November marks six months since I've been here at Beading Daily, and I have to say that I'm thrilled to be able to sit down every day and write about my favorite thing in the entire world - beads! Having the chance to connect and correspond with so many fabulous beaders and jewelry-making artists here and on Jewelry Making Daily has been another exciting opportunity. Beaders are the best, and the beaders here at the online community of Beading Daily are so generous and friendly when it comes to sharing information.
I also need to give a big shout-out to my fabulous co-workers at Interweave and my fellow
Online Editors for filling my days with creativity and laughs. I'm so lucky to be able to work with such a fantastic group of people who love what they do!
To celebrate my first six months of beads and blogs, I thought I'd share the six most popular blogs from the last six months on Beading Daily. Grab a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy!
1. National Seed Beading Month - Let's Do Some Seed Beading Every Day! My sister is a writer, too, and every year she participates in National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. This year, one of my fellow bead artists Dulcey Heller mused on Facebook and Twitter about what would happen if there were a National Seed Beading Month and we all encouraged ourselves to do some seed beading every day. With two big pieces due at the beginning of December, I thought this was the perfect way for me to motivate myself to schedule some seed beading time into my busy day, every day for a month!
2. Successful Etsy Sellers Share Their Beadwork Photography Tips. Getting visually clean, well-lit and clear photos of my finished beadwork is something that I have to work at every day. I know that this is something that almost every beader who sells their finished work struggles with, and I was really excited to get these photography tips from four of my favorite (and successful) Etsy sellers. Remember that when you're selling your finished beadwork online, customers can't pick it up and touch it, so taking great photos of your finished beadwork is very important for making sales!
3. How to Read a Peyote Stitch Pattern. I'm really not surprised that this blog post made it into the top six. Reading a peyote stitch pattern can be so confusing, especially for a beginner. It took me years to figure out how to read a peyote stitch pattern, even after I had mastered the mechanics of flat and tubular peyote stitch. There are some truly fabulous charted peyote stitch patterns available out there, so knowing how to read a peyote stitch pattern can really be a great skill to have in your beading toolbox.
4. Tips for Traveling With Your Beads. It seems that we beaders are a busy bunch, and we like to take our beads with us when we travel! When I used to work for a non-profit community development organization, I did a lot of traveling to conferences and meetings. Since a lot of those trips involved staying on hotels for two or three days, I would always bring my beads along with me to keep busy at night in the hotel. And with all the new restrictions on what you can and can't bring on a plane or a ship, there are some great ideas for how to bring your most important beading tools along with you.
5. The Secret for Perfect-Fit Peyote Stitch Bezels? Brick Stitch! Yes, I love stitching up peyote-stitch bezels for handmade ceramic cabochons. I don't deny that I am totally addicted to the wonderful handmade ceramic pieces from Lisa Peters Art, and even when I don't really feel like doing any beading, I can always sit down and bezel a few pieces to use later on when I'm feeling more inspired. A friend of mine showed me this fabulous technique that just made me wonder why I hadn't thought of it before, and it's now the technique that I use pretty much every time I want to do an open-backed peyote-stitched bezel for a cabochon or other focal piece.
6. 5 Tips for Clearing the Clutter from Your Beading Studio. I don't know if I should be proud of this or not, but last winter, I started a blog called The Messy Beader's Club. I got the idea when I just happened to take a picture of what my beading table looked like while I was in the middle of crazy-holiday-craft-show-inventory-production mode. I had beads everywhere, piled literally about three inches up the side of my task lamp. Even though I get some great ideas from all that beading clutter, it can really make things hard for me when I can't find a bead or a tool that I need. With that in mind, I realized that there are things I can do to keep my beading table (relatively) free from clutter so that I can really enjoy my beading time!
Do you have a favorite blog post from the last six months on Beading Daily? What would you like to see more of in 2012? Leave a comment and share your thoughts!
Thanks to all my readers here on Beading Daily - I couldn't do it without you!
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