Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Inspiring Links: October 2011

Flatback rhinestones go on an adventure
on zombies wearing helmets

October is the start of a steady stream of inspiration throughout the end of the year. There are so many fun and festive holidays coming up, beautiful colors outside, and tasty seasonal treats. Here are some of my favorite inspirations of late.

If you love Halloween and vintage ephemera, A Nostalgic Halloween is sure to delight! This simple but stunning blog highlights gorgeous mixed media collage, vintage Halloween advertisements and lots of Halloween goodness.

Remember the 7000 Bracelets for Hope blog hop? The campaign is still going strong, and now you can view some of the amazing jewelry donations on the Global Genes Project Facebook page.

Do you keep a certain palette in mind when designing jewelry throughout the seasons? What about your wardrobe? At Elegant Musings, Casey shares her fall palette must haves and vintage fashion inspirations.

Margie Deeb wants you! In preparation for a new book titled The Beader’s Guide to Jewelry Design, Margie wants your input on the topics and features. To add your thoughts, respond to the question of the day on Facebook, or sign up for the beader’s color newsletter at

Whether you like to dress it up all the time, or just need a little extra something to make your Halloween costume complete, this bow tie brooch tutorial from Honestly…WTF is as easy as it is cute!

My favorite fashion house, Rodarte, took a surprisingly girly twist with their upcoming Spring 2012 collection. The combination of bright yellow and aqua is stunning!

Does your sewing machine have a special story to tell? SINGER Story has been gathering up amazing tales of the origin of sewing machines, and how they have helped to shape hobbies and lifestyles. You can add your story, track the history of your machine, and read about other passionate sewers.

One of them most wonderful things about beading, is that it’s an international passion. Through our beads and techniques, we can connect with people all over the world, without ever saying a word. Beadweavers will love the browsing gorgeous designs of Polish beader Jolinka. For more eye candy without borders, check out Les Perles de Pencio.

Staying up to date with fashion, jewelry and color trends is the key to making wearable designs. Whether you use a blueprint or just a pinch of inspiration, having a good source for current fads and favorites can help. New Found Lust on Facebook has lots of inspirations and insights for designers of all mediums.

Florian Jewelry
Incredibly bold jewelry
by FLorian

A fun tutorial from combines cute bead caps and Swarovski pearls in fall colors, to create a collection of adorable acorn charms for pendants, earrings or ornaments!

Metal stampers will love a fun, fall inspired variation on the book locket from

Glitter Guide has a quick and easy chunky necklace tutorial using big chain and chandelier sized crystal briolettes. A topaz or citrine colored variation would make a gorgeous statement necklace for fall.

Is your favorite celebrity modern or vintage? If you love photography and unique art concepts, you’ll love George Chamoun’s Iconatomy series, which carefully blends color and black and white portraits of different celebrities into one unique image.

Are you an Etsy seller? There have been many changes this year to the way Etsy listings are seen. Market My Shop has a list of 23 tips for getting the most out of your listings and in house search algorithms.

Learn the truth about free patterns from La Bella Joya, with insights into the value of both sharing and selling designs and tutorials.

Melinda Barta shares five tips for submitting your beadwork and jewelry designs for magazine publication, specifically for Interweave’s Beadwork Magazine.

What’s your favorite inspiration of the moment?

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  1. Awesome collection of links! Thanks so much for sharing. I love all of the color inspiration and business tips.

  2. Some very interesting links this evening. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Wow Mortiria! I've been away from reading my blogs for a few weeks, how great to come back and see this powerhouse of awesome links! I may never get to the rest of the blogs!


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