18 December 2014

30 Words :: Cozy & Warm...plus a Giveaway!

Looking for my Michaels Beading Challenge post? Click HERE. It's a two-fer day!

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Wrapped in layers
of knubby wooly warmth
I brave 
the weather outside
bundled against the bitter cold
. . . . . .
but 
I am still 
not wearing 
socks.

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How about a giveaway!?

I just received 50 copies of the 30 Words :: 2014 book.

They make a great Christmas gift, a super fine New Year's bundle of joy, and a way to help a good cause to boot! 
 ALL PROCEEDS FROM THE SALE OF THIS BOOK WILL BE DONATED TO HELP ALZHEIMER'S.  

It might be too late to order them to be received for your impending gifting needs (but don't let that stop you from ordering... wouldn't this be a sweet Valentine's gift?!), so I would like to GIVEAWAY 2 COPIES of the book to spread some holiday cheer. This is a quick giveaway, and the winners will be chosen from all comments on this post on Saturday, December 20th at 10:00am CST, just in time to pop them in the mail.

To enter, leave a comment answering the following:

Tell me a random act of kindness you are doing (or did) this December.
I'll start....
I made beaded Ho-Ho-Holiday memory wire bracelets with the ladies at the memory care assisted living facility my mom lives in. That was fun!
Now it is your turn!
 

Michaels Challenge with Heather and Lorelei

Looking for my FLASH GIVEAWAY? Click HERE!
 QUICK! You only have until 10 am Saturday, December 20th!
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The color of springtime is in the flowers;
the color of winter is in the imagination.
~Terri Guillemets

You know I love a good challenge. And like Heather said, this helps me get things done! I need hard and fast deadlines to do anything and I usually work backward from that, prioritizing what has to be done first. So it should not be a shocker that I waited until the very last minute to do this. Literally. The clock struck 12:00 midnight - yes, today -  before I even picked up my first bead. One and a half hours later I ended up with four pairs of earrings and one bracelet. I might not make it to 8pm tonight (not true... I have to make earrings for my We're All Ears challenge due tomorrow! Not too late to join me!), but I am not too pooped to party!

Let me recap. Lorelei and Heather threw down another Michaels Challenge. They selected beads based on a picture that Heather took of her view from her new digs. This perfectly frosty scene is quiet and serene with just the barest hint of color. I love it. Hardly seems real, but I have been there, and it is a magnificent view.



Armed with a print-out of the palette and the beads they selected, I hit my local Michaels around Thanksgiving. Less than 2 miles away, you know I go there all the time. However, when I got there and was faced with all the pretty beads, I deviated from the shopping list. I got the same color palette, and one of the same beads, but I found others that I liked better, so I went with that. And according to the 'rules', substitutions are acceptable! This time, they have put a twist in... to add in some local beads, or other handmade items. I would have done that anyway, so no problem there. But just as overwhelming as it is in the Bead Gallery aisle at Michaels, it is equally a challenge to narrow it down in my studio. I have a bead problem, y'all. ;-)


I went with some different shapes and materials. The only one that I kept the same was the brown ceramic rounds (ironically, these are the only ones I didn't manage to use!). I substituted icy acrylic rondelles, milky green amazonite rounds, quartz crackle AB rounds, and matte faceted coins.

In the interest of time, and because I was told that the Gallery Q needs more, I focused on making earrings. Of course, that means that I have A LOT of beads left. But I feel that there are more things to come with this pretty palette!


Let There Be Peace :: I actually started with this piece. Those big crackle beads were screaming bracelet. And I guess I am cheating a little in that the beads I added are my own creation. But hey! I am a local-not-quite-starving-artist! I made these little Fabulous Facets Word Drops with the intention that I would sell them in my website for Christmas. Words like J-O-Y and L-O-V-E and S-H-I-N-E. But I never got around to listing them. They coordinate perfectly with the Fabulous Facet beads that I made in my video and the Facet Effects beads I sell in sets on my site. Should I add them to my site after the holidays? I think so! Watch for them. Great drops to add to anything in virtually any color you can imagine.

Bundled Up :: Working with Humblebeads is a no brainer for me. They are everywhere in my studio! I have drawers of them, they litter the surface of my workspace and I even have a special teal glass footed dish that serves them up right out in the open like a Humblebeads smorgasbord! I paired some purple-y disk beads with the cool amazonite rounds and some mother-of-pearl buttons that I picked up at the local Joann's (also just 2 miles away!).


