A Look at the Bead Stores on Queen Street West


There’s an area in Toronto, on Queen Street West just west of Spadina, that is a crafty person’s dream come true. I’ve previously done a post about finding buttons (here), fabric (here) and ribbons (here), and today I will tell you about the bead shops. Oh, the wonderful bead shops!

Anything you could possibly want to make jewellery can be found in the several stores, all located really close to one another. They’re so close, that you can easily check them all out, in order to determine which ones has exactly what you’re looking for. And if you don’t know what you’re looking for, surely you’ll find something that you’ll want. The choice is pretty well without limit.

The prices in the area seem to be very good to me, although I might not be the best person to give an opinion on that, because I’ve only ever looked for beads in these stores. I’ve never really seen a need to look anywhere else.

When I went last week to find beads for a project I’m working on I brought my camera along and asked permission to take some photos, to show you the goods. They’re not listed in any particular order, based on preference because they’re all good. I’d recommend checking them each out.

Here’s Bling Bling, located at 448 Queen Street West, on the north east side of Augusta.






You’ll notice that there is another one right beside it called The Beadery. I missed going into that store, but I’ll try to get there sometime soon and I’ll update this post after I’ve been. I notice on their website that they give one-on-one jewellery making classes there.

Directly across the street, at 525 Queen West, is Arton Beads. They actually have two stores side-by-side, but I usually only go into the one to the west, and that’s where these shots were taken :

arton beads on queen street west




Then, a little further to the west, across Augusta you’ll find a lovely shop called Hi Beads :






So now, if you live in Toronto and ever feel the need to bead, you know where to go. And if you don’t live here or prefer to buy your jewellery already assembled, hopefully it was interesting to see what the inside of a bead store looks like.

And this is what I picked up. I’ll show you what I made in my next post.


Thanks for dropping by. I hope you’re having a great week.
xo loulou

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Sending Love Across the Miles : Origami Rabbits


Here’s a little something that is going to be dropped into the mailbox this week, to arrive in time for Easter. They’re being sent to these little munchkins, Owen and Delilah, who are the children of my cousin Lisa.

I found the instructions for these Origami Rabbits here. To make some yourself, you can either follow the diagram (which is what I did) or the animated instructions.

They are made from paper squares which are 6 by 6 inches (the standard size for origami paper). For this project you need paper that is printed or coloured on one side (for the clothes) and plain white or beige on the other side (for the face and ears).

I’m fairly new to origami, so still find even relatively easy pieces to be a challenge. That said, I was able to make these without too much difficulty, so I’d say they are doable by beginner level paper folders.




I modified the original instructions on the very last step, in order to create a way for the little paper critters to stand upright. Instead of just folding the corner up, as per the instructions, I opened the bottom and folded the corner inside. If you look at the following pictures, you’ll get a better understanding for what I mean.



The finished rabbits stand about 4 1/2 inches tall, but to give you a better feel for their size, here they are pictured with an egg …


The nice thing about these rabbits is that, although they have a nice 3-dimensional look about them, they lay perfectly flat, which made them perfect for popping into an envelope for mailing.

I wrote some notes to go with them …


Aside : for fellow pen lovers, this is a vintage Shaeffer White Dot ball-point that I found on ebay. I imagine a scenario where a girl received this as a graduation gift in the ’70s and then found it too precious to use. Her loss is my gain, I guess.


I made some printed envelopes to fit, by tracing a small envelope that I’d opened up, as a template.



You just cut them out and score on the fold-lines with a pointy but smooth object, such as a letter opener.


Then you fold them and either add thin lines of glue to form them like regular envelopes or do what I did … just seal them closed with a single sticker at the back.





I hope ‘my’ children enjoy opening their little Easter surprises, sent from afar. I also hope that you’ll think about making some cute origami rabbits yourself.


Thanks very much for checking out my post.
xo loulou

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