What’s a Girl Supposed to Do?

What’s a Girl Supposed to Do? BeadFX Blog Post – 04/13/22 – Anne Marie Desaulniers What’s a girl supposed to do, when she knows that she should be either beading or stitching, but she’d rather just read a book? My inspiration is definitely lacking, despite my steady progress on the 100 Day Project. I guess it’s just a mild case of the blues, but sometimes creative types just need to rest their brains. I’m definitely in a resting phase, but I know that I will eventually come out of it more energized. A little spring in my step would help, …

Take it One Day at a Time!

One day at a time, is a mantra that I’ve adopted for the world’s current state of affairs. I need that to help me deal with all the negative news. The world is crazy, people are suffering, and I’m having a hard time focusing on day-to-day issues. But life must go on, so I keep repeating “one day at a time” to myself. There are lots of way to cope with stress, and making art of any sort (or even just working with your hands), will help to calm your mind. I have an overabundant stash of stitch, bead, and …

Just Moseying Around – at least part of the time!

I’m just moseying around, minding my business, and creating a little something, something. Not all bead related, but what else would you expect? A collection of Bead/Stitch Meditation Twinchies (2” x 2”), that I made a few years back. It was supposed to be the start of a series, but it ended up being a very short series. I don’t remember why it stalled, but I was either engaged in something else at the time, or wasn’t fully invested. I really do love these little pieces! I promised that I was going to finish another necklace this week, so instead …

Working on UFO’s!

Three of my knotted necklaces-to-be, are showing in the above photograph. They are definitely UFOs, but I’m determined to finish at least one of them, before next week’s blog post. However, I’m happy to say that I finally finished my torch enameled, copper bead necklace on Monday, and I’m happy with the results. It’s shorter than the other necklaces, but it’s so colourful that it still packs one heck of a visual punch!! I’ve been attempting to organize my stash, but I must say that it’s a slow process, and not really one of my favourite things to do. It …

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, …

December 2021 Bead Mat Update: Return of the beads!

For my December 2021 bead mat update, I thought that I would show you that I’m fully capable of returning to beads. My mind is now in the right space, so I thought that I would do a little experimenting. I have been gifting hand made for many years. It wouldn’t feel like Christmas, if I wasn’t rushing to either stitch, or bead something. This year, stitching was the star, and beading took a back seat. But next year, it might be a different story. First up on my December 2021 bead mat update, is this rather plain, denim orb …

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 …

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. …

November 2021 Bead Mat Update: Well sort of!

My November 2021 bead mat update is a little late! Not only that, but I didn’t take any photographs on my bead mat, and my beading projects, are a little sparse. But that doesn’t really matter, because I’m going with it anyway! This project has consumed my time, so should be first up on my November 2021 bead mat update. It’s the free form peyote beading that I stitched onto my latest green orb. It was quite labour intensive, so ate up most of my discretionary beading time, and didn’t leave me a lot of time to make anything else. …

Exploring the Possibilities!

Exploring the possibilities, is one of the ways that I keep my artistic sanity. I have a curious mind, and have a difficult time dealing with keeping to the status quo (or should I say an even keel). But why should I?  Life is way more exciting, if you have no idea where you’re heading. While I try not to get too crazy, I admit to loving new and exciting challenges in my life. I don’t always get them, but it doesn’t hurt to work towards them. Who knows where they might lead you? I’m currently in a state of …