Friday, July 30, 2010

Big Day Giveaway!

In honor of my official book launch party tomorrow, I'm giving you a chance to win big. First of all, you can pick your own prize:

A book: Absolute Beginners Guide:Stringing Beaded Jewelry
A DVD: Stringing Beaded Jewelry -- Top Techniques
Jewelry: A bracelet from the book

You can pick how you play, and increase your chances with each entry:

* Comment on this blog , and tell me about the first piece of jewelry you made.
* Link to this contest on your blog
* Become a new follower of this blog
* Review my book or DVD on Amazon

If 10 people play, I'll choose one winner. If 20 people play, I'll choose two winners, and if 30 people play, I'll give away all three prizes.

Drawing will be held on August 15. Good Luck!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Bead&Button Show

This year was a whirlwind, to put it mildly. I kicked things off with a day-long workshop on Sunday with the amazing Mary Hettmansperger where I had fun with metal clay for the first time, learned a lot about torches, and was delighted that I could just play and create for 7 hours.

Monday night I caught up with Sherry Serafini, Amy Katz, and Paulette Baron, who have just turned in a spectacular book that I now have the pleasure of editing. Look for its release at next year's show.

Tuesday through Thursday were packed with meetings. So many talented artists and so many great book ideas! I hope they come together. The early acquisition stage is so exciting, but I enjoy following the process through to proposals, manuscripts, and finally books!

Wednesday night was the Meet the Teacher's reception. This is truly an event to experience. Eager fans were lined up around the length of the convention center. The doors opened and the room literally buzzed all night. I was proud to see so many of our authors -- past and future. That night was a combination of a high-school reunion and a high-class exclusive shopping event. There are really no words to describe it.

Thursday afternoon I slipped away for a quick class on torch techniques with Steven James. I learned to fuse fine silver links, add color to headpins with fused glass, and torch a tasty treat during the break. Steven teaches all over the country, so if you have a chance to take a class I highly recommend it. He's working on Eco Chic jewelry right now -- fun!

Friday morning I had my demonstration and book signing for The Absolute Beginners Guide. It was hard to compete with the opening of the show, but I had a few lovely ladies sit with me to practice wrapped loops. I love teaching, and I hope I'll do more of it this coming year.

I had about an hour on Friday to booth hop. I didn't shop at all, but there were a few old and new friends to find. I stopped by the Wubbers' booth and saw a demo of some new loop-making pliers. They were thrilled to see their pliers in the book. I also had a quick visit with the fab Jill MacKay. Jill gave me some clasps last year, and was pleased to see them in the book this year. Jill's designs are pretty and practical -- I 'm a big fan. Here we are hamming it up for Mary Wohlgemuth: