Creativity Secrets: Nuturing your muse!

What are creativity secrets, and why doesn’t your muse know more about them? Shouldn’t they be easy to spot? Think like a child, then open yourself up to the freedom to play! Who says that everything that we do, needs to be dead serious? Have you considered working in another medium? It might wake your muse up, and help you to work through creativity blocks! Besides, it could be a whole lot of fun! Get down, and get dirty!!! If not mud, then try finger painting. Design some jewelery, based on your painted output! Immerse yourself in colour! If you …

Come on Snowflake – show your mettle …

Or, should that be, “show you’re metal?” If last week’s update owed it’s metallic hue to the gleaming glitter of gold, then this week’s theme is the softer, subtler shade of silver and the goth glam of gunmetal. In addition to the above lacey snowflake filigree, we have these rather interesting diamond shaped links, and even more fili-gregious, this rose-window evoking filigree piece, and this dimensional filigree fan piece. These pieces are light enough to be bend around things like cabochons and large stones, so that you can make things with a caged effect – or customizing the shape to …

Working with paper, metal, fibre and beads: An artist’s delight!

I woke up thinking about paper, metal, fibre and beads! What did you wake up to? Isn’t it funny how often dreams can trigger new directions in our work? Okay, full disclosure! I spotted something on Pinterest, that caused me to get sucked into the rabbit-hole, and explore new (to me) options. Unfortunately, I lost my reference photo, but that doesn’t matter, because it got me to thinking about utilizing a combination of paper, metal, fibre and beads in some of my future work (the following photo of my cuffs, includes paper, metal and resin, but that’s not really what …

Shades of grey and delicious: In a beady sense!

Shades of gray surround us, after a brief taste of warmer weather! Mother Nature insists on playing around, so it might be time to embrace this neutral, and welcome it into our beady lives! According to empoweryourselfwithcolorpsychology.com: “The color gray is an unemotional color. It is detached, neutral, impartial and indecisive – the fence-sitter. From a color psychology perspective, gray is the color of compromise – being neither black nor white, it is the transition between two non-colors. The closer gray gets to black, the more dramatic and mysterious it becomes. The closer it gets to silver or white, the …

What’s on my bead mat – January/17 edition?

As I write this, I realize that it’s been a strange type of January day! We started with snow, but ended up with above freezing temperatures and rain. Who knows what tomorrow will bring? For today, I think that I will finish off writing this post, pour myself a cup of tea, and then sit down and stitch for a while. I seem to be all over the place! Are you surprised? Mystery beads, were dropped off in my box at work, and although nobody has admitted leaving them, they’ll come in handy for my January and February, Freeform Peyote …

Crazy for colour!

Ok, so I’m absolutely crazy about colour!!! Does that make me a bad person? No of course not, it just makes me a colourful one! Colour lights up my life, and has the power to chase away, any possible threats of grayer tomorrows! Although I’ve worshipped colour for years, it’s only now that I’m finally recognizing the fact that it’s totally necessary in my life. My uniform was heavy on basic black, during my corporate years, but my art has always been colour focused. Sure, I still wear the remnants of that uniform (it’s oh so practical, and hides a …

Bodacious surfaces to bead!

Have you ever dreamt about beading on alternative types of surfaces? Sure, it’s easy enough to purchase bead backing, but why leave it at that? This post will be an exploration of sorts, but then again, what else would you expect? In my early Fibre Art Days, beads often added the sparkle needed, to ‘tart’ up a quilted piece. I certainly didn’t use beads on every piece, but here are some shots of a few of my favourites! I’ve beaded on cotton, silk, wool, velvet, paper, and even on fabric paper! The “silk” category alone, is chock full of sumptuous …

Reflections on an exploding stash!

Santa Baby, I’ve been a very bad girl this year!! I purchased tons of stuff, with absolutely no idea, what I was going to make! Sure, I whipped up some class samples, and made an Inspiration or two, but did I really need all of those pearls? I ask you, would you? Then, let’s chat about the paint I purchased. Yes, I absolutely needed the Pebeo Fantasy paints, Adirondack, Alcohol Inks, Ice Resin, Iced Enamels, Gilders Paste, Mica Powders, and Spectrum Noir markers, for workshops I was teaching, but did I need so darned many of them? Not to mention …

All dolled up!

You’re never too old to start playing with dolls!   You’re also, never too old to start doing something you’re not comfortable with.  I did play with dolls as a child, but never really dragged them around, the way the other girls did.  However, I remember the total joy of believing that Santa tucked a brand new doll (well actually three, as I have two sisters) under the tree at Christmas!  As I grew older, I also confess to spending an awful lot of time, focusing on new fashion statements for Barbie!   But did I bond with the dolls? …

HUGE CUBIC ZIRCONIA SALE!!!

CUBIC ZIRCONIA  30% OFF GET THEM WHILE YOU CAN! WE ARE DISCONTINUING THEM AND WE WILL NOT BE RESTOCKING THEM. What is a Cubic Zirconia? Many think “simulated diamond” when they think Cubic Zirconia (CZ). CZ’s are used as simulated gemstones – and if you Google you’ll get a variety of opinions as to how closely they mimic diamonds, largely based on just exactly what the site is trying to sell you – CZ’s or diamonds. We think that these are lovely in their own right, much the same way the glass beads are.    CZ is harder than glass, …