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A few weeks ago, I posted about being part of Bead Soup Blog Party (This party has taken a hiatus) where I exchanged beads with my partner, Lisa Johnson of http://spudandmrsbutters.blogspot.com and made some pieces with what she sent me. As part of the "party", I made a commitment to myself that I wanted to go to each blog to see what was made and I DID IT! I commented on most (probably 400+) and tried to make personal comments vs something generic like 'nice piece'. After visiting all those blogs (including folks from 30+ countries), I started to notice some things and wanted to share with the class...
- Sometimes it's hard to comment on things that you just don't get or like (that's ok and part of the fun)
- MANY tried something new - either a technique, a color palate or style
- LOTS of pieces featured asymmetry
- LOTS of pieces featured cording of some nature (i.e., linen cotton, leather, rat tail, etc...)
- I was exposed to all SORTS of new ideas and techniques
- I found myself downloading ALOT of pieces in my "inspiration" folder - I wish more had put a watermark on their photos so I know whose pieces I'm looking at again
- The average comments per post was about 35
- Of those who participated, many are collecting pieces for next years soup already
- There weren't as many seed bead pieces as I expected
- I LOVE seeing the international pieces
- I feel like i have to use ! for everything!
- It's interesting to see how folks overcame their challenge
- It's interesting to see what folks considered a challenge and/or thought their partner would be challenged with
- Photo backgrounds can make or break how a piece looks =)
- If the person is an active blogger, it was REALLY helpful to have a link near the top directly to their pieces so I didn't have to scroll through everything to find it
- I was surprised at how many hadn't posted something (especially since we had an extra week). It made me sad that they didn't post and that there were many who would have given their eye teeth to be able to participate. More than that, that Lori worked so hard to pair people up and it was like her work didn't matter. =( That hurt my heart. And I know things come up, life happens...but post *something* - I stubbed my toe, my order was lost, my dog ate my piece...just something.
- Of those who posted nearly every.single.one. mentioned how much they appreciated how much work Lori Anderson, and her AWESOME support team, did!
- CAPTCHA blows when you're commenting on 400+ blogs
- The creativity of the people in this group is ASTOUNDING
I've been honored to be a part of this group of EXTRAORDINARILY TALENTED jewelry designers. They have encouraged me, challenged me and made me a better designer. If you're a designer - JOIN.THIS.GROUP. You'll be amazed at what you'll learn!