June 2020 Bead Mat Update: Beads, stones, and fibre!

June 2020 bead mat update, is a mix of many things, but all of them are colourful! When I think June, it’s the end of school, and the beginning of summer, but that’s gone all wacky on us this year. Summer started early, with a series of hot spells, yet no school days, except the home school variety. It’s definitely a different start to the vacation season. Speaking of vacations, the cottagers will still be heading north (or wherever), and the rest of us will probably be vacationing in place. Sigh! Speaking of hot spells, I’m still waiting for my …

All About Nothing: But bits about something!

All about nothing is good, when you have absolutely no inspiration, to help develop your blog post. But why, you say? Who really knows? This is going to be another of those streams of consciousness blog posts, and really, all about nothing, but I guess that’s better than not writing at all. My mind has been busy in other areas, with no room for real inspiration. But I’m actually chomping at the bit, because I know my creativity is hiding in there, somewhere! Let’s start with mask making! We are spiffing up the store, and making some necessary changes to …

Beaders Gotta Bead!

Yes, beaders gotta bead, but in my case, do all sorts of other stuff as well! Dwyn did razz me about it, in last week’s update, but I confess that she’s not entirely wrong. I’m happy to see that she introduced the new Creative Art Pigments, so that gave me a chance to mess about! No, I did not buy up all the powders, but I did purchase my fair share. But in my defense, so did Amanda, and I expect that Dwyn has squirreled away a few as well. I hinted about these products, in last week’s post, then …

Resin Dreams: What’s that you say?

Resin dreams are a subject that I’m a little reluctant to talk about. It’s definitely mixed media focused, but I realize that not all beaders are interested. It’s not like I want to leave some of my readers out of a post, but I do need to talk about my other passions. Close your eyes, if you’re just not interested! Resin is something I fell into, just like most of you. I took a class, then decided to explore a little more. With my normal obsessive behaviour, I researched the subject, then decided to develop my own class. No, I …

Bead Meditations: Something to think about!

Bead meditations are a fusion of intuitive bead embroidery, and Stitch Meditations. But that’s my story, and I’m sticking to it!! I get immense satisfaction, from my Stitch Meditations! Yes, I have added a few beads, in the past, but never enough! Could this be a totally new category? Is that enough? Make it so!! With Stitch Meditations, it’s all about the stitch, and any embellishment will always take a back seat. However, with Bead Meditations, it’s a little bit of fabric, and stitch, but beads add the wow factor. You use a needle, and thread, for both of them. …

Mixed Media Mess: What a dilemma!

BeadFX Blog Post – March 11th, 2020 – Anne Marie Desaulniers Mixed media mess, seems to be the story of my life, right now! Working with multiple supplies, stash, and techniques take money, time, and space, but it’s so satisfying! I’m not sure who hardwired my brain, but it definitely leans towards the unconventional! Is that a good thing? I like to think so, but some might have other ideas. I decided long ago, that it simply doesn’t matter, because I’m just happy to be me! But I must confess, that I really haven’t been very creative lately, but that’s …

Play is Good: But beading is even better!

Play is good, especially when you’re teaching a group of very enthusiastic students! I love teaching, but that’s not all, I also love my enthusiastic students!! It’s no secret, that my interests are quite varied, but this month seems to be covering it all. I taught my Needle felted Landscape Pendant class on the 29th, but then I turned around and taught a Resin class the very next day! After working all week, I should be exhausted, but strangely enough, I’m not! When you gather together a group of students, you never really know what to expect, but I must …

Let’s Talk Sparkle: and a few other things!

Let’s talk sparkle, seems to be a funny phrase for me to use! I’ve never been a girly girl, so have always shied away from an overload of sparkle. Is that something that I need to overcome? But, that doesn’t mean that I don’t appreciate it! Because I do!! Just yesterday, I was re-stocking some of the Swarovski Rivolis, and Fancy Stones, but took extra time, because I had to fondle, and admire the lusciousness of them all!! There are obvious benefits to working in a bead store, because staff are encouraged to fondle the merchandise, and we let customers …

February 2020 Bead Mat Update: Where did the beads go?

My February 2020 bead mat update is more than a little different! But don’t panic yet, because the beads, in the BeadFX coffers, are safe!! I must confess, that I’ve been more than a little pre-occupied these days, but that’s because of my March schedule. It’s more than a little full!! As it’s a leap year, I’m also lumping February 29th, in with March. So, you see here’s my sad tale of woe. I’m teaching my Needle felted Landscape class on February 29th, then Resin on March 1st. I’m taking my show on the road, mid-March, then teaching three different …

Sweetness and Light: An ode to the heart!

Sweetness and light, is probably the best way to describe Valentine’s Day! But is it? What do you know about Valentine’s Day, and do you celebrate it? I have many sweethearts in my life, but none of them are romantic. Does that make me a Valentine’s scrooge of sorts? Probably, but if it does, I’ll just shrug it off, and continue to live my singular life! I have one website for you to visit for fun facts, then another one for myths. All very interesting, but is that all there is? No, the greeting card companies did not invent Valentine’s …