Thursday, October 25, 2007

Bead Dreams

Ok, so correct me if I am wrong. I am not the only one on the planet that has many a sleepless night because I am working out bead problems in my head, am I? I was once told by a young beader I had just met that after I had been beading for awhile those dreams would stop and then she asked me how long I had been beading. Needless to say I think it shocked her that I had been obsessed with beads longer then she had been alive. Funny, I think the dreams are more frequent the longer I have been at it. I guess I shouldn't complain, I have worked out many a dilemma in the wee hours of the night while trying to convince myself to just to stay in bed because sleep WILL happen if I stay there long enough.

Some projects I have made come entirely while I am laying in bed. This beaded butterfly mobile developed while I was "dreaming" about long walks in the forest with my family. I love to watch butterflies flit around, and it always amazes me at how many colors and patterns they come in. This project was my entry in my local bead societies bead challenge in 2007. I ended up in second place, first place being a beautiful beaded floral arrangement. The pictures will hopefully be up on the web page soon . Sorry this picture is not as good as I hoped. The wind was just enough that day that the butterflies were dancing around and making it hard to get a nice pictures.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007


well, since no one responded to the first post ( and I know you might still) I figure no one is interested yet. So I thought, what might make people even want to look at this? I guess it comes down to pictures. As I said before, I like to play with beads, and make all sorts of things from jewelry to house wares.

This is a picture of my recent submission to Margie Deebs color challenge. Check out the rest of the entries at 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!

Monday, October 22, 2007

New to all of this!

Well, this is my first post. I am very new to all of this, but thought I might give it a try. I currently work at a bead store in Freeland Michigan, and am having some inner turmoil on what step should come next in my life. I have been beading for 23 years, and finally when I got this job at the bead store I felt like I had found my place in the beaded world. Well, now the store is going to close at the end of November and I need to find an outlet to share my creations with others. I have been entering beaded challenges, and trying to get my name out there a little, and new prospects are opening themselves to me on a daily basis. I have been considering selling some of my work on ebay, but I am not sure if this is the proper venue for my work. Will the customers who would buy my work even find it on ebay? Where is the right place to sell hand beaded jewelry and other crafts? Is the internet fully saturated with online bead, and jewelry stores? Who might know the answers to all the question that I have swirling around in my head? Before I spend a lot of money trying this out on the internet, I would love some feedback. Am I better off trying to do something with some local boutiques? Or is worldwide a better market?