Super Cute Findings

Super Cute Findings Zeez are sooooo cute? How can you resist? These pendants – could be earrings – are just begging to be embellished. Totally fringe-worthy, or beaded, or resin filled, or … polymer clayed? I mean – just look at them! Ok – that last one is looking at you. Stare back at it! (If you don’t like eyes – think of it as the moon reflected in a stream with an arched bridge over the stream.) And these! The flower – so cute – could be dangles or charms. That wavy leaf! And the basket-weave heart? Totally beadable. …

A Muddle of Bits!

What is a muddle of bits? In this case, it’s a random collection of photos, that really do not bear any relationship to each other. I am the only constant in the muddle, and sometimes that confuses the heck out of me. You’d think that at my age, I would have a chosen a straighter art path to follow. But, no! I still like to putter along, while following my muse aimlessly. I get easily bored, am passionate about all kinds of techniques, and often make art on a whim. Although I admit to making single pieces of art, I …

Do the Wave!

Do the Wave! I am so excited about these new beads – they look like they will fit together in some truly yummy ways. These are a slender, wavy, two-hole bead. Wave Beads I had totally intended to make something for today’s update to show you – but … apparently I am extremely busy. Nevermind – we have two great patterns from Leslie Rogalski and Carolyn Cave to help inspire you. Email me if you want the patterns – absolutely free! The first one – Cresting Wave by Leslie Rogalski wants Ginkos and 4mm rounds as well as the waves, …

Anatomy of a Project: In my own words!

I’m talking about the anatomy of a project, but putting it in my own words. What does that mean?  My projects are always the result of a collection of phases. I start with an idea, mosey along to the collection of materials, jump into the execution phase, then finish it off.   But if it still needs work, I re-evaluate my original idea, then tweak it along the way. If I’m not happy, an on-the-fly re-design might be necessary. Rip it! Rip it!! Or, if the rip stage is not possible, I may even decide to cover it all up …

Creative Sparks: Just make something!

Creative sparks are just one part of the overall artistic experience. They are the kindling that lights the fire. But you need to put in the time, and hard work into keep the flame lit. Imagination, learning, patience, time, repetition, and hard work are all critical to the artistic process. I lurked in the Beaded Art Doll Facebook group, for years, before ever making my first doll. Experienced in intuitive bead embroidery on flat surfaces, but not confident enough to try 3-D, I felt guilty, but still watched, wallowed, and absorbed! My creative sparks smoldered for years, then blasted into …

Dealing with a Bevy of Challenges!

I’m dealing with a bevy of challenges, or am I? Perhaps “bevy” is not the right word, but it sounds much better than a couple, or even a handful of challenges. My first challenge, is undoubtedly the fact that I’m still having pain in my right thumb. This is restricting the length of time that I can work on any activity, and is a real pain in the patootie! It’s getting better, but it’s still annoying! It’s frustrating, because I’m not used to budgeting my creative time. Yes, I visited my Doctor, and she agreed with my diagnosis (heh, heh). …

Are you ready for a Sale?

Are you Ready for a SALE?!? This is IT – the Big One! The one you are waiting for … Beaders – start your shopping carts – its M-A-A-A-A-R-C-H     M-A-D-N-E-S-S!!!! This is our big, annual sale – our gift to you for being so awesome. 20% off everything* (almost) in the store. Rulez We pick orders in the order they come in. The inventory system should manage quantities just fine, but sometimes timing trips it up. We try to restock where we can to make it right. Sale and discount items do not contribute to the total for shipping discounts. …

What Colour is your Muse?

What colour is your muse, is a great way to slide into both our Bead-A-Long, and the month of March. In many other parts of the world, March brings signs of spring, but not in Toronto. Right now, we’re surrounded by the snow that hit us a couple of days ago. More snow to come, but you can never predict just when. We’re always hearing scary news about the latest snow apocalypse, but they don’t always materialize, so it’s a gamble. However, what March does, is it brings us the hope that spring will show up before the May-24-weekend (aka …

Beads ‘n’ Sequins, Sequins ‘n’ Beads

New this week – a  dozen delicious compact kits of color-coordinated sequins and beads. Perfect for embellishment of clothing, objects – bead embroidery! Because this is proving to be a very deep rabbit hole! And – there appears to be a lot of company down here – as the more we look, the more we find! Just to refresh your memory, we have added, in recent weeks French Wire/Gimp/Bullion Sequins Tiny rhinestone cup chain In addition, you will need some Thread: color is nice to coordinate with either the backing or the beads. The C-Lon AA, the Toho One-G, and …

Rocking a Hodge Podge of Projects!

Are you rocking a hodge podge of projects? I know that I am (or have in the past), but that’s just because I need a little focus in my life. I have beading to do, with a very clear deadline, but I’m finding that the devil is in the details! To procrastinate, I’ll show you a variety of different projects this week. Not all beading related, but they do represent my mixed-up media mindset. The deadline that’s on my back (and Marg’s, and Dwyn’s), is the Toho Challenge. With the store reorganization, it’s been hard to keep our minds on …