Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Peyote Patterns

Happy Hump Day!

Inspired by some requests from my son for some Doctor Who swag, I've been busy making some fun peyote patterns!  It inspired me to open up a new patterns shop on Etsy!

To celebrate the new shop, I am offering a 75% off discount for the first month! Use promo code: NEWSHOP75.   I'll be adding more patterns frequently but there are a handful of patterns available now!

In addition to creating the new shop, I thought it would be fun to do a video on how to start a peyote strip, and how to follow a pattern.  It is somewhat lengthy, but it covers a lot, including common mistakes and how to deal with them! I shot it with my iPhone so it's not studio/professional quality but I hope it helps anyone just starting out!

And as always, there are free patterns on the free patterns page of this blog which I will continue to update!

In other news....The Blogging from A-Z Challenge starts on Friday and shockingly I've already done and prescheduled a few posts!  Given the HUGE amount of photos I have for this year's theme (food and beverage), I suspect this will be one of my easier A-Z challenge years!  Get your taste buds ready!!

Also stay tuned for the new Bead-It-Forward theme for 2017!  The 2017 theme will be revealed tomorrow on the Bead-It-Forward Facebook page, and on the Bead-It-Forward blog!  This year we received over 700 squares for the space theme!!

Monday, March 21, 2016

Blogging from A-Z 2016 • Theme Reveal

Wow!!  This will be my 6th year participating in the Blogging from A-Z challenge!!

 I was conflicted on whether or not to do it this year since I've typically done a beading theme and I felt that doing so again would be a little stale.  Last year's Bead-It-Forward theme went great with the animals, but I don't think I can swing it this year with the Bead-It-Forward theme of space.

BUT, the truth is, I only spend a small portion of my time working with beads, and a majority of my time working with food and beverage.  I am the marketing director for a fantastic restaurant group and I handle all the social media, so needless to say, I take a TON of food and beverage photos, and spend the better part of my days in a restaurant!  So there it is!  This year's theme will be food and beverage (with perhaps some beadwork sprinkled in!)

Here is a sneak peek of what the month will look like!

Get ready for a mouth-watering, make-you-hungry month of April!