Friday, November 4, 2011

The Art Bead Love Tour

By Staci L. Smith

We here at Love My Art Jewelry are always trying to think of new ways to spread the love of handmade, and the message to create handmade with handmade.  So we put our brains together and came up with this idea, the Art Bead Love Tour. 

The Art Bead Love Tour is an ongoing project to spread the love of handmade to new and exciting places.  It’s a way to reach people who may have never stumbled upon our blog on their own, and give them a chance to share the love of handmade.  We chose to use a chain to link beads as a symbol of  how this project links us all together~ in our unity to stand behind handmade.

We have filled one and a half feet of chain with handmade beads, charms and pendants, donated by our own Love My Art Jewelry Group.  There are 60 beads on this chain, worth approximately $450.  It includes ceramic, glass, polymer, various metals and metal clay beads.  It’s a true tribute to handmade in all its beady glory!  These beads are ready to go on tour…….the Art Bead Love Tour!  This tour is basically an art bead swap, which will go on and on and on. 
Here is how it works. 

PLEASE.......
....please read the entire post before entering).

We will have a giveaway for this chain (how to enter is explained at the end of the post)

The Details:

1.    The winner of the chain will be allowed to take up to 30 beads from this chain.  They will then replace each bead they took, with another handmade bead, charm or pendant of equal quality.  It is so important that the quality of the beads be maintained, so that we can keep the Art Bead Love Tour alive.  We want to share consistent quality with the next winner.  If you make your own handmade beads or components, it’s a great way to get your beads into the world for people to try them out, or, if you hoard  collect art beads, it’s a great way to share your collection and get some new additions as well.  (Art Beads should be handmade by an artist, and not mass produced, such as Hill Tribes Silver beads or others like them).  Remember the focus is on creating handmade with handmade and beads/components taken should be replaced with beads/components that are made by an individual not an organization. 


2.    The winner will post pictures of what was taken and what was added, in order to keep an account of the chains progress and to keep our followers drooling.  Please be sure to give credit to the bead artists as well.


3.    The winner will then have a giveaway, just like this one, to keep passing the chain on and on.  Rules can be copied and pasted from here.


4.    When you repost your giveaway (remember you can copy and paste from here)-a list should be added to show where the chain has gone, with links to each previous blog.  Ultimately, this will end up being a very long list!

For example: 

Look where the chain has been……


5.    Chain must be shipped to its new home via Priority Small Flat Rate box with delivery confirmation.  Please package it carefully.
6.    There will be a button on the Love My Art Jewelry Website that links to the current blog and giveaway- so if you have the chain, it will link to your blog, that way our followers can have another chance to win it.
7.    You MUST exchange your beads and have your giveaway completed within two weeks of receiving the chain.

(Please please please, if you can not adhere to the above rules, do not enter the giveaway at this time.  It will go on and on and you can always enter at a later date.)  There will be a button on the side bar of our blog so that you can track where the chain currently is.

OK- How to Enter:

1.     You must have a blog to enter.

2.     Leave a comment below (make sure your email is linked to your blog or leave it in the comment.  Entries without emails will not qualify)

3.    Share on Facebook, Twitter or your blog for extra chances to win.  Leave a comment for each way you share, with a link if possible.

4.    Winner will pay shipping and will be billed through paypal-small priority flat rate box with delivery confirmation $6.00. 

5.    Open only to our readers in the United States- due to problems with tracking and shipping overseas (sorry).  Please note- I am having a small giveaway on my blog for our international friends only!!!  So hop over to enter.

6.    Check back here on November 30th to see if you’ve won.

7.    Good luck and share the love of handmade!

Please, if you have any questions, you can email me directly at staci.louise@hotmail.com


Check it out and see why we call it the Art Bead LOVE Tour……………………..
<-------donated by Izzy
donated by Kelli------->
<--------Donated by LeAnn
Donated by MaryAnn------->
<----donated by D'arsie (who has since left the group due to other obligations, but was so kind to donate to this great project)
donated by MaryJane------------->
<-----Donated by Patty
donated by me (staci)------------->

Here are some pictures of the finished chain......













66 comments:

mairedodd said...

looks beautiful staci! you did a wonderful job of putting this all together, thank you... i am so pleased to be a part of this 'tour'... best luck to the entrants!

somethingunique said...

wow what an amazing idea...90% of what i use are handmade beads components andi have quite the hoard LOL...i support all of you the best way i can...i have links to many of you on my blog...if there is anyone else who would like to be linked on my blog just send me a note i would love to have you...i cannot enter as i am from Canada but i look forward to keeping track of the journey. ttfn Lana :)

Barbara Bechtel said...

YAY! This is going to be so cool!

SummersStudio said...

Nice job, Staci!

Alice said...

Hmmm, a Bead Love Chain--sounds like the hippie era has returned!

What a great idea. The chain looks loaded with goodies and I'd love for it to come to my house.

Thanks to all who generously donated these beads to get it started!

Pearl and Pebble said...

This is awesome! And I have a wonderful stash of lovelies that I have "collected" :D too!!

MaCarroll Beads said...

I'm excited about this tour! You did such a great job organizing this..... I can't think of a better way to promote the love of creating handmade with handmade.
MaryAnn

Izzy said...

Staci you did an amazing job of putting all this together. =)

Lorelei Eurto said...

this is a freaking AWESOME idea! I love it and would love to be entered!!

Lorelei Eurto said...

I facebook'ed the giveaway too!

Lorelei Eurto said...

I twittered the giveaway as well!

For My Sweet Daughter said...

