Argh Matey – There be Pyrites

These be One-Of-A-Kind Pyrites, not like Pyrites were ever exactly popped out of a mold. This one is Big Louie Ben Grimm Lady Black The Squibb Ultima Thule, or Peanut Head. These are cabochons – for want of a better word. They have no hole, and are flat and polished on one side, but this side is cooler. IMHO. But, speaking of Cabochons, we do have more new this week. 😉 Most excellent for wire wrapping. We also have some Mixed Boxes of Findings. Good starter packs or for traveling. And if the assembling of your project requires the application …

Baroque Cabs, Rose Quartz, Are you being Sardonyx?, Ocean Jasper

It was a dark and stormy night. A bad night to be out in it. But I drive a cab. So I’m out in it. I spend all my money on ornate 17th century art and then decorate my vehicle with it. I’m a baroque cab. I have so much stuff, I only have room for me and one passenger. I’m a “two-hole” cab. C’mon on all you Uber dudes, I’d like to see you make puns like that. I look out the window and see this dame I know. Rose Quartz is her name. She’s a one-of-a-kind. She’s soaking …

Smoke Gets in your Eyes & Hearts are Wild

They asked me how I knew, My love of beads was true, I, of course, replied My stash is vast and wide I will not be denied. They said some day you’ll find A craft to change your mind. But when you think you might, Then you realize Smokey Quartz has grabbed your eyes If the Smokey Quartz doesn’t grab your eyes, maybe the Lepidolite will. Need more pink? Picture Australia – no, wait – Australian Picture Jasper! Poppy Jasper Links! Earring Starter Kits Here’s a nifty and useful thing – a starter kit for earrings. Maybe you are doing …

A Dessert of Rocks, and I have an Impression there is a Sale

Ah, modoms et monsieur! Zo good to see you again. Zis week – we have more stones for your dining pleasure, and a sale, BUT, ah must hasten to add, NOT a sale on the stones. Ah just wanted to clarify that up front. 😉 I zink you will find the sale, riveting and it will make an impression … But first, dessert. Because life is short – we must eat dessert first, no? Can I interest modom in zome icy Rutile Quartz rounds? A zesty blend of frosty quartz and delicate inky rutile inclusions? Or perhaps zome of ze …

Welcome to the Stone Age

As promised at the beginning of the year, this week we start rolling out some premium stone beads and pendants and cabochons that were recently unearthed in the preparations for my renovation. Ahem. My bad – but the good news is, this is quality that even a few short years later, is getting harder and harder to find. First up – a stunning assortment of Amazonite. Strands of beads … Or these One of a Kind strands of large, freeform stones that you can use one at a time, or in one fabulous statement piece. Turquoise Heishi, just because. Reaching …

Back on the Chain, Gang

More surprises that come from cleaning up … we had a bunch of these a while back, sold it all out – well apparently – we had more and I missed it. So, you get a second chance. Some folks call it rosary chain, but you can use it for much more than that. It looks great for layering … make a bunch of chains at various lengths, and then stack with other pieces to get yourself the layered, multi look. And – there are bigger varieties too – bigger stones, more chain. One stone and a segment of chain …

And … we’re back …

New Year, new stuff Butter Jasper, and the Benefits of Making As some of you know, I spent most of the Christmas “break,” and I use that term loosely, working with my significant other to transform my office space from butt-ugly to … well, normal looking. Tearing down the grotesque spiky spackle ceiling, the gawdawful 60’s paneling, putting up drywall and – o.m.g. INSULATION, (because there.wasn’t.any!) and a suspended ceiling. One third of it is done, and I have moved down the room to the finished part, and now the rest needs to be done. Only one day of computer …

Holiday Quiet

I hope you had a lovely holiday, merry and bright, or silent night, depending on your taste. I personally spent it learning to install insulation and drywall – which is considered a family activity around here. Picture me at my computer right now, half of my office is missing a ceiling, and the other half is the old ceiling, which is a world contender for ugliest ceiling ever – daggerous stalactites and pseudo-tudor fake black beams. The kind of room that makes you say – “we’ll have to renovate that.” Note to everyone: Do not move into a room in …

Time to Charm

If you don’t have your hand-made Christmas gifts finished by now, A) – it’s a bit late, and B) – you’re in good company. Are you sorting out your friends/projects by the order you are most likely to see them in? I know I am. True friends will understand, and not-true-friends don’t deserve hand-made. So there. So let’s be charming. Charming as in TierraCast charms – that will spin you on a trip around the world! First – to the Orient! Here we find Dragons, cavorting on clouds overhead, swimming through the sky. It’s very lucky … To spot the …

We will, we will BEAD YOU

Honey, you’re a gal with some beads string-in’ on your mat, gonna be a great piece some day You got beads on your face It’s no disgrace Beading your stuff all over the place Singin’ We will, we will, bead you We will, we will, bead you Your earworm of the day. You’re welcome. And how may we bead you today? How about the new Swarovksi Iridescent Tahitian Look Pearl? Unlike the old Swarovski Tahitian Look pearl, … (Discontinued, but we have a few left if you want them) which was a dark steel grey, the new Tahitian look has …