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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

New Bracelet

Well Bead Star voting ended this evening and I am pretty sure that none of my pieces got enough votes to get in the magazine. I am disappointed but I am still touched that I did get 3 pieces picked and that I did it. I entered 5 pieces, which means I made the pieces, photographed them, edited the pictures and uploaded them by the deadline! All while working 30+ hrs a week at the salon and taking care of my almost 2 yr old daughter 4 days a week. I am pretty proud of myself and it has given me the confidence to go for more contests and magazines.
I never thought my stuff was good enough to be in the pages of a magazine or even get 1 vote in a contest. I wonder if all artists are this hard on themselves.

I am loving the blog world, I have met some wonderful people who's thoughts and friendships I value. There's Patty who keeps me laughing every day, Holly, the "other" Shannon ;-), my K's- Kristie, Kristi, Kristy, Kelley, Kylie, Kerry, Marie, Hope, Heather, Cristi, Judith, Barbara, Nancy, Lori, Lorelei and the list could go on and on and on. Thanks you all for your encouragement, support and help when I send you a pm or chat about a technique or idea. Thank you for your beautiful work and beautiful pieces which keep me pushing forward even when I want to toss all the beads in the trash. Thanks for always pushing forward and getting on websites and into stores and tweeting or Face-cracking about it because even though I am a twinge jealous and want to bop you in the nose it pushes me forward because instead of being nasty about it I say why not me, what is she doing that I need to be doing, what can I learn from her!

Lastly I leave you with this bracelet I made the other night that I think is pretty. I was going to send it to a magazine but realized I have no idea how to write directions for how I knotted the leather and I also can't remember where I got a couple of the beads. So it is available for sale instead :-)

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!!!
~Shannon

12 comments:

Kristi Bowman said...

You should be proud of yourself my friend, I haven't been able to get myself to submit much. Beautiful bracelet!! And we're happy to have met you too!!

Karyn B said...

You definitely should be proud of yourself! Just having the dedication and courage to enter is an accomplishment, and you had 3 pieces in the running. Bravo! Also, your latest bracelet is indeed lovely.

Kristi Harrison said...

I love this! I think you are so talented! I was going to ask you how you tied that knot! :)

Judy said...

I just love this bracelet! It certainly is worthy of being on the page of any magazine You should pat yourself on the back...you do wonderful work and I am amazed at how you do what you do.

steufel said...

What a pretty bracelet. And bravo for entering. Don't be disappointed there is always a next time!

Holly said...

Hugs to you! The blogging community is incredible, isn't it? The friends we've made are awesome...and you are so right, they do give us that additional push when it's needed. And yep, getting three pieces chosen for the BeadStar contest is quite the accomplishment! Kudos, indeed :)

Oh, and I love that bracelet, it's just gorgeous!

Sea Shore Glass Girl said...

All of your designs for Bead Star were beautifully designed using high quality products and really fit within all of the categories you entered in...I have faith that just by being in it alone will really bring you a lot of recognition, stay positive! :) Also, I LOVE THIS BRACELET!!!

somethingunique said...

Hi Shannon,don't be so hard on yourself my dear you create beautiful jewelry and i feel the exact same as you about all the wonderful people i have met blogging these past few months.I was in a dark place with no light in sight when i desided to check out a blog i saw in "Stringing Mag" it was a good desision all the amazing people i have met inspired me to bring out my pliers and start creating again it had been months since i last touched them so a big thank-you to all take care ttfn L:)

My Life Under the Bus said...

Big Hugs back at you!!! XOXOX You are clearly awesome and I know I am not the only one who thinks so...aside from you winnig stuff that is.....You made beautiful pieces you should be proud of yourself! XOXO

Jenn said...

Very beautiful and your work is definitely "publication worthy". I think it takes a while to have enough confidence in our own art and it's all very personal...what we like, what other's like. But, I read your blog because I love the eye candy I get. BTW - I love your knotting technique! I've been wire-wrapping my leather, now I need to try knotting. ;-) Great idea!

CraftyHope said...

Oh, big props on having the confidence to even send in pieces. I've yet to work myself up for anything like that. Though, I know I will have to at some point. You're on the right road and your work is beautiful. It won't be long before you are featured. I'm sure of it!

Not knowing where I got them or what size most of my beads are is what hold me back often. I've GOT to do a better job of recording that information.

Best of luck as you move forward!

swopemelmel said...

Dear Shannon, I think your work is just beautiful and every bit as wonderful as other designers. Always remember that even when you face a set back, you are probably still ahead of where someone else wishes to be. Best of luck and never give up on your dreams. swopemelmel@aol.com