Let’s go walkabout!

Does anyone but me, think that it’s a tad strange to see (and feel) the temperature soar to almost 30C (or did it surpass that) yesterday? We were already geared up for warmer temps, but that high and this early in the year? Toronto is quite unpredictable! Winter, spring and summer, in the space of a couple of weeks…and I’m not exaggerating!!! Is everyone prepared for the change? No of course not, but as true Canadians we’ll adapt, and soon be complaining about how freaking hot it is!! I still need to clean my air conditioner filter, and I haven’t …

Challenge to create!

I had to laugh when I spotted yesterday’s post (be sure to scroll down), because both Cindy Goldrick and I, decided to write about exactly the same subject matter this week. The challenge we both participated in (and I teased you with last week) on Carmi Cimicata’s blog. I probably could have dreamed up something else, but my post was almost finished, all I had left to do was transfer it from Word to blogger, and then add a few photos. Okay, so I’m lazy, but the muse wants, what the muse wants! Carmi found some almost forgotten components, in …

What’s on my bead mat? May edition!

I just realized that I’m cheating a little, because I didn’t actually take photos of the pieces on my bead mat. I forgot!!! It doesn’t matter, because each has been on said bead mat, at least once during the month. You wouldn’t want to see it right now, because it’s very messy, full of beads, and just waiting for me to either cram them back into their tubes, or get frustrated and mix up some bead soup! You know how it goes!! You’ll notice that while the purple doll is still naked, I’ve actually made progress on my green one, …

Wire + beads + paper, oh my!

I’m absolutely delighted to introduce you to the work of Sally Prangley, sculptor, basket maker and totally whimsical artist! I was introduced to Sally’s work, a year or so ago on Facebook (I’d give you a link, but Blogger is being cranky today), and I’ve been following her with ever lovin’ delight, ever since. Her art has clean lines, uses simple, colourful and inexpensive material, and is a definite treat to the eyes! I’ll borrow some of Sally’s words by saying that her “Wire Baskets blend traditional basketry and wirework techniques”, and include wire, found objects, paper and beads (although …

DIY jewellery storage!

If you’re anything like me, your jewellery storage leaves something to be desired! I use a combination of bowls, boxes, tins, bags, jewellery boxes, and any available doorknob space. Everything is jumbled together, and it’s generally too much of an effort to root through the mess!! Probably my most organized solution is a hanging jewellery organizer (complete with plastic pockets on both sides), gifted to me by my sister. It keeps my earrings organized, when I actually remember to return them to their proper place. No photo of course, as it currently resides on the inside of my linen closet …

Confessions of an extreme stitcher!

In a recent post on my personal Facebook page, I referred to myself as an “extreme” or “rebel” stitcher. These terms most definitely apply to my bead embroidery, bead weaving, hand and machine embroidery. Oh, I’m quite capable of stitching in the conventional way (and still do at times), but there’s a little devil in me that simply loves to break the rules! My subversive qualities stem back to my fibre art days. A week long class with the extraordinarily accomplished embroiderer, Sylvia Naylor, taught me how to torture the threads, just enough to turn them into a garden full …

Bead mat update – April!

In the last update, my bead mat was a fairly sorry sight. My muse had been on vacation, and I was just getting back into the swing of things. I’m happy to say that my batteries have been re-charged, and I’m now brimming with inspiration! Most (but not all) of my beading projects have been motoring along, and new ideas are coming at me faster than I can remember them. Don’t you just hate when that happens? I really do need to write them down. Despite not finding the original (started in my last class), I completed another freeform peyote, …

Where do you hide your beads?

Are you right up front about your purchases, or do you need to smuggle them into the house under the cover of darkness (even from yourself)? An awful lot will fit into the bottom of your purse, or you could even hide them in a grocery bag. It’s not something to be ashamed of so stand up, be proud, and own your craft! You need it…..you want it…..and you deserve it!!! Okay you’ve got them past the front door, but now what do you do with them? Do you allow your beads to season in the bag, or are they …

Give what you’ve got!

Okay perhaps not everything, but it would be nice if you could consider giving a little to underprivileged youth. BeadFX is gathering jewellery donations on the behalf of the Corsage Project, a non-profit initiative to help high school students, who cannot afford to go to their own school proms. “In 2000, the Corsage Project was created in partnership with the Children’s Aid Foundation to help young women attend their prom by providing them with a new dress, accessories and a mini makeover – all free of charge. In 2010, the program expanded to provide formal wear to young gentlemen” (information …

What’s on my bead mat today?

My muse has been a little ornery these days, but I seem to have put a little crimp in her snit! I can’t really identify the problem, but I just didn’t feel like doing anything creative. Does that happen to you? I filled my time with reading and such, and while I’ve always loved doing this, I’m afraid that it cannot always compete against a full on burst of creative energy! If the scientists studied this carefully (and I know they have), I’m sure that they’d find out that creativity stimulates either your endorphins, or some other chemical in your …