Thursday, July 15, 2010

Summer Inspiration!

Looking for inspiration this Summer? I've put together a few links for you to have fun with!

Etsy: Now you can create your own Treasury on Etsy (no more waiting for #333)! You can also search the Treasuries by keyword to find exactly what you're looking for: Etsy Treasury

Speaking of Etsy, I came across a new website that shows the top sellers for Etsy. Guess what the top 10 sellers are selling? Beads - and findings - of course!!! Check them out here: Craft Count

You might also notice that listed among the top sellers for jewelry is Time2Cre8 (a beadweaver!). How does she do it?! Here's a link to MaryLou Holvenstot's shop: Time2Cre8

If you didn't make it to South Africa for the World Cup, no worries. Check out Martine Jackson's work with beaded murals here: MJ Visual

My friend Marie Geraud continues to design great jewellery. Check out her patterns - available through Paypal- here: Biloba Bijoux

More great artists:

Betsy Youngquist is best known for her work with antique dolls which she recreates into a variety of forms using materials including epoxy and seed beads. Curious about how she does it? You can view her Facebook page HERE. Scroll down to her older posts to view her videos of The Process. She's full of fun and great to watch! The Process October 6th 2009

FaceBook continues to grow as the new site for all things beaded. New work is posted daily by artists from around the world. If you haven't signed up and are interested you can create an account HERE. Once you get started, be sure to look up your beading friends. It's a bit like a daily journal blog only more whacky and fun.

Do you know what Cold Clay is? Check it out here:

And here's a great Polymer Clay artist: Forest Rogers

Other great blogs:
Lark Books has recently started it's own blog featuring jewelry-making artists. Looking for inspiration? Find it here: Lark Crafts

That's all for now. Hope you're enjoying your summer wherever you are!