Friday, March 6, 2009

Bead & Jewelry Linky Love

Here's a pic of the Short One's stash of Mardi Gras beads. It's always surprising to me how much kids love these shiny, cheap beads - every small visitor we've had to our house, whether boy or girl, has zeroed in on this pile with the accuracy of a jackdaw. The SO enjoys having me hide them around the house and then playing pirate to find his "buried treasure".

For myself, I remember at my very first Bead & Button Show several years ago, a vendor walking the show, exclaimed "You're not wearing any beads!" (this was back before I started beading - I attended the Marketplace to look for buttons for my knitting projects) and put a strand of these around my neck. I remember I wore them for about an hour before noticing I was getting a bunch of peculiar (in some cases horrified) looks from other attendeees. I finally realized they couldn't figure out why I was wearing such terrible beads at such a high-level show. I have to admit, though, I definitely have a fondness for them, myself.

I'm going to try to go back to my old posting schedule (ie, posts during the week with weekends off), so here are your bead and jewelry links to enjoy this weekend:

Candie Cooper
Candie's back with some beading adventures...check out some earrings she made with her editor!

Bead&Button magazine
Anna offers some bead graphing information and some links to useful tools

Snap out of it , Jean! There's beading to be done!
Jean thinks Barb Switzer's new book looks extremely cool! Jewelry Making
Resin Bead Experimentation! Tammy has been a mad jewelry scientist lately.

Art Bead Scene
Are you a new jewelry designer looking for a way to finance your budding jewelry business? There are lots of options out there even in a poor economy. Why not apply for a grant?

Barbe Saint John - New Treasures from Forgotten Artifacts
Barbe reviews Amy Hanna's Rejuvenated Jewels book

Carmi's Art/Life World
Carmi shows off her ceramic bezel!

Jennifer Jangles Blog
Jennifer Shares some tips for photographing jewelry.

Earthenwood Studio Chronicles
Melanie shows how she made a quick and elegant Victorian inspired collar using a thrift store belt, some lace, and a hot glue gun

Jewelry & Beading
All this month, Cyndi will be featuring jewelry designers who work with organic materials!

Strands of Beads
Melissa finds unusual beady shopping opportunities at museums

Have a great weekend.

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