Saturday, May 26, 2012

Rainy Day Links

Welcome to another Saturday at Saturday Sequins!

Here's one of my dirty little secrets: I enjoy hoarding links almost as much as I enjoy hoarding sparkly objects.


I'll find an article or blog post that really speaks to me, and I'll squirrel it away. More often than not, I'll forget all about it after that! I've decided to start sharing these links instead. This will give you a good dose of inspiration and help me find my favorites when I need them.

So here they are! Links I've been saving for a rainy day -- or, you know, a day when I have a bunch of jewelry projects and post ideas that are in need of another week's work. It's definitely one of those days!



Eye Candy

Kinga Nichols of Crimson Frog Designs has made one of my favorite pieces ever... an octopus necklace!

Elizabeth over at Elizabeth Creates reveals her finished, and totally impressive, textile collage.

Continuing on the underwater theme... have you seen these adorable beaded fish by Karen Williams? I can't get these little guys out of my head.


Design

Mandi Ainsworth of Bead Circle shares 12 ways for jewelry designers to be inspired by fashion design. A great post to keep in mind for the next Project Runway!

American Duchess gives a detailed history of sequins in fashion. There is so much eye candy in this post, I almost passed out from sparkle overload! In a good way. Special thanks to Melissa Creamer for sharing with me.

Margot Potter shares one of her earliest videos on artistic inspiration. Honestly, I could listen to her for hours -- she's so much fun!


Business

Chain maille expert Rebeca Mojica talks about starting your own jewelry brand. Did you know she's been doing maille for ten years? Happy Chain-iversary, Rebeca!

Michelle Mach discusses how to find craft shows. A great post for all of you who expressed interest in giving them a try.

Pearl of The Beading Gem's Journal introduces us to Boticca, a curated online marketplace for selling unique jewelry and accessories.

Johnny B. Truant, a guest poster on Marie Forleo's blog, tells us how to get paid for being real. I think I love this guy. Blog crush!


Motivation/Inspiration

One of my favorite motivational bloggers, Srinivas Rao, gives some much-needed perspective on making progress towards achieving your dreams. And while you're at it, stop apologizing for those dreams! And approach them with complete confidence.

Here Srinivas is again with another important message: you don't need permission to be extraordinary! In fact, just... go read every post he's written. He's awesomesauce.

Writer Jeff Goins advises us to stop waiting to be picked. After my Bead Dreams rejection, this was just the advice I needed, even if I'm not sure how to put it into practice just yet.

Jessika
over at OMHG talks about owning our power and the things that make us stand out.


Food for Thought

Gala Darling offers some advice for when you're exhausted and burned out. Hint: it doesn't involve pushing yourself past your limits!

Megan Auman, a guest poster on the Scoutie Girl blog, has some interesting thoughts on consumerism and how we can cure it without getting rid of all our stuff. As someone who couldn't imagine life without a pile of sparkly things to play with, this makes me happy.

Michael Hyatt makes a case for napping. Not that I need much convincing!


Bead Show!

Yes, it's getting its own category. Bead and Button is coming up, and Lori Anderson has a great post on how to prepare.

And here's another post by Heather Powers at Art Bead Scene on preparing for a show!


Your turn: is there anything that's inspired you, entertained you, or made you think?

Thanks for reading, thanks for commenting, and have a sequintastic day!

Note: Also, stay tuned for some exciting things: a review of Nicole's BeadBacking, a giveaway that bead-embroiderers are sure to love, some new projects I've been working on, and my thoughts on why we need to take positive thinking a step further.

24 comments:

  1. I love Gala Darling!

    I look to so many different places for inspiration - tumblr, other blogs, magazines, things around me, shop displays, literature.

    Other bloggers often provide the best and most immediate inspiration (like yourself)!

    Have a wonderful weekend xo

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    1. Isn't she awesome! I love how out-of-the-box and cool she is. :)

      Thanks for stopping by, Georgina! I totally agree with you about other bloggers. <3

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  2. Ooh big list of links, will have to check them out when I have time. Enjoy your holiday weekend and keep beading my friend. xox

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    1. If you can't get to all of them, click on the Srinivas Rao links first. He's such a smart guy, and his advice has been the most helpful to me.

      I hope you had a great weekend! Mine was nice and peaceful, but also productive. :)

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  3. What a great post, Sarah! I've checked out some of your links, and they're really interesting to read. And I LOVE that octopus necklace too! Thanks for introducing us to some of your favorites!

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    1. Thanks, Caroline! <3

      I'm still bowled over by the octopus. I hope she enters it in some beading competitions!

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  4. Oh my, i'll need a week's holiday for all these! Can't wait to come back.

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    1. I really piled on the links, didn't I? If you end up reading just one or two, I'd say the ones by Srinivas Rao are the ones to look at. The Jeff Goins article on not waiting to be picked is awesome, too. :)

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  5. Ooooh can't wait to discover them all!

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    1. They were so much fun to read, collect and share! I'm already working on another one of these posts. :)

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  6. Great links! I see some new favorites.

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    1. Oh, yay! I'm glad you liked them.

      I have another post in the works. Some really awesome articles on creativity, from a scientific perspective -- which, as a former science geek, makes me happy. :)

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  7. Interesting links - thank you! I especially liked the one about "what to do when you're burned out". We spend so much time feeling under obligation, even when a situation or relationship has turned toxic - and for what?

    But you know (thinking of situations I've been that I think this applies to) I think the first step is recognising the toxic thing for what it is in the first place, because usually you've invested so much in it already it becomes almost part of you. But once you've seen that the thing is toxic, I reckon you're most of the way there already.

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    1. I'm glad you liked them!

      Yes, that's a really good one. I re-read it this weekend, actually, and it helped me through some issues. She's such a smart cookie. :)

      It really is important to realize when a situation is toxic -- just the word "toxic" is great because it tells us immediately what we should do -- get away from it.

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  8. Thank you for sharing your squirreled links with us! I thought I was the only one that did this! I hate when I need to reference something and can't find it again. I have a running word document with URL's!

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    1. You're welcome! I'd love to see some of the ones you've squirreled away! Especially if they're as cool as the one on sequins in fashion. :)

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  9. Wow...so many links to explore. Thank you!!

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    1. I really hope you enjoy them! It's a lot of information to digest all at once, but there are some really cool things in there. :)

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  10. Thanks for the links, I'll have a look when I have a spare minute.
    Glad you liked the Dress Form.They are quite quick and easy to make if you don't Crazy Quilt them!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Judy! I think you'll like the Eye Candy ones the best because a lot of them are textile-based. :)

      Those dress forms would make awesome jewelry displays.

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  11. Great links Sarah! I just love the examples of bead embroidery you link to... that octopus is amazing! Cannot wait to hear your feedback on NBB, I just love it! I'm using her Chartreuse right now in a knockout cuff!

    Have a terrific week!
    {Hugs!}

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    1. Thanks, Dawn! I'm glad you liked them.

      Isn't the octopus crazy cool? Her talent boggles my mind.

      Looking forward to writing the NBB post. :)

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  12. Thanks for all the links, I will go explore them in a minute!! You should save things like this on pinterest though, then you won't ever lose them!!

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    1. Oh, Pinterest is a great idea! I could share them with more people that way, too. Thanks, Linda!

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