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 …

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 …

September 2021 Bead Mat Update: The bead goes on!

My September 2021 bead mat update is going to get a little nostalgic, so be prepared to see that the beat goes on! The reality is that I’ve been busy with non-beading/stitching activities, so I really don’t have much new to show you. However, I do have some ideas that I’d like to explore, that relate to past projects. I’m back working on my free form peyote ‘Dancing’ piece, but that’s all the current beading that I have to show this week. But, remember this Butterfly and Ladybug piece from a while back? It still needs a pin back, and …

Dream a Little Dream of Beads!

If dream a little dream of beads is a little vague, then I need to tell you what I’m dreaming about. It’s all there, but like all dreams, it won’t be easy to explain. I’m in a transition phase with my art. I feel stalled, and need to give myself a good kick in the pants! I want to start a new project, but my muse is lusting for something more complicated, so I’m at an impasse. Darn that muse! It feels like I’ve been drifting along, with no particular focus. Have you ever had that happen to you? I …

What’s Old is New!

What’s old is new, at least to some of you! I’ve been bouncing around a bit, so I thought that you would like to see some of my work from the early days. This post will be a mix of the old, and the new! I’ll start out with the new, then talk a bit about some of my older projects. If you’ve seen them before, my apologies, but I’m hoping that some are old enough, that they will be fresh inspiration. I designed this bracelet, in response to the new Polymer Clay, Vinyl Heishi beads that Dwyn introduced a …

Still Playing Around!

Of course, I’m still playing around. But what else would you expect? It’s too much fun to do otherwise, so I’ll just keep myself happy, amused, and out of trouble! Labour Day has come and gone! Nights are cooler now, so could fall be far away? I had four days off last weekend, and took full advantage of that extra creative time. No, I didn’t design any new classes, but I am thinking about it. I read, shopped, stitched, and I’m still playing around with my Jet Age Powders. It’s relaxing, stress relieving, creative, and just plain fun! I fully …

Win or Fail: That is the question?

Win or fail is one of the questions that we struggle with, all of the time? Why are we so afraid of failing? Are we just a product of our upbringing? I’m not afraid of failing! Failure is just a part of life, and if you never do it, then you just didn’t try hard enough. I win or fail, most of the time. Ha! Isn’t that a silly thought, and isn’t it true of all of us? How can we do both? I do admit to having a lot of arty experience, but I don’t like everything that I …

August 2021 Bead Mat Update: Go make something!

My August 2021 Bead Mat Update is centered around the theme of “go make something”! So I did!! What is normal these days? I wear a mask around others, even though I’ve been fully vaccinated. I follow social distancing guidelines, and keep my shopping/socializing to a bare minimum. Now into the meat of my August 2021 bead mat update! I discussed the Lumiere Lusters High Temp Powders in last week’s blog post, and here are some examples. I made the first two pieces a couple of years ago, but the rest last weekend. Older pieces! Powder (1) + Artist’s Concrete …

Gifts and Stuff – Oh the possibilities!

Gifts and stuff are definitely the stars in this blog post! No, not an instructional post, but rather an exploration of possibilities. I’ve been making presents, for friends and family, for most of my adult life! I don’t have photos of earlier ones, but I’ve been keeping records of my favourites, for quite a few years. Not all were actually gifted, but all would be appropriate. Sit back, relax, and enjoy my gifts and stuff show! Retro is good! Let’s start out with a few favourites! Many were workshops, but somehow I managed to squeeze a few gifts out of …

October 2020 Bead Mat Update: Everything’s coming up batty!

My October 2020 bead mat update reflects a rather batty time of year for me.  I’m not really following any particular path, but the road to creativity does drive some of my choices. The article I told you about earlier, has been put to bed, so I have more time to work on extra projects. Okay, I finished the review on the weekend, but now I’m looking forward to a nice stretch of creative action. I’ll let you know more about the article, when I can. These partially filled (with Ice Resin), open-backed bezels, were originally shown in last week’s …