Win the Summer 2013 Collection from Nunn Design

Sep 26, 2013

Not quite ready to let go of summer yet? Me, neither! So, how about giving one last nod to summer and enter to win the Nunn Design Summer 2013 collection of findings? Included in this awesome prize pack are two metal channel bracelets (perfect for filling with epoxy clay or even flat peyote stitch!), a leather cuff bracelet, leather cord, eye pins, cuff links, a ring bezel, big-hole faceted metal beads, and more!

 

To win, just leave a comment telling us what you did on your summer vacation. Did it involve beads or jewelry-making? Did you travel to a fabulous workshop or class?

I'll pick a winner at random on Monday, September 30, 2013. (Please note: Box, tray, and matches are not included in this giveaway. US residents only, please.)


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Finstermum wrote
on Sep 26, 2013 11:04 AM

I finished a life size, free-form peyote bug that we are going to use to freak out a friend that was scared by the real thing at a Ren Fair this summer.  Tee-hee-hee.  Sometimes it's just fun to bead some non-sensical thing for no real purpose but to have a good time.

eoster wrote
on Sep 26, 2013 11:53 AM

I went on a 4400 mile roadtrip with my 13-year-old son. I didn't take any beadwork with me, and was going through withdrawals by the time we got home! I did actually stop at a few beadstores and picked up some small things, but was very glad to get home to my bead store in my house (I have a room almost full of supplies)!

D.M.Z wrote
on Sep 26, 2013 1:11 PM

This summer we had an elderly relative with ongoing health problems, so we stuck very close to home and our phone. I do have a "bead cave" I can escape to with a good bead stash to pick from and out of boredom and a love of challenges, I entered two Bead Challenges this summer on Beading Daily. The June challenge was Wedding Jewelry and the August was Desserts. In between working on those projects I finished up a couple of UFO's that have been "hovering" around my work table for far too long.

All in all this summer was major fun and productive for me, so no big regrets about not traveling or attending any workshops. I am always "short" of findings and the stash from Nunn Designs would be a total treasure to me. Donna

on Sep 26, 2013 3:36 PM

No summer vacation this year, but I broke my left wrist at the end of July and have had very limited use of that hand (almost no use of the thumb) since then. One thing that I have been able to do is beading - endorsed whole-heartedly by my occupational therapist! First just stringing (large) beads - picking up the beads with my left hand for finger exercise - and gradually moving to bead weaving. I've finally had the chance and motivation to try peyote triangles - very fun and addicting.

SheilaC@4 wrote
on Sep 26, 2013 11:21 PM

My passion lately is knitting lace shawls.  I am always looking at ways to personalize them. I have been adding beads and the effects have been awesome and actually quite fabulous... What a beautiful accent they make.

I have also been weaving shawls + scarves (total  of 4). Each one has had beads added in a variety of configurations.  My new passion..... Is adding beads to many new projects. A new beauty and unique item has been invented and  given to he e all love .  Thank you

Sheila Campbell

SheilaC@4 wrote
on Sep 26, 2013 11:23 PM

My passion lately is knitting lace shawls.  I am always looking at ways to personalize them. I have been adding beads and the effects have been awesome and actually quite fabulous... What a beautiful accent they make.

I have also been weaving shawls + scarves (total  of 4). Each one has had beads added in a variety of configurations.  My new passion..... Is adding beads to many new projects. A new beauty and unique item has been invented and  given to he e all love .  Thank you

Sheila Campbell

SheilaC@4 wrote
on Sep 26, 2013 11:23 PM

My passion lately is knitting lace shawls.  I am always looking at ways to personalize them. I have been adding beads and the effects have been awesome and actually quite fabulous... What a beautiful accent they make.

I have also been weaving shawls + scarves (total  of 4). Each one has had beads added in a variety of configurations.  My new passion..... Is adding beads to many new projects. A new beauty and unique item has been invented and  given to he e all love .  Thank you

Sheila Campbell

Linda@952 wrote
on Sep 27, 2013 11:33 AM

It would be really nice if you would let people know that your contests are open just for U S members at the beginning of your posts.  You instead get everyone interested in being a possible winner, we waste our time reading the post, then tell us in fine print, at the very end, we can not participate, because we do not live in the United States!  Honestly, this is a form of discrimination, it makes people start to tune you out, then we refuse to buy the product, however much you try to promote it!  Somehow, I don't believe that is what, or why, the product is being promoted.  All for the sake of a bit of postage, for the most part.  You should make it an equal playing field, and allow everyone to participate!

Linda@952 wrote
on Sep 27, 2013 11:33 AM

It would be really nice if you would let people know that your contests are open just for U S members at the beginning of your posts.  You instead get everyone interested in being a possible winner, we waste our time reading the post, then tell us in fine print, at the very end, we can not participate, because we do not live in the United States!  Honestly, this is a form of discrimination, it makes people start to tune you out, then we refuse to buy the product, however much you try to promote it!  Somehow, I don't believe that is what, or why, the product is being promoted.  All for the sake of a bit of postage, for the most part.  You should make it an equal playing field, and allow everyone to participate!

on Sep 27, 2013 11:47 AM

I made several earrings and few necklaces during summer. I studied various weaving techniques and tried to understand my own style.

on Sep 27, 2013 11:51 AM

I learned various geometric shapes  using peyote stitch and  spent lot of time to come up with various designs.