Wowza, what a great idea! I would love to entered. Thank you
Shannon C

For My Sweet Daughter said...

I shared on fb.

peacockfairy said...

What a great idea! I would love to join in!

Melinda Orr said...

Awesome idea! Would love to be included~

Melinda Orr said...

Sharing on my blog ~

Melinda Orr said...

Shared on facebook fan & personal

Melinda Orr said...

Tweeting!

TesoriTrovati said...

OH.MY.GOODNESS!
This is a most awesome idea. I would love the chance to hold these in my hand and marvel at each one. I have a museum quality collection of art beads just collecting dust and of course I have my own 'simple truths' that are bursting on my bead table. What an artful and special way to promote handmade. You girls are the bomb. Makes me wish I was part of your club ;-) This is a special place with special people. Thanks for the opportunity!

Enjoy the day!
Erin

TesoriTrovati said...

I am not sure that my comment was saved. I think this is a brilliant idea. It is so artfuly displayed, which is what I would expect from you talented ladies! I have a large stash of art beads and of course would love to include some of my 'simple truths' into this mix. Thanks for the chance.
Enjoy the day!
Erin

Holly said...

Oh wow...I absolutely *love* this idea! Super cool! :) Please count me in too!

Sally Russick said...

Wow, Staci! What a great way to show some bead love!! I make my own art beads and hoard others! :) I would love to be included, thanks for the opportunity!

Sally Russick said...

I reposted on facebook!

Sally Russick said...

I tweeted about the bead love too!!

Melissa Meman said...

I want them all! I would love to be entered!

Erin S said...

this looks really cool. Wish I could enter, but I don't have a blog. :-(

Penny said...

What a beautiful chain and the donations are amazing. Great idea ladies. Good luck to everyone.

Your friend from the north!!

Abeille à miel said...

Wow, I'd love to be considered for this!!

Marla James said...

OK! I am totally in this one! What a fabulous idea!

Marla James said...

Posted the fun on Facebook!

Kristy's Kreations Jewelry said...

Oh, I LOVE this idea! How fantastic! Please enter me, I have shared on FB!
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kristys-Kreations-Jewelry/56891326209

Kristy's Kreations Jewelry said...

And shared on my blog!
http://kristyskreationsjewelry.blogspot.com/2011/11/fantastic-giveaway.html

Kristy's Kreations Jewelry said...

And on Twitter!
https://twitter.com/#!/KristyAbner

SueBeads said...

WEll this looks like a blast! Please count me in!

SueBeads said...

Posted on facebook!

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1099973886&ref=tn_tinyman#!/profile.php?id=1099973886

Cindy Pack said...

Posted on Facebook! :)
https://www.facebook.com/cindysartandsoul?ref=ts

Mellisa said...

Fun idea, I'm in!

Sandra said...

What an awesome idea! Thanks for the message about it Staci. I didn't see it until later last evening! Please enter me!

Sandra said...

I also posted it on facebook!

Sandra said...

I also tweeted about it!

Marianna said...

wow this is awesome!! Love this!

Marianna said...

i tweeted about it!
@stargirljewelry

Mountaindreamers said...

totally cool! It has a lot of nice energy surrounding it . Commenting only and not entering as it would not be good to win twice in a year but wanted you to know what a unique Idea you have ! xxx

Stepha said...

It is beautiful. Such a wonderful giveaway. The art beads are beautiful.

Molly Alexander said...

Fantastic idea - count me in!

Molly Alexander said...

Posted on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000146994334

Molly Alexander said...

Just shared on Twitter too :): https://twitter.com/#!/mollyjalexander

sharon said...

This is such an incredible idea, and extremely generous of all the artists. I would be honored to participate. Thanks for the chance!

sharon said...

Just did a post on my blog for this!

sharon said...

Posted on facebook also !

Shaterra Clay said...

Count me in
shaterraclaystudio.blogspot.com

sharleengay@yahoo.com

Shaterra Clay said...

I blogged about it too:

http://shaterraclaystudio.blogspot.com/2011/11/art-bead-chain-tour.html

Jen V. said...

This is made for me!! I have an overwhelming collection of art beads and would looooove to share them!!

Jen V. said...

I facebooked it, too!

Stephanie Gentry said...

Fantastic idea! I'm in!

I would be thrilled to add any of those beauties to my collection - and I have a trove of my own lovelies that I would be proud to send out into the world.

Oh, the excitement! I look forward to following this gorgeous chain's journey and see how it transforms over time.

Stephanie Gentry said...

Blogged it!

Shaiha said...

What a wonderful idea! I would love to have it stop by my house as I have some orphan beads that would love to go to someone else to love.

Shaiha said...

I shared the tour on FB

https://www.facebook.com/sShaiha/posts/239788092747103

Shaiha said...

I tweeted

https://twitter.com/#!/Shaiha_/status/133357238495625216

rockcreekcreations said...

I've thought about it and thought about it and I would like a chance to win this giveaway!

Melissa Meman said...

Just did a blog post!
http://melissameman.blogspot.com/2011/11/art-bead-love-tour.html

Lori Anderson said...

Would SO love to contribute -- I have more art beads than sense!

Renetha said...

Is the Art Bead Love Tour over?

stacilouise said...

Renetha- it is. we are awaiting it to come home, and may take it apart and do giveaways or something fun

jennifers jewels and junk said...

any idea where it is now? I've lost track of it :(

stacilouise said...

the chain has been retired for now. I have it in my possession as we decide what to do with it. the quality really went down over time, and we felt it best to pull it. we will be doing something with it again this year though! thanks for asking.

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