Well, here anyway. Some parts of the country have snow and cold - Vancouver has been crippled by a staggering inch of snow - businesses are closed and the roads are a mess. But it's been insanely great weather for December here - sunny and mild. Consequently - speaking personally - Christmas has snuck up on me - yet again. Along with the apocalypse, apparently - to which I have to say - what, another one? We survived the last three end-of-the-worlds. I'm not worried about this one.
If you'd like to ornament yourself, instead of the tree (or as well as) - you couldn't do much better than these Swarovski Crystal Mesh Balls. They come in Pendants, or Beads and are about as festive as you could wish for.
If you need a quick gift for a friend who loves to collect Pandora charms - or any of the other compatible Euro-style charm bracelets - then check out the new Swarovski Becharmed charm-beads. Crystals, and now, new elegant pearls and classic gemstones.
And, if you are planning on curling up with a seed beady project - yet more colours of the twins! We've added more happy-happy colours - which lightens up the somewhat somber collection as it first came out.
And we have a new supplier for the snowflake ornament armatures. This is a slightly thinner wire, making them easier to bend loops into, and more versatile in the range of beads they will take. (They now take some 10/0 and 11/0 seedbeads!)
We are also doing a holiday food drive. No one should be hungry while others feast - or at any other time, if it comes to that - and so we are collecting canned and non-perishable goods for the food bank. We are halfway to our goal of 250 pounds - so if you are coming into the store - please bring a can or two, some peanut butter, a box of rice - something to give a hand up. Every little bit helps! Alternately - if you're not coming into the store - we'd be delighted if you made a donation online on this page at the Daily Bread Foodbank care of team BeadFX!
Holiday HoursWe will be CLOSING at 3 pm on Christmas eve - and REMAIN CLOSED straight through until the new year - re-opening on January 2. This gives everyone here a chance to have some quality time with their family, reacquaint themselves with the strangers with whom they live, and generally just recharge their batteries.
Because we are closed over the holidays - and so, we have no update that week, we don't want you to feel lonely and bead-reft - so we are carrying on our tradition of giving you 12 inspirations over the 12 days of Christmas. This year - Stephanie has agreed to do the 12 days of Christmas jewelry - with the theme of "Bling in the New Year." We await her creations with breathless anticipation!
So - from all of us - to all of you - we wish you a wonderful and happy holiday season, and may all your wishes come true!
As always, wonderful, wonderful new things - all over the site. I leave you to explore at your leisure. Click on a link or an image to go straight to the item mentioned above, or go to our massive list of everything and look for the "new" tags.
If that page seems overwhelming - which we freely admit it is! - then try for 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!
Lampworking Studio is Now Open - Please call ahead to check availability and reserve a spot.
Don't forget - we are at our new location - so don't automatically drive to the old place by mistake - details on our About Us page.