[From Lark Jewelry & Beading: a new, semi-regular feature profiling popular jewelry and beading bloggers with five quick questions.]
Name: Carol Dean Sharpe
Place: Anthony, New Mexico, USA
Blog: Sand Fibers
Carol, what do you blog about?
Everything and nothing. No. Seriously.
I blog about my new creations and collaborations with other artists. I share some of my personal life, my animals, my mini pecan farm adventures.
I take my readers on window shopping tours around Etsy, and I introduce them to the curators of Etsy treasuries my work is featured in.
What else? Oh, yes, every now and then I have a giveaway, usually to celebrate some sort of milestone for Sand Fibers, but sometimes just because.
Stacks of 24 Karat Gold Peyote Cuff Bracelet by Carol Dean Sharpe
I have three scheduled posts every week: Thursday’s Treasur(i)es, BAO (Bead Art Originals) Item of the Week, and Saturday Window Shopping with Sand Fibers.
You never know what I might throw in on other days.
Who are you?
I am a beadweaver and, when I find the time and the energy, I’m a wife, “mother” to three large dogs, and friend to some wonderful folks offline and online.
I look for and find joy in the small things in life. (Hmmm … delica beads ARE small, are they not?)
I’m getting older, not much wiser, but hopefully better at my craft.
Why do you blog?
I started blogging the day before my 45th birthday, stating that I was doing so as “a way to explore what I’m doing creatively, perhaps even a way to ensure that I do explore creatively. We’ll see what happens.”
This was before I had any online stores, a Twitter account, or a Facebook page. I’m not sure who I thought my audience was.
Four and half years later, I hope the “explore creatively” part is still true. But I now have to add several other reasons for blogging: showcasing my work and that of other artists I admire, thanking treasury curators, counting my blessings, supporting the Bead Art Originals team, and sharing bits and pieces of me with people who might be interested.
You Are My Sunshine Necklace by Carol Dean Sharpe
Who and what inspire you?
Inspiration is an amazing gift from the Universe: It’s everywhere.
While the inspiration for most of my peyote cuffs comes from striking color combinations, fabric patterns, symbols (especially spirals), and simple geometry, a gorgeous art bead can lure me away from my cuffs and into the world of pendants and ropes.