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 …

Fragments of the Past – Could spark future projects!

Fragments of the past, often lead to new works in the future. Of course, I haven’t been doing much bead embroidery lately, but it has been on my mind, so all I need to do is jump start the project. The following two photos, are samples from two of my past workshops. Surprisingly enough, despite the fact that I love all of the pieces, I don’t remember ever actually wearing them. Do you find that happens with some of your work? I find that I tend to wear fairly simple jewelry, and oftentimes, no jewelry at all. Isn’t that crazy? …

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 …

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, …

I Have Nothing to Say!

I have nothing to say, because it’s hard to stay positive when people are still suffering in a needless war! I’m trying to keep this blog post art related, but as I feel myself drifting towards the other narrative, I’ll try to be good. If you check out Dwyn’s post here, you’ll see that BeadFX is doing what we can, to help in our own beady way. The quick response from our customers has been amazing, and we dearly thank you for your contributions. Now on to another topic! With Rosemary’s encouragement, I decided to focus my thoughts, and make …

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 …

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 …

Flying on Empty: Or so it seems!

Is flying on empty a real thing? I think so, because that’s what I’ve been doing. Am I feeling it because of the social isolation of Covid, or does it have something to do with the aging process? Nah, must be Covid! I decided to take a week off, but didn’t go far, or do very much (despite my big plans). I wandered around the beach, and drove to Belleville to visit a friend (on two separate days). Both were fun, but I was a slug the other days. I must admit that I wasn’t all that creative, although my …