Sunday, June 14, 2009

Dawno's Weekly Wanderings Around the Beadosphere



I'll start off with some of my favorite bead/jewelry/crafts blog posts of the week and wrap up with other sites of interest (I hope!) for you to visit and hope you'll consider adding to your RSS readers or bookmarks.
There is one other post from last week at A Bead A Day that I didn't mention above - it's her Friday Featured Designer post. The designer, Molly, has a lovely banner and does a great job with her Etsy store and photographs of her lovely vintage button (and other media) creations.

Then I visited Whimsy House's blog. I wish three things:
  1. she'd post more - I like her friendly 'voice' and she's got a fascinating niche
  2. she'd change from white text on black background, which is very hard to read, at least for me
  3. she'd not center all her text which is also difficult to read.
Maybe nobody has mentioned it to her so she didn't know? How often do we visit blogs that might have promise but not go back and establish a rapport for any of the above reasons or others? I'm guilty as charged, but working on it.

That brings me to wish #4 but it's for myself - I wish that if you ever have constructive criticism to give me, that you will. I want my blog to be a place you'll keep visiting. If I'm doing something that might prevent that, let me know!

Apparently there's quite an overlap in the tech world and the crafts world - I guess I knew that some techie folk liked papercrafts (my husband helped me realize how many techies are into Origami), and I knew there were a number into Steampunk, but I really didn't know the extent of it.

Take Maker Faire, for example. Since it was the weekend right after Bay Con, I didn't go, but you can see from the Maker links at the 2009 website, where the two interests intersect.

Speaking of Makers at this year's faire, one of the crafters linked above (link: "two") was Absolutely Small who is a new friend of mine on Twitter. Get over to her site and get in the know about Chickenpants!

Another intersection of tech and geek and craft (and so much more) is BoingBoing, where many arts and handcrafts are often featured, like the Trekkie Meerkats or Steampunk jewelry.

Also, this week Wired magazine featured an article about Geek Art: Needlework Brings Together Programmers, Crafters and shows some beautiful embroidery and quilting with a techie slant.

Via a tweet from Dave (@Rings_Things), I wandered over to Flapper Girl, where she showcases this wonderful Vintage 50s Bead Kit.

Artbeads "Tweet your Prize" Twitter promotion is going strong - there's a new contest through Tuesday synched up with their Express Yourself sale.

The Beadin' Path has finally opened for business in their new space - here are a couple "work in progress" pictures Heather posted - from the floor and the next day - wow, the colors! I wish it were possible for me to visit in person (and probably break the bank on vintage beads).

SoftFlexGirl Sara posted about Beading Wire Diameters - extremely helpful! Thanks, Sara!

I got a Lima Beads newsletter the other day informing me of the creation of a new community section: The Garden

This week, we launched an exciting section on our web site. It's called The Garden, and it's a community section dedicated to meeting new beaders, sharing ideas, asking questions, and more.
...

Get started by seeing who's online, creating a profile for yourself, checking out groups to join, or browsing the beader directory.


Ok, I think that's plenty to keep busy with for today - see you tomorrow, I hope - I'll be showing a re-make I've been working on this weekend, if you visit.

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6 Comments:

Blogger JustATish said...

Once again i have had a blast on my mini sunday travels thru your blog. I had completely missed Lisa's post about the 3 minute bracelet, what a great idea.

i completely agree with you bout going to abeadadays store. how much fun would that be to just run your fingers thru all those beads!

thanks for the shout out, it means the world to me!

June 14, 2009 at 12:22 PM  
Blogger Dawno said...

You're welcome. Hope it helps a little with the Google-juice, too!

June 14, 2009 at 1:13 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Hi there! First of all, thanks so much for your kind words, they really mean so much to me!! Secondly, please tell me what kind of vitamins you are taking! I need a little bit of your extra energy!! :)

I sincerely appreciate all the research and organization it takes to put these posts together. I have learned so much more than I could have on my own! THANK YOU!!

June 14, 2009 at 3:14 PM  
Blogger Dawno said...

You're welcome, Lisa. And as for vitamins, I take Centrum Cardio and a calcium supplement 2x a day. :-D

It's not really hard to do these posts, I put the links in all week long and then clean up and schedule for posting Saturday night.

Blogger does a lot of the work for me, too as I have all the blogs I follow in one convenient place on the dashboard and I can skim and save links as I go.

June 14, 2009 at 3:30 PM  
Blogger Dave Robertson said...

- Great crop o' links Dawno! Do I see that Russ bead blushing? :)

--Dave
(facebook.com/RingsAndThings)

June 15, 2009 at 9:49 AM  
Blogger Dawno said...

Don't know if he's blushing, but I suspect he owns a transporter!

June 15, 2009 at 9:51 AM  

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