New Year, new ideas! Bead Circle is shifting focus under the direction of a dynamic duo- Jennifer VanBenschoten and Mandi Ainsworth. Together we want to bring you more joy, more creativity, and more fun in beading.
Do you remember the first time you picked up a bead? What about the first beading project that you finished from your favorite book or beading magazine? Can you picture in your mind’s eye that thrill of excitement you got the first time you wore one of your finished pieces out to dinner or to work? Do you remember how much fun it was to discover new beading techniques or learn how to do new off-loom bead-weaving stitches? Were you like a kid in a candy shop as you picked out new colors and sizes of seed beads, crystals, and cabochons from your favorite local bead shops?
Most of all…Do you remember what it was like when you sat for hours and beaded simply for the joy of it all?
Our vision is for Bead Circle to function like a Huffington Post for Planet Bead-with that same positive, playful energy. We’re excited to encourage beading and jewelry-making enthusiasts like you to explore the world of creativity from the heart. What would beading be like for you if it had that “new car” smell again?
To that end, we are upgrading our website so we can offer you more of what you love, more insights and instruction from bead artists you admire, and more practical beading and jewelry-making techniques that you can use every day. (And code some cool author boxes for our contributors! Yes, we will be asking if you’d like to write for the site so we can promote you.)
If you’re inspired, please consider contributing a small amount between $5 and $20 to help us cover our costs. (Because isn’t inspiration worth the price of a good cup of coffee?) To donate, simply click the donate button in the sidebar. It will take you to Paypal where you can enter the amount you’d like to contribute. Thank you!
We are looking forward to filling this coming year with peace, love, and most of all, beads!
Jennifer & Mandi
P.S. Have something you’d like to see on Bead Circle? Please share with us in the comments!