Birthday Sale!

 

Today is my 39th birthday and to celebrate I’m having a 39% sale on everything in the shop.

Use the code 39BDAYSALE at checkout. The offer is only valid today but has no minimum purchase requirement and is valid for tutorials as well.

 

And the Winner is…

Lucie!

Congratulations!

The winner has been contacted via e-mail. Check your spam folder just in case.

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The giveaway is finally over. I regret that I gave it so much time to complete since all the entries happened within the first 3 days of posting. But if I’m being honest I was concerned that no one would enter. It’s good to know that I actually have some readers.
Thank you all for participating and for all your birthday wishes. ♥ I had a wonderful day!

I’ll have another giveaway when I have something new to celebrate.

But if you like free stuff you don’t have to wait long because tomorrow I will be posting a free tutorial! 

 

Giveaway!

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Since today is my birthday I am having a giveaway!

For a chance to win the book, Beads in Motion by Marcia DeCoster, all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post.

The giveaway will run for 2 weeks and I will use a plugin that will randomly select a winner from the comments on Sunday, February 21.

Good luck! ♥

Edit:
This giveaway is over and the winner is Lucie.

A New Home

Depending on where you read this you might have noticed that the blog looks different. This is because I decided to move the blog to my domain, thebeadpursuit.com and I am now self-hosting this WordPress blog using a new theme.  As I write this I am not done fiddling around with the different design options so this is most likely not the final look of the blog.

If you are a subscriber to the blog your subscription has been moved over to the new blog but if you have the blog bookmarked you should make a new bookmark from this address.

In the way of beading there’s not much happening right now. I will try to be more active on the blog this year. There were only 18 posts made last year, not counting the first and the last post which was an annual report not written by me, and I feel that is not good enough. I can do better.

Last years challenge was never completed. I did learn some chain maille but it turned out to be a bit too expensive for me so I decided to put that on hold.

I don’t have a new challenge in mind and I’m not sure I want to create one.
I have made some mental notes of what I want to do to improve my skills so that I will feel more confident in making more of my own designs.

The tutorial for the small beaded bead has been well received and has so far been sold 56 times.

Early December I sold a pair of earrings to a customer in the United States and a few days ago I received this lovely review.

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A very good start to the new year. ♥

 

2015 in review

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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 25,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 9 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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2014 in review

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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 10,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Photo Editing

Before and After
Before and After

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I have recently moved my jewelry photography “studio” upstairs to the small window on the north side of the house. I say studio but it is just me, my camera and some white pebbles in the window. The window only gets a little bit of sun early in the morning so it is never in direct sunlight when I take my pictures, which is perfect. And depending on the weather I can usually take pretty nice photos there but if the weather is like today, gloomy, the photos tend to turn out grey. So here’s what I do to remedy that.

First I run my photos through Adobe Photoshop Express. This is a free photo editing tool that gets the job done fast and easy. Most of the time it’s enough to just hit that Autofix button but sometimes you want to adjust the contrast, exposure and white balance yourself.

Next I use GIMP. Another free photo editor that works a lot like Photoshop. I use this program to remove dirt and dust. A lot of the times I discover a little hair or fiber in the picture that I didn’t notice when I was taking the picture.
As you can see from the before and after pictures I removed the little beauty marks that my window has. Depending on the picture I might leave some of them in since I like the “organic” feel those nicks give. But from the angle this photo was taken the marks were a bit much so I removed them using that wonderful clone tool.♥

And for my “Beaded Week” collage I use Fotor. A free program that lets you do some clowny things to your photos but I mostly use it for the Collage and Tilt Shift (making parts of the picture blurry).
Another free collage program I sometimes use is Phototastic.

So that’s how I do it. All for free! ♥