Please tell us a little about yourself for the benefit of other members.
As a young girl in the early 1960's, I did needlepoint & embroidery & cross stitch. That was about all that there was back then. Then in the early 1970's, BEADS became more prevalent and now, in 2011, the market has EXPLODED!
For about twenty years I did craft shows all over the place and was fortunate to sell at pow wows as well. But, sales were so slow. People were not spending and the price of a booth was going higher & higher. At the encouragement of my daughter Jennifer, I tried Etsy, and it's a lot of fun: http://www.etsy.com/shop/jenum24. We even setup a Facebook page to better connect with people: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Oh-My-Beading-Heart/172097939516722. We're still pretty new at it but it's been so wonderful being able to connect with and be among so many talented artists and genuinely great people.
If you are an artist, what do you consider to be your areas of skill? Check as many as you wish.
We are so glad that you have joined us here on the site and we hope that you enjoy all that it has to offer. I see that you have mastered posting photos and your work is GORGEOUS! Can't wait to see more.
We are so glad you have joined the Beaders Showcase. Take a look around the site and you will find several areas of interest. Members here are always interested in pictures of your work. If you don't know how to photograph your jewelry, you will find conversations in the forum (Discussions) on how do set up an inexpensive photo studio.
There's also different groups that you can join to help you with what ever you are currently interested in. For instance, if you're currently interested in bead embroidery, there is a group for that. If you have a specific question on how to do something in bead embroidery, feel free to start a thread in discussions.
If you're interested in learning how to do something new, let's say the Cellini spiral, check out videos because there may be one there to help you learn how to do that. I know for sure there's one on the Cellini spiral because it was the first video uploaded and it's mine.
If you find someone whose work you really like, be bold and ask them to accept you as a friend. I will be sending you an invitation as Gail Devoid to become my friend and you can check that out. Generally, you will find that beaders are a very friendly group.
There's also blog posts here. These are searchable. If you search for Gail Devoid, Mona Hair's entries for the show we co-host will show. If you are interested in bead embroidery and search on that term, any blog entry that mentions this will display.
Wow, how wonderful to have you join beader's. We are really looking forward to seeing your beautiful pandant necklaces here and reading about your experiences making them. Welcome and thank you for joining.