Accidental Pairings are Amazing!

Accidental pairings are amazing, especially when they’re just that, accidental! Perhaps not always accidental, but maybe accidental on purpose. Take this necklace for instance. I’ve always loved green, and blue stones, but never brown. Except in this case! A few weeks back, we added these unusually shaped, Chrysoprase flat nuggets to the site. I couldn’t get them out of my mind, so ended up purchasing a couple of strands. Inspiration struck, when I remembered that I had another strand of fatter nuggets in the stash. These were purchased years ago, and were mainly in a beautiful shade of green (with …

Colour Play is where it’s at!

Colour play is where it’s at, and I’m not just saying this!! It’s something I truly believe in. But, if it’s just not your thing, I’ll attempt to convince you with my photos. My creativity is making a slow return, thanks to the Making Zen Online Retreat. I’m making progress on this colourful needle book. I feel that it’s important to ramp up the colour, now that we’ve reached a darker time of the year. Colourful cotton batiks, with a touch of Sari silk, makes for a brighter day! Fibrella is the Queen of Fibreland, but she’s also a very …

Jewelry Trends for Winter 2022 – and more!

I’ve just been reading about Jewelry Trends for Winter 2022, and I admit that I find this time of year quite interesting. Changing seasons = changes in direction, but sometimes the changes are quite radical. Runway fashion is always extreme, but if you look hard enough, you will be able to spot realistic trends, then interpret them into your own jewelry. The Zoe Report indicates a trend to going big, or going home!! Some of those stacked bracelets, will be incredibly hard to wear comfortably, but what if you stacked just a couple? Silver is back (not that I ever stopped …

Hoop It Up, with a Kink

General In-Studio Class outline Course outline: Earrings are the accessory must-have this Fall and into 2023. Hoops remain a classic and unique earring style. We will make the hoops in class and you will accessorize on your own (beads not included). Adding a kink to the wire provides just enough visual interest to “kink” it up a notch. Start by learning a basic hoop in Copper and then progress to Sterling Silver wire. We will kink it up and work-harden wire with hammer and bench block. They’re lightweight and very comfortable to wear. They are a great gift to give …

Tales of the Past, and Present!

Tales of the past, and present relates to the way my mind has been working lately. I just came back from a vacation up north. My creative energies were channeled into my colourful photographs, but other than that, the muse was remarkably quiet. I hate these mental roadblocks! What causes them? A simple change in location? I won’t let that worry me. I am back home, and I’m confident that the ideas will start percolating shortly. Remember my freeform peyote pandemic project? I’ve pretty much decided that it’s finished, and unless we get a big Covid wave this fall/winter, it …

Reflections on Change!

This blog post is all about reflections on change. Why? Because I’m working outside of my normal routine, it’s fall, and I’m writing this in Northern (Sault Ste Marie), instead of Southern Ontario (Toronto). The colours are spectacular (I had an amazing drive up!), and photography is having a huge influence on my state of mind. Strange, isn’t it? I can go months without pulling out my SLR camera, but give me fall colours, and I go crazy with all the shots! Of course, I won’t barrage you with the rest of them, but I will share a few, and …

Working with Unusual Materials!

Nothing gives me greater pleasure, than working with unusual materials! I love puzzles, and problem solving, so is it any wonder that I’m on a constant quest to challenge myself? To be honest, I haven’t done much of that lately, but it’s coming. My head is full of ideas, but my fingers still need to get into the act! How about the freeform peyote, that I added to this piece of quartz? I attending the Scarborough Gem and Mineral Club show, a couple of weeks ago, and was happy to find a couple larger pieces of quartz. Instead of perfect …

Reaching Back: Far back!

This is the time of year, that I find myself reaching back, far back, to some of my earlier days of arting. I’ve been creating for a very long time, and it’s a good thing that I’ve always been good at maintaining my photo files. Actually, that was until I had a fatal computer crash, but that was a long time ago, and most of my photos were also saved on another device. Let that be a lesson to us all, backup, backup, backup! Do you want to know how much creating I’ve been doing this week? Not a heck …

Fibre First, but Beads Next!

In my world, it was fibre first, but beads next! Does that mean that fibre trumps beads? Not really, because everything is equal in my world. It all depends on what I feel like working on at the time. After learning traditional quilting (by hand), I quickly morphed into making art quilts (by machine). Stitch was definitely first, but when I learned that embellishments raised my quilts to another level, I never looked back. For me, it’s always about the texture! A couple of my early art quilts! The pear was my first, and only, attempt at raised bead embroidery. …