This online store, my jewelry studio, and my husband's painting art studio are all in our home, in Chico, California in Butte County, north of Sacramento. As of May 28th, 40 Covid-19 cases have been officially tested in this county, with 0 death recorded. Butte County is reopening some of its stores and restaurants with precautions in place, but we are in no rush to go out immediately. We will see how the next month progresses. Here are the steps we have taken to help keep us all safe while shipping orders during this time:
You orders are packed with care following the best and latest guidelines.
All incoming mail and packages are open after 24h as a precaution.
Working from home is a natural thing for us, so that part is easy, but like everyone, we miss seeing family and friends, we miss going to the gym, and we miss going out to eat or to listen to live music... I miss my yoga classes, but this shall all pass eventually. In the meantime, if you need to shelter in place, consider one of the jewelry kits or tutorials as a way to entertain yourself and to stay calm.
Have gratitude for each moment. Namaste, thank you, and be safe! - Marion
COVID-19 SHIPPING NOTICE - Shipping carriers are working hard to meet their commitments, but due to the current environment with the COVID-19 virus, some shipments aredelayed and taking longer to reach their destinations. Specifically, shipments with International destinations can take additional weeks for completed deliveries.
June 2 - Twisted Metallic Cord
New Colors for Micro Macrame, Kumihimo, and Tassels
April 20 - Just in
More Kanagawa and Fujix Tire Silk
More silk cards came in today. This is how I keep my collection, I organise the cards by colors rather than by number and when I am run out of a color I add a stickie note s a reminder to replace the card when it is back in stock as I like to have all the colors to choose from.
Why is the silk so amazing? It is trully the finest filament silk available worldwide made into a 3-ply buttonhole twist silk thread. > Kanagawa and Fujix Tire Silk
April 14 - Tibetan Snake Knot Bracelet Tutorial and Starter Kits
I made these starter kits for Stitches West. They sold out at the show, and I run out of some of the cords... My first order for Tibetan Buddhist Cord just arrived yesterday, so yes, now I can make more kits for you. This is a great project for the whole family!
January 16 4mm Czech Fire Polished Beads
Spotlight on New Beads + Finishes
The Aqua AB/Graphite is a new addition. Shown on left made into a SQK Bracelet Trio Design 3, along with Crystal AB Argento, and Magic Vitrail.
These three bracelets put the spotlight on these amazing finishes with AB finishes over transparent beads and partial metallic luster or partial metallic coating. These beads are super luminescent as light goes through the transparent beads and reflects back from the metallic finish, reminiscent of illuminated stained glass windows.
New Year - New Beads
6mm Czech Fire Polished Beads Available in 3 finishes: Etched Vitrail, Etched Argento, and Etched Gold Ore.
Shown set in Halo Beads as charms.
The fully etched metallic finishes of these beads are amazing. I did not think I would like damaged beads... But wow, I am entranced by their raw look, especially when contrasted with the clean look of the Halo Beads.
January 2 - 2020 Pantone Color of the Year compared to C-Lon Bead Cord and More Calm and confident, this enduring blue hue highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.- Written by Pantone
The 2020 Neutrals
Versatile and naturally sophisticated, these neutral hues serve as singular color statements or as foundations for playful color contrasts with the other fashion colors of the year.
I am always surprised when several customers from different part of the country order the same exact colors, the same exact day... Is is serendipity or did they read a post somewhere recommending specific colors?
Cleo got renamed Kumihimo Cleo Cavandoli. She sits on my desk chair in the online store when I am working and keeps me company. She was born March 9th 2011, a triple rescue, we adopted January 2013. She is a 10 lb. foxy doxy with a bit of chihuahua maybe? - Marion
This gorgeous photo is courtesy of Paula's PhotoArt. As Paula says, every picture tells a story...