Saturday, February 6, 2016

Entries for February's "The Solar System" Challenge

Here are the entries for this month's "The Solar System" challenge!  VOTING WILL BE OPEN FROM FEBRUARY 9TH UNTIL FEBRUARY 15.  Please choose your favorite entry from the images or links below, then select your choice in the blog poll that will appear on the right sidebar during the days that voting is open.


Click on the image mosaic or links below to learn more about each entry and see larger, detailed images of each piece. 






PLEASE VOTE ONLY ONCE FOR YOUR FAVORITE ENTRY.
 


















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How to Avoid Crafter's Winter Blues

I'm pleased to introduce you to the Etsy Beadweavers Team's new Blog Editor and Moderator, Elyse Turcotte of HumdrumAuguries.  Elyse is committed to making our blog more active with announcements, interviews, and interesting articles about beading and art in general.  We hope you return often to see what's new! 

Here we are, the long winter months. When the weather, especially this year, frigid and sometimes dangerous, makes our world seemingly slow down.
As sellers, we notice that less shopping seems to be happening generally. People tend to keep their budget tight during these cold months, and the wait for sales to pick up again can feel like an endless struggle. 
When your regular tricks no longer feel as effective, don’t get the winter blues! Here are some things to remember to stay motivated, and keep your own personal streak of sunshine.


Don’t Hibernate! 

Crafters in past epochs typically couldn’t wait for these boring winter times! The promise of no farm work to do, with peace and quiet to do needlework by the fire as the snow storms roared outside...what a heavenly period of the year for those who itched to work with their hands!
These winter months are the best time to get working your shop in new ways, whether it’s using the quiet to multiply your inventory, or taking some time to rework your shop SEO. It’s hard to believe it, but spring really is just around the corner! Don't let the lull of falling snow put you to sleep, stay busy!

Had you made a new year resolution for your beading business back in Janurary? How is that coming along? It’s not too late! Make a plan and list what you still need to do to make it happen.

Learn Something New
Always wanted to take the time to teach yourself a new technique? Now is the time to get out of your comfort zone! Challenge yourself to master something completely different and see how this new knowledge influences your art!
Always stuck to peyote stitch? Try the never dull soustache style! More of a bead embroidery expert? Try an obscure double needle weaving pattern! :p

Stash Dive
When was the last time you perused through the depths of your bead collection? Now is a great time to explore and get revitalized with old inspiration flames.
Pick something in your stash you’ve never or rarely used and create something completely new with it. Ended up with strange pendants from a local bazaar years ago? Bought some amazing art beads you’ve never been sure what to do with? Got a weird bag of broken jewelry you’ve never properly taken apart? Even the tidiest of us have a bag of unfinished beading projects somewhere…

How about an inventory of your beading materials? Winter can also be a good time to update your logs, or if you do not keep one, to start! Inventory keeping can greatly help designers as it keeps all possibilities at your fingertips. 

Take a Break
If your beading business is driving you a little crazy, why not step away for a while? Branch out into a completely different hobby as a way to balance out your creative intuition and clear your mind.
As artistic makers, it is said we use mostly our right brain. The best way to stay fresh is to give this cranial hemisphere a break with left-brained activities. Try puzzle games, take time for reading and writing, start playing or learning a musical instrument, or play strategic board games with friends and family. 
A little bit of time away is bound to rejuvenate your business and beading trends. 

Enjoy it too!
The cold isn’t particularly terrible everywhere; though this year has been unique for some! Don’t let the snow falls and frost discourage you and venture outside to enjoy the season. Exercise is an important asset to creativity and can become a great source of inspiration. Invite some friends and family for a fun outdoor outing; don’t worry, the beading table will be waiting for your eager return!


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*Image published  with CC0 Public Domain Free for commercial use-No attribution required 
See Brigitte Werner's images at https://pixabay.com/en/users/werner22brigitte-5337/

Friday, February 5, 2016

Etsy Beadweavers March 2016 Challenge: "Masquerade"



Anna Cohen of AnnaCohen Beadwork Jewelry, our January "Rising Star" winner, has chosen the Challenge for March 2016:


 
"Masquerade" - wearing a costume with a mask.  There are many holidays all over the world that involve changing appearance - Halloween scary garbs, Jewish Purim costumes, Venice Carnival famous masks, Rio de Janeiro's amazing Carnival costumes ... It brings joy and fun, no matter what historical event lead to it.

Let's create something festive.  It doesn't have to be a mask, but a feeling of carnival. Maybe you will choose something scary for Halloween, or colorful for the Chinese New Year Lion Dance.  So many varieties of masks and reasons for joy.

