Beads, Books

New books and a thank you to CBC

I’m quite active in several bead/jewellery design groups on Facebook. A couple of months ago, one of those groups, Creative Bead Chat, had a big giveaway competition to celebrate reaching 2000 members. Of course, I put my name down for pretty much every prize offered! And to my surprise I won a book donated by Tammy Jones, the editor of Jewelry Making Daily, the online presence of publishing company Interweave’s Jewelry division. Not only that, but Tammy actually sent me two books!

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Here are the books I received. I have to say, they are both fabulous, with some wonderful ideas for projects! I took a quick photo of a couple of the projects I’d like to do when I have some time (and the right tools too, metal stamps are definitely on my Christmas wishlist this year).

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From Stamped Metal Jewelry
By Lisa NIven Kelly
From Contemporary Copper Jewelry By Sharilyn Miller
From Contemporary Copper Jewelry
By Sharilyn Miller

To save on postage, the books were sent to my parent’s holiday place in Colorado, and as they have only just returned from their annual US trip, I have only just received them. Thanks Dad for carting them from Denver to Buffalo and then all the way back to Melbourne, it’s much appreciated! Needless to say I have not had much time to look through them, let alone attempt one of the projects! But I thought I would take the time to say a big thank you to Tammy Jones, as well as to the Creative Bead Chat/Artisan Whimsy community, ably run by Melinda Orr, Marla James, Natalie McKenna, Cynthia Machata and Linda Younkman!

Now, if I only had time to sit down and play!

To see what some of the other prize winners received, visit their blogs:

Sandra – http://skyescreativechaos.blogspot.com

Carolyn – http://artisanwhimsy.com/profiles/blog/list?user=07ase2t9q0suy

Kay      – http://kayzkreationz.blogspot.com

Jana     – http://lasjoyasdejana.blogspot.com

Alenka  – http://pepita-handmade.blogspot.com

Rose    – http://handedcraftedjewelrybyrose.blogspot.com

Melissa – https://beadrecipes.wordpress.com

Malie   – http://kumifisher.blogspot.com

Kashmira – http://sadafulee.blogspot.com

Connie – http://artisanwhimsy.com/profiles/blogs/creative-bead-chat-2000-thank-you-blog-hop

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Published!

Yesterday I was looking through the online magazine Bead Chat, put out by Artisan Whimsy (an online forum and community started by Melinda Orr to support jewellery designers and bead-makers), when my Seahorse necklace popped out at me! It’s the first time I’ve been published in any kind of beading magazine, so I’m quite chuffed to say the least!

If you’d like to browse through this lovely magazine, you can find it here. I’m on page 3:

It really has capped off a lovely week for me. First I found out that I was chosen as a guest designer for the Art Jewelry Elements Component of the Month series. Later this month I’ll get a pendant from Diana Ptaszynski, and I’ll reveal my design on 31 July.

And the necklace I entered in the JLynn Jewels Summertime Color Challenge was chosen as best theme interpretation for the Wise Ones Category.

Thank you Melinda Orr and the Bead Chat editorial team, thank you Diana and the Art Jewelry Elements team and thank you Janice Everett from JLynn Jewels and your panel of judges.

Come back on the weekend to the Seasons Blog Hop reveal, which is this Saturday.