Monday, July 23, 2012

A Book. A GiveAway.

Yes, I am still here. Still alive. Still beading. Still designing. Still listing. Just haven't been blogging and don't know that I have a good reason/explanation/excuse.  Do trust that you will forgive me, however...especially when you read what I have in mind.

Last week, I received my review/contributor copy of the much-anticipated Showcase 500 Beaded Jewelry



What an absolute treasure this 500 Series volume is!  If you are a lover of beaded jewelry, this book will warm your heart and please your eyes. If you are a beader -advanced, intermediate, or beginner - , this book will feed your beading muse.

I have wandered through this, cover to cover, at least five times since it arrived. Each time, I focus on different pieces, with my favorites seeming to change as my moods do.  I'm awed by it. I'm inspired by it. I'm thrilled by it. I am humbled by it. But I don't imagine I will ever be bored by it.

The incredible variety of styles and techniques and color palettes displayed on these pages is almost overwhelming. What keeps them at the "almost overwhelming" stage is Ray Hemachandra's guiding hand in selecting and arranging these 500 pieces by 275 different artists.  Ray recognizes the community of beaders for what it is:  a diverse, supportive, and talented family. And this is our family album!

When I go to Bead & Button next year, I will be very tempted to carry this volume with me wherever I go in a crazed effort to get as many autographs on these pages as possible. What a collector's item that would be!  

If I were a more sharing, generous kind of gal, I would give away one of my two copies of this book (I've got one coming from Amazon as I write this!). But I'm not and so I won't. So there.  

I am giving away one of the pieces in the book. Yes. You can own one of these 500, - Ribbed Peyote Cuff - one of the three by yours truly included in the book.  This was the prototype for my ribbed cuff series, so it is pretty special (if unassumingly so) on more than one count. hehe




I will also have my trusty random number generator draw two names for $30 Sand Fibers Gift Certificates The winners can use these gift certificates in my Etsy store or to order a custom item. Or, because I will make the gift certificates transferable and without expiration date, you can give the certificate as a gift.

The "Rules"

To enter the drawing for these prizes, you can do one or more of the following. Please note that to take full advantage of these you must leave a separate comment for each.
  1. "Like" Showcase 500 Beaded Jewelry on amazon and leave a comment here telling me you did so
  2. Blog about this give away and leave a comment here with a link to your blog post.
  3. Twitter about this give away and leave a comment here letting me know you did. 
  4. Link to this post on Facebook  and leave a comment here letting me you know you did.  

Please leave your email or your etsy/ArtFire store name or something in the comment as well so that I have a way of contacting you in case you win. 

If you do all four of these things, you will leave four separate comments and have four separate chances to win. You could, of course, choose to just do one of the four, or two, or three...and that's okay as well. Just enter!

Entries/comments must be made by midnight on Monday, July 30. I will use my trusty random number generator to determine the winners on Tuesday and will announce them on this blog later that day.

Good luck! Now be well and get going (but only after you leave your comment)!

76 comments:

  1. Alicia M. Hartley23/7/12 15:57

    Shared the link on Facebook! One of these days I'm gonna order me one of those stunning ribbed cuffs! :D

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  2. Alicia M. Hartley23/7/12 16:31

    Ok, so I'm numbers 1 and 2 on this, that's fine with me. :) I liked the book on Amazon. These conclude my two (and only 2 entries) since I don't tweet and I don't blog. I'd rather bead and/or read. :D

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  3. That's a great work...I must have this Pattern!!
    Lg Steffi

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  4. I was like number 199 on amazon!!

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  5. Liked on Amazon! thank you so much for such a wonderful giveaway! Wearing a piece of your jewelry would be absolutely awesome!

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  6. Posted to FB!!!! Now to cross my fingers and toes....
    http://www.facebook.com/shirley.j.moore.12

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  7. Anonymous23/7/12 18:52

    What a great idea to have all the artists autograph the book! I Liked on Amazon (No. 201) and linked to my Facebook page - www.facebook.com/jeanette.jahn.3
    Jeanette

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  8. The bracelet is wonderful. The book is eye candy.

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  9. Liked on Amazon! I'll be back.... :P

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  10. Liked and shared on FB! Fingers and toes crossed here!

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  11. Liked it back in February, when I ordered a copy in addition to my contributor copy.
    Gerlinde Lenz

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  12. And shared it on fb, too. Does writing something with the share count as blogging? *still grins*

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  13. I liked it on Amazon :)

    DesignsByOnye.etsy.com
    Facebook.com/DesignsByOnye

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  14. thank you - I has lunk on the facebook

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  15. thank you - I has liked on the amazon

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  16. Posted to Facebook :)

    DesignsByOnye.etsy.com
    Facebook.com/DesignsByOnye

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  17. Tweeted ;)
    http://twitter.com/DesignsByOnye/status/227678662126891008

    DesignsByOnye.etsy.com
    Facebook.com/DesignsByOnye

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  18. I just read a "Showcase 500 Beaded Jewelry" related article.As if everyone love it.

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  19. hi Carol Dean, than you for this generous giveway chance. Love this bangle and just in case I don't win the book I HAVE to buy it, for shure
    greetings from Germany
    Brigitte

    I posted on my blog: www.beadtex.blogspot.com
    and told about on Facebook

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  20. I have this one as well Carol and I will have to agree with your review completely but I need to add a fun little moment as I browsed through. It was so fun to see so many of the friends I have made along this journey there in print!

