Shoot Dragons

What kind of a day is it going to be, when the first thing on your to-do list is “Shoot Dragons.” Well – it would be my kind of day – but in my case – shoot is a synonym for “photograph” – so no dragons were harmed in the making of this update. And let me say – if you like dragons like I like dragons – then this is your kind of update. The question is, which one will you choose? Can you choose? Collect them all! First up, starting with the most magnificent and massive, the classic …

Yes – we are open now!

You can now wander into the store and fondle the beads. The new normal protocols are in place, masks, limited capacity, contact-tracing sign-in, and if you feel sick, for the love of all that is sacred, stay home and continue to shop online. Tues 11 – 6 Wed 11 – 6 Thurs 11 – 7 Fri 11 – 6 Sat 10 – 6 Sun Closed Mon Closed, but open for curbside pickup

Tool Time Tales!

Tool time tales are not the sexiest thing in your beading toolbox, but you need them just the same. Otherwise, how would you open, and close a jump ring, or even cut a piece of wire? I absolutely love my tools!! I still have my earlier tools, but my favourites are the ones I always reach for. My Xuron Chain Nose pliers, fit nicely in my hands. I also own their Bent Nose Fine Pliers, Round Nose Fine Pliers, and couldn’t live without my Tapered Flush Cutters. They also have crimping pliers, but no photo, as we don’t currently carry …

Faster than a Speeding Needle, …

Nanofil – single filament beading thread – according to the manufacturer – it is “Ultrathin, ultrastrong, near-invisible, and stronger than steel. Pretty big claim. However –I am currently test-driving a bracelet made with it, and I have so say – so far – I am pretty impressed. It is a single filament – so no fuzzing out when trying to thread, and it is pretty near invisible, and I even took the risky move of threading it right through the metal link on the magnetic clasp – which I would never do with thread. I would not do that as …

When are we Re-Opening?

That’s the question on everyone’s lips, or finger tips. When are we re-opening? Tuesday. Tuesday, June 15, you will once again be able to mosey into the store, fondle the beads, compare colors, and impetuously get tonnes of stuff you didn’t really know you needed. 😉 Our hours will be: Tues 11 – 6 Wed 11 – 6 Thurs 11 – 7 Fri 11 – 6 Sat 10 – 6 Sun Closed Mon Closed, but open for curbside pickup Policy and Protocols We do have mandated capacity limits, so we will limit the number of customers in the store. If …

Design Possibilities: Looking back, looking forward!

Design possibilities are all around, but it might be a case of looking back, then looking forward. It’s amazing what I found in my jewelry boxes! I actually don’t keep any of my necklaces in jewelry boxes, because those are for rings, pins, bracelets, and the odd chain, or two. I store necklaces on over-the-door type hook systems, because it keeps them from getting all tangled up (especially the long ones). Although I wanted to do a post on design possibilities, I haven’t been wearing much jewelry lately, so I was a bit stuck on what to say. Then I …

Let Bicones be Bicones

The bicone is dead. Long live the bicone! It’s not really that bad – we are sad that Swarovski has turned away from what they referred to as the “DIY” market. This, to me, has connotations of dudes with power tools making dangerously rickety sundecks – so you can see how I might have not really embraced that particular term. However, we have to say – we think that you will be happy with the Preciosa bicones as a replacement. While we have had a number of them for a while – we have a lot more of them available …

Bead Shopping in the time of COVID – June 2, 2021

Restrictions are easing. The numbers are coming down. The vaccinations are going up. We are currently still closed for in-person shopping, but now anticipate that we might be able crack open the doors soon. We are open for online and contactless curbside pickup. If you need answers about does “this” go with “that,” just ask and we will try to help. We still pick and ship your orders, and Curbside pick up is available Mon – Friday: 11-5.  Please place your order online. We pick orders in the order we receive them. We are happy to combine orders to save …

Bloom into Lazy Daze!

Bloom into lazy daze is going to be my motto for this month. No particular reason, but I do like flowers, so I might show you a few more during the month of June. With Covid and all, I decided to buy flowers for my balcony, the first time in a couple of years. I figure that if I’m going be spending quality time out there, I might as well have something pretty to look at. Nothing fancy, just a couple of pots of deep pink (or are they magenta?) geraniums, plus a mixed basket. I even added ivy to …

40% off Swarovski – still

In case you missed it – Swarovski continues on with it’s plan to stop selling to the consumer market this year. So we’re blowing out most of our Swarovski Crystals and Pearls at 40%  or more! (Except the bicones and some rivolis – which are still available, for now). Supplies are drying up. If you want to stock up – take advantage now! (Our selection of pearls is pretty thin almost gone now. Which is good – it makes room for the incoming Preciosa Nacre Pearls. Woohoo!)