grumble mutter 20% everything – Happy New Year

Well – I was in the cozy afterglow of lovely Christmas dinner, grumble mutter millennium hand and shrimp … and Somebody Who Shall Remain Nameless says – “Let’s have a sale.” O_o Oiy. So all-righty then – 20% off everything. For the next week. Starting now. Go. Fine print here. Happy Boxing week! 😉 —-Also – If you are maybe thinking about your plans for next year; things you are planning to make, or learn, in the new year, here is an idea: Confirmed instructors include Pamela Kearns (beadwork), Darija Radic (metalwork); Anne Marie Desaulniers (mixed media); Liz Kennedy (metalwork); …

December 2019 Bead Mat Update: and more retro!

My December 2019 Bead Mat Update is still a little sparse, but I’ve fleshed it out with more retro photos. Words will still be shorter than normal, but definitely longer than last week! My friend Diane was de-stashing, and mailed me a few goodies from Texas. As soon as I spotted this experimental handwoven piece, I decided that I needed to create something with it for Christmas. But I didn’t really want to cut into it, so decided to stitch it to a piece of my precious St. Armand watercolour paper. Recognizing my limitations, I simply stitched it on for …

Happy New Year – Happy New You!

A brand new year – a brand new decade – and lots of opportunities to try something you’ve never done before! January’s highlight is the annual Class Kick-off on Saturday, January 4! Photos just don’t do projects justice and you really need to see them up close and personal. Confirmed instructors include Pamela Kearns (beadwork), Darija Radic (metalwork); Anne Marie Desaulniers (mixed media); Liz Kennedy (metalwork); Gillian Clarke (chainmaille); Christine Woollacott (enamelling, metal clay, metalwork); Liz Reynolds (metal clay); Catherine Sequalino Poitier (tambour embroidery); Marilyn Gardiner (chainmaille), Naomi Smith (beadwork), Deborah Beesley (wirework) and Ann Shewan (pebble drilling and cement …

where did December go? (it’s 20% off?)

Affiliate Program – We want to give you money! We will pay you to spread the beady word! Read more … Ack – we’re just a week away from Christmas, I have NO idea where December went. I swear, I thought there was two more weeks to go before the 25th. The weather can’t make up it’s mind, nearly everyone is fighting off a cold or stomach bug, and … well – panic and chaos all around. Tis the season. My toque is off to those of you who are organized and all ready to go. Or it would be, …

Of Things Past: A photo retrospective

Of things past will be a blog post that’s very light on words, but heavy on photos. I slipped on the ice, and broke my arm, but not a bad break, so only in a sling, and not a cast. Thank goodness for small mercies! I’m trying not to over do, so here are the photos. All mine, and made many years ago!!! No Stitch Meditations, some from my pre-BeadFX life, and past, and present BeadFX classes. No Bead Journal Project pieces either. Surprise, surprise!! I hope that you enjoyed this of things past post, and I hope to be …

New Year – New Learning Opportunities!

Do you set resolutions? To me, resolutions denote a negative that we are trying to change – ‘I’m giving up smoking’, or, ‘I’m giving up high fat food’. Instead, what if we choose to set goals – ‘I’m going to do something I’ve never done before’, or ‘I’m going to learn a new skill’? At the beginning of 2019, I set a goal to learn more about metalwork and wirework. I took classes with Robyn Cornelius (metalwork), Kaska Firor (wirework) and Liz Kennedy (does both) and I discovered I really enjoyed working in this new (to me!) medium. My goal …

when you come to the end of your rope …

When you come to the end of your rope, well, you can tie a knot and hang on, ooooor, you can finish it with one of these slick Glue-in Beaded Rope Caps and attach your clasp easily and with a finished look! TierraCast’s new Glue-in Beaded Rope Caps give you new dimensions in finishing your beading projects. This glue-in cap was inspired by the original line of lampwork bead findings from Tierracast, but is specifically designed with a peg suitable for the inside of the beaded rope. Full instructions for this project – Danielle’s Netted Rope Earrings, are here, on …

Is it time yet? I believe that it is!

Is it time yet, but why do you ask? It’s actually past time, but then that’s something that you’ll just need to deal with. Of course, when I ask “Is it time yet?”, I’m alluding to the fact that the holidays are drawing very close, but what does that mean to you? For me, it’s Christmas, but depending on your family, religious, and personal traditions, many of you, celebrate other winter holidays! It’s all good!! “Is it time yet?”, also means have you made your holiday gifts yet? Part of my holiday tradition, is to make a few handmade gifts …

2020 Classes are on the Horizon!

No, I’m not rushing the season – I’m looking forward to spending Christmas with my family and having some ‘down time’. Can’t rush that! But, a brand New Year is just around the corner and January (and some February) classes are now on-line. What can you look forward to? How about some seed bead classes with Anne Marie Desaulniers and Pamela Kearns! Christine Woollacott has metalwork classes that you’ll enjoy and are a perfect way to learn about some of the basics of this versatile technique. If you’re interested in chainmaille, then check out the classes with Marilyn Gardiner and …