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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Happy Christmas ... and all the lovely calm days that follow !!

Happy Holidays Everyone !!
And then, put your feet up and enjoy the days that follow ... relax, eat,enjoy your friends & family ... and Be Merry !!

See you on the 31st ... open from 10am to 2 pm ...

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Happy Christmas Everyone !!

okay ... you've baked the cookies, made the chocolates, made jewelry & cards ... now. How do you finish them ? Well, with beautiful packaging , of course !

I have just what you need !!
*Bakery Bags ... these bags are waxed inside so they are perfect for cookies, popcorn, any kind of food. They close with little metal bendy ties and even have a little window to show off your homemade goodies ... or candy from the bulk store ... You could even package ribbon for a crafter, bird seed for a bird enthusiast, dog cookies, nuts'n'bolts for a handyman ... limitless !!
*Glassine Bags ... for individual cookies or squares, small loaves of fruitcake... or package up a handful of homemade tags or cards ... perfect !!
* Chinese Take Out boxes in 2 sizes and colours ... last year I put small bags of caramel corn in these boxes, tied them with a ribbon and added a small stamped tag. Or buy bulk candy & fill the boxes. Easy ! Great little gifts for neighbours, customers, delivery people ...
* Kraft Gift Bags ... these are great for almost anything ! Stamp on them, glue on old Christmas cards or paper, or leave them plain.
* Tags ... small and large ... stamp on these or glue on paper & ribbon.
* Ribbon ... I have lots of ribbon ...
* Jewelry Boxes ... square or long bracelet size ... the perfect way to show off your beautiful creations !

* Card Boxes ... make an assortment of cards and package them in one of these great clear top boxes. I also have the envelopes for cards if you need those ! The boxes are also really nice for pieces of jewelry or to package a set ... earrings & necklace ..

The right packaging is the perfect finish to a thoughtful gift !


I am open the regular hours this week . Next week I will be open the 24th until 2pm. Closed the 25th and 26th.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

okay ... this is REALLY a quickie !!

I have been swamped by boxes and cleaning out more space in the store so this will be super quick !!
... and I forgot the camera so no photos ...

for BEADERS ...

I have some of the Christmas Tree & Snowman earring kits left ... and I have a new one that I came up with and it is quite pretty ! "Frosty Tree". It is made with matt crystals and it looks like a snowy little tree ... cute ! So I have some of those as well as the following ... but not many of each so hurry if you want some ... there will be no more until next year ...

Trees : frosty, vitrail, crystal AB, clear, emerald, peridot

Tree Pendants : peridot, erinite, emerald, emerald X large

Snowmen : crystal AB, Swarovski pearl

GIFT IDEAS for BEADERS ... (you can pass this on to a loved one ...)

** earring racks

** spin'n'bead ... ( a great little item that actually strings seedbeads for you !!)

** nice tools ... cutters, pliers, crimpers...

** chain sta ... ( there's supposed to be line over the "a" but who knows how to do that !!)

this is a tool that holds a bracelet or necklace so you can easily add charms, beads, etc...

Really quite handy !!

** how-to books

** swivel stacker ... a great storage rack



I have some new product that I am trying to get unpacked today ... more stamps, Stickles ... including Christmas Red ... , more Claudine Hellmuth paint, Ranger blending tools & foam replacement pads, Glossy Accents, good scissors, punches, great charms, mini chipboard set from Maya Road "What's Cookin", heart & crystal trinket pins - NEW from Maya Road, tiny attacher refills. There may be more ...


** a Binderie Punch

** great punches

** a set of Stickles

** a paper kit or paper pad with accessories

** stamps

** a fun album

** an assortment of adhesives

** a basket of Tim Holtz products

** a 7 Gypsies photo display turn-y thing !

** how-to books


I'll try to update as I get the rest of the boxes unpacked ... but I may not get time !!

Drop in & see all the nice new things !

Monday, November 30, 2009

And the boxes keep coming ....

Wow, so much has come in this past week ... where to start ???

... oooh ... here comes another box of beads too ... YIKES !! Much unpacking to do !


