Friday, May 04, 2012

Lima Beads Reader's Challenge...

This past Tucson, I had the pleasure of attending the Lima Beads party.  They are a really fun bunch of people and I always look forward to seeing them!  Not only do they have a great online beady destination, but they sure do know how to throw a party!  Before the impromptu dance party broke out, we had a chance to chat and catch up.  I told them about opening Allegory Gallery and how I was sad that the February Reader's Challenge was the last one; putting together the kits, mailing them out and organizing everything on top of running a brick-and-mortar store was just too much!  That's when the idea to team up struck!

In the past, Lima Beads has joined forces with other artisan jewelry-makers and bloggers (like Lorelei Eurto and Shannon Chomanczuk) to create really stunning Challenge Kits.  So why not give the capable crew at Lima Beads the dirty work and keep the fun part for myself?  Thusly, the Lima Beads Reader's Challenge was born!

I had a great time selecting these spring-inspired components for the Challenge Kit!  I really love all the fresh shades of green and the beautiful artisan components that we were able to pull together.
The kit includes a fine pewter bunny toggle from my family at Green Girl Studios, a pewter bunny charm from TierraCast, a ceramic bird pendant from Melanie Brooks of Earthenwood Studio, two types of Japanese seed beads, lucite leaves, Czech glass, a large-holed tagua nut bead, and some lovely hammered chain!  Fear not!  You won't have to troll through the vast expanses of the internet or even hunt through their extensive selection of items to track down all the components – they've been neatly assembled all in this great kit!  CLICK HERE to check them out and to get your's today.  There are ONLY 33 kits available!  So if you're interested in participating, I would HURRY and jump on it before they're gone!

The Reader's Challenges are a fun and informal way to play, create and to challenge yourself with a pre-selected set of components!  It's always fun to test your creative sensibilities and to share the results!  With your kit, using as much or as little of it as you like, create a piece that showcases your creativity, individuality, and artistic expression.  Ideally your creation will spotlight the great artisan components included, but the sky's the limit with what you can create!  Keep your project secret until the reveal date!

The Reveal Date is Friday, June 1st!  Post a picture of your piece on your blog or send one to me (before the Reveal Date) to post if you don't have your own.  The Lima Beads Reader's Challenge will culminate in a Blog Hop with your other participants!

There are only 33 Challenge Kits available!  CLICK HERE to get your own Kit for the challenge.  You must have a kit to participate!  Hurry!  Supplies are limited and are on a first come, first serve basis.  I want to thank Kevin, Aly, Cathy, Matt and the whole Lima Beads team for making this a reality and for encouraging me to continue this fun way to inspire and challenge others in this great community!  THANK YOU!

I can't wait to see what you create!  I am SO excited!  If you want to participate in the Blog Hop, leave a comment to this post with your blog address after you've purchased your kit or email me ( and let me know that you're onboard for this wonderful, creative challenge!


Anonymous said...

Super idea, Andrew, to join forces with Lima Beads. I love their website and their products!

Spirited Earth said...

love the colors in this kit,
teaming up with Lima beads is a great idea.

Cheri said...

I love lima beads and your work is fabulous. I would love to be the winner of some of your work. Thank you for this opportunity.

Alice said...

I love Lima Bead's willingness to support artists. I just purchased a kit and will be participating in the blog hop. Thanks so much for doing this as I have missed your challenges.

Unknown said...

I'm so in! I can hardly wait for the beads to arrive. Please enter me in the drawing, too!

Jessica Stoops said...

I bought my kit and excited about this challenge. I also posted this challenge on my wall.

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Tanya said...

I bought my kit and am excited to join in the challenge.

m.e. said...

I bought a kit ! I am usually too late for these challenges!
I have to confess, I have been coveting that rabbit toggle for some time now.Now I own it,plus all those wonderful beads to go with it!!!
YEAH !!!
I can't wait to get started!!!
m.e. :D

Rev. Jessica Boyce said...

I got a kit and am excited about it. Glad you started the Challenge again! My blog is