Bloom into Lazy Daze!

Bloom into lazy daze is going to be my motto for this month. No particular reason, but I do like flowers, so I might show you a few more during the month of June. With Covid and all, I decided to buy flowers for my balcony, the first time in a couple of years. I figure that if I’m going be spending quality time out there, I might as well have something pretty to look at. Nothing fancy, just a couple of pots of deep pink (or are they magenta?) geraniums, plus a mixed basket. I even added ivy to …

Dreaming of Beads! Really?

I’m dreaming of beads, but what else is new? I’m close to the finish line with my #the100dayproject, so I will need to focus on other projects. Beads are definitely in the running! But first, here’s my weekly update on my free-form peyote ‘Dancing’ piece. A stash buster for sure, but it also relaxes me, and allows for a tight grip on my sanity. All this social isolation is starting to wear on me, and if it wasn’t for the fact that I work at BeadFX 5 days/week (I see people!), it would be even more difficult. Speaking of dreaming …

Creativity is Blooming – and that’s the truth!

Creativity is blooming, despite the current state of affairs. Exercise your imagination, follow the rules, and get your vaccination! I truly believe that’s the only way to recovery. Ontario is under a Stay-at-home order, until May 5th. Here are the details. BeadFX is still open for curbside pickup. Exercise your creativity, and bead your way out of it! Sort your beads, buy more (from BeadFX, but only if you need to), then get ready, and just go! My creativity is blooming in strange, and wonderful ways, and I’m excited to explore the possibilities! Here’s the latest on my free form …

Decisions, Decisions – or Transitions?

Decisions, decisions seem to be the story of my life right now. But then again, does this mean that transitions will also play a part? I seem to be in a transitional time of my life. Is it all Covid related, or does ageing also play a part? Probably both, but who’s complaining? I’m old enough to know better, so I’ll just base everything on decisions, decisions! As much as I wanted to focus on beading again, I’m afraid that other techniques have lured me away from my sparkly bits, and the almighty needle. Don’t worry, I haven’t abandoned my beads, …

Start a Conversation – with your beads!

If you start a conversation with your beads, you need to make sure that you’re listening. Okay, it doesn’t need to just be beads, but for the sake of BeadFX, I do need to put some emphasis on it. Let’s start with my latest BeadFX Inspiration. I pulled the beads fairly quickly, but when I actually started working with them, found that I didn’t buy everything I needed. So, back to the store, start beading, then return to store, for more stuff. LOL! I’m getting dizzy from all the back-and-forth nonsense. I let my muse have her head (as usual), …

Colouring Outside of the Lines – Just because I can!

Colouring outside of the lines is just something that I do! I’ve been doing this for years, so I’m not about to stop now! What does colouring outside of the lines mean for me? I allow myself to work on multiple projects, but I do not restrict myself to any materials, or techniques. That’s what it means! My beaded orb is almost finished. What will I do with it, how will I display it, and was it worth it? I don’t have all of the answers, but it was an interesting, exercise. Any day that I can play with beads, …

This and That 2020 – and that’s how the story begins!

This and that 2020, is definitely how the story begins! What else could you expect? I have not been particularly creative this week, because I was rushing to get some parcels in the mail (all that wrapping is tiring). I made my deadline, so now I get to sit back and relax. Not really, because I still need to work on my in-town gifts, but at least I have a couple more weeks (I work fast!). Toronto, retail is shut down now (don’t get me started on the exceptions, which I’m personally boycotting), so Christmas shopping is a totally new …

November 2020 Bead Mat Update – Lots to say about nothing!

My November 2020 bead mat update, has lots to say about nothing! But there’s certainly lots to do, so don’t worry about the state of this blog post. Toronto has gone back into lock down, for 28 days (count back to Monday), but that doesn’t mean that we’re not allowed to bead!!! Our retail doors have shut temporarily, but our on-line business is open 24/7. We’re ready to go, and have a 20% off almost everything in the store, sale on right now. No, we don’t fill your orders 24/7, because that would be crazy!! But the BeadFX computers are …

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 …

Leather and Lace: A Stitch in Time!

What do you think of when I say leather and lace? Does it take you back to the 60’s, the 80’s, or even to one of those other times, when trends from prior periods, get adopted and then shine brightly for a while. As a former teenager (heh, heh), there’s nothing better than an outfit, that includes blue jeans, leather and lace. As a Baby Boomer, I need to state that we still love those outfits, but now they contain spandex! Who invented spandex anyway? That person needs a medal, our undying gratitude, and a whole lot of money!!! True …