October 2019 Bead Mat Update: Fiddling around a bit!

My October 2019 bead mat update involves both work, and discretionary spending. Other than that, I haven’t been all that creative this month! But I certainly hope that changes soon, because how can I be a bead muse, if my inspiration is suspiciously missing? Yet no real loss, as I’m positive that it will change shortly!!! Last weekend, Amanda P. and I represented BeadFX at the Grand River Bead Society, annual show and sale, in Guelph, ON. The show was great, the weather wonderful, but the traffic on the 401 was miserable! Yet we still had fun, as it’s always …

September 2019 Bead Mat Update: Let the Fall begin!

What would the September 2019 Bead Mat Update be, without a mention of the Autumn Equinox! It was on the 23rd, but it’s the official sign that Summer is now officially over! Crazy I know, but I actually like fall! Cooler temperatures bring fabulous colours, then you can put away all those tired t-shirts, and capris! Yeah, like we ever want to do that!!! But the magnificent colours of the leaves, makes it all worthwhile, doesn’t it? Fall also brings a renewed interest in learning new things! Where better to do this, than from our marvelous instructors at BeadFX? I’ve …

Class Shenanigans: How to wile away a weekend!

The class shenanigans certainly made last weekend very lively. I hosted two full classes at BeadFX, now I’m exhausted, but it was well worth it!! First up, my Needle Felted Landscape class, which is an escape into creative freedom. Mix imagination, colour, stabbing out the frustrations of the day, then sprinkle in some hand embroidery, and a few beads! Pure bliss!! I can’t speak for my students, but judging from their comments, enthusiasm, and results, a good day was definitely had by all! I worked on this demo during the class, then finished it off after I got home. I …

Playing with Clay: Exploring my options!

I’ve been playing with clay, then rummaging around in my stash. Too much fun!! Quick Cure Clay, from Ranger Ink, is an interesting, new product (developed by John Pojman). I’ve worked with both polymer, and metal clay, as well as Apoxie Sculpt, Crystal Clay, and Artist’s Concrete. All have their good, and bad points, but none is quite as interesting, unique, and sometimes frustrating, as Quick Cure Clay (QCC). It’s a great product, but does have some ‘quirks’ that you need to be aware of, before working with it. It’s soft, sticky, you need to use nitrile gloves, and it …

Late Breaking News: Of the publishing kind!

I should have shared this late breaking news earlier today, but I simply forgot to include it in my earlier blog post! Dwyn wanted me to call it a “Hot Flash”, but I just wasn’t going there!  LOL! I’m excited to announce that two of my articles, that include six different jewelry pieces, have been published in the Summer edition (out in June), of the Belle Armoire Jewelry magazine!!! This is a high-end, beautifully photographed, artsy, teaching, mixed media, jewelry magazine, and it fits right into my wheelhouse! The publisher is Stampington & Company. I simply love this magazine, and …

March 2019 Bead Mat Update: This and that!

For my March 2019 Bead Mat Update, I’d like to show you what I’ve been playing with lately. Believe it or not, all of the jewelery pieces were created last weekend, but that’s not all! I’ve been futzing about with a big deadline, and also managed to meet my goal, with one whole day to spare. Colour me relieved!! I celebrated meeting the deadline with a nap, then went on to create some stuff. I do have another deadline on the horizon, but I’ll take care of that before the end of the week. My Artist’s Concrete was gathering dust, …

November 2018 Bead Mat Update: Texture & Contrast!

When talking about my November 2018 Bead Mat Update, I think more about the differences, and less about similarities! I love techniques! Yes I’ve told you that before, but this time my words are matched by my actions. Do you want to see? First up on my November 2018 Bead Mat update, is the bezelled cabochon that I talked about in my last blog post. I lifted the next two photos from that post!! Now here’s the update! I beaded some more, then glued the backing on, so all that’s left to do is bead the edging. But wait! What …