Monday, December 10, 2012

On the road again. . .

What an incredible opportunity to be a stop on the Art Bead Love, it's YOUR turn!  Please make sure to read the entire post as there are requirements for entering, and you need to make sure you meet them.  First a little background info and pictures of my swaps, then an explanation on how it works, and FINALLY how to enter! 

 A huge thank you to all who had the chain before me that placed such gorgeous handmade baubles, bead, & other curiosities on it for me to choose from!!
Here's the Scoop:
The Art Bead Love Tour is an ongoing project to spread the love of handmade to new and exciting places.  It's a way to reach people who may have never stumbled upon your blog on their own, and give them a chance to share the love of handmade.  A chain was chosen to link beads as a symbol of how this project links us all together ~ in our unity to stand behind handmade.
The winner of the chain will be allowed to take up to 30 beads from this chain. They will then replace each bead they took with another handmade bead, charm or pendant of equal quality.  (So remember-----You're not winning the ENTIRE CHAIN---just a chance to take some beads from it!)
It is so important that the quality of the beads be maintained, so we can keep the Art Bead Love Tour alive.  We want to share consistent quality with the next winner.  If you make your own handmade beads or components, it's a great way to get your beads into the world for people to try them out, or, if you hoard collect art beads it's a great way to share your collection and get some new additions as well.

Art Beads should be handmade by an artist, and not mass produced,
such as Hill Tribe Silver beads or others like them.

Remember, the focus is on replacing handmade with handmade, and beads/components taken should be replaced with beads/components that are made by an individual artist - not an organization.

Here's where the chain has been:
Genea Beads
Keepsakes by Kristi
baubles, beads, & other curiosities

Here is a picture of what I took, along with what I put on the chain:
(The ones I took are on the left, the ones I replaced them with are next to them on the right.)
1. Toggle by Humblebeads
2. Bead & Button Show find...not sure of artist.  :(
3. Lampwork bead by Cathie Roberts
4. Pressed flower resin pendent by baubles, beads, & other curiosities (me!).
5. Enameled disk with attached enameled flower by baubles, beads, & other curiosities.
6. Bird by Humblebeads.
7. Enameled cathedral bead by baubles, beads, & other curiosities.
8. 3D enameled gears by baubles, beads, & other curiosities.

HOW IT WORKS:  (Please read the entire post before entering!)
1. The winner of the chain will be allowed to take up to 30 beads from this chain.  They will then replace each bead they took with another handmade bead, charm, or pendant of equal quality.

2. The winner will post pictures of what was taken and what was added, in order to keep an account of the chain's progress and to keep our followers drooling.  Please be sure to give credit to the bead artists as well (if you know them).

3. The winner will then have a giveaway, just like this one, to keep passing the chain on and on.  Rules can be copied and pasted from here.

4. When you repost your giveaway (remember you can copy and paste from here) - a list should be added to show where the chain has gone, with links to each previous blog.  Ultimately, this will end up a very long list!

5. Chain must be shipped to its new home via Priority Small Flat Rate box with delivery confirmation. Please package it carefully.

6. There will be a button on the Love My Art Jewelry website that links to the current blog and giveaway, so if you have the chain it will link to your blog.  That way our followers can have another chance to win it!

7. You MUST exchange your beads and have your giveaway completed within two weeks of receiving the chain.

Please, please, please, if you cannot adhere to the above rules, do not
enter the giveaway at this time. It will go on and on and you can always
 enter at a later date.  There will be a button on the side bar of our blog
so that you can track where the chain currently is.


1. You must have an active blog to enter.

2. Leave a comment below.  Make sure your email is linked to your blog or leave it in the comment.  Entries without emails will not qualify.

3. Share on Facebook, Twitter or your blog for extra chances to win.  Leave a comment for each way you share, with a link if possible.

4. Winner will pay shipping and will be billed through PayPal.  Package to be shipped via small priority flat rate box with delivery confirmation, $6.00.

5. Open only to our readers in the United States due to problems with tracking and shipping overseas (sorry).



  1. Here I go again, ready to give the Art Chain another chance of getting to me!

  2. I posted about the Art Chain on my blog:

  3. Tweeted!

  4. Posted on FB:

  5. I shared on FB too.

  6. Over the river and through the woods, to N's Whims studio!
    The post knows the way, since it's here every day
    helping my bead stash grow-oh!

    Over the river and through the woods, please come to Waunakee!
    I'll gush and I'll trade, all are hand-made.
    Then I'll blog and share my glee-ee!

    Alright, must really get back to work!

  7. I blogged as well.

  8. And facebooked

  9. I'm always excited to see this chain and love seeing what people choose to keep for themselves and what they choose to add to the chain. This time Mimi choose to keep a bezel pendant(#4)and a small bead I made(#8). Thanks!

    1. I noticed your pendant in a picture of the chain, Elaine, and knew that if I won it had to be mine. It was the first one I snatche! :D The small bead was a perfect match to the little flower as well. Beautiful work!!

  10. Posted to fb group "We love Ornamentea". Thanks again!

  11. What a fab opportunity!
    I would love the chance to swap!

  12. This is my third try to get the Art Bead Love Tour.

  13. Oh, how lovely! I'd love a chance to hold that beauty in my hands and marvel at the talent and creativity up close and personal!

  14. Posted on facebook:

  15. Blogged about it:

  16. Tweeted:

  17. This is the first time I have considered doing this, I am now ready!! I am also sharing on facebook.

  18. Hey maybe this time is the trick, I would love to be one of the stops for the Art Bead Love Tour.

  19. I'm taking the plunge and adding my name to the pot again. Crossing my fingers for luck!

  20. I would love to participate!!!