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 …

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 …

Texture talk!

I didn’t think that this blog post was ever going to get written! Some of you know that my old desktop crashed, only to be replaced by a new notebook. Unfortunately, my photo editing software doesn’t appear to be compatible with Windows 10, so I needed to search for a quick replacement! No time for research, so after a few misfires, I ended up just using Google’s own photo editor (the one that replaced Picasa). All I can say is that it works, and I was able to download my photos. No other info to share! The real subject of …

Dirty is, as dirty does!

I’ve started experimenting with “dirty pours”, and I think that I’m in love!!!! They’re so much fun, that I’m sure it will become yet another fascinating addiction for me (heh, heh, and perhaps for a few others)! ! As I mentioned in an earlier blog post, you could use either resin or acrylic pouring medium, as the base of your pours. I used pouring medium this week, but I do promise to work with Ice Resin next time. The small measuring cups were overkill, as no measuring was required with the pouring medium, but you will need to remember to …

What’s on my bead mat – September edition!

The kids are back in school, but the weather seems to be stuck in summer mode. A cooling trend has been predicted, but today was still quite warm. Strangely enough, we all seem to need the cooler weather to get our rears in gear, and start thinking about learning new things. Do you think it’s because we think fondly of school days, and still tend to slack off during the lazy days of summer? Please excuse the sorry state of my bead mat, because I’m using my original, and it’s apparent that it needs a good cleaning! However, I’m excited …