Monika - jmonica2001@yahoo.com

Valbeads wrote
on Sep 27, 2013 6:10 PM

I'm a member of the Beading Daily Community, and we frequently have beading challenges.  For June, it was "Weddings."  I designed my very first bridal tiara.  Whew!  What a project!  But for a first effort, it actually turned out pretty good.  Then I traveled 1200 miles to get to Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley.  It was WONDERFUL!  It has inspired me a great deal for my Spring '14 collection that I'm feverishly working on currently.  Problem?  I seem to perpetually run short of findings, so the Nunn collection(I ADORE her stuff) would be such a boon.  When I returned from my road trip, I went to see a specialist, only to be told I needed emergency throat surgery, that they suspected cancer.  So before I could even take a breath, I was in the hospital.  Thankfully, there was no cancer, but  a lot of other work had to be done, which left me unable to speak for TWO MONTHS!  After the first couple of miserable weeks, my brain kicked in to gear, and I began sketching furiously again.  You get some neat ideas when you're stuck staring out the window!

So that was my summer; a real roller coaster ride!  Nothing keeps me down from my beading for long; not even my permanently frozen thumb!  I love my jewelry making too much.  Besides, I've got Christmas pressies to make!

Janeoliver wrote
on Sep 28, 2013 5:54 AM

I did my first ever festival, complete with tent, tables

and displays. It was great and really got me moving and making pieces to sell.

Learned a lot and made $225.00. I don't have a goal of doing festivals but the commitment really worked and now I have some inventory ready to sell for Christmas shoppers!

Jane.

beadsnsuch wrote
on Sep 28, 2013 6:15 AM

I learned oya bead crochet and took it with me on a trip to Florida. I've used the oya pieces for trimming purses, and making into jewelry.

on Sep 28, 2013 6:47 AM

summer vacation... hmmmm well yes, we did!  We went on a summer vacation!  Last vacation was 17 years prior.  Simply full of fear that we would be on the news headlines.  Perhaps "family pulled from plane due to boy with autism"... I was so scared, my son now 19 and alot of years later, we tried again, we had to... our other son was graduating from boot camp in North Carolina as a Marine!  We Did it!!!!!! One small episode where my son had heat stroke (in about 10 minutes during the graduation) and I looked up to see 6 Marines in a med unit helping my son through the heat stroke - I couldn't stop crying - then I finally saw my son who I haven't seen for forever (long story)... He changed - my new Marine - I see my son again - not that teenager who was so angry and disrespectrul - but a man.... he stood six feet tall.  I am so proud.  Long teen years - our vacation couldn't have been better - ... so much to be thankful for... and then I found my first Hobby Lobby in Jacksonville Fla where we stayed and bought a few goodies for when we got back for my son and I to string beads together!  Yes - we went on vacation!  It might take another 17 years that we may not have - but this one was so memorable that nothing could ever come close again!!!! Yikes - I made myself cry....

beadedsaddle wrote
on Sep 28, 2013 7:07 AM

This was the "Summer that Wasn't" for me... I just sat here at home and frantically kept my house OCD clean and waited by the phone hoping for showings and hoping that someone would buy my house but in this economy. I guess I must be dreaming to think it will sell. I talked long distance with my mom for hours every week reassuring her that I would be there for her as soon as my house sells. I tried to make and sell enough beaded things to make ends meet, but of course I can't. I entered every contest that came along hoping to win but of course I haven't won anything... yet...

MaureenF@10 wrote
on Sep 28, 2013 7:08 AM

I've been taking pictures of my jewelry, editing photographs, and writing descriptions  of the metaphysical properties of the stones used. The website should be up soon!

Isagon wrote
on Sep 28, 2013 7:21 AM

Didn't do much this summer, but in Miami, summer lasts well into November. I'd love the summer findings, already thinking of what to do with it...hmmm

BeckyP@18 wrote
on Sep 28, 2013 7:24 AM

My summer vacation was spent visiting my Grandsons. I did go to two bead stores in Toledo. I made a spiral rope necklace with a blue and white polymer clay rose center to commemorate my visit.

Kimatlsu wrote
on Sep 28, 2013 7:26 AM

I spent the summer getting myself on a regular "beading" schedule! I have tried to complete at least one project a day and branched out into several new wire working and weaving techniques - much harder to accomplish than I originally expected!! :)

jennsilva wrote
on Sep 28, 2013 7:29 AM

I made dozens of earrings, a couple of necklaces and two bracelets. Plus, I played with patina and did my first kumihimo. Yes!

MarilynG@27 wrote
on Sep 28, 2013 7:34 AM

During the summer I traveled to Alaska and the Yukon Territory.  While there I visited bead shops and explored First Nation and Alaskan beading. I also picked up findings and charms and made simple earrings to represent where I'd been such as train/ship charms mixed with crystals, totem pole charms and other stones to bead around.

Catthera wrote
on Sep 28, 2013 7:35 AM

I live in massachusettes and spent this summer with friends in washington state and rediscovered how much i like to bead so my girl friend and i hit the bead store in town and i got so inspired i opened my own shop late this summer

ColleenM24 wrote
on Sep 28, 2013 7:44 AM

I work at a summer program in a different state. Of course I visit the local bead store. I got a wave bracelet pattern and supplies for two bracelets. I've made two of the three bracelets

btbbb wrote
on Sep 28, 2013 7:59 AM

My granddaughters 11 and 13 came to visit and they wanted to learn to bead. I started them on the spiral rope with size 11 seed beads. They made necklace, bracelet and earrings. The oldest also made a matching set for her best friend. Now they are home and she called me and said that kids at her school want her to make them one. She is already thinking about making and selling jewelry. So excited to have passed on the love.

