Yearly Archives: 2016

Bird Tree Love Paint Party 2016

Ten family members willingly tackled a new project, a “Bird Tree Love” paint party for craft day 2016. The results were outrageous. A large family , we enjoy games and activities. Craft Day usually consists of a single creative session … Continue reading

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Leather and Brass – Great Conversation Piece

Instead of tackling the “to-do” list, I sat down at the workbench. Mistake. My fingers went after the leather. Truthfully, I’d been thinking about it for some time. Deep purple leather. The combination of red and blue, two favorite colors, … Continue reading

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Beaded Skull Makes My Heart Sing

When a friend offered me an authentic monkey skull from Africa, I had no idea what I would do with it. Color me fascinated. From different vantage points in the studio, I observed the skull, admired it, wondered about it. … Continue reading

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Signs of Visibility

“Hanging a sign on a cow that says ‘I am a horse’ does not make it a horse.” –Unknown In the digital world, signs of visibility generally refer to search presence. On-line or off-line, the impression your customer has of … Continue reading

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Flow, Purpose and Creativity from Author Maria Saloma͂o-Schmidt, MBA

Maria Saloma͂o-Schmidt, MBA selected ‘Bearish’ on July 28, 2016. Serendipity. Fate. Coincidence. Flow. Purpose. Creativity. Maria Saloma͂o-Schmidt, MBA is bearish on life! According to native belief systems, the bear is a good omen, representing courage and conveying authority. Maria walked straight … Continue reading

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Theme For a Year: Embrace the Question

Like many people, I review the year just completed and plan for the upcoming new one during December. I’ve experimented with all manner of goals, templates and worksheets to produce them. Initially, I wrote my goals in longhand, describing the … Continue reading

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Needle-felt Focus is Heart

Needle-felt hearts created a theme. My question was internal: “How do you hold a good heart?” The answer started me on a day trip to happy. “Begin with a smile,” I thought. As I allowed the sides of my mouth … Continue reading

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Artist Marcia Balonis Shares About Bead Creativity

It’s a joy to talk with artists about creativity, especially bead creativity, and share those stories with you. National designer, instructor and bead artist Marcia Balonis  set a high benchmark when she brought her “Over the Moon” bracelet class to … Continue reading

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Use Art to Transcend Limit ~ #WhyIQuest

Limit. According to the dictionary:  Simple Definition of LIMIT • : a point beyond which it is not possible to go • : a point beyond which someone is not allowed to go • : an amount or number that … Continue reading

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Beyond Brainstorming to Design Mine

How do you go beyond brainstorming in your search for inspiration? Although idea starters abound – card prompts, pinterest boards, nature – nothing is as effective as presenting your idea to a group of peers and asking for input. I … Continue reading

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