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Beading Therapy

Beading therapy, valentines heart charm pattern, Katie Dean, Beadflowers

Today I want to talk about beading therapy. This is relevant to my November beading project. I would definitely argue that beading has helped me with CFS/ME. So, could it help you too? I want to answer three questions today: what is beading therapy? can it help you? how do you get started? Before I…

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Do you have a good imagination?

Do you have a good imagination? Katie Dean, Beadflowers, CFS/ME, Optimum Health Clinic

Well, if you’re a beader, you probably do have a good imagination. So, I’m inviting you to exercise it here. This is the third in my special blog series this month. In case you missed it, this November, I’m fundraising for a charity. The proceeds are going towards funding a clinical trial of a treatment…

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Healing beads: Treatments for CFS/ME

Healing beads! My first flower, Katie Dean, Beadflowers

This is the second in my series of blog posts to raise awareness of CFS/ME. Since I am all about beading, it’s no coincidence that I want to link beads into this. So, what are healing beads, I hear you ask? Is there even such a thing as healing beads? Well, let me start with…

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How much do you know about CFS/ME?

So, how much do you know – or think you know – about CFS/ME? And, why on earth is a blog like this appearing on a website about beading? Well, let’s answer the first question… I’ve put together a little quiz so you can find out how much you actually know about CFS/ME… How much…

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November Beading Project: Why I’m out of my comfort zone

Cupcake Beaded Box Pattern, Katie Dean, Beadflowers, November Beading Project

Well, isn’t time flying? That’s ten months of 2017 gone already. Which can only mean one thing… It’s time to announce my November beading project. Drum roll please… My November Beading Project This is one of those, ‘it seemed like a good idea at the time’ situations. Now, as it actually launches, I’m wondering if…

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Review of 2016

Bead embroidery: rockpools necklace design, Katie Dean, Beadflowers

It’s that time of year: my Facebook newsfeed is full of personal reviews of 2016 and reflections on what kind of year it has been. So, this set me thinking. I’ve been seeing lots of downbeat reflections that focus on the celebrities we’ve lost, the political turmoil and the wars that fill the news at…

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A Beaded Snowflake Story

Elsa Beaded Snowflake

Are you sitting comfortably? Then let me begin… My beaded snowflake story starts in a bead shop in Cornwall in the summer of 2012. I was teaching at GJ Beads and somehow I found myself taking a look at the wall of beads that were new to me (can’t think how this happened…). Anyway, I…

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Mitochondria and Beads

Online book launch

Have I just gone insane? Very possibly. Why on earth would I be attempting to write a single blog about Mitochondria and beads? In fact, probably your initial question is: what are Mitochondria? I can tell you up front that they’re not a new type of bead…although I am considering the idea of developing a new…

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Seed Bead Patterns: Jewellery Maker TV

Superduo Spiral Bracelet

Right now I should be preparing for an early night, making sure I have everything ready for my second scheduled Jewellery Maker TV show tomorrow morning. I am preparing for an early night, but it’s not for such a good reason. I’ve been struggling with a bad ME/CFS crash for about a month now. Last…

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