March 2019 Bead Mat Update: This and that!

For my March 2019 Bead Mat Update, I’d like to show you what I’ve been playing with lately. Believe it or not, all of the jewelery pieces were created last weekend, but that’s not all! I’ve been futzing about with a big deadline, and also managed to meet my goal, with one whole day to spare. Colour me relieved!! I celebrated meeting the deadline with a nap, then went on to create some stuff. I do have another deadline on the horizon, but I’ll take care of that before the end of the week. My Artist’s Concrete was gathering dust, …

Totally Random Thoughts and Photos!

Occasionally, blog posts need to have some totally random thoughts, and I’m okay with that! A funny thing happened last week. While packing for a class a while back, I discovered that I had lost one of my bead embroidered cabochons. I searched, and searched, but the class had to go on without it!! While I was re-organizing supplies last week, I found the cabochon in a totally random box of paints!! How the heck did it get there? I must have been carrying it, when it slipped out of my hands, and into the open box, because there is …

Creativity Check! What will spring bring?

It’s March, and it’s definitely time for a creativity check! The weather outside is not telling me that it’s spring, but my heart is still longing for it! I suffer from the winter doldrums, but not because of the cold! It’s because winter is just so long in this part of the world. I grew up in Vancouver, B.C., where signs of spring, start popping up in early February, while the rest of us just have freezing temperatures! Sigh! Back to the creativity check! February is finished, March is here, and I need to learn something new!!!! I’m going to …

February 2019 Bead Mat Update: Finishing is not all it’s cracked up to be!

Wow, my February 2019 Bead Mat Update came along way too fast! Is that because it’s a short month, or because of all of the crappy weather that we’ve been having? I wish that I could say that it’s been a productive month, but no, I don’t think that it was. I stayed inside, so you think that I would have accomplished an awful lot, but no, that’s not the case. Sigh! I had a private class scheduled on one of the days that BeadFX closed early, so I gave my student a choice a day earlier, and she decided …

Bead Soup Mixes: Exploring the mystery!

Who doesn’t love bead soup mixes? Certainly not me!! I work with them so much, that I don’t really think about the colour theory part of it. But perhaps I should explore this subject a little further! Rosemary was de-stashing, and offered me a cool little book called “Beaded Colourways – Creating Freeform Beadweaving Projects and Palettes” by Beverly Ash Gilbert. I had never heard of the book, despite the fact that I fell in love with Beverly’s richly coloured bead soup mixes, at the start of my beading journey. I followed her blog for years (but probably an older version …

Open Bead Night/Q & A Workshop

Do you have questions about a beading project? Are you looking for inspiration or creative input? Or would you just like some company while you bead? Share your passion with other like-minded folks. Why not drop by an Open Beading Night at BeadFX! A member of the BeadFX team will be in the classroom from about 6pm to 8pm most Wednesdays to answer questions and give advice. Come and work on your project in a convivial atmosphere. As an added bonus, you will be the first to see – and purchase – the new weekly products! Registering in advance to …

Snowmaggedon and Related Activities!

I know that Snowmaggedon in Toronto (Tuesday), seems tame to places like Winnipeg, Ottawa, and Montreal! But, where ever you are, when it snows all day, mixed with wind, ice pellets, possible freezing rain, then rain, it’s a real mess! There’s too much traffic on the streets for proper snow removal, and not everyone who has a license, knows how to actually drive!!! When you pile ice, on top of snow, on top of older snow, you just get a real mess! I’m glad that I wasn’t scheduled to work on Tuesday, but the troopers at BeadFX did make it …

Beading Be Darned!

 My beading be darned blog post, was born out of both panic, and necessity! Wait! It’s Tuesday, I need a blog post for tomorrow, but I don’t know what I want to talk about!!! While driving home from BeadFX, my muse popped the words, “beading be darned” (okay, she used another word, but I cleaned it up), right into my stream of consciousness! What does that mean? Could it mean one thing to me, but another to you!!! It doesn’t matter, because I don’t really have time to think up something else, so I’m just going to fly with it!!! …

January 2019 Bead Mat Update: Stitch and Bead!

My January 2019 Bead Mat Update came much too fast! Snow must have clouded my brain, because I almost missed writing it!! During the month of January, I’ve had a nasty cold, received some interesting news, and have started on my 2019 Stitch Meditation journey! I’ve also re-connected with the Bead Journal Project, and have been helping  to breathe new life into the project! I’m a Moderator, on the Stitch Meditation Group, and an Administrator on the Bead Journal Project (BJP) Facebook groups. Stitch Meditations have really taken off, so an awful lot of time has been spent approving new members. …

Come out of winter hibernation with a class

Finally, the days are getting noticeably longer and I’m beginning to get more interested in ‘the outside’. Leave it to me to stay curled up with my beads! Classes have definitely kicked into full gear and early-February has some great opportunities including a new class with Ann Shewan; a new bead embroidery class with Anne Marie Desaulniers and a new wirework class with Lucie Lee. We are also thrilled to have Jen Rosen back with two wire classes that are perfect for ‘newbies’. As always we have lots of encore classes in case you missed them before now. Mark your …