Winter 2009 Giveaway

Bloggy Giveaways is doing it again – it’s regular, it’s quarterly, it’s fabulous – so I am too. Pretty much the same terms as last time, too! I’ll just format it better this time.

The Giveaway:

To Enter:

  • Take a look at my shops: my Etsy bead shop, my Etsy clay cane shop, my ArtFire shop or my web shop
  • Then come back here and leave me a piece of constructive advice (or even just a comment). Last time I got such good advice, it was incredibly helpful!
  • Some ideas are: colour or subject suggestions for my beads or canes, finished jewelry ideas, photography hints, spelling errors, basically anything to let me know  you had a look! If you have questions about my work feel free to email me, I am always happy to spread the polymer clay love.
  • You do not need to leave your email in the comment. When you fill the form part in, your email is required but will remain private.

To Win:

  • After 6pm my time on Friday (that’s 8pm EST) January 30, I’ll pick a random number. The person with the corresponding comment will get an email from me.
  • If I don’t get a reply by Monday, I’ll redraw.

How to Have Even More Fun:

  • Check out the insane amount of free, cool stuff being offered during the carnival by visiting the carnival often.

Good luck and thanks ahead of time for your help in making this work!

62 comments

  1. Cindy says:

    I still love your coffee toned beads the best. The new background papers look wonderful in the photos, you don’t charge enough. I have seen far less quality selling for more!!

  2. oonagh says:

    very pretty stuff!!

    some of the white-edged canes should be photo-ed differently, they are hard to see against a white background……good photos are your best friend.

  3. Reeva says:

    hard to get a good detail from tsome of the pics. great stuff from what i can tell though I’m having so much fun making friends and blog-hopping again this year.

    Thanks for such a generous giveaway! I hope I’m chosen as the lucky winner!!!

  4. Patricia says:

    I love your canes and the Mystery Box Sampler of Polymer Clay Canes is a great idea. It shows a variety of your work and I think everyone would love to get a sampler of canes.

  5. You have beautiful work! I definately agree with photographing some of the pictures differently. Your work is so detailed and it’s hard for that to come through so others can appreciate it. Charge more! 🙂 Thanks for the awesome giveaway and the chance to win! Have a wonderful day!

    diane@diane-anderson.com

  6. Veronica Jarvis says:

    I don’t have any advice, everything looks so great! I love that some of the beads almost look liked swirled rocks. How awesome! Thanks!

  7. Jessica says:

    I really love Pink Swirl Polymer Clay Lentil Beads Set 137 from your Etsy shop. Would it be possible to do a swirl-type design on pillow beads? I think that would look really sharp.

  8. dorothy l says:

    In your etsy shop I think the pictures with the white background would stand out much better with a darker background

  9. Angela says:

    I think it is so lovely, you are very talented!
    my only sugestion would be to have 15 or 20 different beeds to pick 5 from like a mix and mach type thing to get 5 different beeds that each person thinks go together.
    thanks

  10. Melanie S says:

    My two sons are ga-ga for beads (and fake gems, lol) – they and I both would love to see canes in some more buggy or critter designs. The dragonflies and butterflies are lovely, how about perhaps fish, or ladybugs? Haha, my oldest is saying “lizards, lizards!”

  11. Audrey says:

    I looked at your bead shop. My suggestions would be to put a very light color as your background. Right now it’s right. Add just a light light color.

  12. Julie says:

    I visited your ersy bead shop and I really liked the pink swirly beads, I would love to see something cobalt blue swirlys

  13. I love the pillow beads, and would love to use them in some earrings. One thing I wasn’t clear on just looking at the etsy shop is exactly where the holes are drilled. I like that you’ll adapt the hole size though! I’ve gotten quite a few beads before that ended up being too small and then I can’t use them.
    Love the sweet pink flower ones esp.!

  14. Danielle F says:

    Black and White Swirl Lentil Polymer Clay Beads are very pretty. I would love to see some of your beads as finished jewelry : )

  15. Erika says:

    Your beads are beautiful! One suggestion would be to show them made into a bracelet or other piece to get a feel for the size of the beads and how many might be needed for a project.

  16. Jingle says:

    You do beautiful work! The one thing I noticed is that many of your colors are more subdued. I didn’t see anything (except for fruit) in bright or deep reds, deep oranges, and deep blues. I’d love to see more in some of the darker, deeper tones!
    jinglesells at gmail dot com

  17. Angie says:

    I checked out the bead shop…I think you show the details of the beads well, but Maybe consider taking them with a ruler or something to show the scale?

  18. Noreen says:

    I think it would be nice if the holes for the square beads could also be drilled so the bead is now a diamond, corner to corner. I hope that makes sense

  19. Laura says:

    WOW! You are extremely talented!
    Your bead sizes are a bit hard to tell and some of the white ones blend into the background on the edges! And I may be off, but could you have one shop be the beads and cane and then make more inventory for finished pieces for a second shop? You could also team up with someone who loves to make the jewelry if you prefer to make the beads. I don’t know–you’d have more inventory in fewer shops.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  20. Audra Marie says:

    You have some amazing beads and canes. I peaked at a tutorial and well, I’ll leave it up to you ’cause I was mega lost lol. I’d have to have someone beside me teaching me as i messed with it. 🙂 As for suggestions? Keep making them – wow. I need to think of something to make so i can get some.

  21. Tamara B. says:

    I really like how your ArtFire shopit is very organized. The pictures of your items are perfect but the background to each little picture is to blah with the white. Maybe photograph them on a black back ground would brighten them up. I would also add so more artsy colors to your banners, the green doesn”t show how beautiful your work is. Love your work and you are very talented!
    tamben7996(at)aol(dot)com

  22. Katrina says:

    when photographing your pieces, it might help to put a coin or something in the picture so we can get a better idea of the size. =) I would love to win this, thanks!

  23. Cherie R. says:

    I checked out your webshop, I love the skyblue rose! You do beautiful stunning work! The only constructive critisism I would give is that the white or greyish backgrounds that you are using for some of your work, do not do justice to your beautiful work, especially if the piece is white itself. It tends to blend all together, and wonderful work like this needs to be able to be seen well.
    luckofdraw777(at)gmail(dot)com

  24. hazel says:

    My advice is to photograph in front of a darker background for the white pieces so we can see them better

  25. Roxy says:

    your beads are so pretty I remember seeing these clay beads at stores and always wanting them as a little girl but they were always so insanely over priced you charge fairly for them wish I knew of your shop back then but yea internet wasnt what it is now!

    Any of the flowers I adore the roses the most I think everything makes me smile though it gave me a nostalgic feeling.

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