Monday, July 5, 2010

Website Building Machine...

Click Picture for Quick Link to New Website
Well....not exactly a machine...but kind of an amatuer, risk-taking, web-building, middle-aged, bead-maker with some basic understanding of things like javascript, meta tags, HTML codes, URL's, content blocks, yada, yada, yada...who thrives on challenges.  Whoah!!  That was long winded!!  As a ceramic bead artist with a brain that pops all over the place, I am always looking for and/or coming up with new ideas....often times taking "old" ideas or ideas that have been there long before me and making them new and different. I'm like that as a teacher too. I guess part of it comes from my strong desire to never grow old and since I can't stop my body from doing that (well, you can stop it a little at your local plastic surgeons office ;o), I look for other ways.

One of those ways is to stay young with my thinking....Working with 12 and 13 year olds certainly helps me to think "young" with the understanding that I don't want to ever think "that young" ever again. Most of us forget those ages because we never want to relive them.  In my teaching careeer, I've commited to never forgetingt that our youth are the future. They were born into world far different than mine and in order to reach them you need to be a part of THEIR world....that's what I mean about thinking young.

Where the heck is this going?? As usual, it's gone off to places that I didn't intend, but, believe it or not, there is a connection. One day while thinking "young" and current, I thought to myself, "Wouldn't it be kinda cool to promote handmade jewelry made with all handmade materials....?"

So, as my impulsive personality (I've channeled my that into more productive channels as I've aged) would have it, I started asking some others who I have an online connection with what they thought about the idea. With all the positive feedback that I got.....

... LOVE MY ART JEWELRY... was born!!

The site hasn't been sifted with a fine tooth comb yet, but I think we are off to a good start.  Now I have to figure out why the Search Engine program is telling me I need to fix some things!

Although we don't want this website to get huge and overwhelming, adding other artists in the future is a definite...whether it's in actual pages or Handmade Designer Guest Pages.....Does a good percentage of your handmade jewelry consist of almost all handmade materials? 

Check it out! 

To learn a little more about the artists pictured, I've made some quick links in no particular order....(remember- I just go with it!):


cindydolezaldesigns said...

Very cool website, Mary Ann. Let me know when you're ready to add new artists. I make my own handmade pendants and beads from low fire earthenware clay. I also make some of my jewelry with my own metal findings too. Great idea.

mairedodd said...

mary ann, you have done an incredible job and we are so lucky for your ideas and ingenuity... to have a forum of handcrafted items, serving as a gallery of sorts was a wonderful idea... thank you -

Artisan Beads Plus said...

Thanks Mary Jane! I appreciate you saying that :O) I felt like something was missing in the world of handmade jewelry and it's people like you that fill that :O) I hope that this show your unique talent!! I hope that someday I can spend time creating jewelry as well as making beads!

Elizabeth said...

Loving the new pretties! What a great idea for your shop, hope you guys have huge success.