Colour Me Curious – About all sorts of things!

Colour me curious about the new colour trends for Fall/Winter 2022/2023. But I’m a rebel, so rarely pay much attention to the trends. I like what I like, yet seldom follow the masses. The Pantone colour trends for Interior Design, according to the Italian Bark blog, are as follows. Strong, not wimpy colours here, and certainly a huge inspiration. I would normally spew back some of their words, but instead I’ll let the colours speak for themselves. The link will give your more information. However, the London, and New York runway shows, are more likely to influence jewelry trends. Here’s …

Tales of the Past, and Present!

Tales of the past, and present relates to the way my mind has been working lately. I just came back from a vacation up north. My creative energies were channeled into my colourful photographs, but other than that, the muse was remarkably quiet. I hate these mental roadblocks! What causes them? A simple change in location? I won’t let that worry me. I am back home, and I’m confident that the ideas will start percolating shortly. Remember my freeform peyote pandemic project? I’ve pretty much decided that it’s finished, and unless we get a big Covid wave this fall/winter, it …

Reflections on Change!

This blog post is all about reflections on change. Why? Because I’m working outside of my normal routine, it’s fall, and I’m writing this in Northern (Sault Ste Marie), instead of Southern Ontario (Toronto). The colours are spectacular (I had an amazing drive up!), and photography is having a huge influence on my state of mind. Strange, isn’t it? I can go months without pulling out my SLR camera, but give me fall colours, and I go crazy with all the shots! Of course, I won’t barrage you with the rest of them, but I will share a few, and …

Reaching Back: Far back!

This is the time of year, that I find myself reaching back, far back, to some of my earlier days of arting. I’ve been creating for a very long time, and it’s a good thing that I’ve always been good at maintaining my photo files. Actually, that was until I had a fatal computer crash, but that was a long time ago, and most of my photos were also saved on another device. Let that be a lesson to us all, backup, backup, backup! Do you want to know how much creating I’ve been doing this week? Not a heck …

Fibre First, but Beads Next!

In my world, it was fibre first, but beads next! Does that mean that fibre trumps beads? Not really, because everything is equal in my world. It all depends on what I feel like working on at the time. After learning traditional quilting (by hand), I quickly morphed into making art quilts (by machine). Stitch was definitely first, but when I learned that embellishments raised my quilts to another level, I never looked back. For me, it’s always about the texture! A couple of my early art quilts! The pear was my first, and only, attempt at raised bead embroidery. …

Pulp With a Side of Fibre!

Pulp with a side of fibre, refers to the fact that the photos in this blog post, relate to paper, or fabric, or both. My stash runneth over in both areas, so it’s only fair that I get a chance to showcase them today. Let’s start with my paper bowls! I started out making them as plain as can be, but then I challenged myself to embellish them with some beading. I actually used wallpaper paste to form the bowls, but that made them brittle, and hard to easily bead. I’m sure that methyl cellulose would have worked, but instead …

Intuition Rocks!

I Intuition rocks, and that drives just about everything I do! It doesn’t matter if it’s Freeform peyote, Intuitive Bead Embroidery, painting, or even writing this weekly blog post. Yes, I can do traditional beading, and am a firm believer that you need to learn the rules, before you start breaking them. But breaking them is more fun for me, and yes you have permission to call me a rebel! A few photos to illustrate my point of view! Let’s start with these little houses, that I bead embroidered (years ago) with my rather intuitive style! Some say that it’s …

Wee Bits of Beady Goodness!

My focus this week, is on wee bits of beady goodness! I’ll start with that, then slide into some other beauties. You know that I can’t stick to just thing, don’t you? Tiny little landscapes, lovingly embraced by metal bezels. Once upon a time, I taught this course, and who knows, I might be persuaded to teach it again. My family of tiny landscapes! Individual shots. Although I would categorize my Embellished Orb (in progress) as larger than “wee”, it’s very bead intensive, and I’m using all sizes of beads (including 15/0’s), buttons, and other goodies. It’s coming close to …

A Concrete Solution: Is needed to cement your ideas!

A concrete solution is a capital idea! I’m afraid that I’ve been slacking off during the summer, so it’s definitely time to cement my fall plans! Let’s start this blog post off with some jewelry that I made out of Artist’s Concrete (purchased at BeadFX, of course). I absolutely love this stuff, because it has a clean industrial look, no smell, and is very easy to work with. I have taught classes for this in the past, and the necklaces in the first photo (and the directions for making them), were published in the Belle Armoire Jewelry magazine in 2019. …

Landscapes of my Mind!

Landscapes of my mind are near and dear to my heart! I used to call them Serendipity Landscapes, and I expect that I will alternate both descriptions in the future. Dreamy landscapes are probably one of my favourite things to create! Small ones, are even more precious, so I challenged myself to see what I could fit into some of the bezels that BeadFX carries (they’re not just for resin). Ahem, I might add that I’ve probably harassed a few people, to make sure that we get just the right bezels for my tiny landscapes. I do admit that some …