My Life in a Box!

You might think that I’m a very out-of-the box person, but let me assure you, that my creative life lives in a series of boxes. Of course, I’m not talking about supplies, because that’s an entirely different blog post, which I will get to eventually. I’m terrible at dates, so I could not tell you how old some of these boxes are. Let’s just say that they started around 2007, because that’s as good a date as any. There’s a lot to be said for writing dates on your projects, but I’m bad at that as well, except for some …

What’s Old is New Again: Isn’t that the truth?

What’s old is new again, and I’m not just saying it! Of course, what’s old is also old, but that’s what memories are made of. Not to mention, what’s new, is still new, but that’s another story. First up is one of my favourite Bead Journal Project (BJP) series from the past. I never remember which year is which, and am too lazy to actually look it up, so let’s just say it might be 2009. This series is loosely based on colourful row houses. It was tons of fun, and includes many lasting memories. In each house, you will …

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 …

A Moment in Time – But still standing tall!

A moment in time is all it takes to change this crazy world of ours, and that is not a good thing. My energy, beading, and stitch meditations, will focus on the current state of affairs, and hope for an early resolution. I’m finally back in the saddle again! I taught my first beading class last Saturday, and a good time was had by all. It was a Coral Fringe Tassel, and I’m happy to say that my reduced size class was full. Students are more comfortable with the idea of getting back into the classroom, and I couldn’t be …

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 …

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. …