Monday, December 29, 2008

New Year...New Stuff

Now that the Holidays are over, Life will be slowing down for many of us. Keep your eyes open for upcoming Challanges and such from us. I promise that there will be a ton of great NEW eyecandy for all of you to enjoy.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Team Challenge

I think this month got away from us. I know I was unable to get my 30 Listings up for the month. Keep checking back though, who knows what great new ideas we will be coming up with.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

November 30 Listings in 30 Days

It's that time again. Come check us out for our 3o Listings in 30 Days challange. See what great new pieces we will be adding to our stores.
Hugs all.

Friday, October 24, 2008

November is on the way

We will be starting our lastest 30 Listings in 30 Days Challange. Come check our shops out and find great deals for the upcoming Holidays.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Fall is here!

Well, many of us are working away for upcoming shows and Partys and of course working on our Holiday gifts. Please stop in and check out our shows and see our great new works going up and just enjoy the eyecandy.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

30 Listing in 30 Days

Since September has 30 Days, we have been working hard to list 30 pieces in 30 days. Did we all make it? Stay tuned to find out.

Our next 30 Listings in 30 Days Challange will be in November.

Meet Our Members--Ruth of A Cottage Hearth

Hi! I’m Ruth, from A Cottage Hearth.

Having always had a need to create, over the years I’ve dabbled in a variety of mediums. One year, in
college, I remember going into a bead shop and falling in love with the variety of tiny treasures at hand.
But my artistic and life paths took other roads. Fast forward a few years and I found myself buying a jewelry kit. An obsession was born, or rather, re-born. Since then I have voraciously expanded my bead
collection and jewelry repertoire.

I am drawn to simple artistic yet wearable styles with unexpected combinations that accent the chosen beads. I like to work in multiple mediums, such as combining glass, silver and gemstones or crystals.

What is my favorite piece? Usually the one I just finished making. I am particularly fond of the combination of purple, green and silver. I also love all forms of jasper, carnelian, aventurine, aragonite and the many agate varieties. But tomorrow I may favor something completely different!

Greatest achievement? Hopefully yet to come! I bead for the fun, not the fame.

I enjoy learning new techniques. I have begun to do bead embroidery and plan to incorporate more
seed beaded and embroidered pieces into my work. I am also currently experimenting with fiber accents and combining beadwork and fibers.

Tips? Always write down ideas as soon as they come to you. (Keep an inspiration journal.) Read up on and research every aspect of your craft. Ask stupid questions. And finally…believe.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Meet Our members--Mary Redmerski AKA Jewelry Designs by M.E.

1. Who are you and what info would you like to share?

Hi, I’m Mary E Redmerski AKA Jewelry Designs By M.E. on ETSY and as Maryred69 at the Bead Circle. My family lives at the Jersey Shore in Toms River. I’ve been beading for 30+ years and tend to be very eclectic in my jewelry, designing more or less on a whim. It’s only fairly recent that I’ve decided to sell my creations.
Feel free to ask me questions, just convo me at ESTY or PM at the Bead Circle forum.

2. What got you started in beading?

My grandfather and mom. When I was in grade school we where having a hobby showcase, think science fair but with crafts, and I needed to come up with something to demonstrate. Mom and I went to the local hobby shop and decided on jewelry craft. My granddad showed me how to make the knots and use tools bend metal to make the pieces. We work all weekend on the display and how to demonstrate the craft. I don’t remember much about the fair but I enjoyed making the jewelry that I continued to do it.

3. What types of beading do you feel drawn to?

I tend to prefer variations using right hand weave. My favorite mediums are semiprecious stones beads matched with Swarovski. I also enjoy working with glass, shell, wood, acrylic, resin, and metal.

4. What is you favorite piece you have created?

Please don’t make me have to choose, I love all the pieces that I do. My favorite type of jewelry to make tends to have art deco elements to it.

5. What was your greatest achievement?

Other than my son, I would have to say getting the courage up in 2005 to start selling my designs at craft fairs and online. Also I won first place in the Earring division for the Fire Mountain Gems in 2006/07.

6. What would you like to learn or do in the future?

Right now I’m looking forward to learning how to make my own glass beads and learning non-solder metal jewelry making.

7. Any tips you would like to share?

Take a class on jewelry making. Check out your local bead stores or community college for what they offer, there’s more out there then most realize. Not only is it a great way to learn a new technique but it lets you socialize and network with others.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Meet Our Members--Billie Sanchez AKA Wicked Oak Designs

Tell us about yourself:

I am Billie Sanchez, AKA Wicked Oak Designs. I am a Stay at Home Mom of 3 wonderful kids. I have been beading for 10 years and designing for 8 years. I love making Beaded Art in the form of Jewelry and 3-D pieces.

What got you started in beading?

I got sick of my Mom buying me inexpencive pieces that broke all of the time. I wanted to make pieces that were better quality and would last longer. So I taught myself how to bead.

What types of beading do you feel drawn to?

I Love doing 3-D pieces and objects like beaded boxes like those by Julia Pretl. I also love working up Paula Adams’ ornaments.

What is you favorite piece you have created?

I have had several over the years, but I think my current favorite is my Dragon’s Eye Necklace.

What was your greatest achievement?

I will always consider my kids my all time greatest achievement. But as far as beading goes, I think it would be my ability to create 3-D Triangles, Squares and other shapes.

What would you like to learn or do in the future?

I would love to have the chance to meet some of my favorite beaders, like Paula Adams, Julia Pretl, Ty Wolfe, and Carrie Hill.

Any tips you would like to share?

Just keep trying. There have been times when I got so very mad because I couldn’t get a piece to work out right. I kept at it until I got it right, some times creating a whole new idea in the process.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

We are Official!!

We have been added to the Teams at Etsy. WOO HOO. I am hoping that Mandi and I can get things in gear and start writing to the blog once a week to keep you all posted on what we are doing and who we are. Keep checking back for updates, Sales, Specials and info about the people who make up our team.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Etsy Challenge-30 Listings in 30 Days

Some of our members have taken a 30 Listings in 30 Days Challenge and will be loading new stuff often throughout the month of June. So far we have Mandi of Scribbles, Mary of JewelrydesignsbyME, and Billie of WickedOakDesigns joining in on this challenge. Check them out for some great deals and OOAK pieces.
Thanks and have a Beady day!

Welcome to our blog!

We are in the process of starting our Bead Circle Team for Etsy. We are a group of Bead Artists who have banded together to promote each other and share ideas. As we build our team our blog will grow. Keep checking back for our latest projects and Challenges.