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Friday, April 5, 2013

Lutka & Co

  Just in case you were busy wandering around looking at the Bead Soup reveals and you missed Lutka & Co I thought I would share with you the items Linda made from the soup I sent.

    This necklace is made from lampwork beads that I got from Michelle Veizaga of Sun Door Beads and the lampwork caps came from Alisha White. Both of them have Etsy sites. I especially loved the caps, I had never seen anything like them. They're great on larger sized beads for really making a statement.
   Linda also used some of the lampworks to make earrings. This is what I love about Bead Soup - I never would have thought to use these in earrings but I think they turned out great.
   Here's another look that surprised me - I love the look of multiple strands but I don't do it very well, I always end up with one strand too long - someone needs to share the secret of doing this!


 But the biggest surprise of all was Linda's use of the rubber O's! A belt?? Who saw that coming? Not this girl thats for sure. I get these O's from MyElements. They're absolutely one of my favorite components to include in my jewelry. I use them as spacers, on earrings, as connectors etc...

   This is why it's good to participate in events like this - My imagination really gets a workout! Thanks to Lori for coming up with a great idea and to everyone who participates!





Thursday, April 4, 2013

Spring Bling

     Sometimes, you just need to get you a little fun. This bracelet makes me smile every time I look at it, that's how I know when my work is done! I just keep adding color and bits until I'm smiling and then I put the clasp on! I usually start with the focals - four or five (depending on the size) beads that will lead the color parade. Then I begin to poke around the drawers looking for little bits and pieces to complete the whole look. A lot of the time the beads gather themselves together and I just do the assembly for them!

     What's your process?


Monday, April 1, 2013

Photo Editing Like A Pro!

     I had so many really nice comments to my Bead Soup entries that I thought I should share a cool site that I use to edit my photos. I'm not a great photographer but I do understand the importance of great pictures for websites, blogs, Etsy listings etc... The other important thing to note is that although there are some really great photo editing software packages out there, like Photoshop, I don't have the $699 they want! So, I surfed around awhile and found Picmonkey - an amazing online editing site that does everything I could possibly want. The best part is that the basic package is FREE! You can upgrade for $4.99 a month or $33.00 a year if you must have access to all the features.

     The site has a lot of really great features. It does basic editing like Crop, Rotate, Colors, Exposure, Sharpen, Resize, but it also has a ton of really fun features - there are tons of different effects; text, frames, word bubbles etc... and my serious favorite the Collage feature. When you're trying to show a piece from several angles and close up for your blog or on facebook the collage feature makes it super simple to make a group of shots all fit in one frame.
     The site is really easy to navigate, the instructions are simple and clear, everything is just point and click. When you've created a masterpiece Picmonkey even makes it uncomplicated to share your work. As part of the Save feature - you can select where you want to share your work - Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Flicker or by email.
     Now that you know my photo editing secret you can have professional looking photos for all your applications! Don't you just love it when someone comes up with something crazy technical that makes your life so much easier??? Thank you Picmonkey!!

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Soup Links





Helpful links for the soup:

Bead Soup First Reveal List - Follow this link to see all the amazing pieces created by everyone who participated in the first reveal.

Lutka & Co - This link will lead you to the blog of my charming partner Linda Djokic where you can see her beautiful lamp work beads.

Bead Soup on Pinterest - This is where we're all putting the pictures of our work




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