Embrace the imperfections!

Embrace the imperfections, then take time to smell the roses! No one is perfect, so why put yourself down, for something that is virtually unattainable? I posted a partially stitched and embroidered stone, on my Instagram account (amd_artfuldreamer) this morning. I was thinking about how difficult it was to stitch a perfect rock. It’s awkward in your hands, there is no give, and it’s heavy to work with. So, I decided to embrace the imperfections, and just go with the flow! Threads are hanging, the stitches and edges aren’t perfect, yet the colours are sea-like and dreamy! I love the …

Sculptural beadwork – 3-D and fabulous!

What do you think of, when I say sculptural beadwork? I think art!!! Although most of us consider beading to be a type of wearable art, sculptural beadwork is something entirely different! Now that doesn’t mean that jewelery is not art, it’s just that we’re more conditioned to think of objects as more sculptural. In my own small way, I’ve been playing around with this idea, for a while now. Mainly with my dolls, but more recently, with stitching, and beading a small beach stone (more about that, in future blog posts). Freeform peyote, and intuitive bead embroidery, are obvious …

Polymer clay play! Experiment if you dare!

My experiments with polymer clay play, continue in a haphazard kind of way! I love to experiment, but in fact, usually end up with a motley collection of techniques. Some work, and some don’t! I want to actually make something exciting out of my polymer clay. Do I really want to make a bunch of beads? Perhaps not, but there must be something that I can make!! In the spirit of experimentation, I’ll continue along the exploration path, until I come up with something that I’m satisfied with. Okay, I need to say this, polymer clay play is not terribly …

March 2018 Bead Mat Update: A study in contrasts!

I started thinking about my March 2018 bead mat update a couple of weeks ago! However, I wasn’t able to settle down and do anything about it until now! Horrors! I almost missed updating you!! March has been a very busy month! I’m like a butterfly, flitting around, but not really settling in any one place for long. As I’ve said before, I need focus! I may have found a way to clear my head and corral my mind a little. I believe that I showed you my Stitch Meditations before, but I’ve started adding beads to some of them. …

What ever happened to? Fads or passing fancies?

Have you ever considered what ever happened to some of your favourite beads, and jewelery techniques? Did the faeries steal them, or did they simply fall out of fashion? I blame an awful lot on magazines, because they need to keep flogging trends. New products and techniques, sell magazines!!! There is nothing wrong with that, but what’s wrong with the older products and techniques? What’s up with Soutache Embroidery? What is Soutache braid? According to Interweave, “it’s basically a flat decorative trim or ribbon that’s traditionally used for concealing a seam on clothing”, but it could also be used to …

Creative Musings of an Inquisitive Mind!

What would be the definition of creative musings? If a musing is a period of reflection or thought, then a creative musing is a period of creative reflection or thought. Do you agree? My muse brings focus and light to my creativity, but she also brings dark! Light balances darkness, and darkness balances light! You cannot have one without the other. Sometimes, when I talk about creative musings, it’s because I have absolutely no idea what I’m going to write about! So, my muse helps me to make stuff up!!! She’s very versatile, but not limited to fibre, paper, and …

Floral Jewelery: A harbinger of spring!

I don’t know about you, but floral jewelery always reminds me of spring! In this part of the country, at this time of the year, we exist somewhere between winter and spring. One day spring, and the next, thrust rudely back into winter! Will it be rain, snow, or freezing rain? Granted, the temperature is more moderate, and some days it’s even warm enough to run errands, in a light jacket! Spring is coming, you can feel it in the air, and the birds are even tweeting about it! Call me sentimental, but I love floral jewelery! If you ask …

February 2018 Bead Mat Update: A technique extravaganza!

Is my February 2018 bead mat update more of the same? Or is it? Only my readers will know!!! You know that it’s February in Canada, when you get winter, spring, winter, spring, and giant potholes! It’s hard to know what to wear, but I’m certainly glad that we’re in the spring phase right now, for however long it lasts.   I’ve never really liked February in Toronto, because in my home city of Vancouver, you would already be seeing signs of spring. Ha! They got snow last week!!! I know, it won’t last long, and the bulbs will be …

Freeform Fancies and Other Treats!

Immersing yourself in freeform fancies, is a perfectly lovely way to spend the day! Have you every done this? If not, it’s something that you should consider. I love everything about freeform! It doesn’t matter if it’s peyote, bead embroidery, collage, painting, resin, machine, or hand embroidery, it’s all good to me! I taught a freeform peyote bracelet workshop, at BeadFX, to a wonderful, talented, group of students! Nine ladies, and one gentleman. One of the ladies, brought her husband along, so that she would end up with two bracelets. Smart lady! Of course, she picked out the beads, but …

My Beady Valentines! How could I resist this post?

Well, my Beady Valentines, how will you be celebrating this day? Are chocolates, flowers, cards, or jewelery in your plans? Or, perhaps a quiet dinner at home? Do you believe that they’re calling these Valentines, vintage? I still remember giving, and receiving them in grade school (does that mean that I’m vintage?). It was such an exciting, yet disappointing process. Especially if you didn’t get one from your latest crush! Sigh! I hear that it’s all or nothing now, so no child is ever left without a Valentine. A very good plan! Valentine’s Day is just another day in my …