Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Treasures of Toho Contest

Bobby Bead has just announced the new Toho Beads contest "An Emerging Artist Bead Competition". Entry deadline is April 1, 2009. To learn more about the contest, click on the title above.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Beads East To Carry Laura McCabe Kits

If you love Laura McCabe's designs, soon you will be able to purchase many of her kits through the Beads East website. Laura will still offer limited edition kits and some supplies through her own site JustLetMeBead.com, but she is handing over most of the kit operations to Ann Benson, the purveyor of Beads East. If you haven't visited Beads East lately, be sure to check it out by clicking on the title above. There are all kinds of goodies and gorgeous patterns to explore!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Inspiration

To mix things up a bit, I thought I'd share with you a few websites I recently found that showcase great design. I hope you like them too.
Hint: If you look closely at the last site, you'll find an old fashioned recipe for Aunt Mae's Simple Pound Cake. Not to mention the lovely use of beads in the clothing & home collection!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Top 11 Reasons to Attend the PSBF

puget sound imageThe Puget Sound Bead Festival kicks off this weekend with an early-bird party on Saturday, June 14th. Featured will be class samples, great company, wine and chocolate. And best of all, it's free!!! (Okay, Chocolate, Great Company, Class samples, and Free are all kindof tied for being best).

Wanna know the top eleven reasons why you should attend the PSBF? Here they are:

11. Your kids, grandkids, relatives, friends, and co-workers will think you are the reincarnation of Van Gogh.
10. That cute guy (the one you have the secret crush on) will look twice when you're showing off your beautiful beaded necklace.
9. Your boss will finally realize that you are both creative and smart (S/he already knew you were smart).
8. Your co-workers will seriously consider your choices for redecorating the office.
7. You've worked hard to get where you are, you deserve to treat yourself!
6. You'll be so inspired to create new designs that you might not sleep for a week.
5. Your kids will love hanging out with you.
4. You'll get to take classes from nationally known teachers - not something everyone can do.
3. You'll get to immerse yourself in the company of fellow beaders for a full 3 days!
2. You'll return from the PSBF refreshed and energized.
1. Because it's just plain fun!

(To read more about the PSBF & the July dates, click on the title above)

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Bead Dreams Photos

Zoya Gutina just posted images from the Bead and Button show and the Bead Dreams exhibit online. Click on the title above to see the show! Thank you Zoya and Tatiana for sharing them!!!

Thursday, June 05, 2008

2008 Bead Dreams Ribbon Winners Announced

Posted this morning on the Bead and Button forum are the winners for the 2008 Bead Dreams contest. Please click on the title above to see the results and read about Best of Show and the People's Choice Award plus a congratulatory message from the staff and editors at Bead & Button. Congratulations to everyone who entered!

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Tuesday, June 03, 2008

New Exhibits & Competitions

I've added three new Call for Entries for exhibits/competitions to the Bead Competitions category in Beadweaver's column of links. They are:

Transformations: The Society of Yoruba Bead Artists
The Beaded Book: Beadwork Magazine
Celebrating Beads: The Bead Museum of D.C.