Meet Floor Kaspers, Bead Artist Extraordinaire!

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Hey there fellow beader! If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed ’cause we’re adding new stuff all the time. Thanks for visiting!Welcome back. Nice to see you here again. We would love to hear from you, so please be sure to add your comments!   I love to join … Continue reading Meet Floor Kaspers, Bead Artist Extraordinaire!

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Bead Lust

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Sometimes I seriously love bling and the shinier, the better. Silver lined rocailles come to mind – sparkly and eye-catching. And sometimes? I simply adore low luster beads 💖 I am in bead lust with our new products –Miyuki Delica 11/0, especially the yummy matte colours, Chartreuse Opaque Matte AB (DB0876), Pea Green Opaque Matte … Continue reading Bead Lust

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🎶Let it Snow, let it snow, let it snow! 🎶

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I adore autumn. I resist summer’s end with the first few leaves that begin turning, but only momentarily! Within a few weeks, as morning shadows lengthen and more leaves colour, I look forward to the coziness of fall. The season brings rain and cooler temps to most of Canada, and makes our crafting time all … Continue reading 🎶Let it Snow, let it snow, let it snow! 🎶

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Fair Fall and Fall Fairs

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When August speeds along (far too quickly), I know that soon enough leaves will glow with color. Fall’s energy differs entirely from summer’s hectic sun-drenched activities. It’s cozy. And fall sees the beginning of one of my favorite activities: the craft and art show circuit. Perhaps you love beading so much that you pretty much … Continue reading Fair Fall and Fall Fairs

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Helping You Spring into Beading

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Fellow beady-eyed friends! Have you visited our new website yet? It’s so beautiful! And super responsive and “user-friendly.” Whether you’re on your laptop or mobile phone your orders will be easy-peasy to select and process. I am still working on simplifying it further so keep checking back! You’ll still find links to gift cards, and … Continue reading Helping You Spring into Beading

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Pantone Color of the Year 2021 – Ultimate Gray & Illuminating

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What better way to usher out one of the most challenging years of recent history and ringing in a hopeful new one, with not one, but a marriage of 2 colors. Pantone have chosen 17-5104 Ultimate Gray plus 13-0647 Illuminating, a gorgeous combination of sunny yellow and complimenting gray. Pantone describes the colors as:.. ‘Practical … Continue reading Pantone Color of the Year 2021 – Ultimate Gray & Illuminating

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All That Jazz

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What can I say about 2020? I’ve seen every imaginable variation of “good riddance” in recent newsletters (my fave was the Grinch saying 2020 “stink, stank, stunk”!!). It’s been a year for the historians, social scientists, medical researchers, and political pundits to ponder for decades to come. Let’s leave it at that, shall we? Let’s … Continue reading All That Jazz

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Solstice Beading or “Tame the Chaos with Beading”

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Our world is in chaos. The pandemic, which seemed to ease off over the summer, has returned with ferocity! And in our own beading world, on the heels of the demise of the Bead and Button magazine, an even worse calamity: the Swarovski line of top-quality crystals and (glass) pearls is withdrawing from the retail … Continue reading Solstice Beading or “Tame the Chaos with Beading”

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Expectations

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The other day, I allowed myself to be dragged down the rabbit hole that is Pinterest. Oh yeah. Some days I dream about home décor and fill my folders with photos of beautiful rooms, but this time I perused bead-lust topics! Beaded jewellery, beaded earrings, beaded anklets, embroidery and curtains, oh my! As I meandered … Continue reading Expectations

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Where do we go from here?..

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On July 15 of this year, FB’s beading groups lit up with the sad message that Bead & Button Magazine, a beaders’ companion for 25+ years, was soon to be “discontinued.” Discontinued!? That’s a word to use for dropping a t-shirt brand; it doesn’t quite capture the loss of a source of inspiration to beading … Continue reading Where do we go from here?..

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Etched Seeds Stretchy Bracelet

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This bracelet is so much fun to make and so easy to wear! It has the wonderful look of a woven bracelet but no clasp, so can easily be slipped on the wrist. It is altogether more relaxing to weave this way! You don’t have to strain to hold the tension or be afraid to … Continue reading Etched Seeds Stretchy Bracelet

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It’s Never Too Early to Bead for the Holiday Season

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I grumble – every single year – that the Holidays snuck up on me! As if! It’s just me who is not organized, forgets to plan, and doesn’t always manage her time well. I thought that if I could use a nudge, maybe others would appreciate a reminder as well. Whether you celebrate Diwali, Bodhi … Continue reading It’s Never Too Early to Bead for the Holiday Season

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Is This Happening To You?

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Across Facebook, crafters in stitching, sewing, and beading groups are voicing the same complaint. “I’m frozen” some beaders lament. “I still order and then my new beads sit idle, but I am sure my mojo will return,’ say the optimists! And these conversations draw hundreds of replies. (Of course! After all, we are all affected … Continue reading Is This Happening To You?

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June 2020 – In and Out of Fashion

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Sometimes I think that the saying “nothing is certain but death and taxes” should be amended to include changes in fashion.We are pressured to fit in by conforming to seasonal changes, and, if ignored, we might find our stylistic failures the fodder or trendy articles! (I’ve recognized my own fashion follies, but hey, I’m no … Continue reading June 2020 – In and Out of Fashion

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