HeatherR@54 wrote
on Sep 28, 2013 8:07 AM

I didn't get to travel for vacation this year - but I did take a week to 'vacation' at home.  Yes, I know that for some folks the idea of a 'stay-cation' seems boring, but not for my hubby and I.

We visited museums, botanical gardens, and took a day trip to a nearby community that we just don't get to much anymore.  We also took the time to go visit some of the stores that we don't often get to in the regular hustle and bustle of our lives.  

That meant a trip to the antique stores and flea markets one day - I found a seller who was selling off the bead stash she had inherited from her mother - I found some lovely pearl strands and polished stone in her stash.   After that, I had to make a trip to my local bead store to find some pieces to complement the polished stones.  

All in all, it was a very fun vacation - even if I didn't get to stay in a hotel for it! :)

dbravo wrote
on Sep 28, 2013 8:25 AM

This was the most horrible summer I ever had. I worked for a company for 6.5 yrs and was fired. I have spent most of my summer looking for a job but in the mean time I have had a lot of inspiration on my jewelry designs.  I decided to consign some of my pieces to a local antique store to make up for some of my money that I have lost. I gave 21 pieces to the shop and had an agreement she would get 10% of the sales.  Well that didnt go well either.  She has another person who sells jewelry there also and I noticed where she pulled beads off my collection and broke several pieces of Vintage inspired jewelry and used in her collection.  I was never paid for any of the pieces that was sold and the items that was returned to me were in shambels.  To top it off I entered jewel school jewelry design contest and wasnt choosen.  My esty page has been posted for over a year without any sales. I have been making jewelry for 12 yrs and have yet to reach any of my goals.  I have invested several thousand dollars and have  one of a kind vintage inspired designs.  I do think I am talented.  I draw and paint on some of my pendants and soldered glass pendants of the Skylines and some of the architecture monuments located in the surrounding area and have yet to sell them either. What am I doing wrong?   Im not giving up!!!!  Christmas is around the corner and I am going to 2 local craft fairs hopefully my luck will change. :)

silverwitch wrote
on Sep 28, 2013 8:28 AM

I learned to make chain maille jewelry this summer!  And I love it!

Anna Paradox wrote
on Sep 28, 2013 8:35 AM

I set up my house for sale, putting 90% of my stuff in storage. I kept out all the beads, though!

on Sep 28, 2013 8:39 AM

No vacation....but hid inside out of the desert heat and taught my self some beading thanks to this site and others and you tube!!!  I am soooo addicted. Better addicted to beads than the alternative!

faerywink wrote
on Sep 28, 2013 8:50 AM

We went to North Dakota. My husband informed me he wasn't paying for any rock but we stopped at several rock shops. My daughters & I found several cabachons & beads (that I paid for) which are being created into jewelry so we can wear memories of our summer vacation.

TammyW@20 wrote
on Sep 28, 2013 8:52 AM

I had just started a new job, so my summer vacation was spent working, but I did go to the farmers market every weekend and tried several beading patterns that I didn't have a chance to do while I was in school.

pslange wrote
on Sep 28, 2013 8:59 AM

Started out the summer by taking 5 classes at the Bead & Button show in Milwaukee. I found a new love...polymer clay! But no time to play and practice as we purchased a new home and I have been very busy cleaning and fixing the new one as well as going through all the stuff we have in the old one. I made several custom beaded pieces with crystal butterflies for a woman who lost her 12 year old son. Also going on a polymer clay cruise in a few weeks. First cruise ever. The fun just keeps going on!

Tulsan222 wrote
on Sep 28, 2013 9:04 AM

This summer we returned to Nebraska, Wyoming and South Dakota.  My husband's cousin teaches on the reservation at Red Cloud in South Dakota.  It is always great to tour their Cultural Center and see some great art and some fabulous bead work. We also went back to Rapid City and I visited the Prairie Edge Lakota Trading Post.  This store has some of the most gorgeous jewelry, pottery, beads, etc.  Just in one corner of the shop is their individual beads and other findings.  Needless to say I did spend a few hours there and left with some remarkable beads, leather and other goodies.  

Anna@197 wrote
on Sep 28, 2013 9:06 AM

I only work (at a regular job) three days a week, so I have Sat, Sun , Mon and Tue to myself to do what I love, which is to BEAD! I spent the whole summer holed up inside (the humidity outside was stifling) creating one of the best collections of beaded work I have created in a while...a beaded starfish, a dagger bracelet (inspired by Laura Mc Cabe), several collars, a wonderful piece of backstitch embroidery created with (and inspired  by) small shards of Wampum, polished, that had been discarded by a Native American carver and that I bought at a pow wow ...and so many others that i don't even remember (they sold at a local gallery) The best summer ever! :)

Anna@197 wrote
on Sep 28, 2013 9:06 AM

I only work (at a regular job) three days a week, so I have Sat, Sun , Mon and Tue to myself to do what I love, which is to BEAD! I spent the whole summer holed up inside (the humidity outside was stifling) creating one of the best collections of beaded work I have created in a while...a beaded starfish, a dagger bracelet (inspired by Laura Mc Cabe), several collars, a wonderful piece of backstitch embroidery created with (and inspired  by) small shards of Wampum, polished, that had been discarded by a Native American carver and that I bought at a pow wow ...and so many others that i don't even remember (they sold at a local gallery) The best summer ever! :)

JennieK@5 wrote
on Sep 28, 2013 9:09 AM

This summer's vacation was low-key, embarking on a 3-day cruise to Ensenada in August.  It was to cap off a summer of  tumultuous events, including the passing of my mother and my undergoing the necessary steps to treat my breast cancer, such as lumpectomy and radiation therapy sessions.