* Crystal studded silver drops ... now available in 12 colours ... siam, dk siam/garnet, amethyst, emerald, clear, peridot, sapphire, light sapphire, rose, lt aqua, dark aqua, topaz. I believe they are all the crystal birthstone colours. They make stunning earrings !!

* Metal ... new charms, Christmas charms, toggles, magnetic clasps, tubes, cones - large & small, multi strand clasps, bead frames, rings, oval loops, square frames, end pieces, chandelier earring parts, fancy earring hooks, metal pendant pieces, bead pins for pendants, more ...
The "Bead Pin Pendant" is really fun ... it is a long pin with a ball on each end. One ball twists of so you can add beads, then screw the end back on. Add it to a chain and you have a pendant made up of your favourite beads. AND, it can easily be changed !! Fun way to show off a collection of special beads !!
Don't forget the Preciosa Crystal special that is on ... bags of 40 4mm bicones are $3.99 and , if you buy 5, you'll get another free !! Great deal for all those beautiful pieces you want to make for Christmas gifts !!



oooh, this is so nice ... I have the entire collection of VERY MERRY. It is really cute and comfy cozy homey. It will make you think of childhood Christmases. The paper is 2 sided and is only $1 per sheet. The designs include music, snowflakes, candies, gingerbread mean, the text of "The Night Before Christmas" , and beautiful snowy houses. There are also LOTS of accessories to use with it.

** large adhesive letters, adhesive shape stickers, adhesive labels, adhesive words & tags, adhesive mini letters ( black on teal for a real vintage feel), cards in 9 pks or individually (BINGO cards with SANTA or MERRY, children's' book illustrations, Santa's lists, recipe cards, and old fashioned Christmas cards) , and FLASHCARD BOOKS. These are great - 10 preprinted pages and 2 covers along with a ring. The pages are preprinted with words ... merry, cookies, tree, tinsel ... etc ... You will love this line !!

I also have some other October Afternoon product lines ...

** FARM FRESH ... 8x8 paper pad, word stickers, label stickers, cards, rub ons ( great for recipe books !!), and Flashcard Books ( with words like " grow, simple, family, good ...)

** REPORT CARD ... 8x8 paper pads, word and label stickers*, cards.

** ALPHABET CARDS ... each card has a letter on it and a word that begins with that letter as well as a sentence using the word . The illustrations are in the style of vintage children's books.

* I love using Label Stickers for journaling spots in mini albums.

WINTER FUN by Stamping Station

This is a fun paper line in pretty reds & blues. The paper itself is glossy and thick. There are 3 designs ... Red Swirl, Dark Blue Snowflake, Stripes. There is also a series of stickers that co-ordinate . Hockey, Ice Skating, Sledding, Snow Boarding, and Snow Fun. Great for winter layouts of your kids !

MAKING MEMORIES MISTLETOE RESTOCK ...I have SOME of this paper in stock again ... Green Glittered Music, Argyle, Mistletoe (this one is new !!), and the diecut Icon Stripe. The cardinal paper is completely sold out. Lucky you if you got some !!

...INKS ... Versa Fine mini Cubes in 5 colours, Versa Magic Dew Droop chalk inks, more

Distress Inks in Pine Needles and Broken China, Ink Potion No.9 blending

solution, more Walnut Ink Sprays in 6 more colours as well as Stamp Cleaner

and Stamp Scrubbers

... STICKLES ... great colours for Christmas ...cherry ice, candy cane, copper, gold,

silver, holly, patina, diamond, eucalyptus, waterfall, ruby slippers, fired brick,

coming next week ... Christmas Red, crystal, icicle, stardust, rock candy

... STAMPS ... Inkadinkadoo : Christmas Collage, Winter Pine, Wreath, Sleigh (all wood

mounted) , Basic Grey : Cup of Tea , Unity Stamp Company (wood mounted) :

Flowers, Giggle Trees, Trees in a Row, Numbers, My Cup of Tea

... PUNCHES ... fern, pine, holly by McGill and cardinal and Christmas bulb by Fiskars

...Nestabilities ...Ssnowflakes, Christmas Trees, Embossing plate - Impressabilities Flourish

...Cuttlebug ... Lace Tree folder

... Kaiser Craft ... Birthday Card Rub ons, Thank You Card Rub ons, as well as other rub ons.

