Looking for a last minute experience-type gift?

‘Tis the season, so I have to let you know!

Storychick will be teaching a new class at the Rochester Brainery on 2/4!  You can sign up a loved one now and share the experience in just over a month.

This class is a direct result of the hands-on experience at the Rochester Maker Faire.  Everyone will get to try their hand at the regular, rolled circle, rolled S, and origami water-bomb beads – then you can continue working to create a string or a new creation all your own – whatever inspires you!

Ah, but there’s a twist!


These are STORY beads.

We’ll be including pieces of stories that are important to you in the beads themselves.  Those who are ready and willing can share these stories as we work or at the end of the session.  At a minimum, your beads will carry your story for you.

This is a great way to start healing from painful stories, to create a piece that carries the tale of a loved one, and to have some fun creating – even if your story seems to be an everyday tale.

Supplies will be provided, but if you have any papers that you are fond of – any favorites from holiday gifts, for example – you’re welcome to bring them.

See you in February!




Storychickcraft on Etsy is back!

After a bit of dormancy, I’ve added the poster from this summer and changed up the mix on the necklaces a bit.

Watch the page (also in the menu bar above), because I’m working on a couple of other prototypes that should go up over the next month.


In other news, Round 2 of the Intuit Small Business Big Game contest continues!  Check out my profile page and vote!  Voting runs through 10/13 – you can vote once a day and no registration is required.


Things have been a bit crazy with a few consulting jobs and proposals, Rochester Stories progressing, and more.  You’ll see more posts more often rolling forward…

Today, the 6×6 sold-out artists were revealed.  Including me!

Using over 265 handmade beads, my 6×6 is a mosaic of a dark woods with a small cabin nestled inside.  I learned a few things doing it:

  • 265 is a lot of beads!
  • Working with beads alone, it was hard to build the picture I envisioned.
  • Perspective is important, but hard when beads are all the same size, I’m working on that.
  • Layering can soften awkward transition points.
  • Too many similar colors (dark greens and browns, for example) make it hard to see the image.

I call this type of piece a Storystarter and this is the prototype for several in a series.  The mosaics are accompanied by a sentence or two.  Coupling sentence with image will encourage people to finish the story on their own and share it with others.

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You can also see it on the RoCo page.

What do you think of the idea?


PS – Voting is open on the Idea Cafe grant until July 17th!  I’d love your support!