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 …

What’s on my bead mat – September edition!

The kids are back in school, but the weather seems to be stuck in summer mode. A cooling trend has been predicted, but today was still quite warm. Strangely enough, we all seem to need the cooler weather to get our rears in gear, and start thinking about learning new things. Do you think it’s because we think fondly of school days, and still tend to slack off during the lazy days of summer? Please excuse the sorry state of my bead mat, because I’m using my original, and it’s apparent that it needs a good cleaning! However, I’m excited …

What the heck is a dirty pour?

You may or may not know this, but one of my leisure activities is to troll the internet for unusual art activities. I belong to several resin and alcohol ink groups, and the latest one I joined, “Let It Flow”, introduced me to the “dirty pour” term. Just like in the old blogging days, one Facebook group leads you to another group, and the cycle is endless. It’s fun, it doesn’t hurt anyone (other than discretionary time), and you are always learning. What exactly is this strange and wonderful term? It has nothing to do with either bad language, or …

Lessons learned!

I had to learn a very hard lesson yesterday. When your intuition tells you to go shopping for a new computer, you should listen very carefully!!! Rats! Earlier this week, I browsed around at Best Buy, made a tentative decision to buy a Notebook, and then toddled off home, to think about it a little more. What I should have done, was to immediately back up my, older than dirt, desktop!!! Insert a lot of bad words here!!!! I had absolutely no problems, until I tried to fire it up today, to hear strange noises, and see the dreaded hard …