October 28, 2011

New Works & Publications

I have a new necklace project - "Ravishing Rosettes" - published in the latest December 2011 Bead and Button Magazine.

Also, three of my works are featured in Fabulous Peyote Stitch Jewelry with Crystal Accents - a wonderful e-magazine from Beadwork. This e-Mag is full of sparkling jewelry, all stitched in one of the most favorite stitches - peyote. You will love reading this eMag in its innovative format! There are sections within the pages for tutorials, inspirational galleries of works and what I really loved is the interactive color chart, which is fun to use!

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The jewelry set below is my latest beadwoven creations - a necklace with a 2-in-1 pendant, made with Swarovski crystals, pearls and beautiful Miyuki Duracoat seed beads (I highly recommend Duracoat!), and a matching bead embroidered cuff.

October 17, 2011

I Have Made a H U G E Mistake.....

If you was wondering why all the images were not showing my blog in the last couple of days, here's why.
I set my new smartphone to automatically synchronize with my Google account and it had uploaded all my photos to the phone memory. Thinking that I do not need all these hundreds of images, eating up memory space on my phone, I deleted all the albums from my phone. That was a mistake. A HUGE, stupid,  f&^%$^& mistake!

I never knew that when I post an image on my blog (I upload them directly from my hard drive), it automatically add it to my Picasa account (which I don't use for a few years now). So by deleting the albums from my synchronized phone, I actually deleted all the images on that Picasa account. I didn't stop to think about this whole synchronizing thing, and that it could effect all my Google account content...big mistake.

So I woke up the next day just to find out that ALL the images on my blog are missing. And there are hundreds of them! All the images of my long beading journey, back from late 2007 until today. Gone, gone, gone! [shout] I tried to look for help to see if there's a way to restore those images - deleted from the internal memory of the phone, unfortunately not from a micro SD card -  on the phone manufacturer site, on Picasa and the internet, but couldn't find any way I could do it securely.

The meaning of this stupid mistake is that I need to upload all my images to the blog, one by one... And if that's not enough to make one scream, since I didn't keep my blog images in one organized folder, I have to look for them all over my computer and backup devices I have from past years.  I really don't feel like doing this.. I don't have the TIME for this! :((

I have already uploaded the images from 2011 & 2010 - it took me about six hours to find the images and upload them - and the rest I will have to complete in the next few days.

What I learned from all this?

* Learn how Google products are connected to each other, especially if you are dependent on their services;
* Learn more about how this Sync function on your smartphone works;
* Think carefully before deleting anything and know if and how you can undo the deleting later;
* Work in an organized way - create folders and arrange them by dates;
* The most important thing - BACKUP all your content regularly on a separate device; backup your digital images stored on the internet.

Now back to work. No, not to work on the unfinished beautiful beaded earrings project I have on my table, but computer work... Sigh... big sigh...