Beading on the Edge!

Beading on the edge, is a curious topic for this blog post. What could I possibly say, that would tie into that title? It doesn’t matter, because I thought of it yesterday, then decided that I needed to write a blog post about it. Not everything in this post will relate to beading, but some of it does! I’m not even close to beading on the edge of this piece, but once I complete the rows of beading, I will definitely need to finish the edge.  All of the beads, including the ladybugs, and polymer clay cabochons were purchased at …

It’s All a Mystery!

Sometimes, it’s all a mystery why I do what I do? I make beading plans, but then get busy with other projects. Let’s start talking about it! I spotted a glass bottle, that I had saved because I liked the shape. Next, I decided that it should be covered in fabric. So, it’s all a mystery, why this project started the ideas flowing? But what about beads? First, patch the bottle with scraps of cotton quilt batting. Use both straight and running stitches. Then, cover with both fabrics, and text, using the same stitches. Fabric cover finished, then the next …

June 2021 Bead Mat Update: Getting back on track!

My June 2021 bead mat update, is all about getting back on track. But that’s not all, it’s my promise to myself, to get right back into the swing of things. I think that I’ve been in a creative slump, and had spread myself too thin. The 100 Day Project was a high creative period for me, but things are a little flat these days. I normally follow a creative period, with another creative period, where I might be creating different things, but I’m always creating something. I’m trying to bead a little every week, but that’s not all, I …

All About a Dream – Or is it a fantasy?

Is it all about a dream, or perhaps a fantasy? I think a nightmare of sorts, but definitely a learning experience! My free form peyote “Dancing” piece, started out as a dream, but has ended up an ongoing project. It’s not finished yet, but my second shot is this Friday. Yeah! It will be a little more normal for me, after a couple of weeks! Should I stop working on it, two weeks after that shot? Or wait until the pandemic is over in Canada? Progress on my piece has slowed, but I am still enjoying the process. This stitched …

Tool Time Tales!

Tool time tales are not the sexiest thing in your beading toolbox, but you need them just the same. Otherwise, how would you open, and close a jump ring, or even cut a piece of wire? I absolutely love my tools!! I still have my earlier tools, but my favourites are the ones I always reach for. My Xuron Chain Nose pliers, fit nicely in my hands. I also own their Bent Nose Fine Pliers, Round Nose Fine Pliers, and couldn’t live without my Tapered Flush Cutters. They also have crimping pliers, but no photo, as we don’t currently carry …

Design Possibilities: Looking back, looking forward!

Design possibilities are all around, but it might be a case of looking back, then looking forward. It’s amazing what I found in my jewelry boxes! I actually don’t keep any of my necklaces in jewelry boxes, because those are for rings, pins, bracelets, and the odd chain, or two. I store necklaces on over-the-door type hook systems, because it keeps them from getting all tangled up (especially the long ones). Although I wanted to do a post on design possibilities, I haven’t been wearing much jewelry lately, so I was a bit stuck on what to say. Then I …

Bloom into Lazy Daze!

Bloom into lazy daze is going to be my motto for this month. No particular reason, but I do like flowers, so I might show you a few more during the month of June. With Covid and all, I decided to buy flowers for my balcony, the first time in a couple of years. I figure that if I’m going be spending quality time out there, I might as well have something pretty to look at. Nothing fancy, just a couple of pots of deep pink (or are they magenta?) geraniums, plus a mixed basket. I even added ivy to …

Working in a Series: One heck of a challege!

Working in a series, is certainly one heck of a challenge! However, it’s something that I both welcome, and enjoy! I’m very selective about the outside challenges that I accept, because I do need to keep my focus on the end result. With the #the100dayproject, it was easy, because the goal was 100 pieces of something. Not hard, because I set the parameters. I need to tell you that I was definitely slowing down at the end. I wanted each piece to be unique, but sometimes all I wanted to do was splash paint on paper. It was quick, effective, …

Dreaming of Beads! Really?

I’m dreaming of beads, but what else is new? I’m close to the finish line with my #the100dayproject, so I will need to focus on other projects. Beads are definitely in the running! But first, here’s my weekly update on my free-form peyote ‘Dancing’ piece. A stash buster for sure, but it also relaxes me, and allows for a tight grip on my sanity. All this social isolation is starting to wear on me, and if it wasn’t for the fact that I work at BeadFX 5 days/week (I see people!), it would be even more difficult. Speaking of dreaming …

The Bead Goes On!

The bead goes on, but the question is what does it go on? I will explore that a little further, later on in the blog post. It wouldn’t be Wednesday, if I didn’t update you on my free form peyote ‘Dancing’ piece. Weekends, and TV time are perfect for working on this project, but I get the feeling that it’s actually my excuse to not do any other type of beading. My focus is almost Zen like, so it would be interesting to see what would happen if I turned everything off, then continued beading. Would the lack of noise …