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 …

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 …

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 …

Off the Rails Again – But I am productive!

I’m off the rails again, but still having fun playing around with my new projects. My beading has mostly fallen by the wayside, but I have some new ideas in my head, so keep watching this space! I did add a few more beads to my Venus Jasper, and Enamel necklaces. You won’t notice much of a difference, but I do. I’ve added more beads to both, and now all that’s really left to do is figure out how to end the silk, then add a clasp. The No. 10 Griffin silk does not fit into either a clam shell, …

Rocking the New Year – Mixed in with a huge dash of snow!

I think that I’m rocking the new year, despite a few challenges! How about that massive snow storm yesterday? The last time Toronto got hit with this much snow, was in 2008, and I was actually here to witness it! I’m originally from Vancouver, but was transferred to Toronto in 2008, then back to Vancouver a year later. Oh, I was transferred back to Toronto again, a while later, but that’s a story for another time. Anyway, I worked at Finch and the 404 area (Gordon Baker Road). We got hit with a huge amount of snow. People panicked, and …

Nostalgia Lives: Or so it seems!

Nostalgia lives at my house, but is that a little crazy? I need to live in the present, instead of digging up the past? But, nostalgia is an indulgence that just keeps on giving! I love ephemera, old linens, fabrics, natural objects, Eco-dying/printing, recycling, and repurposing whatever I can get my hands on. However, I do get distracted, and never hesitate to get messy!! LOL! But what does this have to do with jewelry? Nostalgia lives in old, broken jewelry, but haven’t used all that much lately. BeadFX sells new beads, but I love the challenge of combining the two. …

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 …

October 2021 Bead Mat Update: Spooky, freaky, creepy, scary!

My October 2021 bead mat update is spooky, freaky, creepy, and even eerie! I’m not really serious, but it sounds good, and it’s certainly the perfect time of year for bad jokes, foggy nights, delicious treats, and scary movies!! I know that we’ve had some witches in the store (because they like beads too), but certainly no ghouls, or goblins. One spooky afternoon in the past, I was talking to a couple of my co-workers, and the door slammed closed, for no particular reason. Was it the mischievous ghost of beaders past, or just a sudden gust of wind, from …