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!! But wait!!! What do you think of this wee Artist Brush that I dreamed up? …

Back on the Path Again!

After the Easter break, I’m happy to say that I’m back on the path again! At least for now, but who knows what I’ll get up to next week, because I sure don’t. To celebrate, I played with a new type of resin, made a set of earrings, and then wire wrapped loops on a string of colourful Mixed Impression Jasper stones that’s been gathering dust in my stash (we’re sold out of that particular shape, but we do have others). As usual, I have no idea where this is going, so please bear with me. The resin I was …

What’s a Girl Supposed to Do?

What’s a Girl Supposed to Do? BeadFX Blog Post – 04/13/22 – Anne Marie Desaulniers What’s a girl supposed to do, when she knows that she should be either beading or stitching, but she’d rather just read a book? My inspiration is definitely lacking, despite my steady progress on the 100 Day Project. I guess it’s just a mild case of the blues, but sometimes creative types just need to rest their brains. I’m definitely in a resting phase, but I know that I will eventually come out of it more energized. A little spring in my step would help, …

March 2022 Bead Mat Update – Tune up the beading!

My March 2022 Bead Mat Update is a study in change and adaptation. Change, because it’s past time I get on with more beading, and adaptation because it’s something that’s hard for me to do. As the saying goes, “the only way to eat an elephant, is one bite at a time”, and that’s what I’m trying to do. As I immerse myself more heavily in mixed media, I have a sneaking suspicion that I will need to get back to the basics, before I will be able to refresh my creative spirit. Oh, don’t worry, I won’t actually slow …

Working on Some Bits!

This has been a week of working on some bits, and not really doing much that’s brand new. Sometimes you just need to do this, to catch your breath, and get your mind ready for new adventures! So, that’s what I’ve been doing. I wish that I could say that I’m ready for an important project, but that isn’t the case. My mind is still occupied with what’s going on in the world, and for me that’s never a good time to start something new. So, you’ll just need to take me as I am!! First up on the agenda, …

Take it One Day at a Time!

One day at a time, is a mantra that I’ve adopted for the world’s current state of affairs. I need that to help me deal with all the negative news. The world is crazy, people are suffering, and I’m having a hard time focusing on day-to-day issues. But life must go on, so I keep repeating “one day at a time” to myself. There are lots of way to cope with stress, and making art of any sort (or even just working with your hands), will help to calm your mind. I have an overabundant stash of stitch, bead, and …

A Moment in Time – But still standing tall!

A moment in time is all it takes to change this crazy world of ours, and that is not a good thing. My energy, beading, and stitch meditations, will focus on the current state of affairs, and hope for an early resolution. I’m finally back in the saddle again! I taught my first beading class last Saturday, and a good time was had by all. It was a Coral Fringe Tassel, and I’m happy to say that my reduced size class was full. Students are more comfortable with the idea of getting back into the classroom, and I couldn’t be …

UFO to Go!

When I say UFO to go, I mean it! Last week was quite productive on the UFO front, but there’s still room for more work. My oldest UFO in this grouping, is a pearl necklace that I started in a class with Angela Peace, many years ago. I was going through my stash, and stumbled upon a project box that I had forgotten about. In it, was an almost complete necklace, with just one end left unfinished. So, I finished it! Take that, you UFO, you!! In my defense, the holes in the final two pearls were pretty tight, and …

Just Moseying Around – at least part of the time!

I’m just moseying around, minding my business, and creating a little something, something. Not all bead related, but what else would you expect? A collection of Bead/Stitch Meditation Twinchies (2” x 2”), that I made a few years back. It was supposed to be the start of a series, but it ended up being a very short series. I don’t remember why it stalled, but I was either engaged in something else at the time, or wasn’t fully invested. I really do love these little pieces! I promised that I was going to finish another necklace this week, so instead …