Out, damned 2020! Out, I say!

As years go – it’s time this one went. All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this past year. But it has not been an idle year for us. We bravely leapt into the world of online classes – we learned lots of good stuff about doing that. The big take-away was – a cable provides better connectivity than wi-fi.;-) We found that now we can take our classes to everyone, regardless of geography! Some of our instructors took to it like ducks to water – happily offering classes from where ever they are in the world, without the …

Swarovski – 10% – stock up – continues

Ah remember when you could buy a whole buncha gen-u-wine Swa-Roff-skis fer jest a few sawbucks. Boy-howdy – them were the good ol’ days. Will Swarovski become collectibles, or passe? Only time will tell, but in the meantime, if you want to put a few away for later use, we have them 10% off. 😉

The Scoop on Swarovski

Is it true that Swarovski is discontinuing their line of crystal beads? If so, how long do you think they will be available? We’ve been asked some variation of that question a lot recently. It didn’t help that the rumors were flying thick and fast, making it hard to figure out what is actually going on. Swarovski themselves finally made their announcement last week. Here it is: Swarovski has embarked on an extensive business overhaul program. More than ever, Swarovski wishes to protect its individual brand character and avoid confusion in the marketplace as to the nature and branding of …

Sale still on, but great NEW stuff too!

OK folks – the 20% off everything sale is still on until midnight, Sunday, March 22. But, we have new stuff too. We originally had visiting guest instructor Nancy Cain coming this weekend, so we got stuff in for her classes. Her classes have been rescheduled to June, but these Swarovski Fancy Stones are available now. So, at 20% off, you might want to jump on them now, and even if you are not taking the class, you might want to snag a few. 18×25 and 22x30mm Faceted Ovals In addition, we also had Diane Whiting scheduled for next month, …

Let’s Talk Sparkle: and a few other things!

Let’s talk sparkle, seems to be a funny phrase for me to use! I’ve never been a girly girl, so have always shied away from an overload of sparkle. Is that something that I need to overcome? But, that doesn’t mean that I don’t appreciate it! Because I do!! Just yesterday, I was re-stocking some of the Swarovski Rivolis, and Fancy Stones, but took extra time, because I had to fondle, and admire the lusciousness of them all!! There are obvious benefits to working in a bead store, because staff are encouraged to fondle the merchandise, and we let customers …

Easy Gifts: Holiday treats!

Making easy gifts, seems to be one of my holiday traditions! But I’m not happy, unless I’m rushing to make something, at the last minute. I do make more complicated gifts, but the easier ones always seem to be my favourites. Why, I wonder? I don’t really like to work on a production line of wee gifties, yet I admit to doing a little of that, during the holiday season. I’m a little late getting started this year, but there’s still time to make a handful of easy gifts! So, let’s start talking about what we can accomplish. Earrings are …

Ice is Nice: But this is way too early!

Yes, ice is nice, but this early in November? Is that really fair? It snowed on Monday, and I’m sure that it will snow again soon! We woke up to -15C temperatures, on Tuesday morning, and I must say, no one was really ready for it. Okay, I do live in Canada, but we’re used to it being a little milder at this time of the year. Snow tire weather is now!!! Yet, The only good thing about “ice is nice” weather, is the fact that it reminds us of the upcoming holiday season. But looking at the slightly crazed …

Swarovski Love: A sparkly affair!

A little Swarovski love is what we need, now that the season is turning. Who turned the switch, and where did summer go? It seems earlier than normal, but fall is certainly sneaking up on us! But is there anything that we can do to hold back the season? Unfortunately, not, but we can always warm up our creativity, by adding a little sparkle back into our lives. I blame the child in us, for our attraction to sparkle. Swarovski love, is certainly not for the faint of heart, but it does give you something to think about. Is sparkle just …