August 2019 Bead Mat Update: All mixed up!

My August 2019 bead mat update is about how mixed up I get! When I’m creating that is, but that’s not what it’s all about! Resin (Ice Resin), Coral branch fringe, Twinchies (2” x 2” little pieces of art), and small mixed media tags don’t have much in common, but I’ve been working on all of them! Does that make me strange, or just quite suited to my mixed-up media title! We had a blast at my resin class! But then, we always have a blast in that class. Collage, and resin are perfect companions, but this time, I even …

Sparkle it Up!

What does sparkle it up mean to you? Is it for special occasions, when you want a little something extra to lift your spirits? Or is it something that you secretly crave? Bling is very personal! Not everyone is comfortable wearing it, but it always catches your eye. I’ve never been a real sparkle girl, but I admit to making a handful of pieces. I have always felt the pull to bezel a crystal or two, but just haven’t found the time to fit it into my discretionary creative space. This is one of my older pieces, that was made …

Playing with Clay: Exploring my options!

I’ve been playing with clay, then rummaging around in my stash. Too much fun!! Quick Cure Clay, from Ranger Ink, is an interesting, new product (developed by John Pojman). I’ve worked with both polymer, and metal clay, as well as Apoxie Sculpt, Crystal Clay, and Artist’s Concrete. All have their good, and bad points, but none is quite as interesting, unique, and sometimes frustrating, as Quick Cure Clay (QCC). It’s a great product, but does have some ‘quirks’ that you need to be aware of, before working with it. It’s soft, sticky, you need to use nitrile gloves, and it …

Time Flies: But what are you going to do about it?

Time flies so fast, that it’s sometimes hard to keep up! Doesn’t it feel like the older you get, the faster it flies? As a student, do you remember how long the school year was, then how anxious you were to get to the summer vacation part? I would like to slow it down a little, so that I can get even half of what’s rolling around in my brain, done! But isn’t that always the case? Work, and the hard, or uncomfortable activities, do take precedence, while the fun, creative stuff seems to be shoved into little bites of …

July 2019 Bead Mat Update: Clay, bead and stitch!

My July 2019 Bead Mat Update is hot, hot, hot! It’s actually the weather that’s been hot, hot, hot, but at least it’s cooled down now. Mid-30C + high humidity, is just not nice!! Stitch, beads, and Quick Cure Clay have been my main art focus in July, but then what else was I going to do when it was so hot? Playing outside, for long, was not an option!! I’m going to start with my ongoing love affair with Amulet bags. They’re designed to hang around your neck, hold small treasures, then serve as an unusual piece of jewelry! …

To Write or Stitch: What’s a girl to do?

Write or stitch, that’s certainly a dilemma! What the heck would you do? No paper is sacred! I write on yellow post-its, envelope scraps, the odd napkin, books (shudder), and even the back of invoices. The real trick is to figure out how to catalogue those notes, before they get swept out in the trash, but while they’re still current. I love to write, but have never had a great desire to journal about anything! Nope, not kidding!! But, I do confess to being a rabid writer of notes. You know, a scribble here, a scribble there, but then you …

Secrets and Treasures: We all have them!

Secrets and treasures, but what would the world be without them? A very dull place indeed! Who doesn’t have special little bits and pieces, hidden around their home? Do you take them out and fondle them, or just feel safe, knowing that they’re hidden away from prying eyes? I say enjoy them! Wallow in the memories! Air them out, let them free, dream about them, but keep them close to your heart! What better way to do that, than to make an amulet pouch? I’ve been thinking about amulet, or talisman pouches for a while, but hadn’t settled on how …

Canadian Content: Plus, a little U.S.!

Canadian content is a must, due to the fact that we just celebrated Canada Day! I hope you don’t mind that it’s all about me!! I worked on Saturday, but then had three whole days off in a row! No Canada Day celebrations for me, but I did provide all of the Canadian content in this blog post! It was a lazy, but busy weekend! I’ve felt rushed lately, so needed a staycation. I did nothing that I had to do, but everything that I wanted to do. Reading, napping, stitching, beading, visiting friends, and even a little TV watching. It’s …

June 2019 Bead Mat Update: Blue, with a dash of red!

Time for my June 2019 Bead Mat Update! I haven’t actually been doing a lot of beading, but I have a suspicion, that’s about to change!! I need to do some beading, but then there’s also Stitch Meditations, Ice Resin, and that giant package of Quick Cure Clay. What’s a girl to do? I’m not ready to expose my Quick Cure Clay to my blog readers yet, but it should be ready for a July unveiling. All I can say right now, is that it’s interesting to work with, is sticky, smells a bit, yet takes colour really well. It is …

Fun with Freeform!

The fact that I have fun with freeform, is probably no surprise to most of you. I bead it, I stitch it, then sometimes even combine the two! It’s an intuitive way of working, that allows you to create, without following a traditional pattern. It is a fairly free way of working, but still requires a certain amount of order. Without that, there would be chaos! This one, entitled “Worms”, is a little chaotic, but it was an experiment, that just kept on giving. I still love it!! When I create, I let my mind flow free, but I’m always …