I haven't touched anything beading related all year until a birthday of a good friend of mine, making a chakra pendant based off of instructions found on this blog.

Firedogindy wrote
on Sep 28, 2013 9:19 AM

I spent my vacation at home, beading halters for horses, necklaces for weddings and loved every minute of it to myself. Husband gone to see his father, so it was me time!

Sheree

kurkeka wrote
on Sep 28, 2013 9:23 AM

I had back surgery and spent the summer recovering from that.  Unfortunately I was unable to sit for enough time to work on my jewelry.  But now I am much better and am about to make up for lost time.  The items in your package would be a great start!  

Whether I win or not, thanks for having these great give-away opportunities!!!!!

on Sep 28, 2013 9:26 AM

Every time I get to bead is a vacation.  This summer's vacations were trips to bead crochet rope land, seed bead charm land, and learn to bead embroider land.  Some lovely blue and white cup herringbone flowers tagged along on one vacation as I dreamt of making a bracelet of flower charms (which I don't have near enough for the dreamt of bracelet), working on it.  This is a lovely, stretched out vacation, for sure.

I love my bead vacations.

CTDamsel wrote
on Sep 28, 2013 10:07 AM

I did not go on vacation; but I did finally master a peyote beaded toggle clasp from Melinda Barta "How to Stitch Custom Clasps. Now I can not stop making them!

tjzink2012 wrote
on Sep 28, 2013 10:17 AM

We didn't get a summer getaway. New job,new town,etc. but I have done a lot of beading when I'm homesick or missing my kids. What a joy to be able to pick up my beads during a lonely time and feel their texture and enjoy their colors. Working on my bead work has been the best mrdecine I've ever needed.   Terri from Minot, North Dakota.

MargieD@5 wrote
on Sep 28, 2013 10:21 AM

This summer my hubby and I traveled to Kauai, Hawaii for his retirement trip.  Once there we saw some amazing jewelry with the focal piece being a shell which is only found on that island, called a Sunrise Shell.   Beautiful, multicolored, ranging from oranges and pinks to blue greens.  I had glibly told someone working in the hotel that I would find one and make and send them some earrings with those shells.  I drug my husband around on the beaches everywhere we went, searching even for chips, because we had seen some beautiful necklaces and earrings made with just the chips.

After several unsuccessful hunting trips along the beaches, I found a vendor selling finished pieces with Sunrise Shells wanting a tip for good places to find them...turns out in Hawaii they are actually valued like gemstones because they are so rare...AND besides having the color of Sunrise, the other reason for the name is that the local boys get up before sunrise with their flashlights and graze the beaches looking for shells, chips, or whatever.  

It was hubby's retirement vacation...in Hawaii...and while my he had been a good sport on every beach we walked checking out every random scattering of shells, a flashlight before dawn just wasn't going to happen.  :>(

tjzink2012 wrote
on Sep 28, 2013 10:22 AM

We didn't get a vacation this summer. We just moved to Minot, North Dakota, so with a new job and new town we have had our lives full.  I truly thank God for being able to bead during this transition. It has been a difficult transition and being able to create lovely things in lovely colors and textures is good medicine when I'm homesick or miss my kids back in Minnesota.

Karen@4446 wrote
on Sep 28, 2013 10:23 AM

Mine was a stay-cation in Alaska. Since it was the warmest summer we've EVER had, I spent most of it outside. Winters are long and cold and so that is my beading time.

Jeanne@42 wrote
on Sep 28, 2013 10:51 AM

I had a great Summer beading on my stay-at-home-vacation! It was wonderful getting a lot finished.

artist5831 wrote
on Sep 28, 2013 11:04 AM

This summer was a stay at home vacation. I did a lot if swimming. We live out in the country so sitting in the pool, listening to the whisper of the trees and smelling their lovely fragrances put me in a tropical place. I love the feel of the sun and soft water on my skin. Now summer is fading and so is my tan.  

I created a few jewelry pieces too. All year is a good time to be creative. I use jewelry and paintings to achieve this.

Happy Fall everyone.

on Sep 28, 2013 11:05 AM

I didn't go on a vacation this summer. I instead was recouping from a knee replacement, so I got a lot done on repairing and trying new stitches. Right now I am babysitting my husband from cataract surgery. Would Love to win these items! Also, I want to try and make to the Arlington Show coming up soon. Since that is pretty close to me. I wish they would have one in Oklahoma City once in awhile.

scsuber wrote
on Sep 28, 2013 11:05 AM

My husband is now cruise addicted so I put together several kits to work on.  I was able to finish several Soutache & beaded pieces while inspired by the colors of the Caribbean.  Cruising is actually perfect for beaders: no cooking, cleaning, etc. just lots of time to relax & do whatever you want.  Thus I have more time to get new designs for our seasonal art shows here in Southwest Florida.  Our cruise blog: floridacruisetraveler-navy.blogspt.com

kelleejm1 wrote
on Sep 28, 2013 11:20 AM

I went to Canada on my vacation and visited a wonderful bead shop! :)

sburdsall wrote
on Sep 28, 2013 11:28 AM

What did I do on my summer vacation?

