Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Ouch!

So, yeah, this post has been delayed a bit.  It was originally going to be last week, but I went a bit astray that day.  Then I was going to do it yesterday, but life was crazy.  I was going to do it this morning, but got a bit sidetracked when a project I'm working on attacked me. 


I'm rigging up a printer's drawer as a display for my finished jewelry.  I was adding cup hooks and eye hooks as hangers when I had a small incident with the drill.  No, the drill didn't end up hurting me seriously, but I do have a small gouge in the pad of the pointer finger of my left hand.  You really never know how much you use that finger until it hurts to do so!  And honestly, it's really not that bad - a bit of pressure, and a bandage and we're all good.  Although it has garnered a bit of attention from my 3 year old boy who is fascinated with bandaids!  (Do you know a 3 year old who isn't?  ha.)

Anyway to celebrate a few pretty cool things, I'm finally ready to offer up that giveaway I've been hinting at!  And what are we celebrating, you ask?  Grab your favorite beverage and let me tell you!

Mulled wine (or any wine, actually) is my favorite drink!

 Well, back when I started this journey a little over three years ago it started as a diversion while I was pregnant with my second child and on bed rest.  My creative side, dormant for way too long, was starting to nudge me here and there, and I eventually listened to the nudge.  As is my wont, I wasn't expecting to stick with something so long - I tend to be a "flutterby".  In other words, I flutter by this, experiment a bit with that, flutter over here again, and flutter by that. 

The first piece I ever posted on my blog!
But surprisingly, three plus years go by, and I'm still here!  Not only am I still here, but I'm enjoying it immensely, and growing with it too!  I'm learning new things (more flutterby, as I can't decide on one thing I want to concentrate on - I wanna do it all!), meeting wonderful new people, and new and exciting opportunities are starting to show themselves as a result!  Who knew, back when I was pregnant with my little man and picked up my first pair of pliers at the craft store that I would now have:

203 people following my Facebook page!

170 people following my blog!

A successful Etsy shop with over 30 sales! 
(yeah, I know that's really not that many sales, but with the amount of promo that I don't do, I'm pretty happy :))

So, as a celebration of those three things, and not having flutterby'ed this exciting creative journey I'm on, I'd like to offer a giveaway!  

 
This necklace features a beautiful Barbara Bechtel polymer clay flower pendant, turquoise, sugilite and brass. Earrings made to match the necklace will be included.  If you'd like to win this pretty necklace and earring set, here's what you need to do to enter:
  • Leave a comment about how you started your creative journey.
  • Facebook my giveaway!
  • Follow me on FB.
  • Follow my blog!
Comment individually about everything you've done :)

The winner will be announced a week from today, Tuesday April 19th so stay tuned and share the love with all your friends :)

And thank you so much for joining me as we continue on this journey!  Let's make sure we make it a fun ride, shall we?





36 comments:

Melissa Meman said...

Congrats on 3 years!! I started out by falling in love with the imported glass earrings Pier1 used to sell eons ago..I then stumbled on a bead store and figured out I could make them better and less expensive...it obviously snowballed from there!

Sherry Smyth said...

I'm with you on the wine!! Lent will be over soon and I'll be back to my beloved (!) red wine.

I too am a bit of a flutterby so we have that in common (on top of all those yummy historical novels!).

I started on my creative journey as a child...cutting and gluing things. Then I started to do needlepoint and that moved to counted cross-stitch. I hitched my wagon next to cutting wood and folk art painting. After a dry spell and cancer treatment I gravitated back to paper and glue and collage and cards and now doing digitial. I'm painting and doing mixed media, and doing a bit with jewelry and collecting beads and bits...it's a never ending creative journey!

Sherry Smyth said...

I facebooked your giveaway!

Sherry Smyth said...

I already follow you on facebook :)

Sherry Smyth said...

and I already follow your blog!

Hope that finger gets better soon!

carlanda said...

i actually started many years ago with tole painting and have continued on. i now do jewelry, and mixed media collage and trying my hand at a little drawing and painting. lovein it all! thank you for such a generous giveaway. your work is beautiul! thanks. carlanda

carlanda said...

i will post on facebook!

carlanda said...

i will follow your blog!!

carlanda said...

and i will follow you on facebook! that is 4 entries! yeah!

My Life Under the Bus said...

I remember finding earring hooks walking around Franks Crafts ( remember them?) after having gone there to buy plants. I was absolutley fascinated you could actually MAKE earrings! LOL - I must have been about 16 - I've played on and off ever since!

