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Making Your Head Spin … with ideas!

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I don’t know about you, but my level of bead obsession means that I want choices. I want to loom, do bead embroidery, try my hand at precision-driven, delica-imperative bead boxes and other 3D patterns … and now, I’ll be able to save loads of time when making French beaded flowers, gluing beads on objects, … Continue reading Making Your Head Spin … with ideas!

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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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Delightful Delicas..

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All our delicas photographs have now been retaken and upgraded and I think it has made a huge difference to our delica category. I actually had quite a bit of fun testing out all the different settings on my camera and comparing them to ones I took with my husbands macro lens. I learnt quite … Continue reading Delightful Delicas..

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Dont feel Blue about Pantone’s Color of the Year 2020

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Our poor blog has been a bit neglected this past year but 2020 will change all that and we will kick off the new year by introducing Pantone’s color of the year – Classic Blue. Leatrice Eiseman – executive director of the Pantone Color Institute says ….. On their website Pantone describes this years color, … Continue reading Dont feel Blue about Pantone’s Color of the Year 2020

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Bring Your Designs to Life with Pantone’s Color of the Year 2019

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  This year’s chosen color is  Living Coral, a beautiful and vibrant golden pink shade of coral.  On their website Pantone describes the color as “An animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge.”  That describes this tone of coral perfectly: It is somehow vivid and … Continue reading Bring Your Designs to Life with Pantone’s Color of the Year 2019

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Predicting the Top 10 Jewellery Trends for 2018

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It is always fun to start a new year- to predict what new trends the year will bring, and which styles we will carry forward because we are enjoying them so darn much!  2018 jewellery looks similar to that which was popular in 2017, with a few twists. According to several online trend sources, you … Continue reading Predicting the Top 10 Jewellery Trends for 2018

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