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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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Explore Bead Art on Fabric with Nancy Eha

Students dubbed Nancy Eha “The Beading Queen.” What may have once been a whimsical name has become a designation for this bead artist. With three books and numerous online courses to her name, The Beading Queen is focused on teaching … Continue reading

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Exercise Your Creative Muscle and Build Herstory

“I love what I do. The art of adornment has a rich and ancient ‘herstory’ if you will, and in my mind, it is an extremely empowering artform for women. Learning to create beautiful things is freeing and exhilarating; it … Continue reading

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Tucson Bead Show Sensory Stimulator

The largest gem and bead show in the world – Tucson – whispered: “Check this out!” “Get a load of these gizmos! Fascinating.” “Savor the moment! Relish your time here.” “Try this. Sample that. Find out how you can apply … Continue reading

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How Do You Expand Your Art?

Each of us has the same 24-hours. We also have opportunities within our field, within our networks, and within ourselves to stretch. So, how are you stretching? In a quick mind map sort of way I jotted nine resources.   … 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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Artfest Adventures Debrief

The 22nd annual Old Church Corrales Artfest May 31 and June 1 was a blast. Thanks to everyone who stopped by. As I reflected on the show, I recognized three factors that made it great: the people, (I enjoyed visiting with … Continue reading

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Choosing Creativity Through Discomfort

“You cannot pursue great work and comfort simultaneously.” – Todd Henry This quote sticks in my brain. In anal moments, I see and can identify the dangerous “comfortable” zone. I know, if I pause to check in, where I’m playing … Continue reading

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Beads are the Vehicle

People! BEADS! Fun! …Tucson 2014. Did you participate? “Amazing!” The phrase may seem trite and overused, but it’s perfect to describe my experience. One of my favorite To Bead True Blue vendors, Moggie Moyer said it well: “Beads are the … Continue reading

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Making Your List and Checking it Twice or Three Times

Holiday ideas grace my studio table…and get stuffed into baskets on the shelves, or wait to be noticed in project boxes alongside the workbench. (In fact, so many of “those ones” exist, I’m not even going to start.) Instead, here … Continue reading

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