What Sparks Joy?

What sparks joy when you really give yourself a chance to feel it? Is it a colour, that first spring flower, or the feel of the sun on your face? How about a new tube of seedbeads, then the look, but not the scent of lilacs (I’m allergic)? I’d vote for all of those things, but also a brand-new pair of scissors, a sharp pencil, the feel of soft rain on my face, and forget-me-knot blue. Then, I couldn’t leave out the smell of bacon, and fresh baked bread. Delicious! I guess what sparks joy, is not really the question, …

Dream a Little Dream!

Dream a little dream is how I want to remember this scary time. I know, it’s not really a dream, yet rather a lesson from the universe, to the world at large. But this craziness must stop! Enough preaching, now let’s get on to the fun stuff! But how can you have fun during this terrible time, you ask? Well, by using your time wisely, then having something to show, when the world returns to normal, or at least to our new reality. Is that too much to ask? I think of myself as a realist, but then again, I’m …

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 …

The Color is in Tents

If you are camping out in the winter … waiting for the coming spring desperately in need of some bright pops of color because color is your thing You stroll into your local bead store And there you just hope to spy something bright and shiny and filled with promise and these Terra beads catch your eye And you know that colors cheer you, and they lift your mood to the sky And you have a good feeling about the year to come Even though it is called … The Year of the Rat … * If you are as …

Welcome to the Dark Side – Seeds Cubed

Come over to the seedbead side … 20 years. That’s how long I have been resisting the lure of the seedbeads. “I don’t have time for anything that fiddly.” “It must take so long to get anything finished.” “I hate thread and it hates me.” In truth, they were easy to resist – virtually no appeal whatsoever, with the exception of some particularly fabulous finishes. Love that Brown Iris. — And now … clearly, something has snapped in my brain. And now, now I get it. Here’s what I have observed from my recent forays into seedbeads and shaped beads, …

Oh, Snap …

Don’t you hate it when the sales all end and you realize that you just ran out of that seedbead you need? Well – have we got the week for you. 20% off Seedbeads until December 12. You’re welcome. Open between Christmas and New Years? Generally – we close on the week between Christmas and New Years. And every year – we get an email from someone who is visiting from out of town who wants to come to the store. So – this year – vote … 😉 Anyway – so – seedbeads. If you are a fan of …

InspirationFX: I Want Candy

~~~Get your creative juices flowing~~~ I Want Candy Designed by: Dwyn Tomlinson The stretchy Candy Bead bracelet that TJ showed me last week got me inspired to try my own. It turned out really quite pretty and easy. All these fancy-dancy shaped two-hole beads are pretty intimidating to the ordinary bead stringer like me, but this was ok. Take the long big hole needle – I finally had to retire my old needle and get a new pack – I have to say – I really like these! – thread your elastic, and string a Candy bead alternating with a …

Try on these size 9/0s!

Another 20 colours in the size 9/0 3-cut seedbeads. If you are loving these size 9/0s – just a smidge smaller than the 8/0s, not as small as the 10/0s – then you will be happy to see even more colour choices! And, of course, the 3-cut facets make them just that more sparkly and rich-looking! Rough Chunks of Peruvian Chrysocolla We’ve had these for a while, but they were only available instore. These are one-of-a-kind – handsome chunks of rough, raw, stone. You can wirewrap them, or cut and polish them, depending on your skill level and expertise! Or, …

InspirationFX: Hidden Underwater Treasures

Hidden Underwater Treasures Designed by: Rochelle Kilmer Well, I think it is safe to say that summer has come and gone now. Fall blew us right into winter. Windy, chilly, snowy – not yet but I can feel it coming. I can’t help but dream of the water and sandy beaches. Or more so lately, I have been thinking about all the hidden gems people have found in the deep, dark depths of the water. Old ships, bicycle tires, messages in a bottle, pearls, jewellery, diamonds, coral reefs, sharks, octopus… There is a whole world down there many of us …