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 …

Hello Dolly – and a few other things!

Hello Dolly was a theme of sorts, when I was teaching my “Natures Garden”, Beaded Art Doll class at BeadFX, several years back. I always had a fascination with Beaded Art Dolls (BAD), stemming back to an old Yahoo group of the same name (which eventually morphed, kicking and screaming, over to a Facebook group). I lurked on there for years (and am still lurking), before stitching my very first doll. Of course, after the first one, I had to create a workshop, then ended up designing, stitching, and stuffing countless BAD’s, for my students. Including the wool doll form …

What’s Old is New Again: Isn’t that the truth?

What’s old is new again, and I’m not just saying it! Of course, what’s old is also old, but that’s what memories are made of. Not to mention, what’s new, is still new, but that’s another story. First up is one of my favourite Bead Journal Project (BJP) series from the past. I never remember which year is which, and am too lazy to actually look it up, so let’s just say it might be 2009. This series is loosely based on colourful row houses. It was tons of fun, and includes many lasting memories. In each house, you will …

Sweet Bead Dreams: From the past!

While wondering what to write about this week, I started musing about my Sweet Bead Dreams from the past. For me, that will always start with Robin Atkins, Bead Journal Project, as it had such a huge influence in my work, and started me working on series! As I’m not finished showing you my 2010 series, I thought that I’d show you a three more. More than just intuitive beading, they’re really Mixed Media, Visual Journals. They represent so much more than the beads, with the inclusion of stitch, paint, landscapes, and the echoes of whatever was going on in my …

Oh Dear! Now what am I going to do?

So, the big question is, now what am I going to do? I’ve just finished my 100 Day Project for 2022, and I’ll have some discretionary time to spend. But on what? Ideas are percolating, but may take a little time to gel in my creative brain, so please be patient! There may be a lull, but then again, there may not. I seem to be in a retro beading phase right now, so how about a shot of my first BJP (Bead Journal Project), for the 2010 year? This one started out as a “Bag of Beads” challenge for …

Back on the Path Again!

After the Easter break, I’m happy to say that I’m back on the path again! At least for now, but who knows what I’ll get up to next week, because I sure don’t. To celebrate, I played with a new type of resin, made a set of earrings, and then wire wrapped loops on a string of colourful Mixed Impression Jasper stones that’s been gathering dust in my stash (we’re sold out of that particular shape, but we do have others). As usual, I have no idea where this is going, so please bear with me. The resin I was …

Working in the centre of the Bead-A-Verse!

You might think that working in the centre of the bead-a-verse (aka BeadFX) is an easy job! But, I’m here to say that it’s definitely not! Just ask my co-workers!! You are always surrounded by sparkly temptation!!! Not only that, but you are also surrounded by creative beaders, whose pieces are positively drool worthy. Also, what about cashing out someone, who has just purchased that string of semi-precious, that you’ve been lusting over for weeks? Rats! Then, how about the weekly updates? You don’t even know that you want something, until you spot it on the Thursday morning update. Temptation …

A Moment in Time – But still standing tall!

A moment in time is all it takes to change this crazy world of ours, and that is not a good thing. My energy, beading, and stitch meditations, will focus on the current state of affairs, and hope for an early resolution. I’m finally back in the saddle again! I taught my first beading class last Saturday, and a good time was had by all. It was a Coral Fringe Tassel, and I’m happy to say that my reduced size class was full. Students are more comfortable with the idea of getting back into the classroom, and I couldn’t be …

UFO to Go!

When I say UFO to go, I mean it! Last week was quite productive on the UFO front, but there’s still room for more work. My oldest UFO in this grouping, is a pearl necklace that I started in a class with Angela Peace, many years ago. I was going through my stash, and stumbled upon a project box that I had forgotten about. In it, was an almost complete necklace, with just one end left unfinished. So, I finished it! Take that, you UFO, you!! In my defense, the holes in the final two pearls were pretty tight, and …

Just Moseying Around – at least part of the time!

I’m just moseying around, minding my business, and creating a little something, something. Not all bead related, but what else would you expect? A collection of Bead/Stitch Meditation Twinchies (2” x 2”), that I made a few years back. It was supposed to be the start of a series, but it ended up being a very short series. I don’t remember why it stalled, but I was either engaged in something else at the time, or wasn’t fully invested. I really do love these little pieces! I promised that I was going to finish another necklace this week, so instead …