Focus back to beading!

I’m bringing my focus back to beading. At least for now! I have a habit of getting my fingers in too many pies, but I am trying to behave. Remember that I said “trying”! If you could see my beading space right now, you would know what I mean. My beads have exploded all over the place! They need a firm hand! Could I hire a bead wrangler? Do I need an intervention? Ha! I wouldn’t pay attention, but it’s always an option. I took a good look at some of my outstanding projects, then realized that I needed to …

My Anatomy of a Project: Or should I say projects?

Anatomy of a project, is just another way of saying, that all I seem to do these days, is work on large project(s). They eat up most of my discretionary time! First up in my anatomy of a project, is my free-form peyote ‘Dancing’ piece. It’s my pandemic project, and it’s not over yet. It’s all about texture, movement, isolation, evolution, change, using my stash, and glorious colour! My second project is even older. It’s a folly, because I wanted a tea cozy, but ended up with a cup cozy. I didn’t understand how much it would shrink. I saved …

Crank Out the Ideas: Because the time is drawing near!

It’s time to crank out the ideas, or crank up the volume, or whatever it takes to get it in gear, and start on your holiday making! I haven’t yet, but I’m never a good example at this time of the year. I start late, then work like crazy, until my parcels are in the mail. Then I relax. How do you crank out the ideas, if you’re not sure what you want to make? I get flashes of inspiration, but if I don’t write them down, they get lost somewhere between now, and never. That shouldn’t ever happen! This …

Falling for Creativity: Is not a bad thing!!

Falling for creativity, is not a bad thing! If it was, how else would I fill my time? I want my legacy to be a creative life! I’m not always organized! But does it really matter? When I’m falling for creativity, I like to have my tools in sight, and within reach. Paints, and inks are corralled in see-through, plastic storage bins. Papers are stacked on shelves, and fabric scraps live in bins. I store seed beads in a drawer unit, but I am looking at other solutions. I wish that I had more space, but ideas are percolating! My …

September 2021 Bead Mat Update: The bead goes on!

My September 2021 bead mat update is going to get a little nostalgic, so be prepared to see that the beat goes on! The reality is that I’ve been busy with non-beading/stitching activities, so I really don’t have much new to show you. However, I do have some ideas that I’d like to explore, that relate to past projects. I’m back working on my free form peyote ‘Dancing’ piece, but that’s all the current beading that I have to show this week. But, remember this Butterfly and Ladybug piece from a while back? It still needs a pin back, and …

Dream a Little Dream of Beads!

If dream a little dream of beads is a little vague, then I need to tell you what I’m dreaming about. It’s all there, but like all dreams, it won’t be easy to explain. I’m in a transition phase with my art. I feel stalled, and need to give myself a good kick in the pants! I want to start a new project, but my muse is lusting for something more complicated, so I’m at an impasse. Darn that muse! It feels like I’ve been drifting along, with no particular focus. Have you ever had that happen to you? I …

An Eclectic Mix: My life in a nutshell!

An eclectic mix is how I describe last week’s adventures. I have multiple projects still in progress, but two are finished.Yeah! I will start with this bracelet, I repaired for a friend. It’s a memory piece, but the elastic had disintegrated. The repair recipe is Opelon elastic, plus small beads between each photo tile, then four slightly larger beads. A couple of surgeons knots, and drops of G-S Hypo Cement, fixed the issue. My slow stitched/Stitch Meditation bottle, was next up in an eclectic mix. More stitching, plus beads, finished the project! I love it!! However, I have no idea …

All About a Dream – Or is it a fantasy?

Is it all about a dream, or perhaps a fantasy? I think a nightmare of sorts, but definitely a learning experience! My free form peyote “Dancing” piece, started out as a dream, but has ended up an ongoing project. It’s not finished yet, but my second shot is this Friday. Yeah! It will be a little more normal for me, after a couple of weeks! Should I stop working on it, two weeks after that shot? Or wait until the pandemic is over in Canada? Progress on my piece has slowed, but I am still enjoying the process. This stitched …

May 2021 Bead Mat Update: Splashing about with colour!

My May 2021 bead mat update, reflects my mood for the end of the month. A whole lot of rest, and then some splashing about with colour. To tell the truth, when I completed my #the100dayproject, I didn’t really want to do anything creative for a while. So, I took some time for myself, reflected on the project, then started thinking about possibilities for new beginnings. Yes, I drifted, but sometimes drifting is good! Then, after a bit more thought, I decided to finish up some of my outstanding obligations. I had some handmade driftwood brushes to finish. Check! A …

Dreaming of Beads! Really?

I’m dreaming of beads, but what else is new? I’m close to the finish line with my #the100dayproject, so I will need to focus on other projects. Beads are definitely in the running! But first, here’s my weekly update on my free-form peyote ‘Dancing’ piece. A stash buster for sure, but it also relaxes me, and allows for a tight grip on my sanity. All this social isolation is starting to wear on me, and if it wasn’t for the fact that I work at BeadFX 5 days/week (I see people!), it would be even more difficult. Speaking of dreaming …