Sunday, May 31, 2009

Congratulations to the winner!

Congratulations to the winner of the blue lace bracelet giveaway, Carmen Rose!
I used a random number generator to choose a number between 1 and 19 per the number of entries - the random number was #3, and Carmen was the lucky number. I'll be contacting you shortly for your mailing address!

Thank you all for your participation! Make sure to visit my blog every so often for more chances to win lovely creations from Unique You!

Friday, May 29, 2009

ArtFire Artisan Jeweler Guild Challenge - Cinco de Mayo

The ArtFire Artisan Jeweler Guild challenge entries for May are in, and they are beauties!
Please join us in celebrating by visiting the guild blog page and voting for your favorite!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Red Carpet Winner

The May EBW Challenge had 21 entries, with a total of 467 vote and 104 of them went to our winner - Suprastellar Red Carpet necklace by CieloDesign. She says about her entry:
This OOAK necklace is a special creation made for the April Etsy Beadweaver challenge themed "Red Carpet" and is both festive, unique and gorgeous!

These are the next nine runners-up:

2. #20. Gladiator - jmackgems

3. #8. Bollywood Glamour - SmadarsTreasure

4. #18. Night of Stars - jodihorgan

5. #19. Vera Similitude Walks the Red Carpet - HauteIceBeadwork

6. #6. Queen Of Sheba Necklace - HannahRachel

7. #15 To Liz.. - beadsbyvezsuzsi

8. #14. Angelina Jolie Bracelet - triz

9. #12. Josephine Baker Burlesque Wrist Cuff - gypsyeyesjewelry

10. #17. The Red Carpet Bracelet for a Mom - alatvian

Etsy BeadWeavers are already at work on the June Challenge - Humour. You can read all about it.

Congratulations to CieloDesign and everyone who entered!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Bracelet Giveaway

I wove this fun little blue lace bracelet following Sandra D. Halpenny's free pattern, available from her website HERE. Thank you Sandra for sharing it with us! If you are a bead weaver or aspire to be, have a look at her homepage for some fresh patterns. Using size 8 beads instead of size 11 will make the bracelet a little chunkier, but it will work up faster - I would actually recomend it for beginners.

In the spirit of giving, I'd like to offer this bracelet as a giveaway!
It's a smaller size, measuring in at 7". If this bracelet is too small for you, feel free to enter the giveaway anyways. The bracelet will be shipped in a box suitable for gifting, so you can pass this on to a family member or a friend - they don't have to know you didn't spend a dime on it!

The rules of the giveaway are simple:

1. Go to my etsy shop HERE. Shuffle through my shop and find your favorite item - there's only three pages so please have a look at every page!

2. Come back to this post and comment with your selected favorite. If you do not have a blogger account, please leave a way I can get in touch with you if you win - email address, website, twitter, whatever! This giveaway IS open to international contestants, however anyone winning that resides outside of the USA or Canada must assume shipping charges. Package will be marked gift, so you do not have to worry about customs charges.

3. Sit back and wait! The winner will be selected 2 weeks from today at just about noon-ish using a random number generator based on the number of comments. I'll post the screenshot of the number picked with an appropriate time stamp and whatnot.

If the response to this giveaway is good, look forward to other sizes being offered!

Monday, May 11, 2009

You're it!

I was just tagged by Hot Rocks Glass, but I'm bending the rules a little bit.
I just don't have the time today to flutter through and tag other people, so instead I'm going to feature my favorite items from the Hot Rocks Glass shop. Be sure to click on the pictures to get more details about each gorgeous piece.

From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea

Gypsy- Red Bangle Bracelet

Rocky Mountain Way - Chunky Opal Crystal Bracelet

Friday, May 8, 2009

Red Carpet Creations

The talented members of the Etsy Bead Weavers have done it again! This month's theme "Hollywood Red Carpet Creations" has produced some jaw dropping results. I never cease to be wowed.

Get a closer look at each entry individually by clicking on the links below. Be sure to visit the Etsy Bead Weaver's Blog to vote for your favorite!

1. Diamonds and Gold II - beaglebeads

2. Buried Treasure OOAK - GoodQuillHunting

4. Amethyst Netted Necklace - glimmerstone

5. Black Tie - beadsandblooms

6. Queen Of Sheba Necklace - HannahRachel

7. Golden Brooch with Pearls - enchantedbeads

8. Bollywood Glamour - SmadarsTreasure

10. Ms. Monroe - Evandra

11. The Prince and the Showgirl - ThesePreciousThings

15. To Liz.. - beadsbyvezsuzsi

16.Scarlett's bracelet - carmenesque

18. Night of Stars - jodihorgan

20. Gladiator - jmackgems

21. Cascade - njema

Good luck to all the participants!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Spring Bracelets

This weekend was glorious. I did very little housework and cleaning (thanks to my wonderful husband, who told me I had this weekend "off"), and I did LOTS of playing. As a celebration for passing my LEED exam, I bought myself a wii, and a wii fit to go along with it. What a fabulous little contraption that is! Even my husband, who never really go into video games, is a fan. He loves the fact that it's so interactive. I feel a little sore today - those balance games really get your controller muscles working! Watch out world, I'm gonna be a hot mama this summer!
In between hooping and playing on the wii, I managed to finish 2 bracelets I've been working on.

The first is a fairly simple design, but pretty nonetheless. I wove in peyote stitch with various sizes of toho beads to achieve a bumpy look - in fresh spring colors.

This second bracelet I'm really proud of - it's also woven in peyote stitch, bead by tiny bead. I've always liked the look of argyle and have been wanting to do an argyle cuff for a while. The colors scream spring, I think.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Back to life!

I apologize for the slow down of content here...I've been slacking in a lot of areas for the past few months. Social networking sites, my team guilds, and even beading have all taken a backseat to other priorities in my life. Specifically, I have been studying for the LEED exam, to become a LEED Accredited Profesional, or a LEED AP. LEED stands for Leadership In Energy and Environmental Design. It is a rating system designed to award a level of certification (certified, silver, gold, and platinum) to "green" buildings who show a commitment to sustainable design, and a reduced environmental impact on the earth.
The exam was very memory intensive, and not easy to pass. Yesterday was my second time taking it actually. My husband told me to think of the first try as a "recon mission", lol.
The certification is awarded by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). If you're interested in learning more about LEED, you can visit the USGBC's website.
Soon, I promise that we'll be getting back to our semi-regular programming, as I get back to my life respectively. There's even a giveaway in store for you - so check back in a few days for your chance to win.
Finally, time for beading and hooping and whatever else I want to spend my weekend doing. Yay!!