Let’s Talk Bead: Then remember to play!

Let’s talk bead, but you must remember to play! Play is as essential as life, and we have a serious advantage, but we do know how to bead! Beading, and other hand crafts, are very therapeutic! They help to lower your stress levels, and who doesn’t need to lower those right now? I don’t want to dwell on the elephant in the room, but instead let’s talk bead! In last week’s blog post I gave you some simple instructions, on how to make a Bead Meditation. Did any of you try this out? If you did, please forward photos to …

Chroma Pliers, Fan-Tassels, Eastery Pearls, Still 15%, Still Shipping

Tooooools. Rainbow colored pliers. Oh my! OK, I know what you are thinking, well, if you are thinking the same thing that I thought. That assumes you are as much of a tool junkie + cynic as I am. 😉 “OMG – I want. Gawd, it’s probably a gimmick and they are awful.” That said, I gave the go-ahead to order some of these anyway. And, much to my surprise – they are actually quite nice tools! The handles are sleek and smooth to the touch. The action is nice, they are nicely balanced, they close at the tip! The …

Bead Meditations: Something to think about!

Bead meditations are a fusion of intuitive bead embroidery, and Stitch Meditations. But that’s my story, and I’m sticking to it!! I get immense satisfaction, from my Stitch Meditations! Yes, I have added a few beads, in the past, but never enough! Could this be a totally new category? Is that enough? Make it so!! With Stitch Meditations, it’s all about the stitch, and any embellishment will always take a back seat. However, with Bead Meditations, it’s a little bit of fabric, and stitch, but beads add the wow factor. You use a needle, and thread, for both of them. …

Question Corner: Beading Thread

Every so often, we get questions about materials or a customers looking for explanations about wire sizes, gauges, etc. Share your questions with me at pam@beadfx.com and I’ll get answers to your inquiries about materials from our very creative and knowledgeable instructors! As there are quite a few beading thread options, many customers can be confused about thread. Crystal asked the following questions: ” Which thread would you recommend for beaded fringe earrings?” Great question! For small brick stitch projects, such as earrings, you do want to use thread – Fireline is too stiff for the fringe and the earring …

Creatively Caring for Ourselves

Did you know that April is Stress Awareness Month in both Canada and the United States? While it is not yet April, in light of the current health situation, it seems quite appropriate to discuss stress and self-care. A certain amount of stress is good in our lives, but unchecked stress can lead to major illnesses. So, we need to find ways to relieve stress as it builds up. There are several websites dedicated to the management of stress; here are a few of the ways you can help reduce unwanted stress: Unplug and step away from the electronics. If …

Quantum Pairs, Singularities, 15%, Still Shipping

15% off – everything*. You need a little pick-me-up these days, and if your stash doesn’t have everything you need – we’ve got everything still on sale – 15% – so you can get that critical item. (*Almost everything. You can see in the shopping cart if it is on sale or not. Some of the manager’s specials are more than 15% off)   Quantum Pairs and Singularities Today, we delve into the wonders of particle physics and cosmology and bring you … Quantum Pairs … And Singularly Beautiful One-Of-A-Kind pendants. 😉     I am So-da-lited to show you …

Seeking Joy: In the smaller things!

Seeking joy, is one of those things that we don’t often think about. Buy why? What could possibly bring us joy, in this changing world of ours? Joy could be a hard sell right now, but it’s definitely still there! I don’t normally try seeking joy, when I go out grocery shopping, but just think how you felt, when you found either toilet paper, gloves, or Lysol wipes? I found that particularly joyful, as the toilet paper is not normally a scarce commodity, I only use gloves for art purposes, and Lysol Wipes were not really on my radar. But …

Switching to On-line

Effective Monday Mar 23, 2020, we will be switching to a primarily online store in response to COVID-19. Please place your orders online. If you wish to pick up your order, you can let us know and we will call you when your order is ready. You can drive up, call us, and we will bring the order out. Personal shopping in-store can be by prior arrangement only for one or two people at a time. Call us for more details. (416-751-1911) If you have any questions about a particular product, size, etc., whether is goes with A or B, …

Sale still on, but great NEW stuff too!

OK folks – the 20% off everything sale is still on until midnight, Sunday, March 22. But, we have new stuff too. We originally had visiting guest instructor Nancy Cain coming this weekend, so we got stuff in for her classes. Her classes have been rescheduled to June, but these Swarovski Fancy Stones are available now. So, at 20% off, you might want to jump on them now, and even if you are not taking the class, you might want to snag a few. 18×25 and 22x30mm Faceted Ovals In addition, we also had Diane Whiting scheduled for next month, …

Update on BeadFX classes

As I’m sure you are already aware the Province of Ontario and the City of Toronto have asked citizens to use social distancing to help slow down the spread of COVID-19. While small groups – such as our classes – are deemed relatively safe, the perception among the public is that any gatherings will lead to potential problems. BeadFX has fielded a lot of phone calls and emails from our students and the general public who have expressed concerns for their own health as well as exposure that can affect vulnerable family members. To help allay fears, we have decided …