Award Winning Beadwork

Today, I am thrilled to announce that my beaded cuff bracelet, Poodle in Public Garden, won an award in the Fire Mountain Gems 2015 Seed Bead Jewelry Making Contest! :O

Fire Mountain Gems Seed Beading Jewelry Making Contest WInner Bead embroidery Poodle bracelet Diana Grygo The Lone Beader

Yesterday, I received these framed photos along with a gift certificate to Fire Mountain Gems!

Fire Mountain Gems Seed Beads Jewelry Making Contest Diana Grygo The Lone Beader Etsy Boston

I am always surprised on the rare occasions that I do win an award because I don’t create pieces with contests in mind. I simply create what I love! You can view more photos of this piece in my Etsy shop HERE. Thank you for your interest in my beadwork! 🙂

Vote for your Favourite Bead Dreams Piece!

If you are not able to attend this year’s Bead & Button Show in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, you can still check out the Bead Dreams exhibition online!

Bead Dreams People Choice Award 2013 Bead & Button Show Bead embroidery poodle collar necklace

All this week, you can vote for your favourite Bead Dreams piece.  The piece with the most votes will be awarded The People’s Choice Award ribbon and a $500 gift certificate from Fire Mountain Gems. Please click HERE to view all of the finalists! Scroll down to view my micro-beaded dog collar necklace entitled ‘Pretty in Poodles‘. Also, please check out my Facebook page for updates on my latest bead painting in progress. Thank you for your interest in my beadwork!


>Honorable Beadwork


This morning, I received the following email from 18 Hands Gallery in Houston, TX. It announced the award winners at the Contemporary Beadwork II exhibit. My beaded Boston Trolley painting, Gasoline District, was awarded an Honorable Mention! Please click the pics for larger images. To see more photos of this show, check out 18 Hands Gallery’s Facebook page. For those just learning about this show, the exhibit runs through July 31. If you happen to be in the Houston area, do stop by and check it out! 😀

>Cool Art, Hot Party!


beaded fire truck bead embroidery pop art Duxbury Art Association Winter Juried Show 2010 South Shore Cape Cod Mixed Media Quincy Boston artist lone beader

You’re invited to the Duxbury Art Association’s 36th Annual Winter Juried Show! My beaded fire truck, ENGINE CO. 6, won 3rd Place Mixed Media! The Winter Juried Show is a prestigious art exhibition which encompasses artwork in all mediums by New England artists predominantly from the Metropolitan Boston, South Shore and Cape Cod areas. 

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WHERE: Art Complex Museum, 

 186 Alden Street, Duxbury, MA. 

EXHIBIT DATES: February 6 – April 11, 2010.

HOURS: Wednesday – Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m

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>Beaded Back to the Future – Part 1


Yesterday, I worked on my Twin Pines Mall painting a bit more.
Can you see what changes I made?

Back to the Future car DeLorean acrylics Einstein dog pop art beaded Twin Pines Mall
Beaded Back to the Future DeLorean time machine.
Bead embroidery on felt & painted 16″ x 20″ canvas. Part 1 of 3.

I think I might be finished with this canvas. I have stitched my beadwork to the canvas, and I added the hanging hardware to the back… Today, I plan to start working on the second canvas. Wish me luck! 😮

Also today, I would like to let you know about a new internet tool I added to the sidebar of my blog. It is the Lijit Wijit. This tool allows you to search for all things Lone Beader right on my blog! If you type in search terms such as “freeform peyote” or “Prague”, you’ll find all the blog posts I have written about that subject. Also, if a person lands on a my blog because they Google-searched “fire truck”, the widget will offer more posts about that subject. You’ll also notice some buttons to my other sites, as well as ‘Surprise Me’ & ‘Explore’ buttons. ‘Surprise Me’ will take you to a random page from any of the sites in my network, including my Etsy shop. And, if you click ‘Explore’ you will view my entire network. There is also a little map which shows where my visitors came from, and how they got here. Basically, this tool was designed to give you more reasons to keep reading my blog, and it will offer you more opportunities to learn about me! I’m still learning how to use it, but so far, I think it rocks! Play around with it, and see what you discover about me! 😀

The Marie-Antoinette, A Real Person, A Real Award

And last but not least, I would like mention that yesterday, Bev bestowed the above blog award upon me! Thank you so much! I am honoured! For those of you who aren’t sure if I’m a real person or not, check the Lijit Wijit to see that indeed I am. 😉

Here are the Rules for the Award:

1. Please put the logo on your blog.
2. Place a link to the person from whom you received the award.
3. Nominate at least 7 or more blogs.
4. Put the links of those blogs on your blog.
5. Leave a message on their blogs to tell them.

Here are my nominations. These are bloggers I have either met or have known so long that I feel like I know them, therefore they are real!

Japanese Masshole

I hope you’ll check out their blogs, and have a great weekend! 🙂