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Hello, Have a Beading Addiction January 16, 2006 11:13 PM

The fall of 2004 I took one beading class and made a necklace and bracelet. Well just say that was the beginning of what has now become somewhat of an addiction. I'm constantly going to beading stores. I have just been told about a few more. I spend hours in them and of lots of $$$$$. One of my friends says she will never have to buy anything again with what I've given her. I would like to make some money doing it but I know I still have to get better at it. Its one of the few crafts that I've taken up that I really really enjoy. The funny thing is I myself am not into jewellery. I love the beads though and coming up with my own design. The stuff in stores is so cheap. I know my things are better than some of that. Also just wondering if there's others from the southern Ontario area in the group. Always like to hear about other stores in that area.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Beading January 17, 2006 5:15 AM

Hi, I too have an addiction for buying beads. I love to make different kinds of jewelry. I have way too many supplies. I want to find a place to sell my handcrafted jewelry.I thought of ebay. But everyone is just trying to get a cheap bargain and my work is worth more than that. Not to say the cost of the supplies. I guess I'll just keep on making them till I find a place. Thanks Lou C.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 January 19, 2006 5:10 PM

same boat same boat!!! At a bead show, once, the credit card company shut my card down because they thought someone stole it. I overdid it I guess (hehe). I had to call in and verify it was me, and not some theif going haywire at the bead show... got some gorgious things... and still have some from that shopping spree! heheheee. I thought of ebay too, but it does seem like peddling the wares for pennies, after working on an artistic design that cost money to make... At any rate... Cool Beads... I'm not the only Bead-a-holic... ;)  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
I have been more into making them January 23, 2006 7:18 AM

I have been drilling cowrie shells for beads and am about to do the same with some black walnuts. I also buy them for projects but I somehow keep myself in control - at least as far as beads go but maybe not with some other things. I may also use them in a less traditional way. Maybe someone will say - oops - there goes the neighborhood.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Beads January 23, 2006 1:35 PM

I'd like to find a place to sell some jewelry. Like a site that you can post them at, besides eBay. Does anyone know of a site? I don't have enough pieces to start a site my self. Maybe we could get something together and put our things together on a site. we could split the monthly charge of $24.00or what ever they go for. THanks LouC  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
I have a site! February 03, 2006 9:32 PM

Hi...My name is Norah....I own a domain and am paying 30.00 a month for a web site....I do not have it set up yet because i do not have enough inventory yet...Time,Time, Time...There doesnt seem to be enough hours in the day....Any way..youmay look at some of my work on my shares...and if you are interested...I am open to sharing my website with other beaders...maybe we can get together enough inventory to open shop!....I too am addicted to both beading and buying beads....hopefully, I can recoup some funds with the website...and I do not sell my work cheaply!.....Peace and Love...Let me know if you are interested in working this site together.... my email http://my.care2.com/yona-usti my http://norahsbeadwork.com/  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
if you will settle for paypal as the payment method February 04, 2006 10:51 AM

It is easy enough to set up your own site on the cheap. I know of several hosts where you can get hosting for a single doamin for a year in the $50-$110 range. You can get a domain on godaddy for anywhere from $2-$10. Then hang a picture of your goods, let folks know they are one of a kind and force them into email to conclude the transaction - with them paying by paypal. I have a lot of junky little sites - enough to have my own server but my minimum hosting charge is $10/month - you can find cheaper than me with more control over what you have.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
setting up a website February 04, 2006 12:22 PM

Hi Lou, in response to your question - I found two usefule web addresses that may help. on findmyhosting.com I found about 60 companies offering hosting for $4/mos or $50/year. At this address: http://www.boutell.com/newfaq/creating/setup.html I found straightforward instructions on setting up a site. For me, knowing how to do it, it takes 1-2 hours to set up a website with no special functions, longer to do something special (like make a form, forums, directory, gallery, etc.) It is likely to take longer if you haven't done it before but I find it fun to do. Here is one of mine which features beads (not very much but it does a little) www.make-a-shakere.com That one now has probably 30-50 hours in it, not counting the time to do the crafts. It is helpful (very) to have a digital camera. Getting some hand-holding when starting is very helpful also. Ask people near you who has a website. They will be able to help with the parts that are difficult to understand at first - like setting up ftp, pointing the domain name at your host, and making the pages not look like crap =) I do this as a function of work and so do a lot of people. Find someone near because face to face goes lots faster than any other way I know - you get them at your computer and they can help you set up helper programs they already know and which you can later ask more questions about. Hope that helps.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Selling the craft February 04, 2006 2:52 PM

This is so cool. Thanks guys. You've helped me on a lot of things that I was wondering about. I think I have to look all this over and read more.I didn't realize all the things involved. I need to start making some more jewelry and have it ready. I got this kit on how to do wire sculptutring. This looks easy buts it's a little harder than the man makes it look. Well I have enough beads to do a bunch of pieces and there is another sale on today. I'm trying to save my money to go to the next gemstone show though. I hear the jewels are really low priced. Thanks for the help Lou C.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Beading February 05, 2006 11:57 AM

Hi everyone!! I too have a beading addiction! Isn't it great? I love to make things for people as gifts, and sell them too if the opportunity presents itself. I am also a web designer, so I have made myself a site for my jewelry. I don't have lots of things on it, but offer what I thought were some of things I wanted to make available to the public. Its very hard to get established though online, as there are sooooo many jewelry sites, beading sites, etc. It is fun though, and I mainly made the site for some practice in web design, which I am going to school for btw.... yes, even at my age!! *lol* Anyway, good luck with everyone's beading experiences and keep being creative!!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
beading addiction February 06, 2006 10:41 PM

Hi there! I am starting to get some photos uploaded now. If you would care to see some of my stuff you can at my page! Happy day!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Jewelry March 01, 2006 9:24 PM

Hi, Dale I looked at your jewelry album. It's pretty cool. I need to find a better place than ebay. Lou C.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
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