Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Surprise: Stylish Blogger Award!

Well, I found a surprise today!  hkeverson has passed on the Stylish Blogger Award to me, and 14 others.  Please see her blog, A Mom, a Kid, and Art for the other winners, and of course to check out her great blog!  Thanks so much, H, for thinking of me!

 As a part of this award, I must list 7 things about myself and nominate 15 other blogs.  First off, 7 things about me:

1. I learned my first beading techniques from my mother on the loom.  Beadweaving was introduced to me in high school, during a Native American Art class.  I picked up beading again as an art release after college.

2. I have pet snakes - 2 I raised from eggs.  The 3rd was a gift.

3.  I have a 21 month old daughter.  She is one of the lights of my life.  The other is my husband of 3 years.

4.  I'm from northern MN, near Canada.  I miss the green and the lakes.  Not the bugs....

5.  I took woodshop in high school and was the only girl to take more than the beginner course.  I tried to continue in college, but found small-scale metalsmithing instead. 

6.  I have 2 degrees (Art & Zoology) and am working toward a Master's in Natural Resources.  I'm interested in Ecological Restoration & Conservation.

7.  I'm slowly putting together my own metals studio, and hope to incorporate metalwork (especially silversmithing) into my future designs.

You might think finding 15 blogs to pass this award onto would be easy - I have at least 15 blogs that I follow!  However, I chose to search out new blogs for most of my nominations, and these are the 15 blogs I painstakingly searched for and found:

While some of these might not fit the list to you, I think they are CREATIVE by taking a new stance, a different approach, or by offering up fun tutorials!  The creativity is a little deeper than the blog homepage, so to speak!

In order to accept this award please do the following:
1. Put a picture of the Stylish Blogger Award in your blog.
2. Thank and link back to the person who awarded it to you.
3. Share 7 things about yourself.
4. Pass this award to 15 other creative bloggers!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Fantastic Chainmaille Jewelry

This past week I put in an order for beads and supplies and decided to get some cheaper wire to practice on.  So far, I haven't created anything worth looking at...  However, I'm not showing you my work, but some other amazing jewelers' pieces instead!  These fabulous chainmaille artists can be found on Etsy:

Many of these artists work with precious metal and wire designs as well.  Check out their shops for more amazing designs (links in titles) or search for other great chainmaille creations on Etsy's homepage!

For the next post, I'll probably move on to wire-wrapped designs!

Sorry I've been so sporadic - full time grad. school and a 21 month old will do that to a mom's schedule!  I've also begun an informal beading group with some other women - it was a lot of fun to sit and chat while beading for a change.  I was also able to share some of my knowledge of beadweaving with one of the projects.  We'll probably meet once a month and hopefully next time I'll get some photos to show you all what we've been up to!

I've seen many blogs that feature the writing artist's work, but I chose to show other people's work over mine.  There are links on the blog where you can find my pieces, but would you enjoy a feature of what I'm doing?  Maybe in the form of a tutorial, eh?

Don't forget that I will be hosting another jewelry giveaway - even bigger prizes than the last one! - once my followers reach 84.  I though maybe I'd giveaway 2 prizes instead of one big one, so more people can win.  Let me know what you think!

Happy Creating,