Yearly Archives: 2011

Creative Muse Crafting

Each started with the same figure, a little brown gingerbread man decorated with white. The challenge: how will you re-decorate this felt ornament in one hour? In a quiet moment before Christmas, my niece Katie, my sister Geri and I … Continue reading

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Charmed and Charming Baubles for Necklace Fun

Jewelry indulgences such as charms, proliferate. Purse charms, key fob charms, pull charms, charm bracelets and charm necklaces add variety and deeply symbolic meaning to wearables. Indulge your personality-of-the-moment and wear whimsical charms: Choose to broadcast your beliefs and wear … Continue reading

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Long Live the Color Palette!

If you, like me, are captivated by particular colors or items, it’s easy to combine ideas. Last summer my niece and I shopped Urban Mining, a resale event in Kansas City. She gravitated to the retro items related to cooking. … Continue reading

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Crystal Angel Strands Represents Holiday Thoughts for Wearer

From the beginning, Crystal Angel Strands symbolized the Holidays. In my experience, some beadweaving pieces can be envisioned immediately while others build themselves. Crystal Angel Strands built herself. Early in the Fall two pieces of quartz loosely outlined a figure … Continue reading

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Buddha Beadweaving Feeds the Soul

“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.” – Buddha Of course Buddha smiles. Contentment radiates. As … Continue reading

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Everybody Beads and Everybody Makes Dichroic Glass

Like a child counting on a sleepover, I anticipate the joy of an art date with a friend: conversation, companionship, exchange of ideas and even materials. Projects multiply, due in part to the synergy generated by more than one creative … Continue reading

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Pearls n Pink Play Party

Call it out-of-the-routine beading. When Wisconsin beaders Mary and Linda joined me in my studio, we created a fabulous, spur-of-the-moment necklace gift for their hostess. Freshwater pearls of pink and multi-color pink tink, faceted glass rounds, drop pearls, side drilled … Continue reading

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Long Live Objet Trouvé!

Thanks to The Free Dictionary for fancying up “found objects.” The objet trouvé is a natural object or an artifact not originally intended as art, found and considered to have aesthetic value. When I said “found object” to one potential … Continue reading

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Gratitude in any Language Builds Creative Power

As summer abruptly changed to fall, my first studio tour let me share bead space and bead creations with dozens of friends, neighbors and supporters. What an uplifting, humbling and overwhelming experience. I find incredible support and joy in the … Continue reading

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An Artist Reflects on Her Studio

My studio calls. It begs for me to play, to create, to bask in the freedom of expressing myself with beads. A clean table awaits me. In my studio world, the blank slate is beloved space. Open space nurses an … Continue reading

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