Frosty Bling-Bling :: I don't go out on New Year's Eve, but that doesn't mean I don't have fun! We usually stay home and make some special foods, like steak with mushrooms and onions, chocolate covered anything and even some champagne. In years past it has become a tradition to invite over one of my oldest and bestest friends, Lynn and her husband Phil and their boys. Not sure what the plans are this year, but I know what I will be wearing! I started with the crackle rounds and a scarf made from some vintage rhinestone rondelle spacers topped with a frosty white patina-ed rounds from Miss Fickle Media and the added sparkle comes from some vintage rhinestone cup chain I wired tot he bottom. The wire wrapping at the top looks like a top hat to me! It was unintentional, but they look like blingy snowmen!


Winter Skies ::  I actually used something I bought at the Bead & Button Show! Woohoo! These double sided ceramic rounds (the back is a different pattern and just as pretty coming as going!) are from my girl Marsha Neal. They are this beautiful shade of steel blue-grey-teal. Hard to describe. I also used some silver leaves from BBS from The Bead Goes On. Judging from the amount of little charms and dangles I bought from them in June, I obviously had some plans for something bigger. Not sure what, but I will start concocting now! I added some of those acrylic snowy rondelles (they really pick up the light with a shimmer you can't see here) and at the top I wire wrapped the amazonite rounds. Long and dangly, just the way I like them!


Frost This :: I hate to say it... but Valentine's day is just 58 days away! Gah! I don't normally make themed items and these really aren't hearts-y, but for some reason I am thinking romantic night out with these earrings. I used sterling silver filigree pieces along with the matte faceted coin beads, the acrylic snow rondelles, and some Swarovski crystals and a copper plated rhinestone rondelle. My twist beads are two of my own Facet Effect beads (they are just lying around from all the things I have had to do with them lately), and two beautiful lampwork glass beads from Maryse Fritzsch-Thillens from Glass Bead Art. Okay, she is really not local to me - she is from Luxembourg! - but I am supporting handmade nonetheless.

Thank you for the inspiration and the kick-in-the-pants deadline, Miss Lorelei and Miss Heather! Now I will go and grab another cup of coffee and go see what everyone else did.

And if you haven't already go to this other post today for my 30 Words and a FLASH giveaway just in time for Christmas. Tomorrow you can find me on Earrings Everyday for my monthly challenge, and on Saturday come on back to see the annual Ornament Blog Hop. Woop!

Merriest of Christmas to all!




04 December 2014

30 Words :: On Camera



What is worse...
my rumpled hair or looking like a blueberry?
What felt good...
being at ease on camera,
taking risks, and liking it.
What is best...
filming another episode! 

Why doesn't anyone tell you that your hair looked like you slept on it in a wind tunnel?
Or that this color makes you look like Violet Beauregard from Willy Wonka?
More importantly...Why didn't they let me know that the episode 2109 that I was on (this is only half of it) was aired on October 9th?!
Back in July I was flown out to Cleveland, Ohio to the television studio that produces the Beads, Baubles & Jewels show. I had no idea what to expect. I could bring whatever project that I wanted. I remember meeting so many wonderful people, rock stars in the industry, all there to film and promote their products and books and tools. I remember feeling way out of my league. But I also remember the unending kindness of the host, Miss Katie Hacker, and the feeling of inclusion that all these wonderful guests extended to unseasoned little me. 

And I must have done okay... because they have asked me to fly back this coming Monday for another taping. This time it will be beading with friends, and I know that it will be fun!



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27 November 2014

30 Words :: Give Thanks


For bright blue sky, solid earth, air to breathe.
For family, friends (old and not-yet-met),
creativity.
Never let me be un-amazed
At the gifts you give
I give thanks, God

P.S. Feel free to share the image above! I give thanks for YOU!

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The premise of 30 Words Thursdays is simple...
Take an image (preferably one you shot, or have permission to use).
Write 30 Words about it. No more. No less.
Post it each Thursday.
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Enjoy seeing what others have captured by visiting them and leaving a comment.
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20 November 2014

30 Words :: One is Fun!


CELEBRATING
Max’s first trip around the sun.
Learning something new 
every second, everyday.
Take frosting.
First bites are 
oh-so-sweet
but it’s way more fun
to chew on your own arm. 


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13 November 2014

30 Words :: Ready or Not


 I wasn't ready for the
cold blast
slapping 
my face.
Forgot to bring gloves.
Or a coat.
I wasn't even wearing socks.
Yet
Winter comes once again.

