Real Beads This Week

s64919 Glass Beads Wild Rose Flower 12mm - Aqua (12)Some real beads this week – traditional beads like flowers and leaves and firepolish donuts. Pretty novel, for a bead store, right?

These pretty flower beads inspired me to do this:

I am going to mount it in a shadow box – although, I have to admit – I kind of want to go berserk and keep going with it from here. The pendant stone is the Poppy Jasper Square Donut – Rosemary rejected this one as being damaged, so I decided to have a go with it.

s64612 Stone - 50mm Square Donut Pendant - Poppy Jasper

For the embellishment, I grabbed some Delicas – 10/0 Japanese Cylinders – Dyed Light Smoke Grey Silver Lined Alabaster (tube), Delicas – 10/0 Japanese Cylinders – Matte Metallic Patina Iris (5 grams), and some Delicas – 10/0 Japanese Cylinders – Opaque Limestone Luster (tube)

dbm0630 Delicas - 10/0 Japanese Cylinders - Dyed Light Smoke Grey Silver Lined Alabaster (tube)dbm0324 Delicas - 10/0 Japanese Cylinders - Matte Metallic Patina Iris (5 grams)dbm0211 Delicas - 10/0 Japanese Cylinders - Opaque Limestone Luster (tube)

The stick is courtesy of my dogs, that bring me a constant barrage of stuff in the hopes that something will get them a treat.

Other goodies this week – these strands of mixed Glass Beads – Random Shapes – Green Lumi (strand) are a nice casual chic combo – just begging to be a bracelet.

s64920 Glass Beads -  Random Shapes - Green Lumi (strand)s64920 Glass Beads -  Random Shapes - Green Lumi (strand)

Pressed Glass – glass beads that get their shape from being pressed into shape from molten glass – as opposed having the glass cut away by a faceting machine. If you don’t want the shape of flowers, how about flowers on your beads?

s64917 Glass Beads Dahlia Flower Coin 12mm - Turquoise (15)s64916 Glass Beads Lotus Flower Coin 18mm - Mauve Silk (12)

Leaves – these are the “classic” leaf – a staple of bead embroidery, embellishment, haute couture, and Czech-inspired boho jewelry. I think of them as the “airplane” leaves, see the airplane pattern in the veins – with little motion “zoomicles” coming out the back? Ha ha – now you can’t “un-see” it, can you? Honestly – we have lots of leaf beads and flower beads to choose from, in colors from naturalistic to not-even-remotely.

s64926 Glass Beads Leaf 7x12mm - Misty Sage (25)s64924 Glass Beads Leaf 5x10mm - Topaz Crystal (25)

s64923 Glass Beads Leaf 5x10mm - Turquoise Mauve (25)s64927 Glass Beads Leaf 5x10mm - Turquoise Amber (25)

s64928 Czech Glass Hibiscus Flower 7mm - Blue Turquoise Lumi (12)s64756 Glass Flower Beads Flared Cup Pressed Bell 7x5mm - Raven Black (Pack)

s63102 Glass Flower Beads Flared Cup Pressed Bell 7x5mm - Silver Etch (25)s62570 Czech Glass - 7mm Hibiscus Flower - Coral Red Picasso (12)

I used to focus on black flowers in my garden – black pansies, black tulips, etc. Nowadays – I have a black dog (and two more that are mostly black) that make gardening a challenge. If it can grow after being sat on, run over, or dug up – I consider it a win – whatever its color.

And, maybe a few nice clasps to go with those beads?

Nothing takes a simple bracelet and kicks it up a notch like a nice clasp. This simple toggle with a imitation opal is a nice choice. And this pearl version is nice too!

s64930 Toggle Clasp -  Simple Round Cabochon - Glass Opal - Sterling Silvers64933 Toggle Clasp -  Simple Round Cabochon - Grey Pearl - Sterling

If you have been admiring this froggy clasp, we now have in it brass, for almost half the price of the gold-plated version.

s64934 Clasp -  Frog on a Lily Pad - Bright Brasss63633 Clasp -  Frog on a Lily Pad - Gold Plated

Likewise, this showy Gingko-themed toggle clasp, Bright Brass, vs Sterling Silver

s64937 Toggle Clasp -  Ginkgo - Bright Brasss8328 Toggle Clasp - 30mm Ginkgo - Sterling

And this clasp, not quite so big a difference pricewise, because the gold plated one is old stock from before the price of gold went up. We won’t be able to re-stock it at that price!

s64939 Toggle Clasp -  Ornated Carved - Bright Brasss63655 Toggle Clasp -  Ornated Carved - Gold Plated

We have no equivalent for this owl clasp though. We have other owls aplenty, mind you.

s64935 Clasp -  Branch Manager Owl - Gold Plated

Maybe a pussy-cat to go with those owls? The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to bead some beautiful pea-green beads.

s64914 Czech Glass Beads -  Sitting Cat - Memories of Egypt (15)

There is a few more items, oh, and a shout out to Laura, who wanted to buy the rest of the GoodFelt beading foundation colors as singles instead of packs – available now! 😉 You, too, are welcome to make product suggestions!

74509858-20s Bead Embroidery GoodFelt Beading Foundation 8.5x11in - Sky Blue74509858-18s Bead Embroidery GoodFelt Beading Foundation 8.5x11in - Seafoam
74509858-12s Bead Embroidery GoodFelt Beading Foundation 8.5x11in - Purple74509858-11s Bead Embroidery GoodFelt Beading Foundation 8.5x11in - Light Purple


Don’t forget to check out the Manager’s specials, on sale to make room for new stuff. These are selling fast – don’t dawdle! Scoop ’em up!

Rhombus Beads – 50% off

Wire Lace (Woven Wire Ribbon) 50% off

Soutache Cord – 50% off

Rivets ‘n’ Stuff (Selected items) – 50%

Cali beads – 50% off.

Bow Beads – 50% off

Link Beads – 50% off

Can’t find what you are looking for? Feel free to just email us and ask!

Bead shopping in the time of COVID-19 – This Week – July 2

Where did the year go? Oh yeah – quarantine and isolation. It’s a different world now, that’s for sure. We hope you had a lovely Canada Day, and stayed safe while enjoying the weather. And a Happy and safe Fourth of July as well.


Open for in-store Shopping – Wednesday – Saturday 11-6. Reservations preferred.

Wear a mask | Social distance | Hand sanitizer at the door.

Closed Sunday.

Monday & Tuesdays, we will be in-store picking and shipping. Curbside pick up available 11-6. No in-store access.

We are back up to speed in picking and shipping. Canada Post states on their website: “Customers should anticipate delays as important safety measures, including physical distancing, means it takes longer to process heavy parcel-volumes.” Sigh.

Online orders, pre-paid only, can be picked up curbside 11-6, Monday – Friday.

  • If you are local – you should see an option to select “Store Pick-up/Walk in” in the shopping cart as the shipping method. You will not be charged for shipping, even if you are under the free shipping limit.
  • If, for some reason, you do not see the option for “Store Pick-up/Walk in” – say, your address on file falls outside the computer’s definition of “local,” but you still want to come and get it, then you can choose “call-back” as an option, and tell us you want to pick it up in the comment box, and we will remove the shipping, and call you for payment info.
  • We will call when it is ready and arrange a pick-up window of time. Pick-ups will be on Mondays to Fridays, 11-6 pm.

Phones are being answered Monday through Saturday (11 am – 6 pm). If you need answers about does “this” go with “that,” just ask and we will try to help.

You are all awesome – we are profoundly grateful for your support and happy to be part of creative process, or coping strategy, as the case may be!

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