What vacation?  But of course I did some beading anyway.

nlf wrote
on Sep 28, 2013 11:28 AM

Summer vacation.......I'm retired now and every season is a vacation! I live in a 55+ community and there is a lovely woman, Jean, that teaches  beading so.... I started taking classes.What fun! Guess what else....our local bead shop..."The Pink Pear"! Every time I walk into that shop I'm greeted by smiling faces, I see new things, and the owner Bonnie is ready to help me pick out whatever I need for my next project. That my friends was my vacation "hot spot" this summer!! Nancy

AnnSchade wrote
on Sep 28, 2013 11:54 AM

I am really just getting started with beading and jewelry.  On my vacation in Connecticut, I ran across Peruvian Crystal bracelets and necklaces!  Although it was a little too expensive for me to purchase at the time, it is on the top of my wish list for Christmas.  I've signed up for a beginner bead making class at our local art glass studio/shop.  I can't wait to get started!  

retro-grrl wrote
on Sep 28, 2013 11:57 AM

awwww not fair that its US residents only!! what if a winner from a different country(ie australia!) paid for postage if they were to win, instead of excluding us altogether? I LOVE your email newsletters, and i subscribe to your magazine, n i'd so love to win this prize!! n would be more than willing to pay postage on it to win it!

memathews wrote
on Sep 28, 2013 12:04 PM

Camping in the mountains, recharged from teaching, reconnected with friends, made the most beautiful necklace I have ever made (super self-critical) and organized by beading supplies (which took the longest -lol )

shaolingrrl wrote
on Sep 28, 2013 12:24 PM

I've been beading as much as I can this summer, especially trying out the new shapes but (and this is not for sympathy points) Dad died and any vacation time was spent cleaning up his house, etc.  I always tried to remember to take a project with me, though.

KathyHowell wrote
on Sep 28, 2013 12:39 PM

My 4 siblings and I got together for the first time in 5 years on my summer vacation this year. Beading wasn't an option, but I did wear some of my creations, and came upon a really cool location for selling jewelry in the future!

jsabel wrote
on Sep 28, 2013 12:59 PM

I didn't take a summer vacation....out of work and looking for a job.  BUT, my son did start college, so that is exciting!

megraff wrote
on Sep 28, 2013 1:07 PM

I went on a bracelet binge while on vacation this summer. Took only small stuff (seed beads and such) to work on. Made four bracelets one day during down time from the rest of the trip. Of course, the requisite bead store shopping was included and I added to the already burgeoning bead collection!

feline6pooh wrote
on Sep 28, 2013 1:15 PM

I have been working on my first afghan ever! I took in on a 4300 mile road trip but it is still not finished. I am getting close though.  Playing with new jewelry finding might be a good reward.  Especially the cuff links.

Tina Set wrote
on Sep 28, 2013 1:50 PM

My grandson took the family to the Acadia National Park. I walked the sandbar picked some shells and pieces of sea glass .  Have not finished the pieces but am making earrings of both.  Made a necklace using silver wire and fawn colored beads to look like a birds nest with three eggs.  It matches the earrings I bought at one of the gift shops in Bar Harbor.  It makes a very nice set.  

mahanlori wrote
on Sep 28, 2013 2:34 PM

This summer I went on a jewelry making spree. I am a teacher so my summer is the time that I make up for all the stuff I didn't get to do during the school year. I relaxed by doing as many necklaces that I could. Loved it!

sohigh wrote
on Sep 28, 2013 3:00 PM

We did several weekend getaways traveling to festivals and craft shows up and down the coast of Lake Michigan. There was so much to do & see! Got many wonderful ideas and met great people along the way too! It's amazing the amount of talent there is right in our own backyards!

on Sep 28, 2013 3:18 PM

I took the summer off from metalsmithing  to organize my studio and bead inventory.

DEV wrote
on Sep 28, 2013 3:37 PM

Spent summer recovering from major surgery and just thinking.

Have 5 or 6 pairs of fancy boots with beaded designs, silver studs, etc. on them and spent time trying to design  sweaters  ( have about 14 knitting machines) to match.  Intended to put the beaded designs on the yoke, but some are so fancy that I think I will copy the boot designs on just the pockets and then I can  make some matching "bling" necklaces.  So may ideas just floating around in my "itty, bitty, teeny, tiny peabraine".  However work always gets in the way when I am well enough to to bulldoze full speed.

DEV

DaleB@3 wrote
on Sep 28, 2013 4:02 PM

Went to two destination weddings--re-made a necklace into necklace and earrings for my nephew's bride-to-be, now his wife.

DaleB@3 wrote
on Sep 28, 2013 4:05 PM

Went to two destination weddings--re-made a necklace into a necklace and earrings for my nephew's bride-to-be (now his wife).

on Sep 28, 2013 4:09 PM

I spent the summer babysitting four of my adorable grandchildren and recovering from a broken leg after a bike accident our first week together. I made 8 crystal and crystal pearl bracelets for my daughter in law and her bridesmaids. I also got three of my grandchildren hooked on beading -- the nine and six year olds are actually doing some stringing and stitching, and now have their own basic beading tools and bead boxes. The two year old doesn't bead yet, but I found some nice big beads and he is very proud of his box of beads!  :o)

ladybug987 wrote
on Sep 28, 2013 5:02 PM

I have beaded off and on for several years, but more off than on.  A few months ago, it became more on than off!  I experimented with a variety of things, mostly earrings.  A couple weeks ago I set up a table at a yard sale just to see what would happen.  In spite of the fact that it was mostly traditional yard sale stuff, I sold several pairs of earrings, including two pairs to one person!  It was a cold and dreary day.  I felt very good about the results.  Many people took my business card.