Let the party begin! 

Note to team members:

Please be sure to have your entry listed in your Etsy shop by March 5, 2016 23:59 EST and remember to include EBWC in the title and tags of your entry.

Kindly refer to the Challenge rules for details on what is allowed in Challenge entries to ensure that your entry is compliant.

*Picture above is for inspiration only and does not in any way limit your interpretation of the theme!

Published with CC0 Public Domain Free for commercial use-No attribution required
However, we are nice! See Anke Schofeld's images at https://pixabay.com/en/users/diekurze70-1483245/


Sunday, January 17, 2016

The new Etsy Beadweavers "Rising Star"



Congratulations to the winner of both the team and public votes of our annual "Rising Star" Challenge Anna Cohen with her beautiful "Blue Montana Lace" set.





PUBLIC VOTE RESULTS:

1st place:
Blue Montana Lace Bracelet by AnnaCohen - 64 votes (47%)

2nd place:
Eril the Seer's Magical Amulet by HumdrumAuguries - 27 votes (20%)

3rd place:
Crystal Necklace in Pink by SpringColors - 16 votes (12%)

Very close 4th place:
Baltic Amber Necklace by CraftNicheDili - 15 votes (11%)


TEAM VOTE RESULTS:

1st place:
Blue Montana Lace Bracelet by AnnaCohen - 48 votes (64%)

2nd place:
Baltic Amber Necklace by CraftNicheDili - 7 votes (9%)

3rd place:
Beaded Pendant Necklace Unicorn by tropicalkaren - 6 votes (8%)


Well done to the winners and all who participated and thanks to everyone who voted!


Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Entries for January's 2016 "Rising Star" Challenge

Here are the entries for this month's "Rising Star" challenge!  VOTING WILL BE OPEN UNTIL JANUARY 15.  Please choose your favorite entry from the images or links below, then select your choice in the blog poll on the right sidebar.


Click on the image mosaic or links below to learn more about each entry and see larger, detailed images of each piece. 





PLEASE VOTE ONLY ONCE FOR YOUR FAVORITE ENTRY.
 









  Image Map

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Etsy Beadweavers February 2016 Challenge: "The Solar System"


Sarah Cryer of  SarahCryerBeadwork has chosen "The Solar System" as the theme for February 2016:

In our house at the moment we are completely obsessed with our Solar System. My husband has a new telescope which we've been using to look at the moon and planets, so he's constantly coming up with new activities (last week we all watched the International Space Station whizz over us). Recently we saw a wonderful harvest moon, followed the same night by the lunar eclipse (so much better than last year's cloud covered solar eclipse), and last week I opened my newspaper to see some extraordinary new images of Jupiter's storms from the Hubble Space Telescope, so when it came to choosing a theme it seemed like the whole universe was shouting at me!
Anyway, our Solar System seems like wonderful inspiration for beaders - how about beaded beads making a necklace of planets, a scatter of rough natural crystals captured in freeform beadwork forming the Asteroid belt, or some bead embroidery inspired by the twisting stripes of Jupiter's storms? And if you get stuck you can always watch our favourite song for inspiration, or if you are feeling more sensible have a look at the Hubble website's gallery (don't get distracted by the far off nebulae though, please stick to our own Solar System).

Thomas (5) & Oscar's (2) favourite song:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2prtmPEjOc


The Hubble Gallery:hubblesite.org/gallery/





Note to team members: 

Entries must be listed on Etsy by February 5, 2016 23:59 EST. Please refer to the Challenge Rules to ensure that your entry has all the requirements and don't forget to include EBWC in the title and tags of your entry.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

November 2015 Challenge Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the November 2015 "Landscape" Challenge!



Team Vote Winner

Blog Vote Winner



TEAM VOTE RESULTS:

1st place:
Ontonagon Sunset by savoystudio - 14 votes (40%)
https://www.etsy.com/listing/254531352/ontonagon-sunset

2nd place:
Van Dusen Botanical Garden Cuff by AngelqueCreations - 8 votes (23%)
Caesarea Port by zviagil - 7 votes (20%)
https://www.etsy.com/listing/254208104/caesarea-port-landscape-ebwc-november


BLOG VOTE RESULTS:

Total Votes Cast: 147

1st place:
Van Dusen Botanical Garden Cuff by AngelqueCreations - 37 votes (25%)
Beaded Necklace by BeautyGlamourLuba - 31 votes (21%)
https://www.etsy.com/listing/252393810/beaded-necklace-bead-woven-necklace

3rd place:
Ontonagon Sunset by savoystudio - 27 votes (18%)
Well done to the winners and all who participated and thanks to everyone who voted!