... odds'n'ends ... Memory Glass 1x1 and 2x2 for Christmas tree ornaments, small papier mache boxes ready to be covered and embellished, beautiful felt angels from Hero Arts, and Bazzill boxes of 45 cards and matching envelopes .... folded and ready to be decorated ... only $18.99 ... that's less than 43 cents per card AND envelope !!

After looking after a stray mother cat & her kittens this summer, then finding them all homes ... the last one with us ... I have been thinking a lot about CAPS and other groups that do so much for these little creatures. I wanted to find a way to help ... but how ? I don't like donation cans or pledge cards ... I don't like to ask for money ... BUT I do like to bake !! So one week a month, here at the store, I will have big fat yummy cookies or cupcakes or something delicious , all nicely packaged up, for sale for a toonie donation to CAPS or another posted charity. All the money from the treats will go to them to help them out with their good work.What do you think ?

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thursday Update !

Okay ... this is a quick one ... it has been a crazy week (dead computer, new hard drive, cloning all my files/accounts/programs, catching cats and kittens , tons of orders to send, a new kitten, vet appointment, ...yada yada yada ...) and I am trying to plow through a HUGE order of beads. The box isn't all that big but, judging by the attached bill, there is a lot in that box !! So I don't have much time to blog - I need to get things done !!
ohh ... here comes Purolator with another box ...
I have several more boxes arriving this week or early next week so there will be lots and lots of new things to enjoy.
Here's a quick photo of some of the new semi-precious beads ... love them !
And here is some GREAT crystal news ... I have a whole heap load of Preciosa crystals. They are 4mm bicones in bags of 40 and they are on sale for ... (drumroll) ... $3.99 !!! Yep, that's right !! ( that's only 10 cents each !!!) I bought LOTS so I could get a good price to pass on to all of you Christmas jewelry makers. And ... because I am so darned happy today ... I am offering you another deal !! Buy 5 bags and get a 6th FREE !!! Yes, FREE !!! How sweet it is !!! And I also have 6mm in bags of 36 for $4.99 ... less than 14 cents each !!!
So stop in and check it all out for yourself !! See you next week with a BIG update ... and hopefully some Christmas projects ...

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

It is Thursday again ... ALREADY !!

The weeks are flying by ... where does it go ?

Well some of the time is gobbled up by unpacking NEW STUFF !!!!

Beads !!

New semi precious : charoite, snakeskin jasper, coral, Mexican petrified wood, chocolate jasper, turquoise, citrine, tiger eye, rainbow fancy jasper, moonstone, denim lapis, red spot jasper.

I have large pieces of some, chips, rounds, faceted rounds in 6mm and 8mm ... lots of variety. I also just finished an order for next week for several new semi precious collections. mmm ... really pretty !

Glass cabochon pendants ... I forgot to mention these a few weeks ago ... small $1.99 and large are $3.50. Just add a chain and you have an instant Christmas gift !!

Christmas Tree & Snowman Earring Kits ... there will be more in stock this week.

Agate ... these are the large polished pendant pieces ... they are selling quickly so you should grab what's left if you want more. They are not something I can get more of.


NEW SWAROVSKI : 3 new colours available in bicones & briolettes. Cyclamen ( a beautiful purple), Greige ( a taupey grey - nice neutral), metallic light gold crystal x2 (antique metallic colour). All very nice !! I can just see them all together in a bracelet ... !!!

BOXES ... the jewelry gift boxes should arrive this week !! Also in the order are tags & dumbbell ring tags.

In the next 2 weeks watch for ... new BEAUTIFUL semi-precious , Preciosa crystals by the bag for great price deals, new charms, Christmas charms, more Swarovski crystals ( the rack is looking pretty empty ...), and whatever else I can find that sparkles !! I hope to keep cleaning out the trays & boxes as well ... and that means end-of-the-line sales !!

Paper !!

