Yearly Archives: 2014

Bling in the New Year

Red and green for the holidays? No surprise. It’s everywhere. Faceted glass beads, always in style, become hot commodities during the party season. New Mexico’s foremost fashion blogger, Jaimie Lewinger of More than Turquoise puts it like this: Now is officially … Continue reading

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New Leather and Bead Project|Action Required

In my most recent CollaborheARTist group project, one participant suggested we make a wearable pouch to hold a talisman for each of us. The pouch would complement Studio Spirit, a project to be revealed later in 2015. I immediately volunteered. … Continue reading

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DIY Beading Magazine: Learn to Bead with Your Phone

Whenever we decide to take on a new hobby, the first hurdle we always encounter is trying to figure out how to learn to do what we want to do. There are always many options, such as asking a friend to … Continue reading

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Crossbody Cell Phone Pouches Are Functional and Fun

Beading crossbody pouches for smartphones is a great way to spend an evening. Well, let’s face it. In my world, beading anything is a great way to spend an evening. How fun to create and sell practical wearables such as … Continue reading

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Behind Every Beadweaving is a Story

This cabochon began its life during a road trip. I stitched it as the miles fell away, fondly thinking about the steel delicas and bronze metal beads. One of several projects-in-process, I tucked it away, fully aware that I had … Continue reading

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Look! I’m Leaf-ing!

I spent time this weekend at the “church of beads,” (my studio in case you’re wondering) lost in a place of colors, findings and ideas…which some might term peace and joy and music. Because I was thinking of the New … Continue reading

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Holiday Prep on the Bead Board

“Barely There,” my signature knotted necklaces of fab pearls, can glam up any outfit. They’re long enough to wrap two or three times. Each necklace is hand-knotted on silk thread using a pearls of coordinating colors in a variety of … Continue reading

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Beaded Wrap-up for Fiesta 2014

From fireworks opening evening,   to the gas balloon launch on Monday, the eve of the Lunar Eclipse, to the banquet celebrating Team Spain’s win in America’s Challenge Gas Race, it was quite a week at the Albuquerque International Balloon … Continue reading

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Bead Soup: Fun to Create and Fun to Wear

I met Zen in July when she posted a comment. I responded. The rest is history. Late in August I reached into the post office box and drew out a special parcel. I knew immediately the little brown box contained bead … Continue reading

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Swap Meet Launches Bead Delight

“If you’re crazy about it, buy it!” -Mary Ellen’s rule of shopping My friend Michele suggested we check out the annual swap meet at Santa Fe Jewelry Supply. Not knowing what to expect, I managed expectations to a “garage sale” level. After … Continue reading

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