ktana3 wrote
on Sep 28, 2013 5:44 PM

I took no vacation...just stayed home and cleaned out a room to make a place to set up a working area for when the inspiration to create jewelry hits me

ktana3 wrote
on Sep 28, 2013 5:45 PM

I took no vacation...just stayed home and cleaned out a room to make a place to set up a working area for when the inspiration to create jewelry hits me

Monica@118 wrote
on Sep 28, 2013 6:53 PM

On my way back from a trip to Monterey, California, my husband and I decided to travel along Highway 1 through Big Sur.  We stopped at Ragged Point, south of Big Sur, and were lucky enough to find a little festival in progress.  One of the vendors was selling sea glass pendants, and this inspired me to come home and make jewelry with my own glass.  I have been on a sea glass and shell jewelry kick ever since.  

on Sep 28, 2013 7:04 PM

I would LOVE to win this Prixe.  I attended a small craft shop near St.  Louis,  MO this past summer and made some really cute Beaded stretch Rings and Button Rings.  Have received alot of compliments and even made more and have been selling them almost as fast as I can make them.  Thanks for the Offer.  :)

crafty-grams wrote
on Sep 28, 2013 7:50 PM

If I were the fortunate winner of this give away, I would be beading in bead heaven.  I have made several pieces of jewelry and requested jewelry items this summer.  I was able to sell some of my pieces at a ladies retreat. I am so addicted that I am on you tube everyday learning numerous weaves.  The videos that I have frequented have inspired me immensely and I am so addicted to beading that I have had to steer away from the beading stores on many occasions as I need to use what I do have stashed.  Good luck to the winner (I hope it to be me., but if not Happy Beading and Enjoy.}

ieo wrote
on Sep 28, 2013 8:20 PM

I've been learning how to make copper bracelets in silversmith class. I like not having the pressure of learning on silver. Copper is fun!

bymyhands wrote
on Sep 28, 2013 8:42 PM

Hello,

This summer I took my time and really tried to make only jewelry I like and not what I thought anybody would buy from me.

I decided to really let go of all thoughts of what is "on trend" or "in" or is the "bling" or the "go to" piece of jewelry or the "statement" necklace, etc.

And I had sooo much fun.  It was a whole new way to create and I felt the freedom that came with it.  Now I have 10 or so pieces that I love and have to get photographed and ready to add to my website.  And I'm very, very happy!

Diana

bymyhands wrote
on Sep 28, 2013 8:42 PM

Hello,

This summer I took my time and really tried to make only jewelry I like and not what I thought anybody would buy from me.

I decided to really let go of all thoughts of what is "on trend" or "in" or is the "bling" or the "go to" piece of jewelry or the "statement" necklace, etc.

And I had sooo much fun.  It was a whole new way to create and I felt the freedom that came with it.  Now I have 10 or so pieces that I love and have to get photographed and ready to add to my website.  And I'm very, very happy!

Diana

tkay906363 wrote
on Sep 28, 2013 8:53 PM

I had to stay home because of some health issues.  When I couldn't get out of the chair, I used the time to start some beading projects (which I actually finished!) to help relax.  I was able to go to a wire working class and made some awesome silver earrings.

mollykamper wrote
on Sep 28, 2013 9:43 PM

I opened my etsy store!

mollykamper wrote
on Sep 28, 2013 9:44 PM

I opened my etsy store!

Beebz wrote
on Sep 28, 2013 9:46 PM

This summer I was fortunate enough to take my first vacation in 5 years. I visited friends in Portland, Oregon, who drove me up to Poulsbo, Washington to pick up my new puppy. On the 3.5 hour trip back to Portland, the driver, at one point said, "You know, we just passed a town that has a bead store in it called Fire Mountain Gems or something like that."  I think my husband could have heard my groan all the way back to Wisconsin. Next time...

DMOlander wrote
on Sep 28, 2013 9:50 PM

Just in time for the first day of summer I was released from the hospital after a four-month stay.  On the traditional last day of summer, Labor Day, I moved back home.  My "summer vacation" therefore consisted of recuperation, daily physical therapy, medical appointments, and adjusting to life all over again!  I've just revisited the beading projects I was forced to abandon last February, and I've spent hours trying to catch up on all my "bead reading" online and in print.  I see that I have missed quite a lot!  

pinkdryad wrote
on Sep 28, 2013 10:13 PM

My summer vacation was spent with my parents traveling to Gettysburg for the 150th anniversary of the battle.  We also visited several Civil War sites in Virginia.

zookeepeer wrote
on Sep 28, 2013 10:15 PM

I retired this summer and my daughter got married in a destination wedding, so I was so busy...now back to beading and creating new designs for 2014.

Winslowsmom wrote
on Sep 28, 2013 10:39 PM

We traveled to South Lake Tahoe with friends and enjoyed visiting many of the wineries in the Sacramento Valley.  In Tahoe, I found a great little bead shop within walking distance of where we were staying.  The shop keeper was friendly and I found some fantastic vintage beads for future jewelry projects!!!  

Winslowsmom wrote
on Sep 28, 2013 10:39 PM

We traveled to South Lake Tahoe with friends and enjoyed visiting many of the wineries in the Sacramento Valley.  In Tahoe, I found a great little bead shop within walking distance of where we were staying.  The shop keeper was friendly and I found some fantastic vintage beads for future jewelry projects!!!  

on Sep 28, 2013 11:32 PM

I treated myself to a few bead classes at a local shop. I am creating some great new projects!

ctutt wrote
on Sep 28, 2013 11:59 PM

This summer a good friend, who is a painter, cleared out her  studio because [waaah!] she is moving out of stateā€¦and I was the giddy recipient of four tote-bags of paint, pens, scrapbook paper, books, and assorted other art goodies. I also made several new pieces of recycled-plastic jewelry, using some vintage seed-beads, for a craft show.

