Happy New Year!
I Made A Video
One of my goals for the new year is to start making beady videos. I've had a lot of people ask for them and I would love to make them. The problem is, I had no idea where to start. And of course because I am the way I am, I dove head first into learning how to make videos and edit videos. I'm still learning, but I'm pretty proud of my very first one.
I made a product video for my Etsy listings. I plan on making a couple more, but for now I am beyond stocked with this one. They can only be 5-15 seconds long and there is no sound, but I'm still pretty happy with my end product.
So now that I feel like I have the knowledge to take the video as well as the ability to do very basic editing, I think I am ready to try a little bit more advanced video. I have been asked to do a few beading tutorials, such as, two drop peyote, odd count peyote, and increasing/decreasing brick stitch. Those will be the first ones I work on, but I'd love to know if you would like something specific.
Take this quick survey or just leave me a comment below. I'm really having a lot of fun making videos and I can't wait to make more!
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O Christmas Tree!
I cannot believe it is only a few days before Christmas. Where has the time seriously gone? Since I've been spending so much time at home with my daughter, she has been helping me a lot in the studio. This year we designed a Christmas pen wrap together. She was thrilled to help me out and I think the end result is the cutest.
This year has been unlike any for most of us. It has been slow and fast all at the same time. We have all spent a lot more time at home. We have all refrained from traveling and maybe some of us started working from home. In our house, both my husband and me have worked 50% at home and 50% in our respected labs. And our daughter started 4K virtually this year. So it's been a year to say the least.
We have been spending a lot of time together, which has been amazing. We have gotten to watch our little girl accomplish so many things, like riding her bike, to reading, to learning some math. It really has been a bright light in a very tough year.
My daughter has also been spending a lot of her time with me in my studio. She now has her own collection of beads, her own collection of buttons, and a collection of perler beads to use as directed but she also uses them to practice her bead stitches.
It's been frustrating at times because she loves to go through things, but it's also been great watching her learn how to do beadwork and help me with pattern design and Photoshop. She's really shaping up to be quite the little artist (her plans for when she grows up is to become the master of everything. Nobody ever can say she doesn't have big goals).
So this year we decided to work on a little pattern together. She helped me decide on the colors and how it should look. She then was my supervisor while I was beading it. She let me know what she thought of it and if I should make any changes (she definitely let me know that I had to make changes).
We came up with this little holiday tree pen wrap pattern. I had a great time making it with her and she was so proud of the finished product.
The first attempt the bobbles were all red and she let me know it looked like an apple tree and that I needed more colors. She said I could use some red, but not all red ? She does not hold back with her opinions.
She also let me know that she liked the darker green trees because it looked more like a Christmas tree, so after trying out a few different greens we found one she felt was best.
I gifted this pattern to all of my VIPs this past week as a thank you and happy holidays kinda thing. But I've decided that I'm going to gift it free to anyone that signs up for my newsletter from now until Christmas. So if you would like this cute little pattern, sign up to become a VIP today. You'll not only get this cute pattern, but you'll also get a 25% off coupon that you can use in my Etsy shop.
Have you checked out the new pattern sets in my Etsy Shop?
And as always, I offer free length adjustments on all of my bracelet patterns, so you always get the perfect sized bracelet!
Just a girl that loves to bead, take photos, and cuddle with her new baby and her pug.