Wednesday, January 9, 2013

2013 Already? So much to share!!!

I know we are a week into it but really I still can not believe that it is already 2013.  Last year was so full of so many ups and downs for all of us.  One of the things that I have felt is that I really let my blog friends down.  I had so many challenges, design team pieces and book reviews that seemed to be all I had time to post about.  I loved all of them but I really missed just writing a post for the sake of writing one.  I also get so caught up in chatting with most of you on FB that I lost track of the time most days.  I do so love the immediate responses and fun you can have.  But I have decided that I need to remember to make time for all your blogs as well as mine so just before I began writing this post I checked out all the blogs posted today.  I think I will have to make a schedule for myself to follow. 

So I have to tell you this is going to be an exciting post full of eye candy and announcements.  Are you ready?

Jeannie has once again chosen me to participate in the Echo Creative Club.  You all know I have truly loved being a part of this and was so happy when she picked me again.  Even more exciting this is what she sent!!!

Yes this gorgeous box is full of treasure!  Since I am doing 6 months this year instead of every month she sent them all at once.  I love looking in this box!  It was hard to choose which one to start with (sort of) I knew this is the one I needed to work with. 

I loved these Whitewash knots from the first time she shared it!  It is a dainty pendant with the most gorgeous colors!!!Remember to stop by every other month on the 25th for the reveals.  

On Art Jewelry Elements were are hosting an earring challenge please go here for the official information.  This will be a challenge for me because as you all know I do not generally make earrings. I do look forward to it though.

So the other day I had the most wonderful phone conversation with Kelli of the Hole Bead Shop.  I have to tell you we have been friends on FB for a while and she is always so sweet and supportive.  We chatted about so many things including our favorite colors of Tohos.  Since she has a shop she has so much more access to colors than I do so there I was when she mentioned a color I looked it up online and drooled!  She said she wanted to send me a few of her favorite colors.  I told her she wasn't and she said she was.  This is what she considered a few of her favorites.

I ( as you all know if you have followed for a while) cried.  I still find it amazing how sweet, supportive and generous this beading community is.  You really need to check out her shop too because she carries so many amazing colors at very good prices.

Now I also have to share with you the most exciting news!  Preciosa Ornela has a program called "Beads for Blog Post" and every month they choose 4 bloggers from around the world.  Well guess what?  Yep I was picked!  I am so amazed and blown away words escape me!  They are sending me 1000 grams of seed beads!!!  1000 grams!!!  Here is a little video of what they packed up in previous packages.

Don't you just want to swoon and faint?  I know I have and will again when my package comes.  Thank you so much for this opportunity Preciosa!!!!!  

It is also because of all of you that I have been chosen so thank you all so much for following my little blog!

Hugs and Blessings Always!!!


  1. Gurl...I can't wait to see what you create with all that gorgeousness!

  2. Hi Kristen,
    You are such a wonderful person and so deserving of all the good things that are happening to you. Have lots of fun creating with all the little beauties you have received. Keep an eye on the mailman for a package coming your way from Alabama!

  3. 2013 is already proving to be quite the awesome year for you! I agree with Therese ... you deserve it! Happy Beading ... can't wait to see all that you'll be making!)

  4. Happy 2013 and very happy beading always to you, Kristen! Can't wait to see what spins out of that beady treasure trove the mailman brought!

  5. I see brightness and bigness in 2013 for you Miss Kristen. Go and dazzle them. Enjoy the day. Erin

  6. The God's are raining beads on you this year. Take your blessings and multiply. Love you, honey

  7. Must be nice, Kristen!! So jealous (not really). Congrats!

  8. Awesome Kristen! Makes the beads Sally and I sent you when you didn't have any seem like peanuts! Way to go!

    1. You know she values everything she gets equally. She is obviously not one to expect to receive these gifts. I can tell that just from her blog. >.>

  9. I was hoping you used the knot first. Can't wait to see want you make. Congratulations!

  10. Kristen - it makes my heart warm to see you be the receiver of wonderful things!!! Girl, you've got some beading to do with all those beads!!!!! :)

  11. Wow, looks like 2013 is going to be a lovely year for you as it is off to a wonderful start. I can't think of a better beader to entrust so many gorgeous seed beads to - we all know they are in very good hands and that you will create something fantastic with each of them. :)

  12. Hi,
    Will you please post a link to your Blog at The Beading Community? Our members will love it.
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    Email me if you need any help or would like me to do it for you.
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  13. Kristen,
    Well deserved and now I am a fan.....I'll follow you.


  14. Thanks for sharing the idea there would be some apprehensions from segment but i am up for it.
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