First, I wanted to say thank you so much to those of you who commented. I asked this question for selfish reasons really. I am struggling and it helped so much to hear what you all are grateful for. My son is 'over there' in harm's way, and not coming home for the holidays. This has left me in a grumpy grinch mood. I know, like the grinch, I will snap out of it at the very last minute and begin to enjoy the season. Probably when we light a huge bonfire for the tree. Ha!
I hope you all have a wonderful and blessed holiday season!
Andd the winner is...
CONGRATULATION Linda! I will be contacting you on Facebook for shipping information.
I've always been amazed at how Stampington & Company can create magazines that are drool worthy and dripping with creative, inspiring articles. Every magazine has thick, matte paper, minimal advertising, and well thought out photography. It makes reading a delight, and being published even more special.
I love their technique based format, and have learned so much by exploring every detail of past magazines.
This latest issue that just hit the stands on December 1st, is chock full of unique techniques and many great tips. Along with the magazine giveaway, I get to share with you just a couple of my favorite artists and their creations. It was hard to choose! There are so many talented artists in this issue.
First up, Laura Guenther shares where she gets her inspiration for her gorgeous Time Passages components and how she makes them. I love the soft color palettes and elegant shapes and textures!
I was mesmerized by Carol Ognibene Kornievsky's creations using prismacolor pencils. How crafty is this? I can see many design possibilities using this technique. She also gives a great tip on using double-sided tape to tape together two pieces of metal when sawing out a pattern for earrings. I will be trying that out for sure!
I couldn't help but falling in love with this article by Barb Solem. Rock beads!? A water spigot used for a pendant?? You have to check out the rest of her article just to see how she uses more of these yummy beads.
Just look at these acorns made by Brooke Bock! I love how she was inspired to create them. I learned a lot from her article on different finishing techniques for various materials, including how she got the acorn caps to look so rusty!
Lastly, yours truly. I'm at it again with my sandblast cabinet. But instead of sandblasting stone, I experiment with bisque-fired porcelain, and these pendants are the result. I did a post on my blog explaining the process here.
It's such a great feeling when you first see your work published and among such talented artists. If you have ever considered sending your work in, go for it! What's the worst that can happen? They say no? It happens, but you just keep trying! They are always looking for fresh designs to publish and embrace unique work. I was nudged by MaryAnn Carroll to submit and I so appreciated her support. Without her encouragement, I would have never submitted. Now I'm encouraging YOU. It's easy, you just send them your work, and if accepted you write up your article. Here is a link for the calls and challenges.
Okay, let's keep this giveaway simple. Just tell us what you are grateful for or what makes you the most happy in your life. That's it! If you are more comfortable leaving a facebook comment, feel free to leave that here on the Love My Art Jewelry page. I'll announce the winner on December 23rd on facebook and an update to this this post as well.
Thank you everyone for reading. I hope you have a wonderful and blessed holiday.