Pearls & Sinew

Leather & Lace, Silk & Steel, Velvet & Iron – If you want to talk about contrasts, grace and strength, beauty and determination, elegance and toughness – you can add Pearls & Sinew to the list. I immediately get a picture in my head of a very proper older lady, thin as a rail,backbone straight as a poker, with eyes the color of a storm cloud and a fierce determination to protect those which she considers to be her own. Her friends, her family, her land. There is a pack of dogs at her feet, a snooty cat at her …

Bead Shopping in the time of COVID – Jan 20 2021

We are still locked down here.  Stay home, folks, stay safe. Shop online. We are still able to pick and ship your orders, and Curbside pick up is available Mon – Friday: 11-6.   We have enough space to continue to work safely. Those of us who can work from home, are. (me!). Please place your order online. We pick orders in the order we receive them. We are happy to combine orders to save the shipping.   Phones are being answered Monday through Friday (11 am – 6 pm). If you need answers about does “this” go with “that,” …

Website Maintenance

And, we’re back. Whew. That was not an easy birth. Our server upgrade was finished by lunch – if you are having one of those days when you get lunch at 11 p.m. We are still metaphorically mopping up the electrons and putting the bytes back on the shelves. If you have any problems or notice anyweirdness on the site, shoot us an email. If you see a banner on the site that says we are down for maintenance, close your browser and start again. We appreciate the heck out of your patience!

Service Interruption – Website Maintenance

We are scheduled for a server maintenance day on Tuesday (Feb 19). We need to count the bits and polish up the electrons. (Actually – we are moving to a new server.) If you go to the site and it says “Maintenance” at the top of the page – that is what is going on. Thank you for your patience!

The Cab-oniferous Period

Back in the caboniferous period, before the evolution of the button, mighty cabs ruled the earth, crashing through the jungle, terrorizing all who encountered them. However – the evolution of the button, with its fancy-schmancy metal loop on the back, put paid to all but the hardiest of this now elusive species of adornment. These days, those lovely, shank-less button cabs – so beloved of bead embroiderers, embellishers and other beady folk are an elusive species. But we managed to find some for you. Of course, with any round-up of creatures as rare as this, a few stragglers are bound …

Bead Shopping in the time of COVID – Jan 13 2021

Stay home, folks, stay safe. Shop online. We are still able to pick and ship your orders, and Curbside pick up is available Mon – Friday: 11-6.   We have enough space to continue to work safely. Those who can work from home, are. Please place your order online. We pick orders in the order we receive them. We are happy to combine orders to save the shipping.   Phones are being answered Monday through Friday (11 am – 6 pm). If you need answers about does “this” go with “that,” just ask and we will try to help. We …

New Beads for a New Year

New Beads for a New Year Well – here we are. 2021. Still collectively holding our breath, I think. Around here – a new year means new beads. And this week – the new beads are just luscious! We have some new Dagger Beads! Some with “etch” texture, and other with other interesting effects, such as Celestial or Granite.   As an antidote to the daggers, the Mushroom Button Drops, which are as round and organic and grounded as the daggers are ethereal and flippy-floppy. I personally love the way daggers move and lay like  scales or feathers, and then …

Bead Shopping in the time of COVID – Jan 7 2021

We are still in lockdown. Stay home, folks, stay safe. Shop online.  We are still shipping, and Curbside pick up is available Mon – Friday: 11-6.   Please place your order online. We pick orders in the order we receive the order. In order, so to speak. We will call you when your order is ready. In order for you to pick it up. How many orders would an order-picker pick if an order-picker picked in order?   Phones are being answered Monday through Friday (11 am – 6 pm). If you need answers about does “this” go with “that,” …

Bead shopping in the time of COVID-19 – Jan 2021

Welcome to the New Year – 2021 We are still in lockdown. Stay home, folks, stay safe. We are still shipping. Curbside pick up available Mon – Friday: 11-6.   Please place your order online. We will call you when your order is ready.   Phones are being answered Monday through Friday (11 am – 6 pm). If you need answers about does “this” go with “that,” just ask and we will try to help. We are pleased and proud to be part of your creative journey, relaxation and coping strategy – at any time – pandemic or not. Stay …

Out, damned 2020! Out, I say!

As years go – it’s time this one went. All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this past year. But it has not been an idle year for us. We bravely leapt into the world of online classes – we learned lots of good stuff about doing that. The big take-away was – a cable provides better connectivity than wi-fi.;-) We found that now we can take our classes to everyone, regardless of geography! Some of our instructors took to it like ducks to water – happily offering classes from where ever they are in the world, without the …