I swear someone is stealing days from the months…I can’t believe it’s time for another Component of the Month design challenge reveal already! But it is and the pretties we were give to play with this month come in the form of these gorgeous lampwork focals by Jen Cameron. True to form I forgot to photograph my particular bead but it looks similar to the one back left in this image. Continue reading “Turning Tides – Art Elements Design Challenge”
It suddenly occurred to me that if I turned some of these into a bracelet then they would be there to see and touch whenever I was wearing it…almost like worry beads I guess. I pulled out half a dozen of the blue cream beads because they pair well with my daily uniform of jeans and would therefore get lots of wear. It’s a fairly simple design with the beads wire wrapped and linked to each other and I’ve interspersed them with labradorite dangles to give some fluidity and movement to the piece.
I’m pretty happy with it and am keen now to do something with the rest of Tracie’s beads.
I wash also hoping to have a third piece finished for this challenge but life intervened so this beaded piece with a wonderful focal by Birgitta Legonkou is a work in progress. The theme for this is serenity and I’ll come back and share it when I do get finished.
It’s been a pretty tough winter for many of us in all corners of the globe including incredible storms and floods here in the UK and severe and lengthy snowfall in the US and Canada. I usually like the cooler months but even I’ve had enough now and can’t wait for the arrival of spring. So I had a little chat with my mate Caroline from Blueberri beads and we decided it was time to host a ‘Spring Fever’ Design Challenge to help nudge it along it’s way. This is your chance to get some beautiful spring themed beads at a great price and
then show us what you can do with them at our blog hop.
Participants in the challenge will each receive one of these colourful layered ceramic flower focal and accent bead sets made by me…
And an adorable painted bird ceramic bead set from Caroline…
I’m also delighted that the lovely Claire Braunbarth of Smitten Beads is joining us for this challenge and is contributing these gorgeous lengths of sari silk.
I’m sure you’ll agree with me that these are pretty cool challenge packs and they’ll be available at a cost of £12 GBP plus shipping (£2.50 GBP UK/ £3.75 GBP Overseas) per set to 20
lucky people who will be randomly selected from their comments on this post and Caroline’s challenge post. If you win a spot in the challenge you will receive a surprise package containing one flower focal set, one bird bead set and a length of sari silk which you can use with beads from your own
stash to create as many pieces as you like and then join us for the blog
hop on Wednesday 16th April.
of winning too… do any of the following and leave an additional comment each time and you will get an extra entry for each one:
- Share this giveaway on your own blog
- Share this giveaway on your Facebook pages, Google+, Twitter etc.
- Become a new follower of ‘The Gossiping Goddess’
- Become a new follower of ‘Blueberri Beads’ blog
- Become a new follower of Smitten Beads
- Become a follower of my Facebook page.
- Become a follower of Carolines Facebook page.
- Become a follower of Claire’s Facebook page
- Follow me on Pinterest
- Follow Caroline on Pinterest
- Follow Claire on Pinterest
- Like my Etsy shops THEA jewellery and THEA too.
- Like Caroline’sEtsy shop Blueberri Beads
- Anything else of you can think of to spread the word.
and I will randomly select and announce the winners on Friday 28th February. Winners will be sent an e mail asking them to forward payment in Great British Pounds to my Paypal address – payments should be made as quickly as
possible to ensure beads are shipped in good time. We will aim to have all packs shipped by Monday 10th March which will allow five plus weeks for delivery and design.
It’s as simple as that so good luck and I’ll see you back here on the 28th and hope you’ll be with us for the big reveal.
Oh, and I’ll also be adding some similar pieces to my shop in the near future so watch out for announcements about that.
Our instructions are to make two items one of which must be a pair of earrings. Now this is no mean feat as there are a lot of beads here and I’ve already made my earrings so there are a few missing! The fibre wire is also an unknown entity to me so that will be interesting to work with. I have a week left to come up with a design and I may well need it but you know how I love a challenge!
And this time there is an added twist to the challenge… all the finished items will be put up for auction with the proceeds going to a charity of each designers choice. Now I have a few favourite charities but because this is all about beads, because the beading community is largely female and because October is awareness month; I will be kicking things off a little early by holding my auction for Breast Cancer Awareness.
I’ll publish further details nearer the time and I do hope you’ll come back next weekend to see how I’ve done with my design and maybe think about bidding for a one of a kind creation for a very worthwhile cause.