Sunday, December 18, 2016

I am pleased to inform my family, friends, and my beader fellows that my work "Ring Around the Barrel", a.k.a. "Lavish Barrel", was selected to appear in Bead&Button book, "Creative Beading" Vol. 12, due to be published by Kalmbach Books this summer.
Love you all  :)

Monday, December 5, 2016

Art in the Garden 2016

"Art in the Garden" - Dec. 10 and 11 - 12pm-5pmVisit Fatima's booth and shop local for the Holidays.Gift wrapping, with satin ribbon, available.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Sis' Heart

I made this heart in memory of my youngest sister, who I miss so so much. All my love for you, Dete. I can't stop thinking about you.

Friday, September 30, 2016

John F. Allen, Inc. Ad

It is an honor to have my creation featured on the first John F. Allen ad.
Bead and Button Oct.2016

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Introducing Holidays-Always

Introducing Holidays-Always. My new  Etsy shop where you will find seasonal patterns, tutorials, and gifts all year round.  More still coming

Monday, August 22, 2016

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Beading Polska 2/2016

Proudly sharing my work with Polish Beaders, again! Thank you :)


Tuesday, March 8, 2016

B&B + Fatima at Jennifer Wiles Studio

Thank you Jennifer for inviting me to this open beading tomorrow to celebrate my Beaded Barrel on Bead and Button Magazine April/2016 issue. March 9th at 10am.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Published article about me by Mary Ellen Merrigan. After just a few questions she was able to dive into my soul, dig out my deeper feelings and put them in words in such a beautiful way. Thank you, M.E.!

Mary Ellen Merrigan, one of the most talented person I ever met, invited me for an interview.

After just a few questions she was able to dive into my soul, dig out my deeper feelings and put them in words in such a beautiful way. Thank you, M.E.!

Beaded Jewelry and Positive Thoughts Go Together

“Chin up! Look around! There are so many things you can do, like beading origami, anything that is newly made by your hands.” -Fatima Mensen-Potter
Fatima Mensen-Potter’s life is a testimonial to her belief in the positive.
In 2009, a serious health problem requiring two brain surgeries took her away from her financial career and regular routine. After three years of recovering and celebrating every improvement, Fatima felt confident enough to coordinate mind and hands again.
She began making chain maille and in May 2012, she attended a meeting of the Florida West Coast Bead Society. As she interacted with other talented members and began showing off her own creations, Fatima became more confident. A mere four years later, Fatima is enjoying success on several fronts. An ongoing member of the Florida West Coast Bead Society, Fatima will teach her Moonlight necklace in June, free for members and guests. (Moonlight Necklace won a Preciosa Czech award in December 2015.)
Consider some of her other notable achievements:
In April 2015 Fatima’s work was featured as a Bead & Button Magazine project extra.

This is Fatima Mensen Potter's project for a Bead & Button Magazine Extra in April 2015.Beading Polska honored her in August 2015.
This project from Fatima Mensen Potter was featured in the August 2015 Beading Pokska.Bead and Button Magazine will feature Fatima’s “Lavish Barrel” on the cover its April 2016 issue.
Fatima Mensen Potter's Lavish Barrel project is on the cover of the April 2016 Bead & Button Magazine. Success is no shield from tough times. Fatima, who lives in Bradenton, FL had planned to be at the Tucson Bead Show in 2016. At the last minute, she had to cancel her classes due to problems with travel arrangements. As a result, her Etsy shop is stocked with dozens of sea star kits.
In typical perspective, Fatima dismisses the problem, noting creative individuals tend to be smart, yet naive. “They enjoy and often celebrate their achievement, but they get hurt easily for their openness and sensitivity.” Almost immediately her resilience shows itself. “I’ve been able to deal with most challenges,” she says.
An art lover, Fatima tries to pause and watch beauty everywhere. From Leonardo da Vinci to contemporary artists not only in the U.S, but also from Germany, Poland, Ukraine, Hungary, Japan and other countries.
“Beautiful works fascinate me, push me to try harder and harder to accomplish perfection.”
No question about it: Fatima and her art make an impact. It all begins with intention.
“I would love to be able to show that in the rainy days, a person can find support from focusing on their creativity.”
You, like me, may find yourself intrigued by Fatima’s story and beautiful beaded jewelry work. She describes herself as a happy woman, doing what she likes best – Art.
In the words of Brene Brown, author of Rising Strong, “We are born makers. We move what we’re learning from our heads to our hearts through our hands.”
What art will you make today?

Monday, February 15, 2016

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Moonlight Necklace

Moonlight Necklace - December 2015 award winner
I will teach this project at Florida West Coast Bead Society - 06-06-16