All CLASSES SEEM POSSIBLE IN MAY

The sun is trying to break though the clouds as we have many classes on the horizon. Our Mid may classes are full of colour. Join Pamela Kearns and Gillian Clarke in some amazing seed beading and chainmaille classes. The beginning of May remains virtual, but we are hopeful that our in store classes will become available at the end of May. Here are the classes and open sessions beginning May 8:

Classes are Blooming In May

With all rain in April, May classes are Blooming. Our May classes are very exciting. Pamela Kearns and Gillian Clarke have Seed beading and Chainmaille classes to keep you busy in May. The beginning of May remains virtual, however, we are looking ahead to the end of May for some in-studio options. Check out the May calendar for more details. Here are the classes and open session beginning May 1st

Bead Shopping in the time of COVID – Jan 20 2021

We are still locked down here.  Stay home, folks, stay safe. Shop online. We are still able to pick and ship your orders, and Curbside pick up is available Mon – Friday: 11-6.   We have enough space to continue to work safely. Those of us who can work from home, are. (me!). Please place your order online. We pick orders in the order we receive them. We are happy to combine orders to save the shipping.   Phones are being answered Monday through Friday (11 am – 6 pm). If you need answers about does “this” go with “that,” …

Nifty Gifts Ideas

Looking for a gift? Either to make, or for a crafty friend, or for someone who is going out of their mind with the isolation and the shut-down and you are sure that they would feel better if they just had a hobby. 😉 What about a little clutch purse? Glasses case? Cosmetic bag. Elegant little tool pouch for your best tools. We have added some purseframes, and some patterns with instructions, so that you can make your own. And you can embellish them with beads, embroidery, and etc. Also, all the other things that you do, like felting and …

Bead shopping in the time of COVID-19 – This Week – Nov 11

We are still open for in-store shopping, four days a week, Wed – Sat – 11-6, Thursday till 7. That said – Nearly everything we have in the store is online and if you have a question about does “this” go with “that,” or this fit in there, just let us know and we will try to help. Hours: Open for in-store Shopping – Wednesday – Saturday 11-6.  Thursday till 7. Wear a mask | Social distance | Hand sanitizer at the door.   If the store gets busy, we will ask you to wait outside. Thank you for understanding.  …

Too Chicken to go out in the Snow?

Wed, Feb 26. Hugh Betcha! We’re cancelling tonight’s Open Beading Night due to the weather. I don’t know about you, but I’m really looking forward to Spring. BTW – if you don’t know what Open Beading Night is, it is an opportunity to come and have some fun and socialize and bring your current project and work on it and maybe get some inspiration. Pam hosts this, and she can answer questions for you if you are stuck on a particular technique. Oh, and the new items for the Wednesday night update are usually trotted out at some point, so …

BeadFX Shenanigans!

I bet you think that we spend all of our time, playing with beads! No so!!! Two big events, and a road trip, over the last few weeks, made for a burst of early fall shenanigans. We started with the introduction of new Swarovski products (at our evening launch), towards the end of September. Next, Pam and I took our travelling road show of products, to the Needle Arts Fair, sponsored by The Cataraqui Guild of Needle Arts, in Kingston, Ontario (last Saturday), and then back home, to participate in our Sunday, Artist’s Trunk Show. Whew! A very busy couple …

Texture talk!

I didn’t think that this blog post was ever going to get written! Some of you know that my old desktop crashed, only to be replaced by a new notebook. Unfortunately, my photo editing software doesn’t appear to be compatible with Windows 10, so I needed to search for a quick replacement! No time for research, so after a few misfires, I ended up just using Google’s own photo editor (the one that replaced Picasa). All I can say is that it works, and I was able to download my photos. No other info to share! The real subject of …

Dirty is, as dirty does!

I’ve started experimenting with “dirty pours”, and I think that I’m in love!!!! They’re so much fun, that I’m sure it will become yet another fascinating addiction for me (heh, heh, and perhaps for a few others)! ! As I mentioned in an earlier blog post, you could use either resin or acrylic pouring medium, as the base of your pours. I used pouring medium this week, but I do promise to work with Ice Resin next time. The small measuring cups were overkill, as no measuring was required with the pouring medium, but you will need to remember to …