Hot Jewelry Trends: Spring/Summer 2020!

Hot jewelry trends, for summer 2020 (spring is already a done deal)! It’s just too darned hot to think, but that doesn’t mean that I can slack off! Toronto is melting right now, but at least I have air conditioning. I’m better off than many! There’s no sign of it stopping either! Rain/storms by the weekend, but it warms up again next week. Yes, a few degrees cooler, but still! I don’t normally complain about sunny weather, but it’s not quite the middle of July, and the grass is already getting fried! What will August bring? Now about the hot …

Happy Canada Day 2020!

Happy Canada Day 2020 to all of you! It doesn’t matter if you live in Canada or not, because if you’re reading this blog post, you’re an honorary Canadian!! 2020 is a year that most of us would like to forget, but that won’t happen, so we need to make the best of it. Instead, let’s focus on what’s good in our world! I won’t get into the political end of things, but we have family, friends, a fabulous health care system, and a government (both Federal, and Provincial), that is supporting us through these difficult times. We can get …

June 2020 Bead Mat Update: Beads, stones, and fibre!

June 2020 bead mat update, is a mix of many things, but all of them are colourful! When I think June, it’s the end of school, and the beginning of summer, but that’s gone all wacky on us this year. Summer started early, with a series of hot spells, yet no school days, except the home school variety. It’s definitely a different start to the vacation season. Speaking of vacations, the cottagers will still be heading north (or wherever), and the rest of us will probably be vacationing in place. Sigh! Speaking of hot spells, I’m still waiting for my …

All About Nothing: But bits about something!

All about nothing is good, when you have absolutely no inspiration, to help develop your blog post. But why, you say? Who really knows? This is going to be another of those streams of consciousness blog posts, and really, all about nothing, but I guess that’s better than not writing at all. My mind has been busy in other areas, with no room for real inspiration. But I’m actually chomping at the bit, because I know my creativity is hiding in there, somewhere! Let’s start with mask making! We are spiffing up the store, and making some necessary changes to …

Stitching and Straying!

Stitching and straying is a pretty funny title for a blog post, but is it? My creative spurts seem to be going in many different directions, so is it any wonder that I’m straying from the beading path? I guess that I should show you the only beading that I’ve been working on, my “Dancing” pandemic piece. As I’ve mentioned before, this piece came to me in a dream, has no end date, yet doesn’t know what it wants to be when it grows up. But it is a welcome distraction, uses up stash, and definitely serves to keep me …

What is Artistic Fear? Plus other ramblings!

Artistic fear is just like any other fear, but it’s still a paralysing emotion, that can cause a ripple effect in your life. Let’s start with the definition of fear, but I don’t intend to leave it at that, because fear is not always a bad thing. Definition of fear: “An unpleasant emotion, caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat. If you are an artist, then you have definitely experienced artistic fear in your life! It’s that blank page, or canvas syndrome, fear of opening tubes of beads, or even …

May 2020 Bead Mat Update: A study in contrasts!

May 2020 bead mat update, is definitely a study in contrasts. The world is starting to open up, but we’re all holding our breath, to see which way the tide will turn. Fingers, toes, and everything else crossed, that all will be well! This is a brand new world, and we need to adjust to it! Everything still feels pretty grey, but I’ve decided to continue to experiment, then paint my personal world with colour! Why do that, you say? Well, I’m the eternal optimist, cannot bear to watch the nightly news, but then tend to read all about it …

What Sparks Joy?

What sparks joy when you really give yourself a chance to feel it? Is it a colour, that first spring flower, or the feel of the sun on your face? How about a new tube of seedbeads, then the look, but not the scent of lilacs (I’m allergic)? I’d vote for all of those things, but also a brand-new pair of scissors, a sharp pencil, the feel of soft rain on my face, and forget-me-knot blue. Then, I couldn’t leave out the smell of bacon, and fresh baked bread. Delicious! I guess what sparks joy, is not really the question, …

Dream a Little Dream!

Dream a little dream is how I want to remember this scary time. I know, it’s not really a dream, yet rather a lesson from the universe, to the world at large. But this craziness must stop! Enough preaching, now let’s get on to the fun stuff! But how can you have fun during this terrible time, you ask? Well, by using your time wisely, then having something to show, when the world returns to normal, or at least to our new reality. Is that too much to ask? I think of myself as a realist, but then again, I’m …

I Need to Bead: You Need to Bead!

I need to bead, and it’s obvious that you need to bead! But please excuse me if I ramble. We love your support, but that’s not all! We also love that you’re getting back to basics. Our seed beads are literally flying off the walls!! We need to work our fingers to the bone, to keep up, while still harassing our suppliers. Yet it makes us happy, and also keeps us out of trouble! You might be patching up holes in your bead stash, but I’m guessing that there’s an awful lot of bead weaving, looming, Kumihimo, and other seed bead …