Leather and Lace: A Stitch in Time!

What do you think of when I say leather and lace? Does it take you back to the 60’s, the 80’s, or even to one of those other times, when trends from prior periods, get adopted and then shine brightly for a while. As a former teenager (heh, heh), there’s nothing better than an outfit, that includes blue jeans, leather and lace. As a Baby Boomer, I need to state that we still love those outfits, but now they contain spandex! Who invented spandex anyway? That person needs a medal, our undying gratitude, and a whole lot of money!!! True …

February 2018 Bead Mat Update: A technique extravaganza!

Is my February 2018 bead mat update more of the same? Or is it? Only my readers will know!!! You know that it’s February in Canada, when you get winter, spring, winter, spring, and giant potholes! It’s hard to know what to wear, but I’m certainly glad that we’re in the spring phase right now, for however long it lasts.   I’ve never really liked February in Toronto, because in my home city of Vancouver, you would already be seeing signs of spring. Ha! They got snow last week!!! I know, it won’t last long, and the bulbs will be …

Planet BeadFX Awaits You! Are you ready for it?

Life on Planet BeadFX is special! You never know what will come up, to challenge the crones and one troll, who work there. But we’re always on the case! Do you want to drop by to shop? No problem! How about taking a class? Again, we’re there for you! You don’t live in the city, or even in the province, or country? We deliver. You live in the city, but prefer not to drive? You can order on-line. Planet BeadFX is a place of sharing, caring, and learning! We love what we do, and it shows! Just ask us a …

Small gifts: Celebrating holiday traditions!

Are you going to make small gifts for the upcoming holidays? Have you started? Are you finished? Or are you in high panic mode? I wouldn’t exactly say that I’m panicking, but I am glad that my workshops for 2017, will be finished by the end of this week. I do love my students, but whew, now I can concentrate! Are you a maker, or a collector? I saw something recently on Facebook, that said that buying beads, and making things with beads, are two completely separate hobbies!!! I truly believe this! Do you? I make gifts, and I’m proud …

Jewelery Layering: Join in on the fun!

Isn’t it about time that you explored jewelery layering? You have boxes and drawers, stuffed full of unloved and abandoned jewelery! How about doing something about it? Image – connoisseurs.com I layer my necklaces, and bracelets, but if I wore rings, I’d layer them as well! I don’t layer earrings, but it’s okay if you do! I’m not a hippie, but I love jewelery layering! I also layer my clothing, as basic black, white, and grey, low necks, high necks, and turtlenecks, are all perfect backdrops for the layered look. Image – Etsy – InaraJewels Free those sad little necklaces! …

Blank Bead Syndrome: Do you ever experience it?

I never though that I would admit it, but I sometimes suffer from the debilitating effects of Blank Bead Syndrome. I bet you’re wondering what that is, and will soon enter it in the Google search bar! Never fear, the answer is here!!! I just made up Blank Bead Syndrome on the spur of the moment. It’s actually a close cousin to Blank Page Syndrome. According to Wikipedia – “Blank page syndrome is similar to writer’s block, but is not a psychological term. It can happen to a writer at any point in time, irrespective of their career success. This …

InspirationFX: Dark Amber Glory

Get your creative juices flowing ~~~ Dark Amber Glory by: Dwyn Tomlinson One of the advantages of shopping in store is the ability to wander around and look for exact colour matches. One of the advantages of reading these inspirations is not having to do that. 😉 This particular piece came about because I wanted to do something with the dark amber, and I wanted it to be a bracelet, because I was in a bracelet frame of mind. The Swarovski Crystal Red Magma is a perfect match for the dark amber, and adds a little sparkle, and the Rose …

InspirationFX: Midnight Lavendar Necklace

Get your creative juices flowing~~~ Midnight Lavendar Necklace Designed by: Anne Marie Desaulniers Lavender and midnight gunmetal, marry to become a darkly delicious necklace. I was originally designing a bracelet, but the muse decided that the piece wanted to be something much grander (thus, more shopping to be done!). The lacy metal beads, jumped into my tray, during one of my grazing sessions in the store. Then I needed to figure out, what the heck I was going to do with them! Wire wrapping was a given, but which accent colour to choose? I didn’t want the piece to be …

Favourite bead styles: Working in and out of your comfort zone!

Do you ever bead outside of your comfort zone? We all have our favourite bead styles, but what have you done to challenge that? I just seem to keep beading variations of the same theme. My early bead education, included stringing, and a range of traditional bead weaving stitches. I quickly abandoned them for mixed media, freeform and intuitive beading. Do you think that it’s time that I returned to my roots? Okay, perhaps not entirely, but it would be interesting to see what I could do with traditional stuff! I confess that two, three, and four holed beads, intimidate …

Birds and beads: A spicy mixed up post!

The focus this week, is on birds and beads, but please excuse the pun! My “Fly Away Home: Birdhouse Pendant class” ran last Friday, and I thought that you might like to see the results. Five lovely students, good glue, flying paper scraps, all mixed up with a ton of creativity! We had a lot of fun, but let’s have the results speak for themselves. The evening was full of colour, laughter and imagination! Students pieces (Note: the screw eyes still need to be attached, for hanging): Shhh, don’t tell! Ideas for display include (but are not limited to) holiday …