New CRICUT Cartridges !!!
Winter Woodland - this will cut a 3D village ... I only have one and it is sold but I can I can special order for you for $85.

And IN STOCK ... mini cartridges for $29 each !!! Snowfriends (cuts 10 different snowmen and outfits !), When It's Cold Outside (cuts 45 different snowflakes and 3D snowflakes) , Very Merry Tags ( cuts 50 different holiday tags) . How great is that ?!


Punches, stamps, cardstock, glues, paper mache boxes just waiting to be covered in festive paper !!
My Mind's Eye : Be Loved paper kits.
Dream Street Papers : Merry & Bright
Jillibean Soup : Christmas paper
Bazzill Varnished paper : Holly Flourish on Ivy paper.
Websters : Petite Papers : Home for the Holidays + Winters Wings and Postcards from Paris + Sweet as Cherry Pie as well as tags, letters, etc...

Also some fun little albums : Grunge book by Tim Holtz, mini Christmas tree & cocktail glass albums, and a Maya Road clear acrylic mitten album.

MORE advent calendar box kits !!!

And here's a box of punches and SMOOCH Spritz waiting to be unpacked ...
And here is a little album I made with Pink Paislee "Mistletoe & Co." paper and a Melissa Frances Envelopes & Tag Book (only $4.99!!). The Christmas season is just that - a whole season. So I am going to record the 25 Days of Christmas in this little album ... so I can remember all the fun things that we did during the month. Each page is actually a little pocket with a double sided tag inside. I can add a photo or recipe to the tag and journalling on the pocket. Fun !!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Thursday November 12th UPDATE !!

More new things !!!
*** Well ... unfortunately , due to the holiday on Wednesday, the "Bead Truck" has not arrived !! It will be here later in the week so I'll show you the new things next week !!***
Hambly Screen Prints Paper - bold graphic designs. Fun & Funky !!
New "Life Stories" paper kits from My Mind's Eye - great vintage style. And also Corrugated Letters from JilliBean Soup - fun !!
Mini Decks from Cosmo Cricket for the new series "Nutmeg" and "Earth Love". These are great for cards as well as scrapbooking because the patterns are shrunk down ! So cute !!
New stamps : 7 Gypsies, We R Memory Keepers, Bella Blvd , as well as paint by Claudine Hellmuth ... I only brought in a few colours to see how it goes but will get more if there is interest in it ! I also have the Tim Holtz Distress Ink "Peeled Paint" back in stock -it is the most beautiful olive colour.
New flowers from PRIMA : beautiful Sultan gems and Sequin flowers as well as Winston Jewel Box Leaves. I also have Mulberry Flowers from Petaloo in great Christmas colours. There are some new items from Memory Keepers in their Vintage Finding line : velvet flowers ( they would look great with Graphic 45 paper !!), tickets, and Word Fetti stickers. I used some of their Word Fetti on my advent box and it was great. There are all kinds of words that can simply be stuck on , either alone or in groups. Really fun to use !
Adhesive Titles from Doodlebug ... only $1 each ! And more glitter for the adhesive rub-ons.
CHRISTMAS CARNIVAL by Kaiser Craft. Isn't this cute ?! Really happy paper in cheerful colours !! Only $1 sheet. The rub-ons are great too - and they come in a reusable little zippered pouch.
The MOST BEAUTIFUL ribbon from Maya Road - velvet scalloped ricrac. Scrumptious !! Also a Cuttlebug folder ... with more new ones on their way as well as some smaller Cricut Cartridges !! Punches. 7 Gypsies Seam Binding. Maya Road : sheer 2010 calendars (these are in limited numbers so don't wait !!) and a Mini Christmas tree Book as well as 5x7 Tabbed Binders. Adhesive Felt Trim from Queen & Co.
ScorPal tape ... this is my favourite tape. It is REALLY sticky. You know how discouraging it is to do a layout or a nice card and then have a piece fall off ? Well, that won't happen with ScorPal tape. I have carried it for quite a while but now I have some wider options including 1/2" , 6x6 sheets, and 1.5" wide. Now, you may be asking "Why on earth would you want 1.5" tape?". Let me tell you ! If you make any kind of altered art, covered objects, etc... this is what you want. It will adhere larger pieces of paper & heavier objects. The tape is the perfect width to adhere the notepad I showed a few weeks ago to the paper cover. The notepad is a bit heavy and it isn't going anywhere !! I love it and use it for all my projects now. You can even punch designs out of the wider tape, glitter them, and then adhere them to projects. Perfect !
A few other new items ...
charm packs (Christmas & sea life themes), 12x12 kraft cardstock.

