Snippets from a bead artist.


Things I Have Discovered (or Rediscovered) This Month

There's actually quite a list. In no particular order at all...

  • There is colored Fireline out there. Yes, that's what I said; COLORED FIRELINE!!!!!!! You can find it here: SparkleSpot. I want one of every single one, preferably in lifetime supply.
  • I can, in a pinch, use One G thread. Yes, I can. It is better than Nymo, at least for me. But I don't have to like it.
  • It's ok to have time when I can't design, and it's ok to really enjoy beading a project designed by someone else. Especially when that someone else has immense talent. (Thank you, Helena Tang, Rachel Nelson Smith, Cynthia Newcomer Daniel, Heather Collin and Sabine Lippert.)
  • I will never, ever, ever stop learning things, and it's a fabulous and magical part of being who I am.
  • I empathize so much with people I care about that I can make myself physically ill with it.
  • I don't like getting older and slower.
  • I am a lurker. I read a TON of blogs, but don't always comment. Mostly don't comment, actually... I'm NOT a stalker, I swear! :)
  • I can be a lot like Kreacher; won't won't won't WON'T!
  • I'm rather fond of toast.
  • Fall is my favorite time of year, even if my skin doesn't agree with me. (My skin hates fall, and gets dry to the point of cracking open... and just gets worse with winter.)
  • There are a lot of things about myself that I don't want to face.
  • I think my favorite stitch is RAW, closely followed (so closely it's tripping over the other)by bead embroidery.
  • I can make it through an entire visit to the dentist. I could NOT have done that even two months ago - thanks to my friends for some awesome support.
  • Things matter too much to me. (Not just physical things... but things. You know.)
  • Purple and bronze/silver/copper make a color rut for me... but I'd love to stay there forever. With occasional forays into green/blue and green/purple/blue. And garnet. And topaz, too - or maybe mocha hues... Maybe I'm not in a rut after all, lol.
  • I like my feet and I like my hair and I intensely dislike everything in between.
  • I need to find a way for it to be ok when I am stuck; because then, I most likely won't be stuck anymore.
  • I have wonderful, amazing, compassionate and generous friends. Most of you are online and I haven't met you - and it doesn't matter a bit.
  • I love everyone's work - from the beginner's 'failure' to the most advanced design, every single one was a labor of love and comes from something sacred in each person. Even the pieces that I find to be visually unappealing, appeal to me on another level. The only exception to the rule is a piece that is cruel or mean with intent. And that's damn hard to find in the beading world (but not impossible, unfortunately). I get frustrated with myself and others when I/they compare their work to another's - we're all supremely different!
  • Maybe there is hope for me....


  1. I share so many of these! And am glad to think of you as a friend I have not met in person!

  2. I am abnormally fond of toast. Buttered. Sourdough, whole wheat, rye, cinnamon raisin, and, my favorite: limpa (Swedish rye like my grandmother made).

    And yes to the rest of it, too.

  3. That's a great post, Nancy! I love the things that you know about yourself. I've been discovering some things about myself lately, too. It's magical when you're an artist and you're so aware of these things, isn't it? Bead On!

  4. What a wonderful post... some things made me smile, most I really agree with, but one thing made me sad...
    It's really nice to stop and take stock of things once in a while.

  5. Oh I know it is hard to know and learn things about your self but I can tell you I am totally with you on most of it. Oh and yes the toast too!

  6. Fantastic insights, and I really appreciate you sharing.

  7. I love this insightful and introspective post, Nancy. We are much alike on many points and I love knowing that. One day maybe I'll be brave enough to do this kind of post. Hats off to you!

  8. Thanks for sharing... some I already share with you and some of your insights were like you opened a door for me and I could say "Ah-hah!"

  9. Thank you Nancy for sharing insights and so much more.
    -Eva Maria

  10. An exellent blog. At some points it was like looking in the mirror...there I was!!
    BTW I was curious as to whether the coloured Fireline was permanent or would rub off as does the smoke colour. I've written to SparkleSpot with my question - hopefully they will have a positive answer.

  11. again. I just received a reply from Kelley at SparkleSpot regarding coloured Fireline.
    Here is her reply:
    The colored Fireline behaves very similar to the smoke Fireline. There may be some color loss depending on how you use it. i.e., there may be more loss if you're stitching with metal seed beads or something sharp like bugle beads than there will be if you're using regular Japanese seed beads.

  12. Thank you for your sharing your thoughts Nancy. Glad you like your feet .. I like mine too even if though they are a gigantic Size 11!

  13. What an amazing, sharing post, Nancy! Thank you for this closer glimpse at/into you, my friend.

    And...I got the colored fireline but haven't used it yet. It's purdee!

  14. oh my gosh I want the colored fireline too!!!! I have tried every marker I have (which is a lot) to try and color my own, and nothing sticks. Thank you for letting us know about it, and giving the link. IT is on the very top of my wish list now!

  15. Thank you for such a lovely, frank post. I truly enjoy all the wonderful people I have met in the online beading world as well.
    I make my own bread, and yes, I have a love of toast, especially with spinach/artichoke cream cheese.
    Now I'm off to see the colored Fireline, cause the 2 bead spiral would so love to be made with it!

  16. Thanks to joining Operation Tackle That Bead Stash FB I have come across your blog. Love this post, such an honest and upbeat self reflection. Your beadwork is really beautiful and so inspirational.


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