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 …

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 …

Tackling the Unknown: Love it or hate it?

Tackling the unknown is one of those love it, or hate it scenarios. You could say that I either love to hate it, or hate to love it!! It all depends. Of course, I’m always tackling the unknown, because that’s just the way I work. I love a good puzzle, and if I can make something, out of nothing, or dress up something ridiculous, then I’m a happy camper. My bead collage necklace fits in with that scenario. Take a bunch of lonely leftover beads, then add a pinch of something new to the mix (I this case, Czech Rolas). …

July 2021 Bead Mat Update: Ramping up the beading!

For my July 2021 Bead Mat Update, there will be beading! Surprise!! But there will also be some interesting stash related, plus random bits and pieces. I wouldn’t have it any other way? My magpie mind, is still all over the place! I’m doing a little of this, a little of that, and sometimes nothing at all. Reading, for pure enjoyment, and not always good literature, seems to be my fallback when inspiration lags. I can’t say that’s always the case, but I do go in spells. Now on to the real meat in my July 2021 Bead Mat Update! …

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 …

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 …

April 2021 Bead Mat Update – Random Stuff!

My April 2021 bead mat update is a study in randomness. But then, what else could you possibly expect from me? I’m an intuitive artist! I’m still working on my free form peyote ‘Dancing’ piece. However, I do have an endless supply of time, and beads (don’t we all?), so no end in sight! Marg, the squirrel pincushion is in honour of your recent escapades! Critters to go!! Next up on my April 2021 bead mat update, are the buttons that I just had to have, from the last BeadFX update. Also, a fabulous Luna Moth charm. No project in …

Ready to Roll – Spring forward!

I’m ready to roll, but it’s not only because Daylight Savings springs forward this weekend. Creativity abounds, yet I’m still pushing myself to do more. Why is that? I have always done well with deadlines, though I’m a last minute person! LOL! You gotta do, what you gotta do! Enough of this, now time to blog. Let’s celebrate the return to light! I spotted a girl running by the side of the road, and she had shorts on!! A few degrees above freezing, and people in Toronto go crazy!! Seriously though, the weather is pretty nice. I haven’t started yet, …

Let’s Talk Bead: Then remember to play!

Let’s talk bead, but you must remember to play! Play is as essential as life, and we have a serious advantage, but we do know how to bead! Beading, and other hand crafts, are very therapeutic! They help to lower your stress levels, and who doesn’t need to lower those right now? I don’t want to dwell on the elephant in the room, but instead let’s talk bead! In last week’s blog post I gave you some simple instructions, on how to make a Bead Meditation. Did any of you try this out? If you did, please forward photos to …

This and That: Random thoughts!

This and that, what’s new, and lots of other things!!! Oh no! She doesn’t know what she’s going to write about today, but she’s just going to do it anyway! Okay, I’ve done this before, but not all that often, so please forgive me. If you care to follow, yet are prepared not to judge, just read on!! I was planning to write about jewelery trends, started researching the subject, then decided that I’d rather push the topic to another week. My brain started to hurt, just thinking about it!! My first this and that, is what’s kinda new in …