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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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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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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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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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Project by The Beading Room ‘Angelic Earrings’

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We made a variation of these a couple of years ago and turned the little angels into bookmarks.  This year we made them into cute earrings and had to share the idea! What you need: 2x Silver Plated Earring Hooks 2x Silver Plated Eye Pin 2.13inch 22 Gauge 2x Rhinestone & Silver Metal Rondelle 6mm … Continue reading Project by The Beading Room ‘Angelic Earrings’

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Project by The Beading Room: ‘Vintage Christmas Charm Bracelet’

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Christmas is the perfect time to make jewellery with a little fun and whimsy.  We loved the quality and style of TierraCast’s seasonal charms the minute we saw them, and knew a charm bracelet had to be made!  The vintage feel of the designs and lettering on them, combined with the crystal red pearls, gives … Continue reading Project by The Beading Room: ‘Vintage Christmas Charm Bracelet’

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Project by The Beading Room: ‘Tango Mosaic’ Necklace

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  If you haven’t tried working with Epoxy Clay yet you need to do this project!  Some people are intimidated by the thought of working with this medium but it really is quick and easy to use.  We love the way these new Tango Beads can be configured into fun mosaic designs.  We have used … Continue reading Project by The Beading Room: ‘Tango Mosaic’ Necklace

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Project by The Beading Room: ‘Sunshine Dreams’ Bracelet

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There’s something about turquoise and white that reminds me of the tropics.  I designed this with heading south in mind; I incorporated gold, copper and silver into the piece so it could be worn with almost anything.  Don’t be afraid to mix metals!  Sometimes the contrast between metals really makes the design stand out. What … Continue reading Project by The Beading Room: ‘Sunshine Dreams’ Bracelet

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These beads are making a big ‘ripple’ in the bead world!

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We have been so lucky to be one of the first bead stores in North America to get our hands on these fabulous Ripple Beads by Preciosa. They are so named for the rippled edge they have all the way around their flat, disk shaped bodies. They are very versatile: you can use them strung … Continue reading These beads are making a big ‘ripple’ in the bead world!

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Project by Preciosa: Kumihimo and The Preciosa Pip

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Check out this stunning project from Kerrie Slade for Preciosa!  We love Pips, we adore Kumihimo, so what could be better?  The effect is beautiful.  If you haven’t tried Kumihimo yet (where have you been!?!?) we do this great kit with everything you need to get going on this fun technique of Japanese braiding.   … Continue reading Project by Preciosa: Kumihimo and The Preciosa Pip

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introducing DatzKatz Designs and a free bangle tutorial for our readers…

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We are so lucky to have a business where we meet such talented and amazing people.  One of our customers, Debra of DatzKatz Designs is no exception.  True to the artistic Maritime spirit, she is an accomplished beading artist, having been published several times in the leading magazines.  A few of her designs are also … Continue reading introducing DatzKatz Designs and a free bangle tutorial for our readers…

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project by the beading room: downton waterfall chandelier earrings

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These earrings were inspired by a night of marathon Downton Abbey viewings on Netflix.  I scarcely remember making them I was so enthralled…. what you need: (just click on the links and add them to your cart on the site) 2 x sterling silver chandeliers waterfall (come as a pair) 2 x sterling silver post … Continue reading project by the beading room: downton waterfall chandelier earrings

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project by the beading room: ‘they say it’s spring’ ring

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'They Say It's Spring' Ring

The spring buds and blossoms have inspired us to create this pretty ring.  It is quick and easy to make but so unique and pretty.  All of your friends will want one (and you can oblige because they are so simple to put together!).  It is named after the song ‘They Say It’s Spring’ by … Continue reading project by the beading room: ‘they say it’s spring’ ring

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project by the beading room: lovin’ neon bracelet

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I have been eyeing these neon Swarovski pearls for a while now, waiting for inspiration.  Neon is all over the stores at the moment, and if you are not brave enough (like me!) to wear it in a large piece of clothing, this bracelet is an easy and fun way to add a bit of pop to … Continue reading project by the beading room: lovin’ neon bracelet

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12 days of beading (on the twelfth-and last-day!)

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Today’s idea features an exquisite hand-made lampwork glass toggle and cane glass.  It doesn’t get more ‘Christmassy’ than this:) Christmas Candy Cane Bracelet You will need: 1 x Lampwork Glass Toggle Garnet Twist 9 or 10 pieces of Christmas Candy Cane Glass Superior 8 or 9 Chinese Lampwork Foiled Rounds 10mm Emerald  6x Silver Color … Continue reading 12 days of beading (on the twelfth-and last-day!)

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