Tuesday, October 27, 2009

New ArtFire Shop !

I took the plunge today and set up an ArtFire shop probably because there are other less enjoyable projects to finish up around the house, and it was a good way to procrastinate. Don't know how to connect with some of the other ArtFire shops, or even to get my shop to show up in a search for "beadweaving". I used that as a keyword, but for some reason it's not working. I keep toying with the idea to take down my Ambrosian Beads website which is not easy to update, but I need a shop that will allow me to use a .com domain. Plus I like to have a place to showcase all my previously sold works. It seems to be a never-ending search for the perfect (free or cheap !) web host !

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Tatting Favorites

Since I'm on this tatting kick, I decided to see what kind of tatting I could find on Etsy, and as I discovered, there is alot ! Enjoy !

Saturday, October 24, 2009

The Artistry of the Etsy Beadweavers

One of the members of the Etsy Beadweavers put together this deliciously beautiful montage of works by nearly every member of the team. My Shades of Grey necklace appears near the beginning at the 26 sec. mark. Thank you, Christina, of Good Quill Hunting for making this lovely video. Now, when I need inspiration, I'll just watch the video !

Friday, October 23, 2009

Second tatting attempt (PixUp)

A couple weeks ago, I blogged on Fiberlines about learning to tat. My intention is to incorporate beads and make some jewelry items. After finishing my very first tatted medallion, I dug up this pretty pearl cotton that I've had for years, and strung it with some 8/0s. I'm hoping this will turn into a bracelet and I might figure out a way to work some beadweaving into the edges. Stay tuned !

While you're waiting on pins and needles for the outcome of this project, take a look at totusmel's incredible Tatted Mask instructions on Instructables, or visit this tatting forum to meet fellow tatters.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Bead for Life@ Green Festival

Yesterday I went the the Green Festival to perform with my band at the end of the show. There were hundreds of vendors promoting green products and services, and as I was making my way through the booths, I found one of my favorite organizations, Bead for Life. This organization helps women in Uganda produce beads and jewelry made from recycled magazines. The sales of the jewelry help the women with individual and community projects in their towns. I rushed right up to the booth and started shopping. It's always so hard to choose just the right piece, but I ended up selecting two simple bracelets. The ladies kindly allowed me to take a photo. I hope they had some good sales at the show.

Monday, October 5, 2009

B-Boy Battle @ Crafty Bastards

Ok, this is a little OT, but I just had to share one of my favorite events of the year. The Crafty Bastards craft show is a great show with lots of Etsy sellers, but the high point, for me is the "b-boy" battle that is going on at the same time. Breakdancers come from all over the country, I guess, and compete for the number one spot. This video is of one who turned out to be my favorite. He goes by the name "Atomic Goofball". I think the name says it all....enjoy !