Hand-made gifts and other creative pursuits!

The presents have all been ripped open, relaxation and leftovers are on the menu, and I’m slowly getting back into the flow of things! My hand-made gifts, all arrived safely at their destinations, so all is good for another year! BeadFX is closed until January 2nd, so most of the elves are taking a much-needed rest! Or are they? I don’t know about you, but for me, it’s a good excuse to catch up on reading, attempt to clean and organize the house (boy, does it ever need it!), explore some new creative pursuits, and even think about hand-made gifts …

A reflection or two!

Do you believe that reflections on the future, can often be found in the past? It’s something that I believe in, and it’s certainly the only way to proceed into an uncertain future.   Art is funny that way! You can go merrily along on your way, and then stop suddenly, when you come to an unexpected roadblock. It could be health, financial, time, lack of inspiration, and even work or family related. These roadblocks tend to ‘smack you in the face’ when you’re least expecting it, but are easy to overcome, if you reflect back on how you reacted …

What’s on my bead mat – December edition!

It’s that time of year again! Lots of activity on the bead mat, but not much I can show right now. However, I do promise you a post-Christmas update, just to catch you up on all of the goodies. For now, I’ll show you some of my personal projects instead! Let’s start with my persnickety purple princess, shall we? I’ve apparently had a breakthrough on this doll, and her voice is getting increasingly louder. As a proper girly girl, she wanted to be festooned with flowers, and would accept nothing less! I used seed beads in sizes 11 and 15 …

Everybody’s talking about it!

After listening to all the chatter, then deliberating for a while, I finally bit the bullet and decided to take a metal clay workshop at BeadFX. What the heck have I been waiting for? I thoroughly enjoyed my Holiday Gifts workshop with Liz Reynolds, last Sunday, and I’m afraid that this just might lead to yet another addiction!! According to Wikipedia: “Metal clay is a crafting medium consisting of very small particles of metal such as silver, gold, bronze, or copper, mixed with an organic binder and water for use in making jewelry, beads and small sculptures. Originating in Japan …

Create and abandon!

News flash! I’m going to jettison the post I was originally going to write today, and focus on the process of creating and abandoning some of my work! I confess that I’ve been a member of a Facebook group called Art Abandonment (sorry, I tried to include a link, but it didn’t work, so you’ll need to search on Facebook) for years, and have never once made a conscious effort to abandon anything (shame on me). Sure, there’s always the bookmarks that I forget in my library books, but these accidental abandonments, don’t really count. I have left mystery presents, …

Which way did it go?

Have you found that you’ve lost interest in your art? Staring into a hole in your creativity is certainly scary, but if you open yourself up to possibilities, you may be surprised at what the tide washes in! I just had to take a walk on the beach last Friday, as the weather was unseasonably warm (18C), and totally delightful! What better time to blow out the cobwebs, and gather some natural elements for future projects? Camera in hand, I set out to see what I could see. Art is apparently everywhere!!! I wonder who took the time to build …

What’s on my bead mat – November edition!

I’m happy to say that my little purple doll, has finally started talking to me! I couldn’t take the rejection much longer, so decided to choose a couple of tubes of beads, and just start stitching!! Sometimes that’s all it takes!!! I decided on a purple and grey colour scheme (that has since been revised), pulled out all the tubes I own in those colours, and then proceeded to stall once again (one step forward, two steps back). So, I decided to sleep on it! It only took a week or so, before I woke up in the middle of …

Power to the pendants!

I know that we all drool and gasp in delight, at many of the magnificent jewellery creations, that we see in magazines, and on the internet, but are they comfortable and practical? I think not! They’re certainly the best the beading world has to offer, but how often do you think they’re worn? My old favourites, and the ones I tend to grab from my jewellery box most often, are those that are simple, light, and definitely easy to wear (and now, mainly made by myself). I prefer longer necklaces and chains (28-30 inches), followed closely by those that hang …

To brooch or not to brooch?

Apparently, brooches are back in fashion, so we should all expect to see more of them for 2017 and beyond. Is this because of the return to more ladylike fashions, like silk blouses, dresses, and pant suits? I haven’t worn a pant suit in years! Have you? I’m no longer in the corporate world, so formal suits, pantyhose, etc., are but distant memories. Ask me if I’m sorry? (Note: photo of Swarovski Bow pin, courtesy of Google Images). You should probably avoid wearing brooches on light silk blouses, but they’re perfect on jackets, coats, heavy sweaters, ponchos, hats, scarves, and …

Colour your Art!

I’ve never really been a trend follower, but sometimes it’s interesting to see what the runway gods predict that we will be wearing in the coming seasons (colours, styles, etc.). It always seems to be open to interpretation. After all, we are artists in our own right, and as such originals, so there is no real need to blindly follow the masses! Perhaps I should soften that approach! When I Googled jewellery trends for 2017, it gave me both fall/winter 2016, and spring 2017. It appears that we will all be wearing rhinestones and sparkly stuff (thank you Swarovski), oodles …