Ba-dip, ba-dip, that's all, Folks!!   ;-)

indianelly wrote
on Sep 29, 2013 12:19 AM

I live in Alaska and every summer our family goes fishing. We fished during the day and I broke out my beads and made earrings at night. Can't go on a road trip without a small stash of beads!

on Sep 29, 2013 4:07 AM

I took a trip to Arizona with my 2 sisters and we just went and explored different sites and acted like kids again. We are all past our 50's and it was so much fun to feel young and free! I didn't take any beading projects with me but am going full blast now after seeing all of the colors in that state!

on Sep 29, 2013 4:09 AM

No vacation this Summer as my husband and I have full time jobs and our vacation time usually comes in the Winter. However my spare time consists of jewelry making, using many different techniques and components and always trying out new designs. I diligently "try" keep up with the newest trends and incorporate many new styles keeping a fresh look. I have been contemplating trying out resin and also using Counted Cross Stitch on leather and in bezel settings mixed with Vintaj components for "Antique" style jewelry.

melanie72660 wrote
on Sep 29, 2013 6:14 AM

I am new to beading. Trying as many techniques as I can to discover my passion.  I have made several necklaces, bracelets, and rings. I really like wire jewelry and all the new wrap bracelets.  My hubby is disabled and I work so finding time is nit easy but so worth it.

marion hayes wrote
on Sep 29, 2013 9:10 AM

Over the summer vacation I started a beading group in my home town. The group is steadily growing and I have already met some amazing women all sharing a passion for beading.

Leah Backman wrote
on Sep 29, 2013 9:30 AM

My summer vacation was a 4-day music jam fest! All types of music and people came together for a wonderful event!!! I was macrameing a butterfly necklace with lots of luster beads, crystals and S-lon in maroon and teal. It got a  lot of Ooohs & Aaaahs.  Enjoying the music, warmth of happy music lovers and beading...What Could Be Better!!!!!

vlhangel wrote
on Sep 29, 2013 9:33 AM

I went to Roanoke, VA and beaded all the way up and all the way back home in Florida.  Went to  Beads Indeed in downtown Roanoke.  They have a sitting area for husbands which impressed my husband.

granij wrote
on Sep 29, 2013 10:41 AM

I focused on Native American Jewelry, everything from 3 to 5 strand Chokers, using bone Hairpipe, to peyote stitch bracelets and small medicine bags.  This was something totally new for me, and I am HOOKED!!!   Took them to a local Pow Wow and displayed them. So much fun.  Between the dancers and the stories, it was a fabulous experience, not to mention all the new project ideas I came away with.

granij wrote
on Sep 29, 2013 10:41 AM

I focused on Native American Jewelry, everything from 3 to 5 strand Chokers, using bone Hairpipe, to peyote stitch bracelets and small medicine bags.  This was something totally new for me, and I am HOOKED!!!   Took them to a local Pow Wow and displayed them. So much fun.  Between the dancers and the stories, it was a fabulous experience, not to mention all the new project ideas I came away with.

atm4940 wrote
on Sep 29, 2013 11:15 AM

We had a very short vacation, so I didn't pack up a project to work on this time. I did have a chance to visit some boutique stores for new design ideas. I was happy to see that the fiesta (i.e., fringe) beaded bracelets are popular now!

patsyyoke wrote
on Sep 29, 2013 11:29 AM

Unfortunately, my job is such that summer is our busiest time of year. So, my summers are spent working! UGH . . . but I am so energized & inspired to create some wonderful beaded pieces now that summer is over and the beauty of the fall has begun . . . bead on friends!

nanner3 wrote
on Sep 29, 2013 12:25 PM

I had a lot of fun this summer; made lots of paper beads, and several books. Polymer and resin jewelry, too--all sorts of cool things. Nor much beading per se, but lots of seed beads in the resin!

cat@17 wrote
on Sep 29, 2013 4:24 PM

We went to Mexico in June for our youngest son (and wonderful new daughter -in-law) wedding. My future daughter-in-law had asked me to design and make her barefoot sandals for the beach wedding-I was honored! She wore them and looked beautiful! Then, I had heard you could buy very cheap beads in Mexico,but at the local bazaar, located just a block from where we stayed, I could not find any "Mexican" beads. However I was able to purchase cheap, simple local bracelets that were made with great beads.  I have not yet used any in a project, but I plan to create something once the winter weather has set in. It will be a great momento of a very happy and joyous time!

AliceD@21 wrote
on Sep 29, 2013 4:45 PM

Because of health issues in my family, I had a "staycation" instead of a vacation.  I've always said I didn't have a feel for wire, but somehow I began to do wire wrapping and discover how much fun I could have.  I always manage to get those beautiful beads involved along with the wire.

lobodauter wrote
on Sep 29, 2013 4:49 PM

July and Aug. We spend weekends at a campground where I make and sell Jewelry on the holiday weekends. It's fun and relaxing!

