Sunday, May 18, 2008

A celebration...

In honor of a year of blogging and passing the 150 post milestone, I put together a bead embroidery cuff kit. Following are close up photos of each of the items shown above.

a 6 inch brass cuff blank and a spool of thread

Pellon Peltex as the stabilizer to bead upon

and Ultrasuede to back it.

A few small focal beads

Size 11/0 green seed beads

pink charlottes

size 11/0 triangles that reflect beautiful colors

size 11/0 pink lined seeds

green pearls

transparent pink seeds size 11/0

green seeds in 8/0 and 6/0

pink drops

8/0 hex beads

pink fire polished

satiny celery hex beads

pink Swarovski butterfly

small green bugles

burgundy size 15/0

Do you think you can make it work as a cuff? Use some, use them all - whatever suits you. If you would like to have the kit, please leave a comment here, if you don't have a blog - please leave a link or an email address as a way to contact you in the event you win. All comments posted through midnight (Eastern time) May 25 will be eligible. I'll announce the winner on Monday, May 26 (Memorial Day here in the US).

I also wanted to thank some special folks - those of you that have consistently left comments and have encouraged me (whether you realized it or not). I tried to track (added them up) comments made on my blog, the folks that commented most consistently to date:

(77) Monica
(67) KV ***
(44) Helene ***
(32) Freebird ***
(29) Dot
(28) Tammy
(25) Beadbabe ***
(24) Phyl

Thank you ladies so much, you inspire me! My hope is to send each of you a little something via regular mail. Those names in bold - I need your mailing address. Please contact me via email (through my profile here) so I can get your address.


Katie said...


You have such a wonderful eye for combinations of beads. I have so much trouble choosing for myself. :-)

Amy said...

What a fantastic kit. I would love to give it a try, but I may need some directions to get me started.

abeadlady said...

You have to have been reading my mind. Isn't that scarey??? LOL My plan is to do a cuff as soon as I get a couple of more UFO's off the desktop. I haven't done one yet and I think it's time. That is a beautiful kit, by the way. Glad you are back. I missed you.


Pat Winter said...

Congratulations on your 1st year blogging anniversary! You are offering tempting treasures. I just wanted to say how much I have enjoyed reading your blog, meeting you,and viewing your beautiful eye candy. It has been a treat for me and i look forward to your next anniversary!!

Maggie R said...

Congratulations Grace,
Your work is so inspiring.
I have been off the loop sick for awhile but this has got me going again! Thanks for your kindness throughout your first year, and look forward to the next year

freebird said...

Well this is really nice of you Grace. It makes ME feel really good to think that I have been encouraging in some small way. I love to do that although I always feel like I muddle my way in doing it. Hope your second year blogging is better than the first!

crooked heart art~tammy said...

congratulations grace!!
your blog is always one i look forward to
very diverse loaded with eye candy and you are always ready to share:)
heres to a wonderful second year!!

Anonymous said...

Hi, I love coming to your site. I find it rejuvinating :)

Great color combo on the kit and I'm crossing my fingers hoping I win it..........


Pursuing Art... said...

Congratulations Grace! What a beautiful bead embroidery kit! You are so generous from your heart!

I was just swinging by to see what you have been up to and if you were back from your trip, so I'll be going backward to catch up!

You and your blog are such an inspiration to me and so many others! Happy Birthday and I wish you many more!!! ;-))

Double Infinity said...

love those celery hex beads - count me in!

Hélène H said...

Wonderful kit but don't count me in the drawing, I already won last December ! :o)

Freebird has said better than me what I think...


Denise said...

Wow! Congradulations on a great year of blogging and inspiration to the rest of us. I love your photos and your projects.
It's a great cuff project but you don't need to include me in your drawing, I am so not a pink fan! Now that BFAC doll?.... I want more pictures!!!
Cheers, Denise

Elsita :) said...

I am celebrating with you today Grace!!!!
Big hug!!!
I wish that I could win such amazing treasures!!!
Elsita :)

Dot said...

A big congratulations on your blogaversary Grace! And how generous of you to offer a give away too. The colors you have chosen are gorgeous!

I am tickled pink that I am on your list of commenters too (yippee).

Much love to you and the kitties xoxo

Dot said...

P.S You are so thoughtful to want so send little gifties too. Such a loving and generous woman you are! I would hug you if I could.. I feel blessed every day I look at the amazing beaded doll you made for me. It will always remain one of my most treasured posessions.

Lisa said...

Hi there! I just came across your blog on the ring surf and was intrigued by the beads and materials in the top photo and was just admiring your photos of all the beads you were going to use to make this cuff (LOVE the butterfly!) I couldn't believe you were planning to give this away, that is so cool! I'm so glad I made it here just in time! I've really been wanting to learn this technique for a long time and just haven't buckled down to do it. A kit is just what I need. Even if I don't win, I am going to plan on learning this! I love cuffs!! I'm working on a book right now and have found that I have been drawing on all the techniques I am familiar with and when I'm done, I need to broaden those skills some more! Congrats on your anniversary and take care! Lisa C

Noel said...

Grace, congratulations on your first year of blogging....I look forward to what the next year brings.
It's always a pleaseure to come visit your blog and see your beautiful pics as well as read about your adventures in life.

KV said...

Ohmygosh, that cuff kit is scrumptious!!!!

Gonna send you an email right now . . .

Kathy V in NM

girl_gone_thread_wild said...

Happy Blogaversary GraCE!!!!! I can't tell you how enjoyable it has been to be welcomed into your heart and home! Yes we enjoy passing to each other many, many emails but I confess it has always been something I look forward to to stop in on your blog and SEE your work of art, unique storytelling, visits all over the country, charity works, giveaways, family and to LEARN more about you. You are a friend to us all. I adore being able to share in your world by visiting your blog posts and we thank you for pouring your heart into each post for us to read.

love & blessings, Monica :)

quiltmom said...

Hi Grace,
The beads are lovely and so is your blog- comgratulations for reaching a 150 milestone - I enjoy playing with beads and fabric and you have made a very nice combination.. Maybe I will be the lucky one...
Regards from a Western Canadian quilter,

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