Challenge Accepted

2023 Will be my fourth time entering the Annual TOHO Challenge by Japanese Seed Bead Manufacturer TOHO BEADS. Every year, I look forward to seeing the beautiful colors and styles TOHO has selected to inspire us beaders to jump out of our proverbial comfort zones and try to create something truly unique and interesting. BeadersContinue reading “Challenge Accepted”

Tucson Bound!

First let me say that the “Gem and Jewelry Show” is a total misnomer. This title would have you thinking that there is a convention somewhere in town that you can go to and have your fill of all things BLINGY, then drive home, rest your weary feet, and look through all your amazing purchases and live happy ever after. Well, that may be how it started some 50 years ago or so, but NOW…..NOW it’s a whole different ball-game! Now-a-days, the ENTIRE TOWN OF TUCSON turns into a giant marketplace

The Old Dog is Learning New Tricks!

A few months ago I enrolled in a flame-throwing class at the Mesa Art Center in Mesa, AZ. First of all, I have to say WOW! This is one of the coolest places, ever! The level of talent and available instructors there is amazing – we are very fortunate to have this in our community.Continue reading “The Old Dog is Learning New Tricks!”

Bead & Jewellery Issue 114

There is certainly no shortage of beaders and jewelry crafters who enjoy a good magazine but it seems our options are getting fewer by the day. Call me old fashioned, but I really like a crafting magazine. I like the paper, the advertisements, the show notices, and the oohing and ahhing over the delicious projectsContinue reading “Bead & Jewellery Issue 114”