Gardening is the new craft? / Still 10% off

Is Gardening the new craft? Is puttering about in the garden, pulling weeds, deadheading flowers, wrassling with weeds, bug-infestations and veggie-predators the new obsession? There is nothing new about growing stuff – in fact – it might be a toss-up as to which we’ve been doing longer as a species – collecting pretty rocks or sticking seeds in the ground. However, this year, for sure, as folks turn inward for their entertainment, many have stepped into the back yard, taken a deep breath, and said, “Hmmm, what about some tomato plants?” By June, there will be so much zucchini – …

What is your point? / Still 10% off, (Swa Pend 25%)

You don’t have to have a point, to have a point. But the point is, you can have a point, and be pointedly fabulous. In fact, let me get right to the point, the whole point of this message is, we have points. And if you think the point of these lovely pairs of pointy stones with caps is to make earrings – I think that you have a point. Pointedly, we are offering them in pairs. Although matching pairs of small pendant necklaces are a good idea too. You know, one for me, one for you, or one for …

Mixing the Media, Shipping & Curbside Pick-up!

More stuff to pour resin into, stuff your polymer clay into, load up with 2-part epoxy clay and encrust with rhinestones, use as frames for bead embroidery, loom work, or bead stitching. Nothing sets off your creativty like a nice framework. These wide cuffs are a handsome statement. Just slip a couple on as is, and you are wonder woman! (Actually – you already are wonder woman!) But let’s say you take a piece of beading foundation, trace out the size of the space in the cuff on it, and then embroider it with beads from your stash. Then trim …

Buttons the Cat, Un-buttons, Still Shipping, Still 15%!

Buttons – the Cat Cat – the Buttons Yes, these are Czech-made glass buttons. They look vintage because they are still making them the same way and using the same equipment as 50 years ago. Cats not your thing? There are these! And holy moly – this! A button with it’s own rhinestones! But, the folks in the Czech Republic are not without a sense of innovation and the changing times, because we also have un-buttons. Or, cabochons by any other name. These are backless buttons, without the shanks. And if some of you are thinking “What’s the point of …

Stone Beads, Still Shipping, 1 More week of 15% off

How do you make a bead from rocks found in the ground? How do you make that finely polished round? A chunk of rock comes from the mine, it is sliced and slabbed so fine And then it is cut some more, till it’s chopped up with sides of four Now if cubes are what you want, you drill a hole and off you go But if rounds are what you want, there is more to do, you know A large vibrating machine rounds off the sharpish edges and some sanded grooves refine the shape some more And all the …

Time to BLING, Fixer-Upper, STILL 15%, Still Shipping

It don’t mean a thing, if it ain’t got that bling (Doo wah, doo wah, doo wah, doo wah) (Doo wah, doo wah, doo wah, doo wah) It don’t mean a thing, all you got to do is bling (Doo wah, doo wah, doo wah, doo wah) (Doo wah, doo wah, doo wah, doo wah) It makes no diff’rence if it’s crystal or AB Just bling up ev’rything, ev’rything you can see It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that bling (Doo wah, doo wah, doo wah, doo wah) (Doo wah, doo wah, doo wah, doo wah) Listen …

Duochrome Resin Sparkle Stuff, STILL 15%, Still Shipping

Resin and Polymer Clay. Beads may not be, gasp!, the be(ad) all and and end all for you. (Horrors!) If you read and enjoyed Anne Marie’s post on “Resin Dreams” where she admits to a passion for Mixed Media and a serious obsession with resin, then, boy howdy – do I have good news for you. News so good that I would be standing in front of this update with stick trying to stop Anne Marie from buying it all. But as I am at home and I can’t defend it for you, I suggest you get to it quick! …

More Cymbals, Big Hole Pearls, STILL 15%, Still Shipping

Are the Cymbal Findings the hottest thing since sliced bread? And what is the deal with sliced bread anyway? (Actually, I looked that up, it was a big deal, as part of the industrial revolution, packaging, branding, mass production and automation. Good article here.) Well, I think they are pretty cool, because they can make it easier and more fun to work with seed beads and shaped beads. Just like sliced bread makes it easier to make a sandwich. For the Delicas, and to add to the other Cymbal Delica findings, these new endings. See how inspiring that is? 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 …

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 …