Skinny Leather: What do you do with it?

Let’s talk about skinny leather? No, not leather that’s been put on a diet, but a pretty cool jewelry making supply! I’m not sure what your definition of skinny leather is, but mine encompasses both round, and flat leather, and even leather and suede lacings. Now the question is, what the heck do you do with it? Leather can be both casual, and dressy! Pair it with stones for a more casual look, or bling it out to make a real statement! I love to wear my leather, Chan Luu style, wrap bracelet with jeans (no, I didn’t make it, …

Long and Luscious: For the ears, of course!

It’s pretty bad when you start dreaming of long and luscious, seedbead earrings! I don’t have a lot of experience wearing long earrings, but I think that I’m tempted to try. My only real exposure to long earrings, were those giant Sterling Silver hoops, that I used to wear, and my freeform peyote earrings (I’ve even taught a class about them, but probably not on the schedule until the summer). Other than that, my earrings have been fairly subdued. I have been known to wear a pair, with single stones on a long chain, but other than that, nada! Even …

Rocking a Collection: Let the buyer beware!

I feel like rocking a collection! I’ve done it before, and I think that it’s time to do it again!! Collections are funny things! You start with one item, that piece whispers to you, and all of a sudden, your studio space has shrunk exponentially! You’ll notice that I said “studio space”, because some have the luxury of actual space, others only have a closet, but most need to squeeze it out wherever they can. My studio started in my spare bedroom, but has since oozed out to the rest of my home. Is it any wonder that I feel …

Designing with Components: A different approach!

Is designing with components a new way of looking at things? It’s not entirely new for me, because I’ve been making components for years. However, I don’t exactly use all of the components that I’ve made. My component list is quite varied. I teach freeform peyote beads, resin, cement filled bezels, needle felted pendants, and intuitive bead embroidery. In the past, I’ve also taught paper beads, altered dominos, paper pendants, altered washers, birdhouse pendants, fibre and wire beads, freeform peyote, driftwood pendants, and a motley selection of mixed media bits and pieces. But then there’s also the components that I …

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 …

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 …