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 …

Clutter Bug Anonymous – confessions of a serial crafter!

Do you shudder, every time you peek into your craft room? Are you a clutter bug in real life, or just in a craft sense? Do you feel out of control? I wish that I had answers, but I’m just as bad, if not worse than the rest of you. (Please note: the above room is definitely not mine!) I’m proud to admit that I’m the founding member, of the Toronto Chapter, of Clutter Bug Anonymous, because there’s nothing wrong with a serial crafting addiction. You simply can’t help yourself! It started with something simple, like Art, Shop, or Home …

Reflections on an exploding stash!

Santa Baby, I’ve been a very bad girl this year!! I purchased tons of stuff, with absolutely no idea, what I was going to make! Sure, I whipped up some class samples, and made an Inspiration or two, but did I really need all of those pearls? I ask you, would you? Then, let’s chat about the paint I purchased. Yes, I absolutely needed the Pebeo Fantasy paints, Adirondack, Alcohol Inks, Ice Resin, Iced Enamels, Gilders Paste, Mica Powders, and Spectrum Noir markers, for workshops I was teaching, but did I need so darned many of them? Not to mention …

Play and the art of gift giving!

Where has the year gone? Yikes, it’s that time again! Time to start thinking about what you’re going to do about holiday gift giving. Yes, I’m aware that some of you, have been preparing for this for months, but I’d like to think that you’re in the minority. The vast majority (myself included), need the cooler temperatures, to get our collective rears in gear! The thermostat has dropped (and late this year, at that), so it’s time to make some fast plans. As a dedicated crafter (now billing myself as a Mixed Media Artist), I’ve been making handmade gifts for …

Designing your way out of a paper bag!

Doesn’t it just drive you crazy, when you try to think up a new design, but then find that you’re in a total creative slump?  You have the time, you have the materials,  a deadline is looming, and then nothing!! So what the heck do you do? Tearing your hair out, isn’t productive, nor is shutting yourself away in the dark, wailing out your misery!   So, let’s explore some techniques, to unlock your ideas….. 1.  Go for a walk!  Use your camera, to take shots of anything that inspires you.  When you return home, relax, indulge in a snack, …

Jean Power coming to BeadFX

You’ve seen her in the magazines. You’ve seen her books. Now you can see her at BeadFX. Who am I talking about? Jean Power, of course! Jean Power Selected as a 2012 Beadwork Designer of the Year, Jean is an award-winning jewellery designer, writer and teacher based in London, England. In June, Jean will be travelling to Canada to teach three classes at BeadFX. As a lover of seed beads, I’ve tried a couple of Jean’s projects in her latest book, Geometric Beadwork. Her instructions are very clear and easy to follow. Of course, there is nothing like learning in …

Favourite free beading projects

I’ve been on the hunt for some magatama beading projects for Gail. So far,  I haven’t uncovered much, but I did come across some other projects I’m quite tempted to try out at some time.  I love these three in particular. Bead and Button will require you to set up a free account in order to access the projects. Beaded Bead Caps by Amy Johnson for Bead & Button Beaded Flower by Beth Ratheram for Beads & Beyond Beaded Bead by Pru McRae for Beads & Beyond

Long Weekend Beading

Beading and travel – how do you traipse your beads all over the world? I know you do it. We bead in the car, on picnic blankets, on the subway, and we even used to do on the plane – back in the day when they allowed us beadweavers to take needles on the plane. Personally, I’ve got a lightweight aluminum makeup artists case. However, we all know that beads can weigh quite a bit. And if you have the room (just like a big purse) you’ll fill it. The case is quite awkward  and heavy once full. I’ve also …