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 …

Rocking Retro Plus!

I’m definitely into the rocking retro plus mode! This week is no exception, because once I start down this path, it’s oh so hard to stop! Let’s face it! I’ve made one heck of a lot of stuff over the years, and I still have more to show you! Why do I have so much, and where do I store it all? Well, that’s a good question. I’ve always been a maker, and I wish that I had some rocking storage solutions for you, but I’m afraid not. I store in a combination of boxes, piled on shelves, and a …

Springtime Tales – Life in Toronto!

To tell a tale of springtime in Toronto, is a challenge for sure! You never really know where it’s going, and when it’s going to end. Oh sure, the leaves have either unfurled, or are unfurling, and many of the buds are out! The magnolias are dropping their blooms, and the fruit trees are starting to put on a show. But did I mention, that the air is full of pollen? Achoo!! Toronto is a place where winter tends to linger, teases us with spring, then summer, then cooler weather again. Last week was quite warm, but we now have …

Begin at the Beginning: Ready, set, bead!

I’m just going to begin at the beginning, because that’s the absolute best way to start. But what do I mean by that? Well, my Intuitive Bead Embroidery adventures, started with Robin Atkins’ Bead Journal Project, towards the end of 2007. Before that, I had done a bit of bead embellishment on some of my fibre art pieces, but nothing to really write home about. Robin challenged us to make one piece per month, for a total of twelve months. They had to be the same shape, contain at least one bead, and tell a little about what was going …

Rainy Evening Musings – Pondering the possibilities!

Aren’t rainy evening musings just the best? I get to sit in front of my computer, with the window open, listening to the sound of both heavy rain, and the traffic. It’s very relaxing, and rain softens that which could often be thought of as an irritation. Instead, it’s just white noise to dream, and ponder by! Last Saturday was exciting, because BeadFX held a Trunk Show, to benefit Ukraine. Not to brag, but yours truly snagged some serious loot! It was a blast! There was a definite party atmosphere happening, people were enjoying both the friendly atmosphere, and camaraderie. …

April 2022 Bead Mat Update: Let the adventures begin!

My April 2022 Bead Mat Update is about adventure, creating, and exploring possibilities. Jewelry making, mixed media, retro items, and even a road trip come into play! Let’s start with finishing up the necklace I started last week. I combined the wired-wrapped components, with brass rounds, and Olivine stones. In a design sense, the Olivine did exactly what I wanted, and quieted down the Mixed Impression Jasper. Now I have a fun, relaxed, casual necklace that will be perfect paired with a t-shirt, and jeans!! But wait!!! What do you think of this wee Artist Brush that I dreamed up? …

What’s a Girl Supposed to Do?

What’s a Girl Supposed to Do? BeadFX Blog Post – 04/13/22 – Anne Marie Desaulniers What’s a girl supposed to do, when she knows that she should be either beading or stitching, but she’d rather just read a book? My inspiration is definitely lacking, despite my steady progress on the 100 Day Project. I guess it’s just a mild case of the blues, but sometimes creative types just need to rest their brains. I’m definitely in a resting phase, but I know that I will eventually come out of it more energized. A little spring in my step would help, …

March 2022 Bead Mat Update – Tune up the beading!

My March 2022 Bead Mat Update is a study in change and adaptation. Change, because it’s past time I get on with more beading, and adaptation because it’s something that’s hard for me to do. As the saying goes, “the only way to eat an elephant, is one bite at a time”, and that’s what I’m trying to do. As I immerse myself more heavily in mixed media, I have a sneaking suspicion that I will need to get back to the basics, before I will be able to refresh my creative spirit. Oh, don’t worry, I won’t actually slow …

Working on Some Bits!

This has been a week of working on some bits, and not really doing much that’s brand new. Sometimes you just need to do this, to catch your breath, and get your mind ready for new adventures! So, that’s what I’ve been doing. I wish that I could say that I’m ready for an important project, but that isn’t the case. My mind is still occupied with what’s going on in the world, and for me that’s never a good time to start something new. So, you’ll just need to take me as I am!! First up on the agenda, …

Take it One Day at a Time!

One day at a time, is a mantra that I’ve adopted for the world’s current state of affairs. I need that to help me deal with all the negative news. The world is crazy, people are suffering, and I’m having a hard time focusing on day-to-day issues. But life must go on, so I keep repeating “one day at a time” to myself. There are lots of way to cope with stress, and making art of any sort (or even just working with your hands), will help to calm your mind. I have an overabundant stash of stitch, bead, and …