Beadwork April/May 2013 ‘the challenge’

Once again I am speechless!  
Yes, I know that is hard to believe, but it is true.  
As with my last great surprise it all started with a trip to the mail box!  
I opened the box and there it sat….
Yes, this is the issue I have been talking about for some time!!!  I can now show it ALL to you!! 
It started out as an email entry into ‘the challenge’ email – I have been trying for about 2 years to get in – and a return email from them stating that I had finally made it!!  
Then, I was sent this stash;
and then, I added some more beads…
and then I went on VACATION!! Yep, on my trip to California to see my family I took a package of beads tucked in my bag – SURPRISE SURPRISE!  I was VERY protective of these beads, and they traveled with me in my carry-on.  Then when I got to my Mom and Dad’s house I set out to create something that I would be proud to see published.  So, here is what I did;
And then, I finished it, sent it off to Beadwork magazine and waited!! It was SO hard for me to wait!  I couldn’t show anyone my creation, show the stash that I was given, or anything!!  Talk about hard for a person who shows all her creations…one step at a time…to the whole world!?!  But, I waited – until yesterday’s mail!  And there, it was!!! 
This is the note I wrote to them with my creation (they edited it a bit, but here is the whole note);

 My favorite color is Purple, so when this beautiful kit came in the mail I was so very excited!! With several trips to my local bead stores, I finally found the perfect center for my creation.  I used mainly peyote and herringbone stitch, but there are a few other beadweaving stitches thrown in!  I just couldn’t help myself, so I added some more crystals, more bead types and some other elements to the design.  The end result….I think is very beautiful.  The best part of this challenge was that I could create it while I was on vacation at my mom and dad’s home.  My mother taught me to bead when I was just a young girl and now as and adult, it was wonderful for her to be able to see how I have developed my skill as a beader and to have her input on my design. 

And now, this beadwoven necklace set is for sale!!
I hope that you all enjoyed my creation, as much I do!

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38 Responses

  1. Pam~The Treadmill Knitter
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    That is so awesome!! Great job!!

    • Krafty Max
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      Thank you so much!!! ~KM

  2. emptynestegg
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    Congrats this is very exciting

    • Krafty Max
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      Thank you very much!! ~KM

  3. Dawn Doucette
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    Awesome! I love that you added the agate slice! Marvelous necklace!!

    • Krafty Max
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      Thank you so very much, it means a lot Dawn!! ~KM

  4. Maggie Moody
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    That is absolutely gorgeous,

    • Krafty Max
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      Thank you so very much!!! ~KM

  5. MCatherine
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    Extraordinary piece! Congratulations!

    • Krafty Max
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      Thank you very much – I am proud!! ~KM

  6. Anonymous
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    Yahoo!
    Glad to see this! You’ve worked so hard – I, your mother-in-law, am so proud of you…you deserve to be proud of your accomplishment! Congratulations!

    • Krafty Max
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      Thank you so very much!! ~KM

  7. Anzia Parks
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    Congratulations, Your necklace is beautiful, I do not have the patience for beadweaving, so I string away to my hearts content. Keep on creating!

    • Krafty Max
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      I so understand, Anzia, I tell people all the time – I have patience for my beads, but not my kids!! 🙂 Thank you!! ~KM

  8. Shirley Moore
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    I saw your necklace in the mag, and thought it was the prettiest of all the pieces. I love the agate slice focal. Great job in the persistence department!

    • Krafty Max
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      WOW, thank you! That is wonderful compliment, I think the other are amazing!!!! THANK YOU! ~KM

  9. Andra
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    Your necklace is awesome! Can’t wait to pick up the magazine. I love how you surrounded the cab with a peyote bezel. In fact you have inspired me to attempt the technique with some slabs I bought a year ago. Congratulations!

    • Krafty Max
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      WONDERFUL!! I love to inspire!!! Thank you for the wonderful comment!! ~KM

  10. Andrea Glick-Zenith
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    Congratulations! How absolutely FABULOUS! 🙂 (And the necklace & earring set is STUNNING, too!).

    <3,
    Andrea

    • Krafty Max
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      Thank you so very very much ! ~KM

  11. vovsblog
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    I love this its beautiful and congratulations you stuck it out and got there cant wait to get my copy and have a good and proper look!

    • Krafty Max
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      Thank you so very much!! I just love the way it turned out!! ~KM

  12. Deni Breitenbach
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    I am fairly new to beading and am self taught! I LOVE that you mom taught you to bead and that you have continued and do so many amazing things! I love Beadwork magazine, I learned several things from their postings!
    Thank you for sharing your vacation project!
    Deni @BreitWerk

    • Krafty Max
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      I am so glad you enjoyed it! I have to say that although I have learned new things it all goes back to what my mom started!! Best of luck to you!! ~KM

  13. Melissa
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    What a gorgeous set! I am always in awe of your talent. My mom was not a beader, but encouraged me to try it at a young age. I have always found peace in it.

    • Krafty Max
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      I tell people all the time…. I have patience for my beads, not my kids!! 🙂 Thank you very much for your comment!! ~KM

  14. Awesome

    • Krafty Max
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      Thank you very much!! ~KM

  15. Eva Barkman
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    Congrats! I didn’t go through my magazine yet, but I just took a look at your submission. I love the colors and your design. It was lovely, just like all of your beadwork 🙂

    • Krafty Max
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      Thank you very much!! I hope you enjoyed seeing it in the magazine, for me… I am still blushing!! 🙂 ~KM

  16. Cory Tompkins
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    Congratulations on your publication! Your design is very beautiful with all the colors I love.

    • Krafty Max
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      Thank you very much!! I had so much fun!! ~KM

  17. Gutukas
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    Congratulations that is really beautiful, and yuour patiece has been awarded ‘;0}

    • Krafty Max
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      Thank you so much!!! ~KM

  18. worldofdiamond
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    Very nice design, conguratulations! Now I am trying to do like this. I hope I can make some closer to you. By the way I like all your designs. I find your blog thanks to youtube and your challange video. loves…

    • Krafty Max
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      Thank you very much and WELCOME!! ~KM

  19. Elmas worldofdiamond
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    I finished my project. I do not know I can add her but İf you want to see it is in my blog http://worldofdiamond07.blogspot.com/2013/09/fusya-akik-tas-kolye-yaptm.html I hope you like it.

    • Krafty Max
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      WOW, thank you for showing me… amazing creation! ~KM