September 24, 2010

Free Tutorial on How to Make Ear Wires

A quick free tutorial on how to make your own ear wires with simple tools found on a jewelry makers work bench.

Our Yearly Necklace Give Away

Once a year I like to make a necklace for our clients and give it away to someone who makes a purchase (or doesn't make a purchase click the title of this post to see what we mean) as a way of saying thanks. I am in Canada far away from my jewelry making supplies so I decided to give you all a choice of four necklaces that are on my site.

Good luck and have fun shopping Great Beads for Great People.

September 11, 2010

Huge Sale and a Bunch of New Beads

I am leaving for a trip to Canada, driving the whole way from South Texas. We use to live on the road and do the big trip twice a year but I have gotten out of the habbit.

How does this affect you? Well I got all of next weeks beads in early and have two sales happening at the same time because I can't do any website work for a week. You have to check out the new beads and focals and the Close Outs. I also had to do ended listing so a slew of popular sellers went back into stock. Either there were just a few more or I was able to get more.

Wish me safe journeys. I will be online on facebook as much as possible. Business around here will be as usual. It is all in Kateri's capable hands. Oh and go see her at the Bead Show in Oklahoma this next weekend.

September 3, 2010

Bead Size Conversion Charts

Some people new to gemstones have never come across the metric measuring system often used in jewelry making. Even some of us who have been at it for a long time needd help figuring out just how big 11mm is.

Dr Karen Meador made this chart for us and you to help us with these conversions. Feel free to use this chart on your site as long as you link to Karen and Magpie Gemstones.

Madeline Hoffman also shared her chart with us.

To see the charts.

September 1, 2010

September is Here


It's that time again to pick a blog buddy winner ... click here if you have no idea what I am talking about. Trust me it is worth the click. It involves free beads.

I can't wait to see who wins this month. It will be announced in the next newsletter.

Around "here" has been hot and yet I am starting to smell Autumn in the air.

I am travelling to Canada for three months and will be working from there. No worries everything will remain the same from your perspective. I have jumped through all the hoops to have wifi etc set up there. Kateri will have your orders in her capable hands and will probably like having me out from under her feet.

Just to frustrate her I set up skype so she will still have to look at me though (grin).

She has been off on a much needed vacation and is off working on an organic farm in Balize. Thank goodness she will be home in a few days. Don't tell her this but man she works hard. I discovered that after having to fill her shoes for three weeks!

Come by the store and check out the (shhhhh) new close outs in. There are not very many available so snag them if they suit your fancy.

Oh and did you see the new sunstone that just went in?