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 …

Jewelery Trends for 2018!

When I talk about Jewelery Trends for 2018, I really must say, let the bling begin! I’m not particularly fashion forward, but I do like to see what the runways are offering. Their designs are generally exaggerated, but you will be able to get a glimpse of what the stores will eventually be carrying. Modified of course, but still pertinent for all of you fashion mavens! Some of the hi-lights from Trends Jewelry, include “Femininity”, “Pearl Classics”, “Disco”, and “Grunge”. Brooches, especially animal brooches, make a big comeback, as do crosses (I had two customers asking about sterling silver crosses, …

January 2018 Bead Mat Update: Change is in the air!

The theme of my January 2018 Bead Mat Update, appears to be a slight change in direction. Is that bad? Perhaps not, but something new to consider. I’ve got an itch, and that itch just needed to be scratched! It’s the itch for something new, and I just can’t help myself! Okay, perhaps not new, but not recent! I’m talking about polymer clay! I’ve worked with it more this month (actually, I started on New Years Eve), than I’ve ever done before. Colour therapy for sure, but it also brings back that childlike feeling, of getting down and dirty in …

Planet BeadFX Awaits You! Are you ready for it?

Life on Planet BeadFX is special! You never know what will come up, to challenge the crones and one troll, who work there. But we’re always on the case! Do you want to drop by to shop? No problem! How about taking a class? Again, we’re there for you! You don’t live in the city, or even in the province, or country? We deliver. You live in the city, but prefer not to drive? You can order on-line. Planet BeadFX is a place of sharing, caring, and learning! We love what we do, and it shows! Just ask us a …

Beady priorities! Should we worry about them, or not?

Have you ever thought about your beady (and/or crafting) priorities? Is this something that you have already considered, or is it a totally new concept? If you’re in the business of selling your beaded items, I’m sure that it’s something that you have already defined, in your business plan. But what if you’re beading for a hobby, relaxation, or just for the fun of it? Do you need to set priorities? If so, why? I believe that you should set beady priorities, in both instances! On the business end, you need think about how you will sell your work? For …

Creativity Secrets: Nuturing your muse!

What are creativity secrets, and why doesn’t your muse know more about them? Shouldn’t they be easy to spot? Think like a child, then open yourself up to the freedom to play! Who says that everything that we do, needs to be dead serious? Have you considered working in another medium? It might wake your muse up, and help you to work through creativity blocks! Besides, it could be a whole lot of fun! Get down, and get dirty!!! If not mud, then try finger painting. Design some jewelery, based on your painted output! Immerse yourself in colour! If you …

Words to live by – and other fripperies!

Its 2018, and its time to focus on some words to live by! Which words, I do not know, but hope to by the end of this blog post. New Year’s resolutions have never been my thing, and that’s something I share with many creatives. For me, it would be just setting myself up for failure! As words seldom fail me, they will certainly be a better option! The logical first word will be CREATE! I would go crazy without this word. Of course, you’ll say that I do that anyways, and yes that’s true. However, with looming workshop deadlines, …

December 2017 Bead Mat Update: Ending the year with a whisper!

My December 2017 Bead Mat Update, is the perfect ending to the year! My muse is quietly whispering in my ear, and that bodes well for 2018! Did you make any holiday gifts this year? I did, but not as many as previous years. Why, you ask? Timing, inspiration, lazy muse, work, or perhaps just a lack of steam! All contributed, but no excuses allowed. Unfortunately, no photos of my away gifts, but here are some simple earrings I made. Isn’t it amazing, how you can turn sparkles, and a little sterling chain, into a simple, but elegant gift? I …

Tangled Techniques – and other stories!

If the truth be known, I’m all about tangled techniques! The tanglier (of course, that isn’t a real word), the better!! There’s not really much that I haven’t tried. I doodle, but do not tangle (as in Zentangle). I paint, but mostly Gelli print. My stitching life is not current, and I neither knit nor crochet. Collage and Eco-printing are favourites of mine, but I do not scrapbook, or make cards. I do know how to draw and sketch, but do I do it now? Not often! Resin is a definite yes, but I’m sadly behind on my artist concrete, …

A beaded surprise! Plus other whimsies.

What better way to resolve a gift giving dilemma, than completing a beaded surprise? I drew our fearless leader’s name, for our annual Secret Santa exchange! Yikes! What do you buy for a person who owns a bead store? It’s problem solving time, but then again, it’s an awful lot of fun!!! The $ limit is low, but we are encouraged make a handmade little something! Thinking cap on, then tune quickly to a beaded surprise. Yep! That’s the ticket! It’s not like I’m not personally flush with beads! Blush! A trip to the beach, a couple of weeks ago, …