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 …

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? …

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 …

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, …

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 …

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, …