Once again I am speechless!
Yes, I know that is hard to believe, but it is true.
As with my last great surprise it all started with a trip to the mail box!
I opened the box and there it sat....
Yes, this is the issue I have been talking about for some time!!! I can now show it ALL to you!!
It started out as an email entry into 'the challenge' email - I have been trying for about 2 years to get in - and a return email from them stating that I had finally made it!!
Then, I was sent this stash;
and then, I added some more beads...
and then I went on VACATION!! Yep, on my trip to California to see my family I took a package of beads tucked in my bag - SURPRISE SURPRISE! I was VERY protective of these beads, and they traveled with me in my carry-on. Then when I got to my Mom and Dad's house I set out to create something that I would be proud to see published. So, here is what I did;
And then, I finished it, sent it off to Beadwork magazine and waited!! It was SO hard for me to wait! I couldn't show anyone my creation, show the stash that I was given, or anything!! Talk about hard for a person who shows all her creations...one step at a time...to the whole world!?! But, I waited - until yesterday's mail! And there, it was!!!
This is the note I wrote to them with my creation (they edited it a bit, but here is the whole note);
My favorite color is Purple, so when this beautiful kit came in the mail I was so very excited!! With several trips to my local bead stores, I finally found the perfect center for my creation. I used mainly peyote and herringbone stitch, but there are a few other beadweaving stitches thrown in! I just couldn't help myself, so I added some more crystals, more bead types and some other elements to the design. The end result....I think is very beautiful. The best part of this challenge was that I could create it while I was on vacation at my mom and dad's home. My mother taught me to bead when I was just a young girl and now as and adult, it was wonderful for her to be able to see how I have developed my skill as a beader and to have her input on my design.
And now, this beadwoven necklace set is for sale!!