Brand new mobile-friendly website

Easier to use, Easier to navigate, Truly mobile-friendly. What’s new this week? How about the whole online-shopping experience! Mobile Friendly: The techie folks call it “Responsive Design.” The non-techie folks say: “Hey, look, I can actually shop on this site on my phone!” What else have we done? Well, we’ve consolidated some categories to keep like items together. Example – all the Swarovski bicones are on one page. Now you can see them all, side by side. Too much? We’ve added “filters” so you can look at just the color and/or size you want. Not on your phone? We think …

A Walk Down the Crystal Lane

New this week – Crystal Lane bead mixes. Listen – we know you are probably thinking more about the long weekend, and all that it signifies (end of summer, back to school, relief from the heat and bugs; your choice), so this is a simple little update.* These coordinated strands come in wide range of colorways – and consist of five strands of beads, with three strands of glass pearls in 4mm, 6mm, and 8mm, plus two unique glass bead strands. Each strand is about six inches long – so that’s 30 inches of beads. *What the heck – let’s …

Delicious Little Bon-Bons

Today’s selection consists of some bite-size, tasty little beads with yummy textures. May I present an appetizer of some adorable little mush-butts – mushroom button beads – if you please? The menu is ripe with contradictions – these are shaped like the delicate petals of a flower, but colored like exotic granite. And if you are fond of Eggplant, well – good for you. I’m not going to fight you for it. The color yes, but not the actual vegetable. 😉 If you have an etch to scratch, then these beads are etchy. Would you like some cutlery with that? …

Cat’s Eye, Chakra, OOAK Cabs, Bit of a Hurry

Sorry folks – working on something BIG and suffering from a bit of a time crunch, so brace yourself, the update is coming atcha at the speed o’ light! Hang in there. Cats Eye & Eagle Eye This lovely shimmery natural Cat’s Eye is a far-cry from the man-made fiber-optic beads that are also called Cat’s Eye. Nothing wrong with those, they are pretty and fun, but this is the original, the inspiration, so to speak. And this will look amazing in your own handmade jewelry, whether you are making something office chic or evening elegant. Or for just making …

An Ocean Trip

Oh book me a ship, for an ocean trip acrost the navy sea to an isle so fair, that turtles swim there though ever so far it be An island with charms to fill a seastar’s arms and shells both large and wee We’ll drop anchor there, and with nary a care, Nap under the coconut tree. Website tweaking We are doing some tweaking and fine-tuning to the website in order to make it easier to find what you are looking for. With 50,000 products, even I have days when I look at something and can’t remember that we have …

Knot just a pretty pearl

Pearls – a classic look that never dies – the beauty and timelessness of pearls are eternal. Pearls aren’t just about a graduated-strand of matched-colour anymore! If you’d like to nod to tradition while putting your own stamp on your handmade jewelry, check out this week’s new Keishi pearls. Random shapes, not unlike a potato chip or a cornflake! – these pearls have the color and lustre of traditional pearls with a modern organic shape. Pearls have small holes, so choose a fine softflex to string them, or go for the traditional knotting silk. (New colors also this week.) You …

I goofed up … Sale still on

Call me … disorganized? Just don’t call me late for the sale! What was I thinking? Our big summer sale carries on until the end of July! (Midnight EDT July 31)! So what the heck was I thinking? I’m blaming it on “puppy brain.” That’s my excuse and I’m sticking with it. Anyway – you need to be smarter (or more focused) than me, and jump on board for the savings. Stock up for the summer vacations – beading on the dock at the cottage – or staycations – beading in the comfy calm of your home. Either way – …

Ooops – forgot this!

20% – – SALE! SALE! SALE! – – 20% How could I forget? I tell you – this humidity is making my brain melt. Apparently, it’s “The Excuse to Hide Inside Sale.” Or the Summer Sale, for short. 😉 We’re having a sale – 20% or more off everything* in the store. *Some select items excluded. You know the drill. But if not, the fine print is here. *The Fine Print is here. Some items ARE excluded from this sale. Class fees, gift certificates, studio time, lampworking stuff, consignment art beads, special orders, some metal clay items, some tools, and …