April 2022 Bead Mat Update: Let the adventures begin!

My April 2022 Bead Mat Update is about adventure, creating, and exploring possibilities. Jewelry making, mixed media, retro items, and even a road trip come into play!

Let’s start with finishing up the necklace I started last week. I combined the wired-wrapped components, with brass rounds, and Olivine stones. In a design sense, the Olivine did exactly what I wanted, and quieted down the Mixed Impression Jasper. Now I have a fun, relaxed, casual necklace that will be perfect paired with a t-shirt, and jeans!!

April 2022 bead mat update
April 2022 bead mat update

But wait!!! What do you think of this wee Artist Brush that I dreamed up? Wine cork (used of course, but not by me), recycled feather from a rather time-worn Xmas wreath, then blinged up with Crystal Lane flatbacks. The real question is will it sit on a shelf, or actually get used to make some art? As it was gifted to a friend, that remains to be seen.

April 2022 bead mat update

For the retro part of this post, some older resin pieces. Mostly workshop samples, but I have so many that I don’t really remember when they were actually made. One of these days, I’ll actually do something with them. Hoarding is one thing, but perhaps I should either gift, or get off my butt, make some jewelry, and sell a few.

April 2022 bead mat update
April 2022 bead mat update
The heart is a combination of Artist’s Concrete, and resin.

The mixed media section of the post, is my 100 Day Project! I’m proud to say that I’m now up to 71/100 playful pieces, and still going strong!

April 2022 bead mat update
April 2022 bead mat update
April 2022 bead mat update
April 2022 bead mat update
April 2022 bead mat update
Yes, I did rust staples, and I even left them in the piece!
April 2022 bead mat update
April 2022 bead mat update

My friend tempted me with a road trip, to The Cotton Harvest Quilt Shop, in Seaforth, Ontario. See below, for why I said she “tempted” me. 

These should hold me for a while, but you know there will be that one colour that I forgot to purchase!

Valdani, and Sue Spargo, Eleganza variegated Perle cotton threads, are not the easiest things to find in Toronto. Why, I simply do not know? I know there are local shops that might carry them, but it would be either one, or the other, and certainly not both in the same shop!

It was a lovely day for a drive, and that blast of colour therapy, should hold me for a while.

We didn’t quite drop from the shopping, so decided to take a run to the beach in Goderich (on Lake Huron). We did wander a bit, but eventually ended up where we were obviously meant to go! The weather was perfect, the stones on the beach were rounded, and it was surrounded with a boardwalk. What more could we possible want?

I’m always on the lookout for good stones, and driftwood, so ended up picking up both. The driftwood was a little sparse (no photos), but who else do you know that gets excited by a bag of rocks? Although we didn’t spend a lot of time at the beach, I did manage to pick up some treasures.

I’ve never seen a stone split open this way. It looks like a clam shell!
Do you notice the impression of a shell, in this first stone? There’s another wee one on the back side. What a find!
I don’t know what I’ll do with these, but they’re definitely interesting!
We had lunch in Seaforth, and I purloined this one, outside the restaurant. Perfectly split, and will make a pretty cool book, if I can figure out how to do it. I confess that I had to control myself, because there were more there, just ripe for the picking!! Makes me wonder why they split?

I’m happy with my April 2022 bead mat update, despite the fact that beads were just a tiny part of the adventure. The weather is getting better, and I hope to do more exploring in the weeks to come. I promise to share!

Don’t forget, that the BeadFX Trunk show is on Saturday! Be there, or be square!! – Some of the proceeds will benefit Ukraine. BeadFX is having a shop sample sale, there will be a couple of “Make and Takes”, plus you’ll be able to snap up some prime, hand-made bling!

Keep safe, social distance, wear a mask, wash your hands, and get vaccinated!

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