This earring busts the comfort zone for Mary Ellen of Mary Ellen Beads Albuquerque.

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 teacher/leader said, “You’re brave!” It was obvious that no one in the session had ease …

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This bead crochet necklace reflects happy charms.

Bead Crochet Necklace Fun to Repeat

Bead Crochet Necklace Adds Boho to Any Outfit The Tucson Bead Show always offers new ideas and applications. This year, I fell in love with crochet. Fortunately, my fingers remembered crochet experience from an earlier time: “Can you say crocheted afghan anyone?” Couture seamstress Rose Mary Jameson of and introduced me to two-ply waxed …

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Mary Ellen Merrigan happily shows her bead art in a demo at Amapola Gallery.

Sharing my Bead Art

“Be yourself, because those who matter don’t mind and those who mind don’t matter.” – Dr. Suess This weekend I share my love of bead art in two ways. On Saturday, I join members of Amapola Gallery in the kickoff celebration of the Gallery’s 35th anniversary. The Gallery is open 10am to 5pm.  I’ll be …

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The Collaborheartists stand in front of Studio Spirit, a group creative project.

Group Creative Projects Demand Consensus or Not

Group Creative Project Shows Consensus Group creative projects require a commitment of a different sort. Strong-minded, creative individuals must be willing to put ideas on the table for discussion. Compromise is involved. Creative direction becomes a collaborative affair. An instant gratification world honors the present with little regard for history. So it’s no surprise this …

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