Santa Claws, Gummy Bears and Puppies, oh my.

Festive Holiday theme Christmas beads – fun polymer clay beads that celebrate all the usual icons of the holiday season. Candy canes, bells, holly, Santa, dancing Christmas tree, snow demon, snow man, snowflake, socks, and the demon monster snowman. And, new  GUMMI BEAR Beads! Yes, I know, we have the Neon Gummies, but these are transparent, and tiny, and just, … juicy. Perfect for lick-able earrings. Now these lovely charms also fall into the category of holiday themes. The first one here is someone’s idea of a reindeer. To me – it’s a moose. Don’t you think it’s a moose? …

Accidental Pairings are Amazing!

Accidental pairings are amazing, especially when they’re just that, accidental! Perhaps not always accidental, but maybe accidental on purpose. Take this necklace for instance. I’ve always loved green, and blue stones, but never brown. Except in this case! A few weeks back, we added these unusually shaped, Chrysoprase flat nuggets to the site. I couldn’t get them out of my mind, so ended up purchasing a couple of strands. Inspiration struck, when I remembered that I had another strand of fatter nuggets in the stash. These were purchased years ago, and were mainly in a beautiful shade of green (with …

Spiral Wreath Earrings

This flat wide wire – copper colored aluminum, actually – gives us some cool new ways to think about using wire. So grab some of it, and your bail making pliers, and let’s give it a whirl. Start with your flat wire stock with the end pinched in the pliers. I don’t measure and cut, I just work right off the spool. Start spiraling around – you have to lay it at a bit of an angle, so the subsequent spirals lay next-to, instead of on-top-of. I have good success with 6 spirals around the jaw of the pliers. Like …

Sale – a Month of Sale-ing

How does a month of living on a sailboat in a tropical paradise sound? Well – sorry – but we don’t stock that.* Hard to ship. (ha ha – ship, get it?) (And if we did – we wouldn’t have any staff here!) However – we do have a MONTH OF SALES going on! (Pfui on Black Friday – that’s one measly day!) 10% off everything – plus each week – we will feature a different set of categories at 20% off!  This week ( Nov 17 – 23) – we are pleased to feature … Week 1 – 20% …

Colour Play is where it’s at!

Colour play is where it’s at, and I’m not just saying this!! It’s something I truly believe in. But, if it’s just not your thing, I’ll attempt to convince you with my photos. My creativity is making a slow return, thanks to the Making Zen Online Retreat. I’m making progress on this colourful needle book. I feel that it’s important to ramp up the colour, now that we’ve reached a darker time of the year. Colourful cotton batiks, with a touch of Sari silk, makes for a brighter day! Fibrella is the Queen of Fibreland, but she’s also a very …

Bubblegum Beads

Large, light and fabulous – these sizeable – 10mm and up – lightweight acrylic beads make for fun and easy to wear bracelets. Nothing fancy required – just stretch cord, our stretch cord needle, and you can whip up an armful of eye candy. At 19mm – these big black and white beachball beads would be mighty weighty in glass or stone, but in acrylic – light as a feather. Bubblegum Beads Plus – the zebra stripe ones almost look like a scrunched fabric when strung together.

Stones & Seeds and Other Goodies

New stones this week – including one you might not have heard of. A new stone? How is that possible? Well – this one has it’s origins with us humans, rather than the millennia long processes of geologic time. In other words – made-by-peoples. 😉 Meet Terahertz! Terahertz is an ore that is made from extracting silica from sand. It is a new, human-made stone with only a decade-old history and was first made in Japan. It is similar to hematite in color, but shinier (it is very shiny) and somewhat lighter than the iron-rich hematite. If you google “terahertz …

Creative Solutions to the Challenges of an Artistic Slump!

Do you know any creative solutions to the challenges of an artistic slump? Would you be interested in sharing them? There’s nothing to be ashamed of, we all go through it! I’m just digging myself out of one now, so I have a few ideas to share with you. Don’t get tied all up in knots about it, as it’s something that will pass in time. Take advantage of the downtime, then rev up your engine with something that you want to do. It doesn’t matter what, just do it! After obsessing about it for a while, I frequently decide …

 Spark-le Joy

OK – Halloween is done, time for, “Chriiiiiiiistmassss stuuuuuuff!” heh heh heh Read all the way to the end – I’ve saved the best for last. I know – there’s some serious eye-rolling going on out there – but … us creatives have to think ahead! AmIright? Something in this weeks update – and it’s a big one, is bound to spark some joy for you. So – for those of you who are charmed by Christmas – for whom there are no men like snow men, who can’t reindeer in their enthusiasm, for whom Santa is the Jolly old …