Well, I have finished visiting all the awesome blogs for the Bead Soup Blog Party. I am truly humbled and thrilled to have participated with such a talented group of people. I have a whole pile of new blogs to follow, and my brain is still reeling from all the great ideas people have shared during their creative process. I am truly grateful for the wonderful comments left on my soup. I have learned how inspirational artisan beads can be! Mallory's beads really helped me reach my goals in making my soup!
There were several blogs that I either couldn't leave comments on, got "mail delivery failure" on, or simply didn't have a post for the Party.
What did I learn from the Party? Glad you asked!
Fiber is big!!! I saw some gorgeous pieces using fiber, so I'm definitely going to try to learn to use it.
I learned how important photography is in the jewelry world. I learned that I really like close-up pics of details, but I also want a full on shot, so I can see the entire piece. I learned that one picture is not enough for me to absorb the effort and hard work of the artist. Karen Williams @ Baublicious wrote a great post on taking good pictures. Kerry Bogert has a new ebook that will give you even more in depth information on taking great pictures. Lori @StudioWaterstone has a weekly post called I Heart Macro where everyone links up their close-up photos for the week.
I have to say, it is true that a picture is worth a thousand words. However, I really enjoyed reading about the creative process, rather than just a picture and a link. We all knew going in that it was going to be a long process to get thru 300+ blogs, so I enjoyed reading about what worked and what didn't. I also appreciated those very together people who gave links to the supplies they used! Oh, yeah, I have a ton of new favorites on etsy now!!!
There were quite a few artists who have giveaways going on. I tried to write them down as I was going thru, and I hope I haven't left anyone out. Just thought you might want to go visit them now, before the giveaways are over.
Souvenirs from Life
I feel the same way I did last time I finished the Bead Soup Blog Party.
Thrilled I finished. Depressed I finished.
So, what's a girl to do? Why, join another challenge, of course!
So, stay tuned for the reveal for the Fall Challenge hosted by Michelle Mach on Oct. 4th!