Is this a Dagger I see Before me?

Is this a dagger BEAD I see before me, A needle in my hand? Come, let me bead thee. I tie a knot, and I will bead thee well. It was a dark day in in Topaz Montana. The lovely Olive Gold Luster lay in the dusty street, cut down in the prime of her life. She was only 31, but she looked 29. Right away, I suspected foul play. For one, her Pink Opal was missing. Who am I? I’m Matt. Matte Topaz Picasso. I’m the Sheriff in these parts. It’s a peaceful town, but the summers can get …

Is a Needle a Tool?

Tools Rule – 20% off Tools – one week only “Ugh” said Belinda, as she forced the bone needle through the thick hide. Belinda – whose name in the speech of her tribe meant Beautiful Serpent, or possibly Tree without Leaves. As early homo sapiens – on the cusp of new discoveries, they yet had a small vocabulary, and lots of words were forced to do double and even triple duty. Ugh wasn’t a word, however, it was a lexical utterance and the meaning of it was not destined to change with the millennia. It conveyed her general unhappiness with …

A Curious Chain of Events

Once upon a time … there was a young lady who lived in a village, and her name was Rose Gold ParaWire – 26ga Round Wire – Rose Gold (Spool) She was a real live-wire She had hair of gold … ParaWire – 26ga Round Wire – Gold (Spool) Well – actually it was Faux Gold, but it was convincing enough for all the local lads. ParaWire – 28ga Round Wire – Faux Gold (Spool) However, she thought they were all Dead-soft and silver-filled. ParaWire – 24ga Round Wire – Dead Soft – Silver Filled 10+ (Spool) ParaWire – 28ga …

Baroque Cabs, Rose Quartz, Are you being Sardonyx?, Ocean Jasper

It was a dark and stormy night. A bad night to be out in it. But I drive a cab. So I’m out in it. I spend all my money on ornate 17th century art and then decorate my vehicle with it. I’m a baroque cab. I have so much stuff, I only have room for me and one passenger. I’m a “two-hole” cab. C’mon on all you Uber dudes, I’d like to see you make puns like that. I look out the window and see this dame I know. Rose Quartz is her name. She’s a one-of-a-kind. She’s soaking …

Once Upon a Frog …

Once upon a time – there was a frog, and he considered himself to be a rebel. He didn’t want to be turned into a Prince, and avoided Princesses who came paddling up in a canoe to visit the pond, or sailing up in a sail boat by diving into the deep and murky end of the pool. Where the wild and scary things were. He definitely did not like spiders and snakes, and anyway, that ain’t what it takes, he thought. One day, he was sunning himself on a floating lotus plant, dreaming about getting a motorcycle and a …

A charming little story this week at BeadFX

I was sitting at my favourite watering hole – the Antiqued Gold Anchor. It’s called the Anchor because it is a-weigh down by the water. I was nursing a drink at the bar – poor little drinky-poo – I don’t think it’s gonna pull through. The bar is so old that the bartender is listed in the antiques price guide. I was contemplating the arrow of time, and the damage it had ravaged on my life. You want to talk about the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune? Sister, I could spin you a tale. Suddenly – the door bangs …

Once upon a time …

Once upon a time – there were three friends. There was Chrys – Chrys O’ Colla if you wanted to be formal; Rose, from the famous Quartz family; and Amy Thyst.   And they lived in Labrador-ite. But they all had a dream. A dream to go on a Green Aventurine vacation – flying up the river Amazon-ite. To get a Birdseye Rhyolite view. But there was a Big Hole in their plans. They all had a short-coming – a flaw, if you will. One had a bad case of Tiger Eye, one was just Crazy Lace, and one was …

1001 Beading Nights

This week – we’re holding back the new stuff, as we are making the final push to get the new website ready – and given that we can only do so much with what we have – new stuff for this week will have to wait. So instead, I thought I’d entertain you with an account of my trip to Tucson – and my sampling of the 40 days and 40 nights of bead shows that are a feature of this time of year in Tucson, Arizona. One of the things that struck me was massive quantities of beads and …