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A Blog about Bead addiction, crochet, knitting and life in general.

Friday, September 24, 2010

BSV New Facebook Page

The Bead Society of Victoria has a new facebook page! You don't need to be a member to "Like" the page. We are hoping for lots of "Likes". Check out the link here.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

There are some untrustworthy people out there...

An oddly worded email request via my madeit store left me feeling suspicious. The sender claimed to want to make a big purchase and wanted my paypal details and home address so that he could "have his agent pick up the goods" as he is an "oceanographer at sea at present". He seemed very reluctant to actually make the purchase properly through my madeit store.

After putting the question to one of the forums I belong to, it became obvious it was some sort of scam. Googling the wording of the email lead to a series of other people who had been sent the same sort of thing, purporting to want to buy all sorts of things such as cars, jewellery etc. So watch out everyone!

One of the items that the scammer claimed he wanted to buy:

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Embroiderers Guild Exhibition

"Jubilation" is the title of the Embroiderers Guild of Victoria's 50th Birthday Exhibition. Today I visited with a friend from interstate and we were blown away by the amazing detail of some of the embroideries. Gold work, hardanger, crewel, felting, patch working - there is plenty of eye candy if you can get there to see it. The Exhibition finishes on 26th September.

This year's Open Challenge theme was "50". Some of the embroideries had 50 flowers, or 50 buttons, or 50 stitches. Mine is a 50 symbol, surrounded by 50 Swarovski crystals.

This necklace is another piece which I have entered into the Exhibition. It is part of my series of Triangle works.

Monday, September 6, 2010

My first Treasury

Having read somewhere that treasuries were easier to grab nowadays, I thought I would have a go. This is the result! Etsy Dusters all in red and black. Hope you enjoy it.

Did you know...

To those of us who bead, the news that the etsy shops with the most sales are all sellers of beads and findings will come as no surprise! The fact that the top seller overall has more than 94,000 sales did in fact surprise though! This information comes courtesy of craftcount which I found whilst browsing through some very interesting beading blogs earlier today.

With my feeble effort of 46 etsy sales, I am now feeling thoroughly intimidated! I guess the fact that I am pretty weak in the area of social marketing doesn't really help.

My latest upload is instructions for a great sparkling ring and earring set in the Dust Team theme colours for the month of red and black.