Yearly Archives: 2017

What happens when you choose the alternative?

Polymer clay guru Christi Friesen on creative fun Creativity is everything to me! I am fortunate to have been born with the desire and ability to create. I’ve spent my whole life trying to do so to the best of my … Continue reading

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Party Pretty With Unique Jewelry You Need to See for Spring

“Spring is nature’s way of saying “Let’s Party.” – Robin Williams “Let’s Party!” …and Party Pretty when you join ME 11am – 6pm Thursday April 27 at Silk Road Connection, 5200 Eubank NE, Ste. E-6, (Spain & Eubank) Albuquerque. “Ooh!” … Continue reading

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Explore Bead Embroidery on SkillShare

Author and bead embroidery expert Nancy Eha reached out to tell me she has two online SkillShare classes. She extends a free month SkillShare subscription AND her two classes to readers of this blog. Read on. I’m a fan. I … Continue reading

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Bust the Comfort Zone

A wire wrapping class from the Bead Society of New Mexico led me to reflect on the comfort zone we can easily adopt. Comfort zone is defined as the level at which one functions with ease and familiarity. Early on, our … Continue reading

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Boost Artistic Creativity with 5 Sincere Tips

Carrie Story Shares About Artistic Creativity As I meet artists and makers, I’m pulsed to talk with them about artistic creativity and how it positively impacts our lives. The creative spirit and the good life co-exist. In our modern world, it’s more … Continue reading

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Beaded Antlers Make Natural Statement

Could beaded antlers be the most unusual beaded object you’ve seen? In New Mexico, mule deer shed their antlers during late winter or in early spring. Antlers, an extension of male skulls, vary in size with age, increasing annually before … Continue reading

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Three “H’s” of the Kantha Quilt Class

Happy colors, history, hand-stitching: these three inspirations emerged from A Reversible Kantha Quilt Vest class experience. The word Kantha, pronounced (KAAN taa), means rags in Sanskrit. A Kantha stitch can also refer to a small straight running stitch in Bengali … Continue reading

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Completion is Rocket Fuel for Creativity

My brain wrestles with completion. In fact, it mangled this quote to imply some art projects were meant to be abandoned. “Art is never finished, only abandoned.” –Leonardo Da Vinci I found myself looking through boxes of projects and incomplete … Continue reading

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Top 10 Reasons to Participate in a Bead Challenge

Quick. Can you think of 10 reasons to participate in a bead challenge (or, any artistic challenge, for that matter)? The Bead Society of New Mexico invited members to a Winter 2016 Cowgirl Glam Bead Challenge. The “kit” for the … Continue reading

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Bead Artist Margo Yee Adds Whimsey to Creativity

Bead artist Margo Yee pursues beading with an unerring eye for detail and endless curiosity. The results surprise and delight those who come in contact with her creations. I first met Margo in a bead class during which we experimented … Continue reading

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