Ready or not.




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So I finally did it.

I finished the 30 Words :: 2014 book!

I am pretty excited to offer it to everyone as I think you will be pleased. This will make a great gift for friends, family members, neighbors, teachers...really anyone with whom you would like to share a little inspiration.

I published this book - technically it is a digest (which just means that it is a perfect bound, soft cover book that is a perfectly giftable 8.5x5.5" size with 58 pages) - on MagCloud.


This service recently became part of Blurb. I have used Blurb in the past for making very professional books. What I like about it is they have a lot of tools to help you create your own book, plus they have a distribution component so that I don't have to order a million copies or bother with shipping. Both services are print on demand. Takes about a week to get processed.  I am sure that this will be no exception to the quality I have come to trust from Blurb. Just to be sure I placed an order for one inaugural copy due to be delivered in about a week. I can't wait to hold it in my hands!

When I started the 30 Words it was with the intention of documenting my life. I wanted to get out from the studio and connect myself to the world. I vowed that I would not use photos of my jewelry (although I did break that rule twice) but rather point and shoot what I saw around me every week. The concise 30 words have become a sort of poem, an homage to the life that I am living. And I always thought it would be great to document my year with a book.

Of course, that was before my online friends started playing along. I have been deeply touched by the images and words that you have submitted each week. I don't care if you have played along sporadically or faithfully almost every single week, I am honored that you would join me on this journey. So this book is as much about you as it is about me.

I have made no secret that my mother has Alzheimer's. Several times throughout the year I have featured parts of this journey, like here and here and here. I decided that I would make this book about helping raise funds for the Alzheimer's Association and what better way than to do that with friends! What I have found out is that many of the participants have personal stories connected to Alzheimer's as well. Thank you to the 14 friends who have embraced this project and contributed their verse and vision to this book. It wouldn't be possible without you!

If you are interested in taking a peek and hopefully ordering a copy (or two!), you can do so by following the link below:


Since this is an online ordering system, you can feel free to share this link with anyone you think who might be interested. My goal is to raise $1000-2000 through the sales and 40% of the purchase price will be donated to the Alzheimer's Association. I appreciate your help in getting the word out....blog about it, shout it out on social media, share with everyone you meet. My hope is that this book of inspirational photos and words will raise money for a cause that is so close to my heart.

Thank you for your continued support!

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The premise of 30 Words Thursdays is simple...

Take an image (preferably one you shot, or have permission to use).

Write 30 Words about it. No more. No less.

Post it each Thursday.

Add your link to the InLinkz on my 30 Words Thursday post.
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Enjoy seeing what others have captured by visiting them and leaving a comment.

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30 October 2014

30 Words :: 5th Quarter



I came to see the band,
we said when the team sucked.
Now we come to see 
Bucky Badger
beat up opponents.
AND
I-Spy the tubas
glistening in the sun.


Last weekend was our annual trek as a family to Madison, Wisconsin to cheer on our alma mater in the homecoming game. My dad has 49 yard line seats and I got to sit with my son in the 24th row behind the Badger bench. We trounced the Maryland Terrapins, 52-7. The highlight of the day is always the UW Marching band. They are truly one of the best in the land. During the second half, the band members break up and pop-up in the stands and play little riffs of the school song, etc. You never know where they will be! And we have a tradition called The 5th Quarter where the band stays and plays and runs around like crazy on the field for about a half hour after the game.
You have to stay until the very end if you are a true Badger!
I bleed red and white!

 
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30 Words :: 2014 

by Erin Prais-Hintz

Update:

  I have been working on the book and it is coming along! I have been pulling my favorites from this year of my own, but I am finding that I am far more interested in what others have done. 
If you have participating in the 30 Words Thursdays this year, I am going to try to include at least one, and I will email you when I have selected it to be sure that I have your permission. All contributors will be listed in the book. You are not obligated to participate in this project, and you are not obligated to buy the book, but keep in mind that this is solely for charity with proceeds benefiting the Alzheimer's Association.

Thank you for joining me on this rambling journey to document our world and our lives, 
one photo and 30 words at a time!










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The premise of 30 Words Thursdays is simple...

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Write 30 Words about it. No more. No less.

Post it each Thursday.

Add your link to the InLinkz on my 30 Words Thursday post.
(InLinkz code will be open for one week.)
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