December 2017 Bead Mat Update: Ending the year with a whisper!

My December 2017 Bead Mat Update, is the perfect ending to the year! My muse is quietly whispering in my ear, and that bodes well for 2018! Did you make any holiday gifts this year? I did, but not as many as previous years. Why, you ask? Timing, inspiration, lazy muse, work, or perhaps just a lack of steam! All contributed, but no excuses allowed. Unfortunately, no photos of my away gifts, but here are some simple earrings I made. Isn’t it amazing, how you can turn sparkles, and a little sterling chain, into a simple, but elegant gift? I …

November 2017 Bead Mat Update: Exploring my options!

My November 2017 bead mat update, is all over the place! Should I blame the weather, the upcoming season, or admit that I need to play? I am full of creative ideas, but I’m not always organized! Both Intuitive Bead Embroidery, and Artist Trading Cards (using paper collage, paint, and stamps), are on my November schedule. Is it any wonder that I’m confused? They are very different animals, though both very freeform in nature! This piece is a sample from a previous workshop. I made the cabochon! Is it a landscape, or a seascape? Why is it so organized?? Where …

Nature’s treasures: We’re all on the same page!

What do you think of, when I speak of nature’s treasures? If you’re thinking gemstones, you would certainly be right, but not in this particular context. I’m talking about all of the beautiful animals, we are fortunate enough to share our planet with!! I haven’t been able to see these magnificent beasts in their natural habitats, but admire them I do! My family visited from out-of-town, and one of their many adventures, was a visit to the Toronto Zoo. They invited me along, for the trek! I bet you’re wondering what the heck this has to do with beading? Patience, …

InspirationFX: Southwest Leather Bracelet

Southwest Leather Bracelet Designed by: Pam Kearns You just can’t stop me from adding beads – even to laser-cut leather! The openings in the leather area perfect size for 8/0 seed beads. I’ve used a southwest colour theme, but feel free to change it up! Use simple bead embroidery to embellish laser-cut leather reminiscent of a Navajo blanket design. Instructions: Trim length and width of suede strip to cover the laser-cut portion of the leather strip, extending it about 1/2″ on either side of the pattern. Using the E6000, glue the suede to the back of the leather ensuring that …

The Freeform Wars! Peyote Stitch or Intuitive Bead Embroidery?

There’s something inside my head that I like to call the freeform wars. Should I start a new peyote stitch project, or how about Intuitive Bead Embroidery? I love both techniques, and I have a hard time choosing between the two! I’ve been up north the last couple of weeks, and I decided to bring a handful of my UFO’s (unfinished objects) along for the ride (see last Wednesday’s blog post). My head wasn’t into it! I chilled out with books, family, food, and nature! What more could a girl ask? But then I came home, just before the long …

July Bead Mat Update – To goal or not to goal!

My July bead mat update is all about working on neglected projects and supplies. Will I be able to attain my goals? I would like to finish something! Challenges are always good, and it will certainly be fun to try!! Why don’t I have time to finish all of my projects? Do I bite off more than I can chew? Or should I just blame it on the class samples I need to make? Each time I teach a class, I end up with at least one more sample to finish, and more than a few leftover supplies. Is my …

Plan to reduce, reuse, recycle and create in 2017!

Although I do not make New Year’s resolutions, the words reduce, reuse, recycle and create, are ones that I’d like to adopt for 2017. Yes, I know that I already preach about reusing, recycling, and creating, but what’s all this reducing about? No, not the diet thing, but rather a conscious effort to reduce visible clutter!   Over the holidays, I decided that enough, was enough! It was time to start organizing the archeology dig, I call my studio/sewing room. The bags, boxes and storage totes, had obviously staged a coup, and there wasn’t any room for me to work …

Step into Summer Classes

Ahhh…the month of June. The end of a school year. Graduations. Finalizing summer vacations. Before we get our summer in gear, let’s have some fun now and take a class or two! You’ll notice that we have lots of new classes including a new wire brooch project with Jen Rosen. Jenn Jevons and Liz Reynolds will be teaching separate classes to metal clay enthusiasts how to use this amazing medium for more constructed shapes and designs. Genevieve Habib is sharing her love of hubble stitch with a new design that combines hubble with ndebelle (aka herringbone). Pauline Peskoff brings four …

There’s nothing wrong with your beady status quo!

But it might be time to evaluate, just where you’re going, in 2016.  If you’re anything like me, you rarely make resolutions, but when I do, they are quite unstructured.  I do make plans, but most of them evolve and expand, naturally over time.  Ideas committed to paper, make me feel anxious and guilty, and no one needs that type of negativity in their life.  No guilt allowed, as it’s sure to mess with your creativity!  Loose plans, can always be adapted, to the changing nature of art, work and life.  Planning is a positive thing, and combined with goals, …

Play and the art of gift giving!

Where has the year gone? Yikes, it’s that time again! Time to start thinking about what you’re going to do about holiday gift giving. Yes, I’m aware that some of you, have been preparing for this for months, but I’d like to think that you’re in the minority. The vast majority (myself included), need the cooler temperatures, to get our collective rears in gear! The thermostat has dropped (and late this year, at that), so it’s time to make some fast plans. As a dedicated crafter (now billing myself as a Mixed Media Artist), I’ve been making handmade gifts for …