The Art of Letting Go!

The art of letting go is not always an easy thing to do. I sometimes get caught up in what I think that I should do, versus what I really do want to do. So I try to compromise, and generally come out ahead of the game. This summer has been hot, hot, hot, and that did not exactly encourage me to create. On top of that, I don’t have any long-term projects on the go right now. Those time crunches really rev up my creative engine, and I often find that’s when I’m most creative. Crazy, I know! None …

Freeform Frolics – and all that entails!

Freeform frolics is an all or nothing, type of beading, and I simply love it. I started by making earrings, graduated to pendants (including some with natural elements), then finished with bracelets. At least for now, that is! I’ve always been fascinated with freeform peyote, so much so that I joined the Freeform Peyote Beading Facebook group, and lurked there for quite a while, before posting any of my work. Real progress was made, after I purchased the “Explorations in Freeform Peyote Beading” book by Karen Williams. I highly recommend it! I went on to design three different workshops, that …

My Life in a Box!

You might think that I’m a very out-of-the box person, but let me assure you, that my creative life lives in a series of boxes. Of course, I’m not talking about supplies, because that’s an entirely different blog post, which I will get to eventually. I’m terrible at dates, so I could not tell you how old some of these boxes are. Let’s just say that they started around 2007, because that’s as good a date as any. There’s a lot to be said for writing dates on your projects, but I’m bad at that as well, except for some …

Bead Dreams: Or so it seems

Bead dreams or stitch dreams? Which one wins the prize? As I call myself a mixed-up media artist, I guess that I would say that they’re equally important. Also vying for attention, are paper, paint, resin, and my driftwood brushes. But, what about Artist’s Concrete, and Polymer Clay? My head hurts with all of the possibilities. It’s time to dust off the skills. I’m going to start my bead dreams post, by showing you a few of my older necklaces. See, I actually do bead from time to time. LOL! You might call this necklace jumble a bit obsessive, but …

December 2021 Bead Mat Update: Return of the beads!

For my December 2021 bead mat update, I thought that I would show you that I’m fully capable of returning to beads. My mind is now in the right space, so I thought that I would do a little experimenting. I have been gifting hand made for many years. It wouldn’t feel like Christmas, if I wasn’t rushing to either stitch, or bead something. This year, stitching was the star, and beading took a back seat. But next year, it might be a different story. First up on my December 2021 bead mat update, is this rather plain, denim orb …

Retro Redux – Where did the time go?

This retro redux post showcases projects from my far distant past! I will show you what I’ve been working on, after the gifts have been opened! I wallow in nostalgia, at this time of the year, and reflect on Christmases long ago. My family lives outside of the city, but we still have special traditions, that manage to cross the miles. Tradition is very important at this time of the year. I don’t normally make holiday themed projects, but here’s one! In 1998, I was commissioned to make a Xmas tree skirt, for the company I worked for. I scoffed …

Rocking Colour – Now that’s another tale!

Rocking colour is one of my favourite things to do! It’s not just another tale! I follow trends, but then ignore them, and do my own thing. Isn’t that what creativity is all about? But speaking of trends, Pantone has released their colour of the year for 2022, which is Very Peri. It’s a blue, with violet red undertones (blue + red = purple), and very wearable (the boss says so, and I believe her). Instead of waxing poetic about it, here’s what Pantone has to say. Vogue, and Arch Daily shared their opinions. Click on the links to read …

November 2021 Bead Mat Update: Well sort of!

My November 2021 bead mat update is a little late! Not only that, but I didn’t take any photographs on my bead mat, and my beading projects, are a little sparse. But that doesn’t really matter, because I’m going with it anyway! This project has consumed my time, so should be first up on my November 2021 bead mat update. It’s the free form peyote beading that I stitched onto my latest green orb. It was quite labour intensive, so ate up most of my discretionary beading time, and didn’t leave me a lot of time to make anything else. …

My Anatomy of a Project: Or should I say projects?

Anatomy of a project, is just another way of saying, that all I seem to do these days, is work on large project(s). They eat up most of my discretionary time! First up in my anatomy of a project, is my free-form peyote ‘Dancing’ piece. It’s my pandemic project, and it’s not over yet. It’s all about texture, movement, isolation, evolution, change, using my stash, and glorious colour! My second project is even older. It’s a folly, because I wanted a tea cozy, but ended up with a cup cozy. I didn’t understand how much it would shrink. I saved …

Crank Out the Ideas: Because the time is drawing near!

It’s time to crank out the ideas, or crank up the volume, or whatever it takes to get it in gear, and start on your holiday making! I haven’t yet, but I’m never a good example at this time of the year. I start late, then work like crazy, until my parcels are in the mail. Then I relax. How do you crank out the ideas, if you’re not sure what you want to make? I get flashes of inspiration, but if I don’t write them down, they get lost somewhere between now, and never. That shouldn’t ever happen! This …