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 …

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 …