Bead Meditations: Something to think about!

Bead meditations are a fusion of intuitive bead embroidery, and Stitch Meditations. But that’s my story, and I’m sticking to it!! I get immense satisfaction, from my Stitch Meditations! Yes, I have added a few beads, in the past, but never enough! Could this be a totally new category? Is that enough? Make it so!! With Stitch Meditations, it’s all about the stitch, and any embellishment will always take a back seat. However, with Bead Meditations, it’s a little bit of fabric, and stitch, but beads add the wow factor. You use a needle, and thread, for both of them. …

Seeking Joy: In the smaller things!

Seeking joy, is one of those things that we don’t often think about. Buy why? What could possibly bring us joy, in this changing world of ours? Joy could be a hard sell right now, but it’s definitely still there! I don’t normally try seeking joy, when I go out grocery shopping, but just think how you felt, when you found either toilet paper, gloves, or Lysol wipes? I found that particularly joyful, as the toilet paper is not normally a scarce commodity, I only use gloves for art purposes, and Lysol Wipes were not really on my radar. But …

Scary Times: What to do?

Scary times are definitely upon us! It’s not something that we’ve ever dealt with, at this scale, in our own lifetime. What the heck are we supposed to do? Do whatever the disease experts, common sense, and our governments tell us to do!!! Scary times are here, so we need to take drastic action! That takes a concentrated, and united effort, from ALL of us!! Social distancing, voluntary self quarantine (if you are experiencing any signs/symptoms), but with all of this, don’t forget the basic rule of washing your hands!!! The shelves are empty of Lysol Wipes, hand sanitizer, and …

Mixed Media Mess: What a dilemma!

BeadFX Blog Post – March 11th, 2020 – Anne Marie Desaulniers Mixed media mess, seems to be the story of my life, right now! Working with multiple supplies, stash, and techniques take money, time, and space, but it’s so satisfying! I’m not sure who hardwired my brain, but it definitely leans towards the unconventional! Is that a good thing? I like to think so, but some might have other ideas. I decided long ago, that it simply doesn’t matter, because I’m just happy to be me! But I must confess, that I really haven’t been very creative lately, but that’s …

Play is Good: But beading is even better!

Play is good, especially when you’re teaching a group of very enthusiastic students! I love teaching, but that’s not all, I also love my enthusiastic students!! It’s no secret, that my interests are quite varied, but this month seems to be covering it all. I taught my Needle felted Landscape Pendant class on the 29th, but then I turned around and taught a Resin class the very next day! After working all week, I should be exhausted, but strangely enough, I’m not! When you gather together a group of students, you never really know what to expect, but I must …

Let’s Talk Sparkle: and a few other things!

Let’s talk sparkle, seems to be a funny phrase for me to use! I’ve never been a girly girl, so have always shied away from an overload of sparkle. Is that something that I need to overcome? But, that doesn’t mean that I don’t appreciate it! Because I do!! Just yesterday, I was re-stocking some of the Swarovski Rivolis, and Fancy Stones, but took extra time, because I had to fondle, and admire the lusciousness of them all!! There are obvious benefits to working in a bead store, because staff are encouraged to fondle the merchandise, and we let customers …

February 2020 Bead Mat Update: Where did the beads go?

My February 2020 bead mat update is more than a little different! But don’t panic yet, because the beads, in the BeadFX coffers, are safe!! I must confess, that I’ve been more than a little pre-occupied these days, but that’s because of my March schedule. It’s more than a little full!! As it’s a leap year, I’m also lumping February 29th, in with March. So, you see here’s my sad tale of woe. I’m teaching my Needle felted Landscape class on February 29th, then Resin on March 1st. I’m taking my show on the road, mid-March, then teaching three different …

Sweetness and Light: An ode to the heart!

Sweetness and light, is probably the best way to describe Valentine’s Day! But is it? What do you know about Valentine’s Day, and do you celebrate it? I have many sweethearts in my life, but none of them are romantic. Does that make me a Valentine’s scrooge of sorts? Probably, but if it does, I’ll just shrug it off, and continue to live my singular life! I have one website for you to visit for fun facts, then another one for myths. All very interesting, but is that all there is? No, the greeting card companies did not invent Valentine’s …

Bugs and Critters! Aren’t they delightful?

Bugs and critters fascinate me, but I must admit that I’ve never beaded one. I know, never say never, but I know that my talents rarely lean towards the realistic. Heck, I don’t even draw them! Well maybe a ladybug or two, but nothing more complicated. One of my favourite bead artists, is the late, great April Zobel.  We met on the early days blogging days of the Bead Journal Project, then I was absolutely enthralled by her beaded bugs and critters. Her mastery of the subject was obvious, and her humour was always present. Why is it that the …

Random Thoughts and Beauty Shots!

Why random thoughts and beauty shots? I didn’t have anything else planned, but thought that you might be interested, in everything else that I’ve been working on. First, the freeform peyote stone, I started on January 19th, in my Freeform Peyote Explorations workshop. I beaded like crazy, and am happy to have it finished. But I confess that it did become quite the obsession! Isn’t that always the case? You don’t work on anything for ages (due to broken elbow, of course), then overdo just a little. No pain anymore, but my eyes took quite the workout! I’m happy with the …