OOPS ! Almost forgot ! I also have We R Memory Keepers Ring Binder Page Inserts. They come in 10 packs and I have 2 different packs. They are great if you have A TON of photos ... you can scrap a strip and then add lots of photos. There are various size pockets in the pages. One package has sheets with a 4x12 pocket and 4-4x6 pockets. The other pack is an assorted package that has the following:
1 12x12 sheet
2 sheets 6- 4x6
1 sheet 6 - 6x4
1 sheet 3 - 4x6, 2 - 6x4, 1 - 12x2
1 sheet 4 - 4x6, 1 - 8x6
1 sheet 3 - 4x6, 1 - 12x6
1 sheet 4 - 4x6, 1 - 4x12
1 sheet 3 - 6x4, 1 - 6x12
1 sheet 9 - 4x4
Phew ... that was a lot of typing !! Anyway, as you can see, you could scrap AND stow a lot of photos, and each page would be an interesting format.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Thursday November (???) Yes, NOVEMBER !! the 5th

The parcels are just rolling in so I don't have much yet for photos & details, but as the week goes on I will. I have a box of scrapbooking stuff right now that I am unpacking ... punches, stamps, charms, glue sticks & pens, tape, brads, Cosmo Cricket Mini Decks in Nutmeg and Earth Love, JilliBean Soup corrugated craft letters, Hambly screen prints paper ... I am expecting a box of beads later this week or maybe next week before it arrives. I do have some Christmas Tree Earring Kits again but they won't last long !! Next week I will have the snowman earrings(pearl and crystal) again as well as more trees. I also have a good selection of glass cabochon pendants in various sizes & colours. Nice QUICK Christmas gifts !!!There is also another box of scrapbooking supplies making its way here but it's ETA is next Tuesday ... that is the box with the Karen Foster Advent calendars among other things.
Here is a sample advent calendar I made up this week ... a really fun project and, once I stopped following the directions and just did it , easy & quick !! I have 8 coming in and many of them are spoken for, so let me know if you want one too !!
Have a great week and hope to see you !!
P.S. If you leave a question in the comments I will answer you in the comments section. Thanks !!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

ooooo ... just a quick one this week !

Wow ... the month/week/day has flown by so quickly. I have just a quick update today but will try to have more next week !
I am currently unpacking a box of beads & supplies so I am restocked on : headpins, stringing wire, memory wire, clasps, jumprings, eyepins, earring hooks, etc...
I have more of the Peacock beads - especially in some beautiful blues . Pretty excited about those !
A lot of you have been looking for the fine curved tubes that I used to make that double tube strand bracelet with the large oval stone. I haven't been able to get them but I did just get some that are a wee bit smaller in sterling silver. They do cost more but are not in the crazy price range by any means. They are $1.35 per tube.
Also in this box is CHAROITE , a beautiful vibrant purple semi precious stone .
And I have more of the vintage style beads individually and in strands, glass brick beads in nice strong colours , skull charms, and hopefully more snowman hats !
Somewhere in the box are the makings of the crystal snowman hats for the earrings. It will be probably Friday before I get those kits put together but I am trying to get them together as soon as possible. Then I need to order more tree parts !
I am in the process of trying to order Glitter Ritz ... an amazing product. The sparkle is unbelievable !! I hope to have news next week about that !!
So that's all for now. New paper products next week as well as hopefully some more sample products. I also have the Karen Foster Advent Boxes on their way here - quantities are limited so let me know if you want one ... or more !!
Thanks & hope to see you this week !!
Have a happy and fun Hallowe'en !!
30 Day Challenge Update
Day 21 : Hallowe'en tags
Day 22: die cutting Hallowe'en bag toppers
Day 23 : making Hallowe'en medals , stamping & assembling Hallowe'en Bag toppers & treat bags
Day 24 : finishing the Treat Bags and other signs, table decorations, punched skulls
Day 25 : worked on an album & a Hallowe'en gift bag and it was late at night so it may be a bit crooked ... OOPS Sara !!
Day 26 : worked with Glitter Ritz ... mmmmm
Day 27 : made a Thomas Kincaide card with sepia ink & Glitter Ritz warm highlights
Day 28 : more Glitter Ritz with Scor Pal tape ... awesome !!
Day 29 : Corn Maze album
Day 30 : candy apples & stamped tags

