Monday, July 9, 2012

Artbeads Design Star July Contest

Artbeads has a new, once monthly contest . . . or least I guess it's a contest. There are no physical prizes just the honor of having one's jewelry creation featured as the winner of that month's Design Star . . . a spin off on HGTV's Design Star, perhaps?

Normally I don't enter contests, especially ones that are determined by popular vote.  Mainly because, all too often, popular vote can mean a popularity contest and to be embarrassingly honest I was never a shinning star of popularity.  No, in truth I was (and am) the quiet, drab, little wall flower that blends invisibly into the background.  But this time, for some inexplicable reason, I decided to enter my Exotic Blue Fuchsia Flower earrings.  I always thought them very pretty and they are a bit involved and take time to make. 

I took what seemed like an endless stream of photos . . . deleting most as unacceptable.  The rest I cropped and made sure the brightness was adequate, and then I mulled over them trying to pick  "the" most suitable one to represent my work.

I really thought the photo looked better - at least it did on my program. But after submitting my entry and having been accepted, I was so disappointed at how my photo looked on Artbeads website.  All I can say is "Blah" ! 

Wish I had the finesse of photography that my Blogging friend T Chipperfield  has, or Annette of So Many Memories, or Patty of My Life Under the Bus, or Aly of  LostInAlytopiaor . . . oh who am I kidding!   I wish I had the photographic skill of far too many very photographically adept people out there to even begin listing them all.

Anyway, as you know Artbeads is having this month's Design Star contest and I entered.   I won't ask you to vote for me (if you wish to vote, I encourage you to vote for whom-so-ever's design you  feel strongly compelled to vote for) however I would love it if you would leave comments on my Artbead Design page Exotic Blue Fuchsia Flowers :
Below is iformation regarding this Design Star contest and is open to the public. 

• Grand Prize: Winner to be featured on the Jewelry Design Star page.
Submission Dates
Submissions Open: Thursday, July 5, 2012, at 00:01pm Pacific Time.
Submissions Close: Wednesday, July 18, 2012, at 11:59pm Pacific Time.
Voting Period
Public Voting Starts: Thursday, July 19, 2012, at 12:00am Pacific Time.
Public Voting Ends: Tuesday, July 24, 2012, at 11:59pm Pacific Time.


  1. Very pretty. Best of luck to you.

  2. OMG well thank You for that comment! XOXO I have been fighting my own camera battles ever since I left my dinky old Olympus on my hood - so not happy with myself for doing something that dumb - these are ADORABLE! One of my favorite flowers - Hope you are staying cool! I'm totally voting : )

  3. Hi Anna-

    My name's Marissa and I work at I just wanted to say thank you for spreading the word about Jewelry Design Star on your blog! By the way, you did a GREAT job with the photography ! I think you captured your design well. Good luck and thanks again!

  4. I am definitely off to vote for you! That is a fabulous fuschia design and there is nothing wrong with your photography skills!

  5. WOW, talk about detailed bead work! Your artistry always amazes and inspires me my friend. Your earrings remind me of dragonflies hovering just above the surface of the ocean on a warm summer day. So pretty!

    Good luck with the contest, I'm going to go check it out now :-)


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