2018 – Live Purple

2017 is on it’s way out the door – and a lot of people will be happy to see it go. Pantone has declared that the 2018 colour of the year is Purple. Actually – they are calling it Ultra Violet – but, to the best of my knowledge, you can’t actually see Ultra Violet unless you are a bee – A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future. Nevertheless – Pantone 18-3838 “Ultra Violet” is a very pretty shade of blue-purple violet – a …

Help Us Help Others with the BeadFX Food Drive

Many of us in Toronto and the surrounding area are lucky! We have some discretionary money that we can spend on non-essentials that won’t impact on monies we need to pay our bills, rent or mortgage, and other necessities. Many in Toronto are not so lucky and are having problems managing the essentials. These individuals and families need to decide if money goes toward food or hydo or rent or anything else that may be required for daily living. Families are particularly hard hit because it means children go hungry. Another group of people whose needs are increasing are senior …

Deals Juicier than that Turkey!

Gobble up these bargains because I can’t guarantee that there will be left overs! Juicy golden premium Amber! More golden than that turkey, and guaranteed not to put you to sleep. Or add pounds. Because one of the nice things about amber is how lightweight and warm it is! Gobble these up at 40% off! You know you’ve been eyeing these! Got a crafty friend, niece, auntie? Want to get them involved in your favourite pastime? Buy them a Discovery Kit – packed with the stuff you need to get them started. Also 40% off. – Black Friday special! Stops …

STOP THE PRESSES – WE HAVE TWO ITEMS AT 35% OFF!

STOP THE PRESSES WE HAVE TWO ITEMS AT 35% OFF! Yeah – I know – big whoop – but that makes them?… $150 off!!!!! Each! While supplies last – Bulk 100 gram bags of #712 Japanese Seedbeads – 8/0 Toho Seedbeads – 24k Gold Plated (100 grams) (Bulk pack) and #722 Japanese Seedbeads – 11/0 Toho Seedbeads – Galvanized Midas Gold (100 grams) (Bulk pack) Only til Nov 30 – that gives you time to talk your friends into splitting it with you. Or not. 😉

Meet Joy Munshower – Fri – Nov 17

Even if you don’t feel up to the challenge of taking Joy’s class next week – you can still come out and meet her – she is a lovely, down-to-earth, kind person – and you can see and, yes, even purchase her beads in person. Light refreshments will be served, and you can buy a bead and browse for the perfect beads and findings to go with it. What a lovely treat for yourself, or what an awesome gift for someone special! This event is free, so drop on by – we’d love to see you! Friday – Nov 17. …

InspirationFX: Stacker Bracelets

Get your creative juices flowing ~ ~ ~ Stacker Bracelets Designed by: Dwyn Tomlinson I have a bunch of stretchy bracelets here – yes – more stretchy bracelets – I have armfuls of them now, and people are fascinated by them.They are very relaxing to make, and fun to wear! I usually wear 6 or more at a time, and I see that on etsy they are being called “stacker”bracelets. A friend had me repair one for her that she bought – it is a”big name” with an accent bead with a logo on it – I nearly had heart …

Dream Enchanted Night Music with Betty Stephan

As a child, my mom got me doing embroidery – the chain stitch, lazy daisy, outline – all done with a needle and colourful embroidery floss on a pre-printed design. And yes, stitched embroidery continues to this day – but I know she would be astounded with BEAD embroidery! If you haven’t caught the bead embroidery bug (the wonderment is contagious!) and are filled with admiration about what bead embroidery can produce but are worried if you can do it? YES, YOU CAN! Betty Stephan is an award-winning design and much sought-after designer. She has designed her classes so that …

InspirationFX: Laredo Lariet

Laredo Lariet Designed by: Dwyn Tomlinson You – sometimes you sit down to make one thing, and a different piece of jewelry happens! I was going to make a necklace with tassels, but then I had these beads on the table and the next thing you know, I’m using them instead! The basic idea is the same – the very fine chain and the silicone-filled slider bead to make the clasp. Just be sure that you put the slider bead on BEFORE you add the beads dangling at the end. Don’t ask me why I think it is very important …

Some Enchanted Beading …

there will come a beader … across a beady class … Who is this enchanting beader? Who is Betty Stephan? Betty has won numerous international awards for her bead embroidery and has been published in several books and publications. Her necklace Cathedral Windows is pictured on the cover of 500 Beaded Jewelry and she was one of 30 featured artists in the book Marcia DeCoster Presents.   Her collars, Barcelona (2016) and Carousel of Time (2015), both won 3rd place in the Bead Dreams competition and her necklace Changes won grand prize in Bead Star competition in 2014. She teaches …