I do stalk all your places - I'll go put this on Facebook!

XO Happy Wednesday!!!

Pretty Things said...

Yay YOU! I've loved following your blog, and I've always thought your jewelry was divine.

CraftyHope said...

I've always been interested in arts and crafts. I played around with all kinds of crafts my whole life.
I remember using seed beads at Girl Scout Camp. Unfortunately, I got it in my head that seed beads were the only kinds of beads available and the little rings we made with them were the only kinds of jewelry "regular people" could make.
Then, while at work one day I complemented a co-worker on the bead-strung necklace she was wearing. She told me she had made it herself. It was ALL OVER from there. I couldn't get to the craft store fast enough. That was ten years ago. . .

CraftyHope said...

I follow your blog as well as have liked your FB page!

CraftyHope said...

I FBed about it as well!!

Barbara Bechtel said...

congratulations and I'm so glad to find you and we've connected over the interwebs! I don't need to enter just give you big props for your continued friendship and success! :)

love,
b.

BeaderBubbe said...

Following following....my creativity started when I started to think about retirement...what will I do....I sat down and made a list of what I would like to do and one of them was "make jewelry" Never looked back, now all I have to do is RETIRE...btw, turquoise is my favorite.

Leslie Todd said...

I love your necklace! I've been interested in rocks and gems since I was a child. Then a few years ago I found a couple of bead magazines and a bead store and that was it. Now I'm getting more into metalwork but I'm still loving it.

Oh, I followed also.

For My Sweet Daughter said...

I follow you on fb

For My Sweet Daughter said...

I follow your blog

For My Sweet Daughter said...

Congrats!
I have always been creative but started jewelry several years ago after attending a jewelry party. I love that necklace! Beautiful!!!

I would really appreciate your vote, my necklace is #17.
http://vintaj.com/wpblog/?p=11263
Thanks, Shannon C

French Elegant Jewelry said...

I diacovered jewelry making after I stopped homeschooling my girls and suddenly had nothing to do with all my time. So my hubby told me to find a hobby. So I took a jewelry class...and then started teaching classes...and then opened an esty shop...and then started selling at shows and markets....My hubby's not so sure that class was such a good idea....lol. he should know how I take something and run with it.

French Elegant Jewelry said...

I already follow your blog

French Elegant Jewelry said...

I facebooked your giveaway post

French Elegant Jewelry said...

I am following you on facebook

JoaniB said...

Congratulations on your success! That's great!

I think my creative journey started when I beaded my first piece--a denim jacket with lots of long, peacock-colored fringe on the back and bead embroidery. I still have it, and when I wear it, young women tell me it's cute because it's
"so 80's", LOL. The rest is history--although I do more jewelry than garments now. I can so relate to the person who started experimenting to make things cheaper than she could buy them....I actually always end up spending a boatload, but I have a good time. And when I start a project, I'm always thinking, "I could make that for less..."

JoaniB said...

I shared your giveaway on facebook.

JoaniB said...

I'm a fan on facebook

JoaniB said...

Now that I've found your blog, I'm a follower! Gotta go read all the archives now....glad to "meet" you.

Christine said...

Great question! I've enjoyed many areas of craftiness, but I enjoy making jewelry more than the others. After I took my first jewelry class, we found out my niece had cancer, so I wanted to make pieces for her because she loved jewelry.
Thanks for the chance to win - I love the colors in your necklace!

Kristen said...

I have no idea how I missed this post! It has been such a pleasure following you and seeing all of your outstanding creations. I started with a stash it forward of seed beads and then picked up a Beadwork magazine and I have been hooked ever since. I love the friendships and diversity of bead bloggers and would not give it up for the world. You already know I would love this necklace and would so make a bracelet to go with it if I won.
Congrats on 3 years but most of all thank you for all the support and encouragement!

Hugs

Shaiha said...

I am also a flutterby so i am not consistent with my jewelry but I keep going back to it.

I started because I bought one of those jewelry kits as something to do at work and got hooked.

Shaiha said...

I shared your giveaway on FB

Shaiha said...

I already follow you thru GFC :)

Lucid Moon Studio said...

Congrats on 3 years! I have always been into some form of arts or crafts, but got into jewelry and started my blog 3 years ago as well. The time has flown by, and I have met so many cool people! Thanks for the giveaway :)

Lucid Moon Studio said...

I already follow your blog :)

Lucid Moon Studio said...

I am following your Facebook page :)

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