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  21. BethClark24/7/12 07:15

    Posted your link to Facebook and Pinterest this morning! Thanks so much for doing this! -JewelrybyBeth on Artfire!

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  22. Posted a link on Facebook ;) AND ordered the book - just in case I don't win it ;)

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  23. I have been following you for several years now. Love your work. You are amazing.

    Just left Amazon. I am Like #207. Thanks for the opportunity to win. Thanks so much.

    Donna
    don_mae2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  24. Hi Carol,
    Went to Amazon and clicked Like. There should be a Love button because I know I'll love the book.
    Thanks,
    Cathey

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  25. And I published a note about the giveaway and a link to your blog on Facebook.
    Cathey

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  26. I 'Liked' the book on Amazon. It looks great! I would love it!

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  27. Don't have a blog and don't 'twitter', but shared on Facebook. Thanks for the chance. I love your stuff!

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  28. shared on facebook and twitter! so excited for the book!

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    1. and this is the name of my etsy store btw http://www.etsy.com/shop/puravida343

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  29. What a wonderful giveaway offer Carol Dean! I did "like" the book on Amazon - I found it full of inspiration and a joy to read. Congratulations! Deb (dwoz@att.net)

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  30. Ok, I just tweeted and linked to the blog - I hope lots of folks stop in to read it. Thanks again Carol Dean!

    Deb (dwoz@att.net)

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  31. lily@lilysteelebeads.com25/7/12 05:01

    Loved the book on Amazon - at least I tried to love it but could only like it... definitely WANT it!

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  32. Anonymous26/7/12 13:07

    I like it on my facebook and also make a comment in the link, my etsy http://www.etsy.com/shop/marielacortejewels
    not sure i did it right kind of techno-challenge. Will love the bracelet, the gift card and the book they are both beautiful :)Mariela

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  33. I did like on amazon ;o)

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  34. and blogged it : http://atelierdelaulo.canalblog.com/archives/2012/07/27/24788247.html :))

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  35. and off course shared it on facebook :oP
    hugs my dear friend

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  36. Thanks for this fantastic giveaway!!! Posted at FB... Greetings from Germany

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  37. I liked the book on Amazon, but really I LOVE it!

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  38. I shared your giveaway on facebook! :)

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  39. I tweeted about your blog giveaway! Thank you!

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  40. I've just clicked like on amazon :)

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  41. Just shared on facebook

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  42. Love the bracelet! I've posted the link on Facebook & liked on Amazon.

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  43. Anonymous27/7/12 16:03

    I shared your giveaway because I was checking out Linda Roberts page today and ALSO would love to have one of your amazing works of art. Deborah Bergen debthebeader@yahoo.com

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  44. I like your works and patterns!!Also i would use the chance to win one of your lovely works or the book.I blogged it :htt//:Lakesidedreams.blogspot.de
    Greetings from Germany

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  45. Hi Carol Dean
    This is so generous of you. I would love to win. Please enter me. Even though you have my email here are other ways to contact me
    http://beadwright.blogspot.com
    http://nicolecampanella.com
    http://beadwright.etsy.com

    I am off to blog about your giveaway
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  46. Carol Dean I just blogged about your giveaway.
    Nicole/Beadwright
    http://beadwright.blogspot.com
    http://nicolecampanella.com
    http://beadwright.etsy.com

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  47. Your giveaway is not posted to my FB
    Nicole/Beadwright
    http://beadwright.blogspot.com
    http://nicolecampanella.com
    http://beadwright.etsy.com

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  48. Anonymous28/7/12 15:47

    Hi Carol,

    I made a "like" on Amazon, and I Left a comment on my facebook and a "like" too. facebook.com/dorthe.jensen.90475

    I love you work as you know :-)
    Kindest regards, Dorthe thepearl01@yahoo dot com

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  49. I shared your link on FB.

    craftymoose on Etsy

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  50. I like you on Amazon.Love your book and designs.

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  51. Wrote about it in Facebook. Shared this link. Love your work. Miriagassi@gmail.com

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  52. I shared on my Domum Vindemia Facebook page. :)

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  53. how beautiful......liked in amazon

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  54. sharing the beauty in facebook

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  55. Anonymous30/7/12 05:08

    I shared the link...this work is truly an art form.
    Gil C.
    jeffngil@hotmail.com

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  56. I liked you on Amazon! Amazing stuff!

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  57. I liked Showcase on Amazon.

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  58. Thanks for the chance, I liked the book on amaaon

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  59. i liked showase on amazon

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  60. This is such a great pattern, I want it. thanks.

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  61. Liked it on Amazon.com (first time I've used the "Like" feature!). Thank you for the chance to win this book -- it looks great!

    janers41(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  62. I shared the link on Facebook!

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  63. Very much want to read the book and thanks for the gifting chance.
    ~cryssT

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  64. and tweated:
    https://twitter.com/sigyn13

    ~cryssT

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  65. I liked the Amazon page!
    I'd love to own this book.

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  66. Anonymous30/7/12 18:50

    I try to do all sorts of beading but I am self taught and this book would really help me to get it right!!

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  67. Link to this post on Facebook
    Done! :)

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  68. Twitter about this give away

    Done!
    https://twitter.com/LokipanCrochet/status/230105642113826816

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  69. I liked the book on Amazon!

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  70. I liked on Amazon. Looks like a really good book.

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  71. I hope I can still enter. I don't know how I missed this before. I have the book but I would so love your bracelet! Thanks, CD!

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