Last weekend was a like being inside a dream box,  the very real parameters were obvious and yet not confining. Through the windows I could even see   the physical world and it was solid white. Inside I was  comfortable, warm, and content. As I sat and watched the world disappear in the clean white blanket I disappeared into the vast inner world and beaded. What a delight. We are so lucky to be able to create worlds within worlds.wood frog frozen Do you think that a chipmunk or a squirrel can do the same. I truly  wonder about this wood frog.  It is amazing what he can do! He will stay frozen I mean frozen solid like a frogsicle for the whole winter and then come back to life in the spring and get together with his mate and do it. Do you think he disappears into some alternative universe. The world is truly a magical place.    http:// (image from

Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow for Spring registration Feb 21, 2015 10am opening. You can go and browse the images of all our new classes .


Dave just gave me a weather report and I can’t believe it!!!! is not looking good. Just know we will be there and I will have a pot of soup on.

Wake up you wood frogs and do it!




4.leather-bezels-lezlie 14.tutu-amber 31.Lets-get-started-Bead-embroSpring registration is this Saturday February 21, doesn’t that sound wonderful. SPRING REGISTRATION, SPRING REGISTRATION, SPRING REGISTRATION!!!

Ok everyone knows I  love  registration day, Just like all the events at the shop it has a party atmosphere. And who doesn’t like a good party particularly at  this time of year!! A little colour, good friends, beads and anticipation of some new adventures all those things are much appreciated in my life.

I know Canadians always talk about the weather, but… you believe this WEATHER!!   My son who lives in Whitehorse, texted me and asked if I was considering moving up there, They have been warmer all week, every single day. So SPRING!! registration is sounding like robins and tulips. I can’t promise spring weather but the atmosphere will be warm and inviting. So bundle up and come in and start registration with some laughs, beads and warm smiles from friends.13.Sculptured-vintage-cuff.-we

We have an outstanding line up of both classes and teachers, actually 39 out of the 49 classes are new. The beginning of any project  is filled with potential, it is  like sunrise or new art supplies exciting, revitalizing and full of hope. This particular term is bubbling over with potential.  We have some exciting classes with the new shapes of beads, we have some really exciting new leather classes and metal classes to spark your interest in the hidden qualities of metal. So check out the website or come in and have a look at the samples.


Our guest artist is also pretty amazing. She is worth the trip alone.

If that isn’t enough some of the finds from Tucson are already priced and in the shop. So mark your calendar…bundle up and come and get the spring session off to a warm, colourful, joyous start.19.The-bracelet-Monrena-Lise-2

The best things about learning and classes is that you never know where it is going to take you. We are trained to think  linear but in reality the world is not linear. If we allow ourselves to go with the flow, our thoughts and our creativity can take us anywhere. Yet that anywhere is exactly where we belong.

I find when we put ourselves in a learning environment,  we can land in the stars…. or not.  When you are courageous enough to go somewhere you don’t know, allowing someone else to lead, your world changes. It can do nothing else. If you aim for the goal set for you this can be a predictable linear outcome. You will receive what you expected learn a new technique or understand a new concept. Not a bad days work.  Yet it is this new fertile ground of the unknown that has the tantalizing smells of potential, it  is like magic star-dust playing with your vision and mind. Yet it will only be an exotic, intoxicating high until you nourish it,  explore it  and  allow it to change you.  Than  you are  the master. You are the  god of this new world as you are the creator.  It is the magic and uncertainty of the unknown that creates this  tear in our linear world. It is your courage that promotes you to act &  it is your curiosity that pulls you forward and joy that keeps you there. You have entered the endless powerful exploding world of  your imagination. The more people you give passport to the more your world expands.

This is why I  really teach and  that is why I take classes. This is why I buy books this is why I can’t pass up a new box of crayons. To touch potential  & to have the opportunity to crawl through the tears of our linear thinking and fly.  Yes  I can learn new techniques  but hopefully today I will  find the door into my world. When I do, I will issue as many passports as possible so others can visit.  So stay tuned, take a class and report back.




Yesterday assignment in Blogging 101 was read four blogs and leave comments. I don’t really think of myself as part of the blogging community. I just have never looked at blogging from that perspective. So off I went to explore. I have read only a few other bead artist blogs so it was all new.  It is  very easy to get lost out there in the computer land of blogging. I enjoyed myself immensely but I am not really sure where I was or how I got there. Another play day is needed.

Todays assignment was to write a post about one of those blogs. “Out of my box” had   been challenged to write ” 30 random facts about me”. She did a great job and inspired me to write my about my page in the same way.

fact one. I don’t eat apples, I eat apple sauce but not applesdubonnet

fact two. I don’t have a good poker face. Therefore I just don’t lie because I can’t get away with it.

fact three. I once walked out on a dentist because he was so insensitive, with the rubber dam still in my mouth. (I had to go back and get him to take it off, but I did it and got a new dentist)

fact four.  I registered, paid and showed up for class before I was accepted into my university program. They called me into the office but I just kept going . It took me an extra year but I got my degree.

Fact five. I read out loud in airports if I am sitting beside someone talking on their cell phone and making business calls. (At first I would change sits but there was always another business man being important)

Fact six. I hate change and love learning new things.

Fact seven. Libraries and art supply stores are almost as good as chocolate, and hot home-made bread on a bad day.

fact eight The Queen of England and I both drink  Dubonnet she adds gin to hers I just like a hunk of lemon not a slice, not a wedge a hunk. more about Dubonnet

Ok you get the picture this is a lot of fun but as my mother always said “duty calls ” the store awaits and I’ve got to go. I wanted  to go to the metal supermarket this morning before work,not going to happen. Once again, I have enjoyed having my coffee with you.

Wow what a ride!

I hope your New Year’s was filled with Joy and Happiness. That can manifest in many ways, sitting watching a movie on TV with someone special or going to a huge New Year’s bash. Whatever makes you happy.

Dave and I had my sister and her husband up to the cottage. It was wonderful.  I know I am shameless, Wendy really did all the major work . I love spending time socializing with people. I just don’t know how to get everything done and be hostess.  She prepared a meal that was amazing.  I received a raclette for Christmas last year and had only used it for meat and potatoes. She prepared five mouth-watering dishes, a little wine, a hot tub and fireworks over the lake. I guessing you are getting the picture. Joy and happiness, the best way to start a New Year.


I have so much to tell you and I will. For those of you who have received your brochure you can see what I have been doing. Doesn’t the new term look exciting? I am doing an extra class today for 10 people so I really have to get going. I miss you! I will catch you up, I promise. For now … (not sure why but I can’t insert a clip her so click on and enjoy)
Love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love.
There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done.
Nothing you can sing that can’t be sung.
Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game
It’s easy.
There’s nothing you can make that can’t be made.
No one you can save that can’t be saved.
Nothing you can do but you can learn how to be you
in time – It’s easy.

All you need is love, all you need is love,
All you need is love, love, love is all you need.
Love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love.
All you need is love, all you need is love,
All you need is love, love, love is all you need.
There’s nothing you can know that isn’t known.
Nothing you can see that isn’t shown.
Nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be.
It’s easy.
All you need is love, all you need is love,
All you need is love, love, love is all you need.
All you need is love (all together now)
All you need is love (everybody)
All you need is love, love, love is all you need.