

20% – – SALE! SALE! SALE! – – 20% How could I forget? I tell you – this humidity is making my brain melt. Apparently, it’s “The Excuse to Hide Inside Sale.” Or the Summer Sale, for short. 😉 We’re having a sale – 20% or more off everything* in the store. *Some select items excluded. You know the drill. But if not, the fine print is here. *The Fine Print is here. Some items ARE excluded from this sale. Class fees, gift certificates, studio time, lampworking stuff, consignment art beads, special orders, some metal clay items, some tools, and …

Sweet Summer Color

Sweet summer colors, like fresh flowers, summery prints, sherbet, fruit – colors that are both soft and intense at the same time! From Preciosa – Natural Pink and Natural Lilac. These glass seed beads are not dyed. And they come in size 10/0s, size 8/0s, size 6/0s, and the monster size 2/0. Or how about these dreamy Bondeli superduo colors? Available for a limited time only, these matte finish colours are as summery as swimming holes and hot dogs. Or Adirondack chairs and BBQ. Or sunburn and bug bites. 😉       Hmmm – that coral color reminds me …

Labra-Oodles

Not Labradoodles – but oodles of Labradorite! I have to tell you – Labradorite is one of our most popular stones. I think the thrill of finding good labradorite is unbeatable, and it is quietly beautiful with flashes of brilliance, as opposed to flashy and in your face. Like having a secret super power! There is something mystical and magical about it’s misty depths and inner glow. This week, in addition to our existing variety of beads, we have some breathtaking One-of-a-Kind Labradorite pendants. And I do mean breath-taking! There is a legend, according the the interwebs, (so it must …

Catch you on the Diopside

Aren’t these gorgeous? Emeralds wish they looked this good – in fact – they are green with envy. But not green enough! These are Diopside – and they are the green that makes you think of mother earth, emerald forests, jungle escapes and hidden glades. This week is another treasure trove of Mother Nature’s gifts. For instance, these Elytra – (beetle wing covers) – we have them with holes and without now. They are a traditional craft item from India and Thailand, and are sourced from wood boring beetles that have passed on after their natural life span of about …

Golden Summer

Ah yes – it is officially summer. Sweet, soft summer breezes; late evenings with friends. Lazy days and sparkling light off the water. Summer is golden – especially when you live where the winter seems to try and kill you. To celebrate summer – how about the rich look of gold? Bead caps and cones – use in your jewelry to bring multiple strands together, or to accent a single bead, or even a bunch of special beads. Or make a statement with these fine focal pendants! Or take a look at this! This solid cast bead is heavy and …