Sunday, April 29, 2007

Bead Arts Awards

Just a reminder to those who are interested. The 2007 Bead Arts awards entry deadline is Tuesday, May 1st. To read about this competition, click on the title above. To access the online entry, click HERE.

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Thursday, April 26, 2007

Rings & Things Winners Gallery

Rings & Things has posted their finalists for this years Rings & Things contest. To view the entries, click on the title above. I like the composition and texture created with bugle beads in Zoya Gutina's "Aquamarine Morning and Amethyst Night", the imagery of Deborah Anderson's "Reversible Tile Bracelet", and the whimsy of Carrol Kay's "My Little Willow". There are lots of lovely strung pieces too, so be sure to check them all out!

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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

The Beaded Bag

ouise Hill has just posted about Beadwork magazine's Beaded Bag competition. To read more about this competition and see the work of the finalists and the runners up, click on the title above and you'll be redirected to Louise's blog. One of my favorites in this competition was Louise's purse, called "Eyes of the Storms". It's a gorgeous piece and clicking on it's name will redirect you to her gallery where you can view a beautiful image of it. Thank you Louise for sharing this info with us!

À mes amis de Français, Louise a un lien sur son emplacement aux qualifiés aux finales pour la concurrence perlée de sac. Les photos de qualifiés aux finales sont en magazine de Beadwork de ce mois, ais Louise a un lien au magasin et vous pouvez regarder les images pour vous-même.

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Saturday, April 21, 2007

Celebrate Bead Week

What is Bead Week? A great excuse to celebrate the world of beads! Sponsored by the Bead Cruise, Beverly Herman & Heather Powers, Bead Week 2007 is designed to help bead enthusiasts renew their bead spirit and share the joy of beads with everyone around them.

You can celebrate Bead Week anywhere in the world, either by yourself or gathered with other bead junkies. Here are some ideas for how to celebrate: 1. Visit your local Bead Store. 2. Take a bead or jewelry-making class. 3. Attend a local beading event. 4. Wear your beaded jewelry all week. When someone compliments you let them know you're celebrating Bead Week. 5. Make 2 pairs of earrings, one for yourself and one for a friend. Wish them a Happy Bead Week! 6. Buy a bead book. 7. Throw a Bead Party! 8. Register for a national Beading Event. 9. Experiment with a new technique. 10. Wish someone a Happy Bead Week by sending them a special bead, anonymously of course!

To read more about Bead Week, click on the title above. And be sure to also visit the Bead Week blog where Heather will keep us all up to date on events around the world! Thank you to Heather for writing the information for this post (I simply rearranged the script).

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Pet Food Recall

By now, most of you have heard about the pet food recall. I know this isn't beads, but I thought it was pretty important to post about. I thought I would include a direct link to the FDA website. This link includes all of the lists of the recalled foods and is updated regularly. You can access this site by clicking on the title above. You can also sign up to receive an email for updates to the recall list HERE.

The contaminant appears to be melamine. It has been found in pet foods containing wheat gluten. It has also been found in corn gluten and rice protein concentrate. It has been suggested that melamine was added to wheat gluten to increase the protein content of the product. Melamine however can be created in plants treated with the pesticide cyromazine. Investigators are not yet sure of the cause of the contamination.

On April 12th, Stephen Sundlof DVM, Director of the FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine, reported to the Senate Agricultural Appropriations committee. They have identified the Chinese manufacturer responsible for the contamination. This manufacturer exports to both the US and Netherlands. Any wheat gluten product associated with this company is currently being detained at US borders. The distributor was ChemNutra of Las Vegas.

Yesterday, the Baltimore Sun reported that Royal Canin, a South African company, found contaminated corn gluten in their pet food supply. On Tuesday, Natural Balance (Dick Van Patten's company) voluntarily recalled their venison and rice products, regardless of date, after finding melamine in the rice protein concentrate.

If you are concerned that your pet may have been exposed and may be ill, call your Vet. Signs of illness include: loss of appetite, weakness or lack of energy, vomiting. To read more about consumer information, click HERE.

While the contamination represents only 1% of the foods available to pets, it's best to stay tuned to what products are being recalled so you know what to buy before you buy it.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Bloggers Choice Awards

My site was nominated for Best Hobby Blog!

Beadweaver has been nominated for a "Best Hobby Blog" at the annual Blogger Choice Awards! Please vote for Beadweaver by clicking on the title above. Let's show the craft world that Beads Rule!!!!!!

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Beading Times Projects

I just discovered the Beading Times website. There are artist interviews and free bead weaving projects among a number of other great items on this site. Click on the title above to see the free bead projects - they include stringing, chain mail, and bead weaving projects from Marilyn Gardiner. Enjoy!

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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Save Internet Radio

Today I received a letter from Tim Westergren, the owner of Pandora, asking for our help. Washington is at it again and has just made it very, very difficult for internet based radio stations to stay in business. When I hear news like this, I think of the mega-media conglomerates that want to own everything we read, see, or hear. This is our chance to let our voices be heard and not let highly paid lobbyists influence what Americans have - or don't have - access to. Please take a minute to read this and if you're interested, sign the petition and pass it on! To read more, click on Tim's name at the bottom and you'll be redirected to Pandora's blog.

Hi, it's Tim from Pandora,

I'm writing today to ask for your help. The survival of Pandora and all of Internet radio is in jeopardy because of a recent decision by the Copyright Royalty Board in Washington, DC to almost triple the licensing fees for Internet radio sites like Pandora. The new royalty rates are irrationally high, more than four times what satellite radio pays, and broadcast radio doesn't pay these at all. Left unchanged, these new royalties will kill every Internet radio site, including Pandora.

In response to these new and unfair fees, we have formed the SaveNetRadio Coalition, a group that includes listeners, artists, labels and webcasters. I hope that you will consider joining us.

Please sign our petition urging your Congressional representative to act to save Internet radio: Save Net Radio Now

Please feel free to forward this link/email to your friends - the more petitioners we can get, the better.

Understand that we are fully supportive of paying royalties to the artists whose music we play, and have done so since our inception. As a former touring musician myself, I'm no stranger to the challenges facing working musicians. The issue we have with the recent ruling is that it puts the cost of streaming far out of the range of ANY webcaster's business potential.

I hope you'll take just a few minutes to sign our petition - it WILL make a difference. As a young industry, we do not have the lobbying power of the RIAA. You, our listeners, are by far our biggest and most influential allies.

As always, and now more than ever, thank you for your support.
Tim Westergren

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Mes Amis Français & Belgique & etc

À mes amis Français, la Belgique, et etc.. écrivez svp votre beadwork dans le concours annuel de rêves de perle: Bead Dreams 2007. Vous pouvez entrer en ligne ICI. Mes amis Américains croient que vous placerez la haute. SVP!!! Votre travail est beau et peut être attribué!

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Emma Cassi Spring Collection

Emma Cassi has updated her website with her new Spring collection. If you like beads and lace, you'll love her jewelry. Emma has also started a Blog where you can visit some of her beautiful work in her studio. To see her Spring collection, click on the title above. Enjoy!

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Thursday, April 05, 2007

Louise Hill Designs Blog

Did you know that Louise has started a blog? She is currently featuring work by Marie DeValle and Frany. Check it out by clicking on the title above! She has a long list of great artists to share, I can't wait to see them all!!!

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