Good Riddance 2020 – Come to Mama 2021!

Good riddance 2020 is an appropriate title for this blog post! It has not been a good year overall, so I’m certainly not sorry to see the back of it. It has been devastating for many, but beading, stitching, arting, and crafting in general, has helped to keep many of us sane, grounded, and in control of our emotions. When this is all over, you will see that there has been a renaissance in the beading, quilting, sewing, and knitting/crocheting movements. I’m sure that there are other crafts out there that I might have missed, but you get the picture! …

Retro Gifting Post: Exploring your options!

My retro gifting post, is not intended as a “how to” post, but rather an introduction to possibilities. Beading, and crafting in general is a pretty wide field, but we are all in it together, so let’s have some fun! First, I would like to wish you a Merry Christmas, or Happy Holidays, or whatever else you celebrate! I know this has been a dismal year, but it’s almost over, and things will get better in 2021, so let’s get crafting! First up on my retro gifting post are some of the simpler items. Next, a little more complicated, but …

July 2018 Bead Mat Update: Oops it’s August!

When I sat down to write my July 2018 bead mat update, I realized that it would actually be posted in August! How the heck did that happen? The days are flying by too fast!! First up on my July 2018 bead mat update is the continuation of my Stitch Bits/Stitch Meditations series. The one on the top of the pile is my latest, #77! Whew! My plan is to make 100 of these, then decide what the heck I’m going to do with them. Stay tuned! I really needed some antique copper earrings, so wandered about BeadFX, hunting for …

Embrace the imperfections!

Embrace the imperfections, then take time to smell the roses! No one is perfect, so why put yourself down, for something that is virtually unattainable? I posted a partially stitched and embroidered stone, on my Instagram account (amd_artfuldreamer) this morning. I was thinking about how difficult it was to stitch a perfect rock. It’s awkward in your hands, there is no give, and it’s heavy to work with. So, I decided to embrace the imperfections, and just go with the flow! Threads are hanging, the stitches and edges aren’t perfect, yet the colours are sea-like and dreamy! I love the …