Thursday, February 28, 2008

Thank you and giving back

First, let me take a moment to say thank you to all of you that left heartfelt comments on the last post about my mom. I am sincerely touched and grateful for each and every one of them and for so many of you sharing a little piece of your life and the many ways in which mental illness has touched it. To merely state I'm overwhelmed by your kindess and support doesn't do the feeling justice. So, I will simply say again... THANK YOU.

Now how about some fun??? For those of you that know a bit about me, you understand how much I adore beading dolls and with that - spreading the beady love that comes with creating one of these little beauties.

I have put together a kit, including the 3 3/4 inch doll form pictured (made by, the oh so talented, Monica Magness) as well as the face (by Jen Martin at GraphixOutpost) that is glued in place.

Also included is a selection of seed beads in various sizes, sequins, and a couple of Swarovski crystals. I will also include a needle and color coordinated thread.

So... do you love to bead dolls? Is it something you have wanted to try, but didn't have all the supplies? As you can see, the fabric Monica chose for the form is beautiful by itself. So you can just put a few beads on it or completely encrust it. There are no rules other than to have fun with it!

Is bead embroidery something you have thought about, but not yet tried? Don't know which stitches to use? If so, please check out the right side of my blog for some great links under 'Tutorials'. Need some inspiration perhaps? Check the links listed under 'Inspiring', you'll see some amazing bead embroidery!

Okay, let's get to the details of how you can own this kit. Simple, leave a comment on this post, make sure it links back to your blog or website - some way to get a hold of you. If you don't have a blog or a website, please send an email through my profile and I will add your name.

Enter by midnight Eastern time on Friday March 7 and I will add your name to the 'hat'. I will post the name some time on Saturday.

22 comments:

Mieke said...

Oh yes yes I love that little doll!!!

coral-seas said...

Me too, put my name in the hat please.

freebird said...

How can I pass up a chance for such a great drawing? Count me in (not that I don't already have umpteen things to do).

Maggie R said...

Hi Grace,
I love this kit. The doll is precious as is the face.
Please put my name in the hat..
Have a great day
((((hugs))))
Maggie

Anonymous said...

I just finished my first embroidered cuff and am hooked...LOL I would love a chance to bead this pretty lady. Thank you! Candys www.picturetrail.com/weewanona

madness said...

ooo I absolutely love these dolls. I even attempted one once but gave up in frustration. Please add my name to the hat...
http://madnessisastateofmind.blogspot.com/
pam T (WI)

Gypsy said...

What luscious Spring colors, Grace! Count me in, please!
Aryd'ell gypsylight17@yahoo.com or http://gypsysramblings.blogspot.com

Pam Bennett said...

OHHH! OHHH! I wanna be put in the hat. I have greatly admired your dolls. It inspired me to make a snowman which I bought from a link through you.. (Can't remember her name) anyway, He is 3/4 of the way done and really kinda cute. Has a couple of lampwork buttons on him too. I have also thought alot about my dad and doing a tribute to him (inspired by you) sometime soon. He died 4 years ago next Tuesday and loved John Deere tractors. I am picturing one in lampwork. Can I do it? We shall see.

girl_gone_thread_wild said...

Just too darn cute a kit to pass up on, even if I did sew the bod myself. (lol) Grace, thank YOU for continually inspiring us through art & life. YOU ROCK! bead on, Monica

tammy said...

hi grace
love everything about you newest give away!! please add my name to your hat-
P.S. are you going to make a little film of the winning name??
i think seeing you makes it so much fun
have a great day grace:)
tammy-tjo196@aol.com

Charlene said...

Ok, I'm ready to bead a doll. I've mastered the off-loom stitches and have beaded cabs. But, have been leery of trying a doll until now. The colors are calling to me and I love the face :) So, please put me in the drawing! I can be reached through my blog at bychar.blogspot.com

Phyl said...

...what gorgeous spring colors for this baby!You are so generous to share the wonderful experience of beading on a doll with others...it's a sanity-saver some days!Please put my name in your drawing;
and thanks for being YOU!

Betzie said...

What a great kit! Could I be so lucky to win something else from you? Well, I can try! Be sure to add my name. Thanks for this neat offer!

Katherine C said...

Please add me to the list for the doll drawing

Nancy M said...

I'd love to learn to do a doll.

3rdEyeMuse said...

yes, please add me, too ... I have never made a doll myself and the thought makes my heart beat just a little faster (ok, and sets off nervous little giggles, too).

Thank you for the chance! ~M~

The Lone Beader said...

What a fun doll! I have a few dolls that I should bead sometime. It seems I got distracted, though. LOL.

Dot said...

You are so generous Grace! Would love to put my name down. Mind you I could never make anything as beautiful as your dolls!

Noel said...

I see you are at it again girl....what a kind giving heart you have. Lucky is the one who wins this beautiful kit. Please add my name to the pile...lol!
Hugs,
Noel

Double Infinity said...

count me in! Lytlemom@sbcglobal.net

Katie said...

I'm in! :-)

Beadin' Gram/aka Jackie said...

Goodness, almost missed the opportunity to sign up for this most generous offering. Thank you.

Jackie

Leaves of Grass

This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body - Walt Whitman