5 Fab Ways To Beat The Lockdown Blues – plus how to use ZOOM!

Hello Beautiful Beaders,

So we’re into week three of this latest lockdown and I don’t know about you but I’m coping pretty well. I know that things are tough but I think the prospect of the vaccine has kept my spirits higher this time around.

I certainly haven’t stopped working! I’ve been creating our new monthly subscription box, new workshop schedule and also filming content for our You Tube and Facebook group channels. It’s go, go, GO for me and Caroline!
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Donna and Caroline at Riverside Beads and Crafts
Hopefully this means that we can keep you, our trusty Beading and Crafting beauties, busy during lockdown as well.
If you haven’t already seen it you must join us for our weekly free tutorial on the Riverside Beads Facebook page. This starts every Wednesday at 3.30pm and covers a variety of techniques from wirework to beaded dream catchers!
It’s a lovely chance to bead together and as it’s live you can online chat with us as we go along. If you’re not already a member of Facebook simply go to the website and register. All you will need is your name, birthday and an email address. To find our page just click here
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Bead along with Donna
Also on Facebook we have two free groups that you can join. One for Crafters and one for Beaders. These are more like community groups where you can share your thoughts, messages and projects. It’s like a club and I think it’s really quite special. To join the Beading group click here
To join the crafting group click here.
We have been talking about developing our YouTube channel for some time and one of the great things to come out of 2020 was time to do just this. We’ve already recorded over 20 videos showing you new Beading ideas and tutorials on how to perfect your jewellery making skills – a must during lockdown! To join in the fun click here and don’t forget to subscribe to the channel to get regular updates on when we post a new video.
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Filming our You Tube tutorials
As mentioned earlier I have also put together a new virtual workshop programme for January. There’s even a FREE beginners class for anyone new to braided Kumihimo. To find out more and see the full schedule click here.
Most of the classes are being held via the virtual meeting room website Zoom. If you haven’t used Zoom before please rest assured it’s very easy to navigate, even for the biggest technophobes!
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Zoom Class
When you sign up for a class you’ll be sent a meeting room ID (number) and a password. Then you just go to the Zoom website and click ‘Join a Meeting’. You’ll then be asked to enter the meeting room ID and then the password.
My top Zoom troubleshooting tips:-
1. Go to the website and register as a user before the class starts. This usually takes about ten minutes. You’ll just need an email address and to enter some basic personal information, like your name! Once you’ve registered they will email you a confirmation link. You just go to your email inbox and click on the link in the email from Zoom, then you’re ready to go. Click here to register with Zoom now.
2. Once you have your class information, log into Zoom via the website or app and click on ‘Join a Meeting’. The password is case sensitive so if it doesn’t work make sure you’ve got your upper and lower case letters correct and don’t add any spaces.
3. If you have no video and just see a black screen look for a little camera icon on the screen which may have a red line through it. Click ‘start video’ and it should turn the camera on.
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How to use Zoom
4. If you have no sound look for a headphones icon and click ‘join audio’ to turn the sound on, or a box may pop up asking you if you wish to use sound via the Internet, click yes.
5. If you’re using a smartphone and wonder why you can’t see everyone, swipe right and other people will be shown.
6. If you’re using a desktop computer or a tablet and can only see one person on the screen then look for a grid like icon and click on it. You should then see everyone on your screen.
There’s lots of other things you can do with Zoom like sharing your screen or using a virtual backdrop but I won’t go into those right now. I recommend going to You Tube and watching a Zoom tutorial if you get stuck or want to learn more.
Anyway I hope that helps and that it might encourage some of you to join in the fun with our online classes. They really are just like being in the Riverside Makery – but with your own coffee/tea! It’s been lovely to see so many of you and continue teaching via this new learning stream. I urge everyone to give it a go, after all nothing ventured nothing gained!
Until next time….happy Beading!
Donna Xx
To see Donna on Create and Craft TV go to Freesat 813 Virgin 748 Freeview 95 Sky 683 Apple TV Amazon Firestick
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