Good Riddance 2020 – Come to Mama 2021!

Good riddance 2020 is an appropriate title for this blog post! It has not been a good year overall, so I’m certainly not sorry to see the back of it. It has been devastating for many, but beading, stitching, arting, and crafting in general, has helped to keep many of us sane, grounded, and in control of our emotions. When this is all over, you will see that there has been a renaissance in the beading, quilting, sewing, and knitting/crocheting movements. I’m sure that there are other crafts out there that I might have missed, but you get the picture! …

Breaking News – and a few views!

My breaking news, is that I’ve been published again, in the Winter Issue of the Belle Armoire Jewelry magazine. Two feature articles! The Senior Managing Editor, asked if I was interested in submitting pieces for the December issue. I said yes, then we agreed on two collections, and I mailed them to California. One Amulet Pouch, and three Bead Embroidered Pendants were accepted. I’m absolutely thrilled, as this is an exceptional magazine. Thank you Amber Demien! Enough breaking news, now a few views! I purchased some felt balls (9” in circumference, like a dryer ball, only softer) through Monika, at The …

Random Thoughts and Activities!

Random thoughts and activities are the story of my life! My wild and crazy notions, call for immediate attention! The second in my Paper Stitch Meditation series. I use my version of the Momigami technique, then embellish with simple hand embroidery stitches. My random thoughts and activities, then led me back to wooden beads. This week, I decorated them with Neurographic Line Drawings (NLD). Last week was decoupage! The NLD was a little challenging, as the pen wanted to slide a bit, and my hand wasn’t quite steady. Early morning would have been better, but I decided to start them …

Turning up the Heat on your Creativity!

Are you turning up the heat on your creativity? It’s a difficult time, but there’s absolutely nothing else we can do about it, so we might as well focus on art. Plus, Christmas is coming, and mail is slow! I told Dwyn that I wanted to do a blog post about Lampwork beads, so she brought me in a fairly hefty bag of them!!! The first two are rather safe, but I intend to change that shortly You can find lampwork bead findings here. I will show my small, personal collection of lampwork beads, in a future post. I’m turning …