Category Archives: Romancing the soul

Five Reasons to Experiment With Creative Activities

As a new artist described experimenting with creative activities – a heat gun, alcohol inks and various other techniques — I felt resonance. Who knew it could be this much fun to play? The kindred spirit thing drew me in … 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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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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Knotted Pearl Bead Jewelry Beautifies and Satisfies

Adornment. Just as each person is different so too is the embellishment they choose. Throughout history (or herstory), women decorated with enhancements of necklaces, earrings, pins, bracelets and ornamentation galore. My preference changes from one of substance to one of … Continue reading

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Beaded Ornaments and Roadtrip Beading

In my world, road trips equal bead opportunities. In preparation for a seven-hour drive, I gathered my beads and prepared to work on a variety of beaded ornaments for the Bead Society of New Mexico’s Christmas project. The Bead Society is … Continue reading

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Process is What we Need to Feel Alive

Do you hand-stitch? “Smack!” “Because it is so easy to purchase, hire, replace, and stay in place, we have stopped making things, repairing things, and using our hands. We are losing “process,” but process is gratifying. Process, not product, is … Continue reading

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Mother Nature Inspires Creativity in Copper

Designing jewelry is an art form, and as such, the talented creators who take on this endeavor seek inspiration from many different sources. Among the most popular place to find this inspiration is from Mother Nature herself. With the many … Continue reading

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Bead Crochet Mantra – I go by feel

“Hey I go by feel Sometimes it seems like a mystery I just close my eyes and it comes to me There’s something I don’t even understand I just open my heart and it flows right through my hand.” -Buddy … Continue reading

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In Search of Creative Spark Origins

Where does a creative spark originate? What is it about creativity that draws you in? Catches your eye with a wink and a quick ‘come hither’ gesture? There’s no formulaic definition. I only know it happens with no particular rhyme … Continue reading

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Bead Loomwork? Just say “Yes!”

Bead Loomwork Action Moves Me Forward Three little bead looms sit on a studio table near my workbench. One remains in its original packaging. Why was I putting off weaving a simple pair of earrings? For the fifth time (or … Continue reading

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