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

October 22 ...

Not much news this week but I do have a few "inspiration photos" for you. These are a few projects I have been working on for samples, for sale in the store, for kits, and for my ETSY shop. Hope you like them !!
And ... I have been keeping up with the 31 Day Challenge.
Day 13 : Christmas bags
Day 14 : Hallowe'en invitations
Day 15 : Hallowe'en cards
Day 16 : stamping
Day 17 : notepads
Day 18 : notepads ( took me a while to get the measurements right !!)
Day 19 : kits, cards
Day 20 : cards, notepads

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Update October 15th ...

What ?? The 15th already ?? YIKES !! Hard to believe it is the middle of October. I have been working away on Hallowe'en projects but next week my focus will shift to Christmas ...'cause it's coming !!!
Check out yesterday's post for Hallowe'en Treat Bag Kits. Only $4.99.
I have some great new paper things in this week bead stock but last week there was a TON of new beads ...
PINK PAISLEE : new Christmas line called Mistletoe & Co.- really nice non-traditional colours with great accessories. And, of course, if you buy 5 sheets of paper you will get 25% off any of the accessories that you choose as well. The accessories include press-ons, brads, punch outs, borderlines, canvas patches, and stamps.
7 GYPSIES : bookcovers, Naked Pockets, Gator Clips, ATC & Photograph Display
SEI : mini ink pads in great colours ... bronze, chrome, ruby, ocean deep , and more

Fancy Pants : Glitter Cuts. They are the transparencies that are embellished with glitter. really pretty. Hallowe'en & Christmas designs, as well as everyday.They add a nice touch to a page or card.
How about that paper ? It is so pretty in real life ... the photo doesn't do it justice. It would be awesome for a family Christmas photo .

We R Memory Keepers: adhesive rub ons with sheets of glitter or flocking. Apply the rub on, put the glitter or flock over top, and the image is sparkly or fuzzy. What a great idea !! I have some that are especially made for greetings on cards as well as images.
MORE INEXPENSIVE STAMPS : Prima, We R Memory Keepers, Imaginisce
DOODLEBUG : Headlines ... adhesive titles for pages ... only $1 each !
LITTLE YELLOW BICYCLE : Hallowe'en products - felt stickers, clear cuts, and rub ons
TIM HOLTZ: OKAY !! I am so excited by this stuff !!! FILM STRIP RIBBON !!! It comes in a little film strip can and it looks just like film strip. It is so clever and so darn cute !! And the other item is ROCK CANDY - it comes in Distress Paint & Stickles. It dries in chunks so that it looks like rock candy or sugar crystals but it is clear so whatever is underneath shows through ...oh, so exciting !! There is a good video demo on Tim Holtz's blog. I plan to try it out this week or weekend. Can't wait !!
I am still on track with the 31 DAY CHALLENGE. I haven't missed a day ... yet ! Last night (DAY 13)I worked on some decorated Christmas bags. Tonight I have some stamping & kit production to do. And soooo many more Hallowe'en things to make !!
Have a great week and I hope to see you !!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Hallowe'en Kit !

