Sunday, March 17, 2013


Hi!  I finally have enough people to submit to my contest for free online magazine subscriptions from Zinio.  That's what the "Whew!" in the title is all about.  Who knew it would end up being so difficult?

Here are the lucky winners (first names only) and the magazine choices they made, in the order that they sent me their stuff:

Judy - National Geographic
Sue - Bead Style
Sylvia - Who Do You Think You Are
Cindy - Art Jewelry
Sherry - AFAR
Mom (yes, that is her first name) - Simply Crochet
Tammy Rae - Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist
Kat (Kate, Kathy) - Bead Style
Jeane - Architectural Digest

I found a few of the subscription choices interesting.  I hope everyone enjoys their subscriptions and will tell me all about how they like Zinio!

The Madison Art Glass and Bead Show is NEXT WEEKEND (eek!), so I'm going to continue to be very busy getting ready for that.  I'll try to post at least once with my winners' craft space pictures and information.

Until then... happy crafting!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Contest winners

Hi, folks!  I've been holding off on blogging because I was hoping for a few more entries into the contest.  I needed at least nine people to send me pictures of their creative space (studio, office, corner of the room, etc...) to be posted here for an online magazine giveaway from Zinio.  Unfortunately, I have only received 5 entries:  Judy, Sue, Sylvia, Cindy, and Sherry all get free magazine subscriptions.

One of the terms of the contest is that I have to give away all 9 subscriptions (well, it was 10, but I took one so I could talk knowledgeably about it) at the same time.  Basic math tells us that I need 4 more people to give the subscriptions away to.

I'm going to assume that you've all been shy about showing me your spaces and that's why you didn't send me pictures.  Let's try something a bit different - the first four people who send me an e-mail with just a description of their space and the type of craft(s) you do will get subscriptions.  It's not as fun as seeing pictures, but I do not want to hold up the subscriptions for the five winners any longer.

So send an e-mail to with the following information:
  • Your full name
  • The e-mail address you want to use for the magazine subscription (or I will use the one you sent the message from)
  • What magazine subscription you want (see the Zinio website for the thousands of magazines they offer)
  • A description of your working and storage space for your crafts - where do you do it and how do you store your supplies when you're not actively creating
  • What kinds of crafts you do
Again, the first four will get subscriptions, but everyone who sends me SOMETHING will get mentioned in the blog at some point.

Before I go, I'd like to tell you about more classes that are being offered at the Bead&Button Show.  These are from Sara Oehler from SoftFlex.  She has two Russian Spiral classes, a class all about earrings, and a bead-weaving bracelet class, all using SoftFlex beading wire.  I've used this wire before - it's very supple and comes in a large number of beautiful colors!  Check out Sara's blog post to see pictures and more information about her classes.

Don't delay - send your e-mail to me today!