Collecting Collections: But that’s not all!

Collecting collections, seems to be my way of life! I make no apologies, because it’s something that I love to do. I’m not only collecting collections, I also make collections, because I love to work in series. So, this blog post is going to be a little bit of everything, but don’t worry, it will be over fast! Much faster than the actual work, the collecting, then figuring out what to do with it all! I worry that my collections will eventually come to an unhappy ending. But let’s not talk about that!! I really don’t have enough space for …

Neither Here nor There!

Neither here nor there is another funny title for a blog post. That’s because I’m in one of those moods, where I really don’t have all that much to say. Okay, I always have stuff to say, but I guess the spirit just hasn’t moved me yet. So, let’s just get going! My weekend was a working one, with me writing to a deadline. I met it, so all is good! But what that means, is that my creativity had to take a back seat. Of course, that doesn’t mean that I didn’t do anything, just not as much as …

What’s she up to now?

What’s she up to now, you say? Nonsense of course, but not all beading related. I’m writing a couple of articles, but it’s consuming a lot of my energy. My deadline is looming, so I really do need to get the lead out! My beading adventures continue, with my freeform peyote, quartz piece. I’m still working on it, but hope to have it finished soon. I made another mask chain! A butterfly, a heart, and 6/0 seed beads. Simple stringing, but geared toward something a little girl would like. I converted my Talisman pendant, to a mask holder, but only …

Developing your Style!

Developing your style, is really quite easy! All it takes is time, effort, and a whole lot of repetition. I’ve been developing mine for years, but I still have people coming up to me, and saying that they recognize a particular older piece, as one of mine. That’s because I practice, a lot! Plus, I found my artistic “voice” a very long time ago. That “voice”, crosses many boundaries! I started out on the fibre path, switched to beads, then to mixed media, with a large dose of fibre. You might say that I’ve come full circle! I’ve applied, then …

August 2020 Bead Mat Update: Welcome to my world!

It’s time for my August 2020 bead mat update! But what’s all that about my world? I’m a crazy, intuitive, right brained (but left when I need to) artist! But I wasn’t always comfortable with the term. I only started calling myself that, when other artists told me that my work had a unique voice, then they began to call me by that moniker. But really, I’m just a mixed-up media girl, addicted to techniques, then creating whatever my muse tells me to make! Do you believe that it’s almost the end of August? Where did the summer go? It’s …

Perfection is Overrated – and other things!

Perfection is overrated, and that’s something that I firmly believe in! You search for perfection, then never really obtain it, so end disappointed! Strive for imperfection, but reach for your very best!! I’m proud of you! There is beauty in imperfections, because they show the hands of the maker! Face mask chains are the new rage for 2020, but I didn’t even know that I needed one! I don’t like this as a mask chain, so it will end up as a necklace. Perfection is overrated! I need more beads, so BeadFX to the rescue! My simple palette for this …

Not a Bead in Sight!

Not a bead in sight, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t still love them! All it means is that I’ve been otherwise occupied, as you’ll see below. A friend of mine, introduced me to Neurographic Line Drawings (here’s the video I followed), and I’m obsessed with the process! It’s addicting! I will let the drawings speak for themselves, but will refine the process over time. Who would have thought, that I’d actually find a bug in my drawing? It crawled right out, then begged for glitz, and attention!! LOL! Over at the Stitch Meditation Facebook group, I put up …

Reflections and Recollections: The time is now!

Reflections and recollections have been on my mind lately. But what does that have to do with the cost of beads, you say? Not much, but it’s a good opening act, so now I’ll get down to fleshing it all out. I’ve been dithering about during this pandemic, yet it might be time for me to start working on my mixed media jewelry again. Oh, I’ve been playing with this, and that, but mainly work of an ephemeral nature, so nothing that I could make into a collection. I was reminded of this, when I received an email from my …

July 2020 Bead Mat Update: Another mixed bag!

This July 2020 bead mat update, just about knocked me on the head! But how did it get so late in the year, and what will we do when summer is over? Well, with the heatwave that we’ve been having in Toronto, I’d say that cooler weather will be a welcome change, but then it’s human nature to complain about the weather, no matter what it’s doing. Last year, had so much rain, that at least one of the Lake Ontario beaches was closed, for most of the season. Now we have stinking hot, and a pandemic to deal with. …

The Search for Perfection: Is it even a possibility?

The search for perfection, is something that stops you from truly enjoying everything you do. Do you agree with me? I was programmed to search for perfection at a very early age? Were you? It’s definitely stressful, I generally ignored it, then went my own merry way! I love free motion machine embroidery, so decided to include it on my “Remnants” scroll (my Stitch Meditation, pandemic project). It’s quite addictive, but that’s no reason not to use it. Here’s my very old (possibly my grandmother’s), hardwood, machine embroidery hoop, that I forgot to use! Oops! In the centre is a …