Here's a little kit for Hallowe'en !! The kit makes 6 cute little treat bags - just big enough for a few kisses, some caramels, and a nice big gummy worm !! These bags take no time to make and would be great little treat bags for friends or family ... ( hint ... adults like them too !)
The kit contains :
6 paper treat bags 3"x5.5"
precut, pre-inked paper rectangles
paper trim
prepunched, pre-inked scalloped rounds
pre-stamped theme rounds
pop dots

All you need to supply are : scissors & a glue stick.(oh, and the candy for inside ...)
The kits are $4.99. They will be available at the store BUT ... if you don't live near the store, you will be able to buy them in my ETSY shop !! (see the link in the side bar)
Each kit is different but they all contain Basic Grey EERIE paper.

And here's a little update on the 31 day challenge ...
Day 7 : made invitations
Day 8 : stamped cards & finished invitations
Day 9 : stamped with my new stamps !
Day 10 : started an album about our corn maze visit
Day 11: sorted & organized projects ... this one may be a bit of a cop out ...
Day 12 : LOTS of crafting !! Made treat bags & the components for kits.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Thursday Update Oct 8th ... CRYSTAL CRYSTAL CRYSTAL

Oh, there are some great new things this week !!
CRYSTALS ... lots of crystals. I have brought in a whole line of Chinese crystal. I have the briolettes in sizes 6mm, 8mm, 10mm, and 12mm in many colours. They are actually REALLY nice. I wasn't as impressed with some of the other shapes but these had that familiar sparkle that we love about Swarovski. The nice thing about the Chinese crystal is the price ... 6mm are .25 (compared to .65), 8mm are .50 ( compared to $1), 10mm are .75, and 12mm are $1 (compared to $2.99). So you still get great sparkle at a much lower price ... You can feature them in all sorts of projects now !!!Photobucket SEMI PRECIOUS ... beautiful LARGE turquoise beads/pendants, bronzite in various shapes & sizes, Picasso jasper , glass opal, pyrite (Fool's Gold), polished agate nuggets, GORGEOUS polished agate large beads/pendants in beautiful colours. And ... GOLDSTONE in straight goldstone, blue goldstone, and mixed blue & gold goldstone. This is a beautiful combination and I have it in rounds and ovals of various sizes. Really impressive !
BEADS & FINDINGS... new charms, clasps, metal beads, silver lined rectangles, lampwork pendants in various shapes and colours, new tube beads for bangle style bracelets, "noodle" tubes in silver plated instead of Sterling silver. LOTS TO SEE !!!
TREE & SNOWMAN EARRINGS/PENDANTS... I still have earring & pendant kits available.

I am still unpacking boxes from last week and expecting another order today ... so keep checking back !!
DAY 6 of 31 : I worked on layout & printing of invitatiosn and cards. Tonight is the fun part ... patterned paper, stamping, embellishing !!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

DAY 5 of 31

Hello !
Made something last night ... I unfolded & recovered a take out box for Hallowe'en. It was pretty easy. I just had to patch the paper on the flaps as it is a bit wider than 12" but really no problem ! Then, instead of putting the handle back on, I just added sparkly brads. It needs to be embellished next, and then maybe filled with branches like a vase or CANDY !!
(I may need to clean up my table next ...)
That's all I did but in my defense ... ( now it sounds like I think I'm on trial !!) I also did laundry, grocery shopped, made hot pepper jelly, cooked a pork stew for tonight, did dishes, and made some party reservations. Not bad for one night I think !!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Day 3 & 4 of 31

Okay ... my crafting was brief but I did some !! We were away both days & didn't get home til late but I didn't want to SHAME MYSELF !!
So ... DAY 3 ... glued,trimmed paper, and sanded on some acrylic pendants /charms I am making. DAY 4 ... sanded & sealed the backs of the pendants. Stamped some Hallowe'en images for treat bags. Punched out some skulls with my new Martha Skull punch.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Day 2 of 31

"Pam, are you crazy ?? I can't make 31 things in 31 days !!"
That's what I'm hearing.It's so funny. But I'm not talking sweaters or quilts, completed. I am only saying to take some time each day ... you may not complete anything for days. That's fine - just give yourself the gift of some creative time . And the answer to the other question ? No, supper doesn't count. That is a whole other 31 day challenge !!
Thanks to those of you who are joining in !!