Summer has arrived!

Summer Greetings to you!

We hope you had an enjoyable Canada Day and that this finds you enjoying the summer season wherever you are! Since we are having a very hot and humid spell here in Ottawa, we have been hearing that the weather is inspiring many of our in-store visitors to stock up on supplies for projects they can do in some cool place. It is fun to see what people are choosing as everyone has a unique approach to colour and design. We are always delighted to help people realise their dreams.

We have spent the last few weeks repositioning ourselves after the spring shows and getting ready for the summer shows which begin with the Sudbury Gem and Mineral Show July 20, 21 and 22. It is always a great experience to get on the road again and visit with people we only see once or twice a year.

An inspiration quote for this month comes from Steve Jobs: “Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty, because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things.” So the take away from this is try to fill your hours and days with experiences. They don’t necessarily have to relate directly to what and how you bead. Nature can give you ideas about colour and texture. Others’ art can generate ideas for using a technique differently.

We all hope that you have an inspired July!




Meredith, Brent and Carrie