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Beaded Boston trolley subway T citgo Celebrating beads embroidery pop art museum lone beader Gasoline DistrictGasoline District. 24″ x 48″. Click for detail images.

This morning, I was thrilled to find an email stating that my largest bead painting yet, Gasoline District, has been selected as a finalist in the Bead Museum DC‘s international juried bead & jewelry design competition! Awhile back, I wasn’t sure my art qualified for Celebrating Beads, the journey of… , since it is being billed as a ‘jewelry design contest’. But, I read the fine print – the purpose of this contest is to showcase beads in a new fashion, celebrating bead artistry and the designers who turn beads into art today.’

I am honoured to be a finalist. My work was chosen from 347 entries over 14 countries and 33 states! I don’t know if my beaded Boston trolley will make it past the final round of judging and into the exhibit, though… I guess I’ll have to head to Washington, D.C. in two weeks to find out! Wish me luck!! 😮

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A few days ago, Freebird asked me how my Fire Mountain Gems entry was going. I had forgotten all about that, so I decided to look into it. I went to FMG’s Gallery of Designs and searched for my piece. There it was! They called it a ‘Seed Beaded Car’! I think that’s funny, because it’s actually a 1978 Datsun pickup truck! Then, I noticed that they printed my real name in the gallery! So, I sent them a note and finally a day later (the same day FedEx arrived with my piece), they were kind enough to change it for me. It’s hard work trying to maintain my anonymity!

Fire Mountain Gems 2009 Beading Contest Gallery Designs Lone Beader Bead Embroidery 78 Datsun pickup truck

I have two other pieces in FMG’s Gallery of Designs as well – Flamingo Moon & The Messenger. Despite that fact, I have not yet seen any of my bead embroidery on a backcover Fire Mountain Gems advertisement. And, after my past experience, I’m not sure I’ll be entering this beading contest in the future. I don’t know if it’s worth it to me anymore. Plus, I don’t buy beads from them often enough (which is a requirement), and honestly, I think I have outgrown it! But, the good thing is, after entering the contest so many times, and not shopping there for 3 years, I accumulated a $110 credit to my account! So, today, I finally placed an order! Hmmm… maybe now I would qualify to enter next year’s contest… we will see! 😉

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The first day home from a long vacation is never relaxing. There are so many things to catch up on. For me, this day was quite busy, and in the midst working and running all of my errands, I had time to pick up my mail. I found a couple of nice surprises. The first was a copy of the June 2007 issue of Bead & Button Magazine. One of my bead-embroidered pieces, The Divas, has been published in the Your Work section that begins on page 36. You can read more about The Divas HERE.

My second surprise was the one I had been waiting for. It is an acceptance letter for the Bead Dreams competition. I entered my beaded fire truck, Engine Co. 6, as well as my orange Datsun pickup truck, Waiting for Dad. Both pieces have been juried into the competition into the Nonwearable category, and I am thrilled! That means that on my next day off, I have to send both pieces to Wisconsin so they can be exhibited at this year’s Bead & Button show. I hope they make it there safely… Are any of you going to the show??