Thursday, December 20, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
Ive been thinking lots about The Beadin' Paths ( www.beadinpath.com) bead challenge that I entered, the beaded mask. I have been reading the posts from other challengers on their message board and trying to get a good idea of where I might start. Lots of people seem to be thinking the same things, bead embroidery, hiochol type beadwork, peyote, and even some RAW suggestions....Hmmmmm what to do. It will be on the back burner in my mind until after Christmas though. Everyone finished making their presents yet? I will admit that I am still coming up with new ideas for things to make people. I do wish there were more ideas to do with beads out there for the men in my life but I don't think any of my guys need belt buckles, tie clips or cuff links made with beads! Any body have good guy suggestions?
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Well I completed my first square for Jeanette Shanigans Bead quilt. I know that it technically isn't a rose but do you think it will matter? I just fell in love with this flower that was made of shell and thought it would be so pretty that I would give it a try.
I know the picture isn't perfect but I still have a lot of practicing to do on taking the perfect picture. On that note, I would like to thank my ever generous husband for buying the new digital camera that takes a kick butt picture when it comes to the detail needed to properly photograph beadwork. Now if only I were that good, we could have awesome pictures. I find the hardest part is getting the perfect lighting. I should make myself a photo box, and see if that helps. I did find an instructional page on the net explaining how to make a cheap photo box with a cardboard box and some glass. Any one out there know of any other good methods?
I still haven't gotten any replies on anything, so I am assuming that no one has found this blog yet, but I did Google libeado the other day and this blog did come up as one of the hits, on the first page none the less. That must mean that the 250 words tip must be true. I know I could just tell people about this, but that would mean everyone that looked would already know me, and I wants some opinions of people that I don't already know. Where are all you guys hanging out at? Am I missing some really cool beading blog that I don't even know about?
Monday, November 5, 2007
Friday, November 2, 2007
I have been continuing work at the bead store, and just dealing with all the comments that people are making about the store closing. I have been beading for approximately 22 years, and am shocked that people keep asking me whether beads are actually a profitable business. Of course they are!! Beads have been around since the dawn of time. Humans never get tired of trying to adorn themselves and make themselves stand out from a crowd, be it jewelry, tattoos, piercings, etc. The owner of the bead store I work at just doesn't seem to have a business head on him, or maybe he is just giving up. I wish there was something I could do to convince him to hang in there, but it is to late, and he is hanging up his towel(or something like that). If I had the time, I would consider opening a small store of my own, but with 2 young children (Xavier age 7, and Aiden age 4) I don't feel I have the time to put into a business yet. I still have feel I need to put the most time into my guys while they are little ( Aiden is still in preschool, and only half day at that). I am still wondering whether an Internet venture is that right way to go. A book I read recently suggests that all artist should have their own web page, but if it cant be found, what good is it? What makes a web page worth visiting? And as an artist, do you just show your work? Or do you have to try selling it over the Internet also? I happen to live in a town where there is not a good market for the type of jewelry that I like to make. It is a small town in Michigan, and Michigan's economy is not doing all that well. People do not have the same sort of disposable income that the rest of the country seems to have right now. So how do I get my product to a market that will buy it? I don't travel much, so that isn't really an option. I wish someone would just find this blog and give me their 2 cents worth. I need input, and I am hoping someone out there might be kind enough to give me some. So this is my plea....please respond if you read this. I am starting to get kind of lonely here all by myself.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
This is a picture of my recent submission to Margie Deebs color challenge. Check out the rest of the entries at http://www.margiedeeb.com/ under the color challenge page. I thought that this piece was easily understood to be a beaded woman figure, but after talking with my family, no one could figure this out on their own. I am not offended by this, actually I think it is rather funny. Oh well, some times only the artist can truly see their own creation for what it is. Any one out there have any opinions? I would love to hear them!