Do you remember way back when? Where I said that I was going to adopt as my Word for 2011 the word "Reach" because I was becoming a little to comfortable where I was? Well, following that, I kicked myself out of my complacency and started to reach for some lofty goals that I'd decided upon. And am starting now to reap the benefits of having done so. And I'm happy and excited about it, in a pretty big way! I've already mentioned this on my personal Facebook, but excuse me while I crow a bit more. As I said, I'm pretty excited.
And what am I so excited about? Well, I've officially had a piece of mine published! The September issue of Bead Trends includes my necklace "Forest Walk"....and I still can't believe it! This is the first time I've ever seen my name in print for something creative that I've done!
I can't tell you how excited I was when I first got that email saying that Bead Trends wanted to use my necklace in their magazine! I'm pretty surprised ya'll didn't hear me screeching where ever you might be :) And then, keeping it a secret like I did? Yeah, that never happens. I can't keep a secret to save my life. (although I am better about keeping secrets than my sisters...) But I kept quiet, just because I wanted to!
"Forest Walk" features my favorite copper, along with some gorgeous ocean jasper, fancy jasper, oyster opal agate and handmade copper washer links. It's finished with one of my handmade copper clasps.
That beautiful ocean jasper rectangle just called out to me when I first saw it! And I'm still in love with those beautiful fancy jasper rounds and the oyster opal agate. (The above shot was taken by me, and is not in the magazine....I'd done some adjustments to the clasp since I wasn't happy with the links!)
|Here is how the piece showed in the magazine. It can be found on pages 96 and 97.|
I can't thank Bead Trends enough for publishing my necklace! And to have it in such awesome company as the featured designer, lovely Miss Molly Alexander? Talk about incredible! (What I find even cooler is that Molly and I were partners in my first Bead Soup Blog Party! A pretty cool piece of coincidence, if you ask me ;) And I certainly can't forget being in the company of covergirl Shannon Chomanczuk, the inspirational Erin Prais-Hintz, the fun Diana Ptazynski and oh, so many other awesome designers....well, who could ask for more? Certainly not me! So, again, thank you so much, Bead Trends, for including my necklace...
And watch for some more of my pieces coming up in Bead Trends! I've got one piece in the October issue, and another in January, 2012!
I'm certainly going to continue to Reach after this!
What are you reaching for?