Greetings Beading Friends,

Since the easing of government restrictions, we are really enjoying more face to face talks with our customers. We have noticed, however, that a number of people have commented on how sluggish they feel or how their thinking seems foggy and how they just seem to lack motivation. To our surprise, there was an article about this in the July 29, New York Times! Most of us have been living in cocoons for so long this is a natural result, so we thought we would give a few suggestions in case you want to explore new ways of thinking about your creative life.

Elizabeth Gilbert’s book “Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear” is a good start and probably available from your library.  It was published in 2015 and is a great read. There are two YouTube videos where the author presents some of her real life experiences as well as those of other creative people. How they faced their challenges and succeeded are motivating especially after this long period of missing some of the inspirational sources we have been used to: meeting with our creative groups, visiting art galleries and museums, going to movies, taking courses, seeing what’s new in the stores. One quote from the book: “Do the things that make you feel alive. Follow your heart, your passions and trust yourself as you do them. You have only one life to live, so live it to the fullest and make the most of it.” A companion message from Mark Twain: “The secret of getting ahead is getting started”.

Maybe you would find inspiration looking at some reference material on colour and design principles. There are many available on line. This one on the colour wheel was interesting. This one on design principles gives a brief explanation of each, whereas this one was more dramatic in presenting information.

A final suggestion is to “bead healthy”. Seek out information about good ergonomic posture and healthy practices. Beading and jewellery making are not physically demanding but can put stress on your neck and shoulders, your spinal column and your hands and wrists. Doing some simple stretching exercises every 30 minutes or so can make a considerable difference to your enjoyment. If you are able to go for a daily walk, it is amazing what you can learn about colour, texture and design just by looking at your environment with a different mindset.

We hope you have a wonderful, happy August! Stay well and safe.


Meredith, Brent and Carrie