Wednesday, August 31, 2011

September Reader's Challenge...

This is the third "Reader's Challenge" for the blog. It's a fun and informal way to play, create, and challenge yourself with a pre-selected set of components. Let's see what you can make!

To participate you must purchase a Design Kit from my Shop, featuring a polymer clay link from Heather Wynn-Millican of SwoonDimples, a polymer clay pendant from Heather Powers of HumbleBeads, enameled flowers from Sara of C-Koop Beads, original vintage Miriam Haskell beads, Swarovski crystals, purple-colored flexible beading wire from Soft Flex Company, and a Luxury Bead Blend.

The Luxury Bead Blends consists of Japanese Tho seed beads, Miyuki seed beads, vintage Czech seed beads, freshwater pearls, coral chip, garnet rounds, Botswana agate rounds, vintage sequins, and other semi-precious stones, German pressed glass and Czech glass.

Each kit also includes a special MYSTERY component! They mystery component will be publicly revealed on Friday, September 16th! If you get a kit, please keep it a secret until the reveal!

In selecting the pieces for the Design Kit, I thought about the quality of light at twilight in the garden. September is traditionally a time of harvest, of being in the garden until the light fades from the sky and it's a brilliant wash of pale purples, violets, and lilacs. It's the time before night falls, where stars are just emerging and the last traces of day can still be felt. It's a time of balance... between the fiery reds of summer and the deep blues of late autumn. The color palette reflects that in between time. It's also my birthday month and I wanted to include pieces from some of my favorite folks.

If you saw the first two challenges, you know that there are lots of different design options and a single kit can produce several pieces if desired.

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 make. Keep your project secret until the reveal date!

The reveal date is Friday, September 30th! Post a picture on your blog or send one to me (before the Reveal Date) to post if you don't have your own; the September Reader's Challenge will end in a Blog Hop with your other participants to showcase your beautiful creations!

There are only 20 Design Kits available! (Last kit shipped Thursday, September 15th.) CLICK HERE to get your own Design Kit for the September Reader's Challenge. Hurry! Supplies are limited and are on a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE basis! (No exceptions)

I also wanted to mention that all Reader's Challenge Design Kits are shipped with First Class mail. Due to the relatively short timeframe of this challenge, if you know it takes a long time to receive orders, please place your order early! I will do my very best to get your kit out as early as possible, but unfortunately can't be held responsible if it arrives late! Also, keep in mind that September begins with a holiday weekend! With that said... I hope you all have lots of fun and I can't wait to see what you make!


Heather Goldsmith said...

The purples are my most favourite colours, so how can I resist? Thanks for making fun beading challenges. ;-)

Alice said...

I've been watching like a hawk for the September Readers Challenge. I woke up this morning and saw your post, only to find out they were already gone.

Darn it, this one looks amazing too!

Kari Asbury said...

I'm with Alice...been watching like a hawk last few days but when I checked first thing this morning already gone!

Can't wait to see what's created by those lucky enough to have snatched one of these!

Mel said...

Wow I left your page up all day for two days and refreshed every 5 to 10 minuts and still missed out. Wah :( Looks awesome!

Anonymous said...

I've been hiding for a while now, but have been reading your blog posts, and this month plucked up the courage to get one of the kits! I'm really excited, and hope I do it justice :)

My Life Under the Bus said...

I have no idea how I got one because it said they were sold out then someone put one back! It's all timing - I can't wait to get this the color is crazy fantastic!!!