Sunday, August 30, 2009

Peace, Love & Bead Bloggers!

It's time to take a look at what some of the other bead bloggers have been up to over the past week, yay! I enjoy broadening my horizons and this is a great way to do that!

When I first began blogging, I was intimidated by all of the experienced beaders, crafters and professional jewelry designers who had also turned into very successful bloggers.

I didn't like that feeling at all, but as soon as I "got to know" some of the individuals who share their craft along with their beliefs, emotions, successes and not-as-successful experiences, I started to see how giving and non-competitive everyone is. It was one of the happiest surprises I can remember! It gives me great joy to have become a part of the online crafting/beading community and can feel the love from here...I hope you can too! :)

I wanted to share a bead today that I found in my stash over the weekend. I'd never even taken it out of the package and don't know where it came from. It is a Westrim product, described as "charm prayer box square silver". The sticker shows it was on clearance for $1.50.

I just opened the package and think it is adorable! The little box actually opens and closes! I believe these are used to place a written prayer or affirmation in to remind you about it and keep it close by so you can focus on it. I am going to work on a new affirmation to place in this one and use a few crystals and a lobster clasp to clip it to my keys or work ID badge.

I hope you all had a great weekend! Please join me in a horizon-expanding experience by visiting the blogs below. :)

The writing and art of Andrew thornton Beadfest Philadelphia was packed with talented artisans and bead-makers. See what Andrew picked out!

Jewelry & Beading Looking ahead to the fall, Cyndi shows how to make a new necklace called "Autumn Arbor".

Katie's Beading Blog Katie's mixing metals and a fun peyote bail with a giant crystal disk.

Lorelei's Blog: Inside the Studio Lorelei is hosting a Necklace Round Robin, but you have to leave a comment to be entered to win a spot!

Earthenwood Studio Chronices Melanie shows off some fun experiments that she has seen coming out of her studio, mixing copper and pewter

Art Bead Scene Art Bead Scene expands the editorial staff and welcomes Lorelei Eurto!

Cindy Gimbrone aka The Lampwork Diva Cindy unveils a new series of Art Nouveau inspired beads. In French it's known as "Stile Floreal" and in English it's the "Floral Style."

Carmi's Art/Life World Carmi uses shrink plastic to make a neat little bracelet. Jewelry Making Do you use blogging to promote your jewelry business? Tammy has some thoughts for you on this.


Laura Trevey said...

LOVE the adorable prayer box!!!
It's so intricate and sweet ~~

xo Laura

flyingbeader said...

Thanks for reminding of those as I have some hidden away in a box someplace. Gives me an excuse to clean up. Speaking of Cleaning up...went to the garage sale at 1 Stop last night, don't know if you were there or not as it was crowded, but I got some great bargains. Help the Columbus economy is my goal! LOL

Mandi said...

I see some great potential in that bead :)

Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor said...

I saw some of these prayer charms or wish boxes the other day and I love the concept. Been tossing around some ideas on how to make them in polymer clay. Would make such a wonderful gift!

The Beading Gem said...

I love the hinged part. Reminds me of another type of hinged jewelry - poison rings!

Just A Tish said...

i love your weekly list of blogs you share.

i felt just like you when i first started blogging here. i was amazed at the outreach and the encouragement i have recieved. thank you for being one of those ppl.

i have a wishing box too! i haven't put it on anything yet, i can't decide what exactly i want to do with it.