Thursday, August 23, 2012

Seven days without beads — makes one weak

Oh, you poor thing you - you must be in a state of bead deprivation! As opposed to us. We are NOT in a state of bead deprivation - at least none of us who were involved in the inventory. We counted over 500,000 sales units - so from individual beads to packages to strands - whatever we sell them as - over half a million items in the store

Can you believe it? Can you fathom counting that many beads? (Yeah - some of you are muttering to yourself, "Hey - you haven't seen MY workroom have you?")

So - thank you for your patience! In addition to the inventory, we have installed a new point of sale system in the store - which will shortly be talking to our website - which will relieve the issue of us running out of an item online because it sold out in the store. This way - when it sells out in the store, it will also not be available online. This will prevent disappointment and frustration for all!

The new point of sale system - for those of you who pop into the store to pick up your beads - will also give you a spiffy new receipt that actually lists the item and it's numbers and prices, so that if you keep track, or just want to be able to buy the same beads again - then you will have all that information at your fingertips! It's a big win all around!

s33582 Stone Beads - 12 mm Round - Labradorite (1)So - onto this week's beads.

s33573 Stone Beads - 16 mm Round - Pyrite (1)This week - is a small collection of stone beads - including some handsome, large, rounds. From 12 mm Labradorite to 16 mm Pyrite, with a side trip to 16 mm Red Tiger Eye, which is just down the lane from 16 s33574 Stone Beads - 16 mm Round - Goldstone (1)mm Goldstone. Look for all of them on the stone pages flagged "New."

s33579 Stone Beads -  Carved Owl - Mookaite (1)As33580 Stone Beads -  Carved Owl - Grey Agate (1)lso - some more yummy carved stone owls! In Mookaite, and Grey Agate. The colours in the Mookaite are so rich and so strong - it can be hard to believe that it is one stone when you have two pieces in such different colours. As I explained to someone this past weekend, while we were counting beads, and she asked me if perhaps we had two types of beads mixed-in together - Mookaite looks like peanut butter on a brick. 

s33568 Stone Beads - 45 mm Coin Pendant - Sienna Impression Jasper (1)We also have some new stone pendants - great as a focal piece on Kumihimo - by the way! This Sienna Impression Jasper evokes aerial photographs of river basins - or perhaps newly discovered alien worlds? I think that one at the bottom of the picture should be called "Oceanus."

s33567 Stone Beads - 35 x 45 mm Rectangle Pendant - Lapis Lazuli (1)And, if you love Lapis, and who doesn't but if you really, really adore Lapis and, like, have posters on the ws33566 Stone Beads - 30 x 60 mm Teardrop Pendant - Lapis Lazuli (1)all with little hearts drawn on them - then - Yay! Lapis Pendants, in two shapes! Because, if there is a more beautiful stone on the planet - I don't think I could stand it! 

Greens33565 Stone Beads - 30 x 60 mm Teardrop Pendant - Green Impression Jasper (1) Impression Jasper - look - the one I'm holding has a reindeer on it! Can you see it? I didn't even notice that before! Remember - each pendant is unique and has it's own personality! 

s33563 Stone Beads - 30 x 40 mm Oval - Cappuccino Jasper (1)And this is Cappuccino Jasper - warm cocoa-coloured swirls and lines. Some look like wood-grain - and that one on the front - I swear - that one looks like a thumbprint! 

So, as usual, lots to explore, this week all the new stuff is in the stone section! Click on a link in the side menu, or start with the Main Page and take a look around.

Yes - we know there is a LOT there, so you can take it in in bite-size portions by checking out these categories: Firepolish, Pressed Glass, Swarovski Crystal, Seedbeads, Stone and Pearls, Preciosa Crystal, Metal Beads, Other Cool Beads, Findings, Metal Clay & Supplies or Books, Kits, Tools
And don't forget to check out our free, yes, free projects. Over 300 to choose from - a new one every week!

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