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Mark It Now Watermark

I have finally found an inexpensive software that enables me to easily and quickly put a watermark on my digital images! Wooh Hooh! It is called Mark It Now and has a free lite version and the fully working trial is available to try free for 10 days and if you like it, it is only $5 to buy it! So you should be seeing a lot more images on my blog from now on. You can find Mark It Now here

Art Fire

Ah, I finally did it... I listed my first two items with Art Fire! I already feel so much better about this website than the other one I have patterns listed on. You have so much more control and even though it is new, the forums are picking up and there is plenty of help out there. Anyway, they are having a promotion right now.... join now and if you are one of the first 5000 to sign up for a verified account, you only pay $7 a month for the storefront. There are no limits to how many items you list or sell. They also offer a basic storefront that is free, limits you to 10 items a month if you just want to check them out first.

If you check them out and decide to join, please tell them 3PeepsDesigns referred you. Register on ArtFire.com

My Son

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Ok, now here is a picture of the completed project I did with a photo of my son. I used Peyote stitch and kevlar thread and quite a few colors of Delica seed beads. I am very proud of this project as well. It took about 4 months with starts and stops. I used approximately 90 different colors.
Basically I made a palette based on the beads I had and then I bought more beads that I thought best represented skin tones, including both lighter and darker than I thought I needed. I have a couple of the delica sample cards and used that to choose which ones to try and looked at them in person at my local bead shop. Then I plugged those into Bead Creator software and I just played around with those that I liked best. I am not too sure about the greens in the shadows, but overall it looks pretty good… I just try not to analyze the individual colors too much, or I drive myself crazy…. Sometimes it helps to step back and cross your eyes and look at the pattern….. or just from the corner …

My Daughter

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So, I thought I should start posting some pictures and descriptions of my projects that I have completed... there are a few that I am very proud of.... This is one of them..... it took me 4 months of on-again, off-again, and then on-again to complete this. This is a picture that I converted into a bead pattern using BeadCreator software. After playing around with the colors and gathering all of my delicas and reorganizing, I did it! I used Peyote stitch, about 76 different Delica colors, kevlar thread, and the word chart that BeadCreator supplies for each pattern you create. The finished project scanned a little darker than I would like, but its a new scanner and supposedly better than my 9 year old broken scanner :) I need to take a few classes or spend an afternoon taking photos of my projects and make one of those boxes for taking photos...
Just an update, the beading software I use has a new home for their forums and support, it is now
http://www.beadcreator-family.com/ It is easier than the old forum, but not quite as active as the yahoo group, but it is growing FAST! Check it out, perhaps even join the group and buy the software, I love it!


View my page on The BeadCreators

Art Fire

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I joined Art Fire today. I am hoping to sell more patterns and actual finished pieces this year. In addition, I want to sell enough to start making a monthly donation to one of the pit bull rescue groups that I like, Mid-America Bully Breed Rescue, Bad Rap or Pit Bull Rescue Central. I adore animal rescue and as the expenses of homeschooling increase, I need to find other ways to raise money for the things I like to do. So, keep an eye out for things I sell on Art Fire (www.3PeepsDesigns.artfire.com) or the other website I use for selling patterns (www.bead-patterns.com and www.sova-enterprises.com).