Friday, February 25, 2011

Winnings from Beaded Impressions Contest

A package from Beaded Impressions ( arrived yesterday full of beading goodness and I just had to share pictures of my contest winnings with you.

I'm always looking for interesting and well made closures, end caps and findings and I'm delighted with all the sterling silver, silver plated, copper and copper plated pewter items I received. 

Sterling Silver and Silver Plated Findings
Copper and Pewter/Copper Findings

I also chose a variety of beads (of course) in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes.  I have some specific projects in mind for some of them.  Other I chose simply because I liked them.  I'm sure they will speak to me and tell me how they want to be used.  We all know, one can never have too many beads!

Iolite Heishe, Labradorite Heishe and Teardrops, and Tiny Button Pearls

Flat Square Glass Beads, Czech Flowers, and Glass Peridot AB Daggers

Chinese Turquoise Heishe and 2mm rounds, and Rosebud beads
Tourmalinated Quartz Chips and 2mm Carnelian Agate Beads

I promised all my facebook friends that I would share my joy at winning 1st place in the jewelry category with them (thanks to their votes) - so stay tuned to find out more details about my "Thank You Giveaway."

Monday, February 21, 2011

Beaded Impressions 2011 Beading Contest Winners Announced

Beaded Impressions announced the winners of their 2011 Winter Beading Contest. There were two categories:  Beaded Jewelry and Beadwork.  Two winners were chosen from each category.  The judges selected the winning entries from those that received the most votes from the public. 

Thanks to all who voted, my "Rhythm and Blues Bracelet" won first place in the Jewelry Category.

The first place winner in the Beadwork Category was "In the Autumn of my Life Hat" by Leslie Ann Campbell

 Second place winner in the Jewelry category was "Woodsy Florals" by Nancy Celeste.

Second place winner in the Beadwork Category was this "Beaded Victorian Lampshade" by Adrienne Herrick.

You can find out more about the winners and view all the entries here.   Beaded Impressions can also be found on facebook.

I am very thankful to Beaded Impressions and for providing this opportunity to beaders.  I cannot lie - I had so much fun on my shopping spree in their online store.   I'll share pictures of what I chose after I receive them later this week.


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Beaded Impressions Contest - Voting is Open

I entered my Rhythm and Blues freeform bracelet in the Beaded Impressions 2011 Beading Contest, sponsored by  Winners win money to buy more beads, and who doesn't need more beads?  Voting is now open and winners will be announced Feb 18, 2011.

My entry is #46 in the Jewelry Category and I need your votes in order to win.  Everyone who votes (even if you don't vote for me) will receive a 10% discount coupon for 10% off any purchase at through March 15, 2011.

Thanks very much for your support, time and vote!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Bead Journal Project - January 2011

I'm only one day late in finishing my very first Bead Journal Project!  Yay!  I thought I was being so smart to limit my size to 3x3".  Believe me, that is huge when it comes to doing bead embroidery.  Next year, I will think even smaller! 

I am hoping to put all of my monthly projects together into an art picture, so I am leaving the edges unfinished until I know how I'm going to put them all together.  I will be using one of my own dichroic glass cabochons for each month of the year. This cab has always reminded me of a winter blizzard, so I thought it was appropriate for January. You can see just a bit of the trees, buildings and ground through the swirling snow.

This was very difficult to photograph, so it looks a bit blue in this picture.  All of the beads (except for the green ones) are crystal, silver or white and many have an AB finish.

I'm very happy with my first Bead Journal Project and excited that I finished my January project before leaving for the Tucson bead shows tomorrow.