The following year, I did an original A-Z sampler about school, and framed it in such a way, that if someone had 3 children, they could interchange the pictures each year. It also won a 3rd ribbon. I have 4 children, so I don’t use it. I really should sell it to someone. If your interested, I will post a picture.
Next time, I entered an original blanket, that I made of Snowmen showing the different seasons and embellished with beads and buttons. I received an honorable mention! I sold this original blanket on Ebay, but do have patterns of it in my files.
I then realized that there were contests out in magazines, that I could actually win money for! My addiction continued. The magazine contests were more affordable, as I switched to small projects, without having pieces to be framed!
My first magazine I entered, was “Crafting Traditions” and made a scarecrow with a verse, and even sewed some fabric around it into a small wall hanging or hot pad. I won, 3rd place and $200 US!
Next, I discovered “Leisure Arts: For the Love of Cross-stitch”. They held 2 contests each year, I would stitch like mad, to get as many entries in to increase my chances of winning. I also would get tennis elbow, and I still do when I bead too much!!
I was very successful and won many more contests (2nd places, 3rd places) plus had designs bought from me, and then one day, I just put it away. I do still have a few unfinished designs! Perhaps, I will one day go back and finish a leaflet of baby bibs and my Christmas Sampler.
Published in these magazines:
Crafting Traditions: July/Aug 1997 “Scarecrow Sampler” 3rd
Leisure Arts: “For the Love of Cross-stitch” June 1997 “Star Seeking” stocking
Leisure Arts: “For the Love of Cross-stitch” Nov 1997 “Love is the Key Bookmark 2nd
Leisure Arts: August 1998, purchased 5 designs for vinylweave magnets & 3rd place
Leisure Arts: “For the Love of Cross-stitch” Nov 1998 “O Holy Night” fingertip towel
Leisure Arts: “For the Love of Cross-stitch” Dec 1999 offer to buy to jar lids, “Cranberries, and Candy cane seeds”
Leisure Arts: “For the Love of Cross-stitch” Nov 1999 “USA 2000” (3rd)
Leisure Arts: “For the Love of Cross-stitch” Jan 2000 “USA 2000” pattern
Leisure Arts: “For the Love of Cross-stitch” May 2001 “Gems & Jewels” sachet (3rd)
Leisure Arts: “For the Love of Cross-stitch” June 2002 “Made in the USA” bib Leisure Arts: “For the Love of Cross-stitch” Nov 2002 “Take me out to the ballgame”
In the Fall of 2003, I was introduced to beading! I had a quick demonstration of the very basics. I then combined my love of the alphabet, volumes of research, creativity, many experimental designs, and asking opinions from good friends. I started selling my jewelry March of 2004. In Jan-April of 2008, I increased my awareness, and took a silver smithing class, too.
Thank you family, for the creativity genes, I guess I do have some after all! I also have enjoyed taking all my own photos, and love desk top publishing. I can’t wait to share my designs with you and what I have learned! The possibilities are endless!