Mar 272009

If you’ve ever wanted to see your work in print, here’s your chance! Bead Trends magazine is looking for beaded work for their September 2009 issue…but hurry, the deadline is today!

More information available on the Bead Trends web site.

Bead Trends (September 2009) Call

Bead Trends is currently looking for designs with the following themes for our September 2009 issue

  • Quick & Easy
  • Fashion Favorites
  • Birthstones (Sapphire)
  • Anything Goes – The beaded possibilities are endless and not just limited to jewelry. What about pillows, table runners, picture frames, lamps, clothing, candle collars, wine glass charms, and home decor. This category can contain jewelry and a whole lot more!
  • Necklaces
  • Eclectic Design
  • Autumn Color & Texture
  • Matching Sets
  • Semi Precious Gemstones
  • Great Gifts

If you would like to submit your work to this publication, please e-mail a photograph, the name or title of your piece, and contact information to:

If submitting multiple pieces, please send a separate e-mail and photograph for each design.

Deadline for the September 2009 issue is 11:59 p.m. MDT, March 27th, 2009. All ideas should be your original work and not previously published.

Jan 162009

Last night I picked up the mail, and found the new copy of the Rings N Things 2009 catalog. True confession, I don’t buy much through the catalog any more – I’m lucky enough to have their trunk show come to town once a year, and I load up on gorgeous R&T product then!

BUT, a new catalog just screams for paging through, and there are always some great finished pieces for inspiration!

So after I did some work around the house, I settled in for a little down time on the couch. Imagine my surprise when I turned page 37 of my catalog and glanced through page 38.

Something looked familiar…I did about three double takes and finally said “Hey! That’s ME!!!” (to an empty house…the boys were both gone and the dog was outside, LOL). It was my “Owl’s Eyes” bracelet, which was entered (and won Honorable Mention) in the 2007 Your Designs Rock! contest.

I was really thrilled and kept going back to page 38, even after I’d gotten far into the catalog.

Someone on one of the jewelry boards asked why R&T didn’t notify me that they were including it in their publication…well, when I entered the contest (in 2007) I’m sure there was a “we can and probably will use your images” clause, and besides, I don’t really mind it being a surprise.

What a great way to end the evening!!!