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Updates to the Garden…

Posted by Steve on May 25 at 05:34 pm

Hi all, I just wanted to post a quick note about some updates to our web site. We’ve got some big changes in the works that will make Lima Beads even more fun for sharing ideas and getting the most out of beading! We can’t give away all the details yet, but I wanted to let you know that we’ve been busy behind the scenes working on The Garden. Since the launch back in the summer of 2009, we’ve watched beaders around the world share ideas and meet new friends, and we couldn’t be more thrilled with the results.

One area of the Garden that never really got much attention was the concept of “groups” and forums. We found that people would rather have a conversation and express ideas through creating awesome designs and Fresh Picks instead of chatting in forums. Plus, they were hard to find and use! Since there was so little activity there, we decided to take them away to make room for other things. Stay tuned to hear more about these changes!

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    Janet Miriam says:

    I was disappointed to see that there were no discussions taking place in the Groups. But, I would love to see an area where we could discuss/share such things as techniques, design ideas, tips on selling, etc.

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    Like Janet, I was also disappointed in the lack of activity in the groups and forums. I usually asked my questions in Fresh Picks because I knew there was a better chance of someone responding to it there.
    I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us! You never fail to deliver new ideas and great fun!
    Thanks Lima Team!

  3. noname
    noname says:

    More talk is always good- cross-fertilization is the growth medium of so much creativity!
    But let me segue – I asked once before if it would be possible/legal/correct to take a screenshot of a “fresh pick” and print that out on fabric, using the result as a quilt square? I know it is physically possible, but would it be feasible? After all, putting a fresh pick up to “share” is, I believe, the legal equivalent of “freeing” the design. I can also see the idea of members making squares, then somehow (?) getting it assembled, and putting it out to bids somewhere for charity?

    Steve? Any feedback?

    What about all us mad beaders – anyone else think this has possibilities?


  4. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Looking forward to seeing the changes to come, Steve! :D I’ve already noticed the changes to the message system and the Metal Beads page — which are especially awesome!!! — and can’t wait to see what else is to come!

    One suggestion that I read on this site from another beader (no credit to me, though I’ve often thought the same) — Is there a way that when you click on a cab setting, it would give you a listing of which cabs would fit in that particular setting? I’ve purchased some that end up not fitting, being too big or too small by just a smidge.

    Thanks for all you & the rest of your amazing team do for us!!! LB is the BEST!!! :D

  5. Lynn g
    Lynn g says:

    I really like the idea!! I do enjoy meeting people on here and sharing are designs and ideas.. I am sure you have a great plan, No wonder you LB girls and guys have been a little quite for a while..

  6. FaeryGoth Chick
    FaeryGoth Chick says:

    It looks great! Love the new changes but I seem to have difficulties finding my messages?! Where did they go????

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    Ditto Sarah!!!
    I can’t find my messages either! :-( Help!

  8. Gina P - Delta Chick
    Gina P - Delta Chick says:

    Y’all have been busy! :D Having a great time checking out all the changes to the site. It is good to know I’m not crazy,I can’t find my messages either.

  9. Jewelry by Shannon
    Jewelry by Shannon says:

    Love the new features. You all aren’t losing it, I can’t find messages either! SLS

  10. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Add me to the list — love the new and improved site, but also can’t find my messages. :( Please send help…..

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    Janet Miriam says:

    Just in case you didn’t see our messages have been added back under “Find Beaders”! Yeah!!

  12. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Thanks, Janet, for the update regarding the location of our MIA messages! :D

  13. Bead-itudes
    Bead-itudes says:

    I have also made the suggestion, Lynn, about a way to match the cabs to the appropriate sized setting, many months ago. I have also gotten items that don’t match up – and then you’re stuck with a setting you can’t use – until by accident you find something that does fit. Hopefully if enough of us ask – the Lima Beads team will figure out a way. Loving all the new changes. Always keeping it fresh LBTeam

  14. Lyric Chick aka Bev
    Lyric Chick aka Bev says:

    Hi Steve,
    Like the new look, but can’t find my private messages. Did the disappear with the new updates?

  15. Steve
    Steve says:

    Hi Bev,
    You probably already found your messages… but just in case… they are under the “Find Beaders” tab on the right-hand side (just make sure you’re logged in).

  16. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Thanks, Steve! 8)

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