After months of keeping the information under wraps, I can finally announce that I’m a BeadStar! My entry in the Hearts category of BeadingDaily.com’s contest received First Place. The BeadStar contest is sponsored by Interweave Press and BeadingDaily.com.
Some of you might remember voting online for my Hill Tribe Hearts “Hearts Galore” necklace and my “Golden Animal Attraction” lampwork glass bracelet several months ago. Your votes helped get me to the Finals with other deserving entries. I am grateful to all of you for voting and passing on my request to your friends and family as well.
I’m very pleased with not only the necklace, but with the honor and can hardly believe I won a prize in the first beading contest I entered. I’m hoping this will be the boost my creative side needs to get going again with new designs. It’s been a bit of a dry spell between the economic woes and some personal struggles. Time to revive my creative spirit and parlay this honor into some good press, both locally and on the internet! Fame is fleeting, fortunes are welcome, and reality is ever present. I hope to enter some other contests, as well as submit projects to bead magazines. I’ve been told that I should do that in the past and I guess this is validation for me. It’s OK to put yourself out there, winning or not.
Here is another picture of my winning entry:
The First Place win in the Hearts category meant I was in the running for the Grand Prize (that honor went to Valerie Aharoni from New York for the lovely seed bead necklace that graces the cover of the inaugural issue of BeadStar magazine). Take a look at the magazine when you find it next week!
So what happens to the winning necklace? I had the opportunity to have it returned or to donate it to an auction to benefit the American Heart Association’s women’s heart-health initiatives. It seemed fitting that a necklace made of all hearts should be donated to a benefit for heart health. “Hearts Galore” will be on display at Bead Fest Santa Fe, March 12-15, 2009. Interweave will host a silent auction for five of the pieces live at the event on March 14 and 15, while the rest of the jewelry will be auctioned on eBay from March 6-16. I’m not sure which venue my piece will be in.
Information and contest rules for next year’s Bead Star 2009 contest will be posted on the magazine’s website, BeadStar.com, on December 16.