Ldybg2 wrote
on Sep 29, 2013 5:09 PM

Have several large bead embroidery  pieces  going. Traveled to CA - San Francisco and Monetary to check out  a few new bead shops. Worth the trip

Ldybg2 wrote
on Sep 29, 2013 5:09 PM

Have several large bead embroidery  pieces  going. Traveled to CA - San Francisco and Monetary to check out  a few new bead shops. Worth the trip

CJb5 wrote
on Sep 29, 2013 7:54 PM

Our summer vacation plans were cancelled when we found out my husband needed heart surgery.  The surgery went well and he is recovering nicely.  My beads kept me busy and filled the days with fun new projects and ideas.  My beads are now nicely reorganized and  I have many new pieces of beaded jewelry added to my collection.  I'm calling it my summer vacation at home year!  Life is good.

Thebragal wrote
on Sep 29, 2013 10:54 PM

Sadly I didn't do much beading this summer. As a stay at home mom, summer is my busiest time. I did make a few things but nothing too grand. I'm planning on buying some resin soon though so the bezels would be a welcome addition to my stash!

jeditrish wrote
on Sep 30, 2013 1:21 AM

In August I took a trip to visit my boyfriend who lives in West Virginia near the Ohio border (I live in Pennsylvania near Philly).  I hadn't seen him in over a year because we live so far apart. I had a great trip and took some beaded tatting projects along. The scenery on the drive was so beautiful!  Oh, the mountains are so lovely.  But as I drove home the land got flatter and flatter and now I want to go back to the mountains!

Catbird2 wrote
on Sep 30, 2013 1:52 AM

One of my best friends and I spent part of my summer vacation at a new (to us) beadstore.  We had seen this store at a couple of bead shows here in Michigan but had not gone to their store.  During my summer vacation away from working at a high school we always spend at least a day or two during my two weeks off doing NOTHING but eating, sleeping, creating bead pieces or visiting at least one new store (not necessarily in that order).  The store was the Bead Haven in Frankenmuth, MI and we are already making plans to go back over Christmas vacation.

The main thing I enjoy during this time is just spending time with a dear friend and exploring an interesting way to create. :)

Beatrice Birdsong

marymee wrote
on Sep 30, 2013 6:24 AM

I was very lucky to have spent my vacation with my grand children. We collected clam shells and just decorated them with a beautiful array of beads they choose. They also used initialed beads to make the shell their own personal souvenereas.

tammyelkin wrote
on Sep 30, 2013 6:55 AM

this summer i took a subscription on your magazine and made few bracelets and necklesses from the magazine.

irispozo wrote
on Sep 30, 2013 9:05 AM

This summer I moved into a new place so after unpacking all my beads I organized them and started a few projects from my beadwork magazines.

ragnar00 wrote
on Sep 30, 2013 9:29 AM

My best friend was recently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. The awareness color for MS is orange, so I made her several pieces of orange jewelry, including a peyote cuff, a leather wrap bracelet, and earrings. It was a very emotional and happy day!

on Sep 30, 2013 10:18 AM

My summer vacation was spent making jewelry and finding inspiration at my favorite bead shops including Fusion Beads and Ben Franklin.

on Sep 30, 2013 10:36 AM

Summer Vacation?  What summer vacation.  I do live in the mountains and enjoy sitting out on my porch and "beading with the birds" so to speak.  I keep bird feeders full and enjoy the many different kinds of birds that come and sing to me when I'm out side beading.  Besides the natural light is great!

joanblurton wrote
on Sep 30, 2013 10:51 AM

My daughter and grandson flew out here to Idaho to visit, and we drove to Seattle and Olympia Washington to visit my brother, and sister, and saw some sights.  I also got to see my friend Anne A. who I haven't seen in 20 years.  She and her husband just retired, and hit the road with their RV.  It was just like old times visiting, and she loves beading also!  Fun times.  I also met a couple of local beaders at my town's little farmers market, which was very inspirational.  One of the women sells on Etsy, so I feel re-inspired to explore marketing my crafting.

on Sep 30, 2013 12:02 PM

I took a wonderful family vacation this summer to celebrate the re-marrying of my husband. We took the kids to Galveston and had a blast. There was great inspiration everywhere that I took home with me to the studio.

akkathy wrote
on Sep 30, 2013 4:32 PM

We went to Denali National Park.  A great place to be inspired for projects to make this winter!

on Sep 30, 2013 8:08 PM

I spent my summer experimenting with crochet and beading.  I had never crocheted jewelry before, but after numerous experiments I managed to create a beautiful two-tone crocheted necklace with a silver chain base and crystal drops that my mother keeps trying to steal from me.

TraceyS@12 wrote
on Oct 1, 2013 7:44 AM

I spent my summer working on building a studio in the backyard.   It is coming together beautifully.  I can't wait for it to be finished.  Right now all my stuff is scattered in plastic boxes, making finding things a hide and seek game.

TraceyS@12 wrote
on Oct 1, 2013 7:44 AM

I spent my summer working on building a studio in the backyard.   It is coming together beautifully.  I can't wait for it to be finished.  Right now all my stuff is scattered in plastic boxes, making finding things a hide and seek game.

Leasesing wrote
on Oct 1, 2013 8:45 AM

I spent most of my summer creating, learning, taking some amazing vod classes! I held a few trunk shows too! I've joined some wonderful clubs, blogs, and met new Facebook friends. I'm so happy that I'm working on opening my online business. Looking forward to fall weather too.

fragation wrote
on Oct 2, 2013 2:15 PM

Summer starts with a trip to bead and button.  

drmdmart wrote
on Oct 13, 2013 4:51 PM

This summer, my husband, daughter, son and I went to Italy and most particularly murano. This town on the water is full of inspiration for using beautiful beads, mixed media with masks pieces, and beads, I came Baku with lots of necklaces that I took apart to redo my way.  Your give away would be the final touch to my imagination.