What’s on my bead mat – November edition!

I’m happy to say that my little purple doll, has finally started talking to me! I couldn’t take the rejection much longer, so decided to choose a couple of tubes of beads, and just start stitching!! Sometimes that’s all it takes!!! I decided on a purple and grey colour scheme (that has since been revised), pulled out all the tubes I own in those colours, and then proceeded to stall once again (one step forward, two steps back). So, I decided to sleep on it! It only took a week or so, before I woke up in the middle of …

Power to the pendants!

I know that we all drool and gasp in delight, at many of the magnificent jewellery creations, that we see in magazines, and on the internet, but are they comfortable and practical? I think not! They’re certainly the best the beading world has to offer, but how often do you think they’re worn? My old favourites, and the ones I tend to grab from my jewellery box most often, are those that are simple, light, and definitely easy to wear (and now, mainly made by myself). I prefer longer necklaces and chains (28-30 inches), followed closely by those that hang …

To brooch or not to brooch?

Apparently, brooches are back in fashion, so we should all expect to see more of them for 2017 and beyond. Is this because of the return to more ladylike fashions, like silk blouses, dresses, and pant suits? I haven’t worn a pant suit in years! Have you? I’m no longer in the corporate world, so formal suits, pantyhose, etc., are but distant memories. Ask me if I’m sorry? (Note: photo of Swarovski Bow pin, courtesy of Google Images). You should probably avoid wearing brooches on light silk blouses, but they’re perfect on jackets, coats, heavy sweaters, ponchos, hats, scarves, and …

Colour your Art!

I’ve never really been a trend follower, but sometimes it’s interesting to see what the runway gods predict that we will be wearing in the coming seasons (colours, styles, etc.). It always seems to be open to interpretation. After all, we are artists in our own right, and as such originals, so there is no real need to blindly follow the masses! Perhaps I should soften that approach! When I Googled jewellery trends for 2017, it gave me both fall/winter 2016, and spring 2017. It appears that we will all be wearing rhinestones and sparkly stuff (thank you Swarovski), oodles …