June 2, 2010

Ten Days of Giveaways: Day Three: Garden and Glass Beads

 Welcome to day three of the Ten Days of Giveaways here at the blog!  The last two days have featured brand new work, but today I am looking back.  I received a note from a good friend and customer today who said that she was first a little nervous when I started to change my style, but she really likes what I am doing now.  She was probably referring to when I started being inspired by Steampunk, which is a critical point in the last few years, where my work started to change pretty drastically. Before Steampunk, I was doing much softer, organic, and natural designs, with some fun pop culture kinda cute designs mixed in.  Much of my recent work has been more industrial and based on hardware and textures and creating a different feeling. The change seems like a natural and gradual transition to me, because the work I am doing now is very satisfying and is something that I have been seeking for many years.

Anyway, I was thinking about it and I am just so grateful to have so many people who support me and my work, even as it changes.  I try to still make the older styles of work, especially when it is requested, but I appreciate that my readers and customers and friends come along with me on my aesthetic journeys. 

Today's giveaway is made of the organic and natural beads shown above:  a Garden Teapot and a variety of tiny leafy and flowery accent beads.  Also included is a selection of complimentary glass beads, shown below.
 To win today's prize, leave a comment on the Earthenwood Studio Chronicles blog and answer this question: 

What are your favorite of my designs or bead lines, either past or present?  Anything from the past that you would love to see me make again?

One winner will be chosen at random from all the comments. Comments are screened and will be posted June 15th.  All winners will be chosen and posted to the blog on June 15th, so be sure to check back then. You must respond to the June 15th winner post and follow the directions to claim your prize within one week of the posting.  After a week, I reserve the right to choose another winner.  Good luck and thanks for commenting!


 
Melanie is an artist, blogger, writer, and ceramic beadmaker at Earthenwood Studio. Her beads and components can be found at her Etsy shop and her jewelry can be found in her Etsy Galleria. To comment on this post, visit the original post at the Earthenwood Studio Chronicles Blog.

46 comments:

  1. My favorite is definitely the portals. I really wanted the green portal and if I'd seen one listed on Etsy I probably would have bought it then.

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  2. I actually love the more earthy things you used to do like the goodies in this give away.....I tend to be more earthy my self, I haven't quite gotten into the industrial look of steam punk, although I would like to try it, I just wouldn't wear it myself, could be because I am older....steam punk is more my daughters style

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  3. I admire everything you make :)I am a big fan of your lovely leaves though!

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  4. Gee I dont know because I only found you about 6 months ago, but I really love your wings!

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  5. I'm also a huge fan of your leaves. I really like the sculptured clay charms and connectors inspired by foliage. I would like to see where else you can go with nature. There's so much inspiration.

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  6. I love your steampunk stuff--especially the clockwork scarab (which I got in a trade with you via SteamTeam).

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  7. I love the organic style pieces, they remind me of the Arthur Rackingham fairy drawings. Earth and organic with a little edgy hint, sometimes even sinister. Love it.

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  8. I really like the raku that I just received.

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  9. I love all of your designs, but I particularly love your birds.

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  10. Ooh, I love the raku work! I've loved raku since the first time I saw it. Those bluish purplish greenish tones and the copper and earthiness of it.

    Plus, of course, any of the dragonflies you've done. Have you done any of those in raku yet, or are you going to?

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  11. As the young girls say,"OMG" I just love that teapot!!! I will be thrilled to win any of your giveaways but I may pass out if I get the teapot!

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  12. I'm a fairly new reader so I don't know old designs. I do love your pewter skulls tho'.

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  13. Being fairly new to your blog I'm loving everything, but in particular your gorgeous house pendants. I also love the Raku pieces you have been doing, they have such a richness to them and anything green wins me over straight away as it's my favourite colour.

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  14. Hi, Melanie - I'm partial to the little houses, but they're not all I like! Growing and changing are part of life and "transitions" are natural, especially in art! Creativity blossoms in many wonderful ways. Keep blossoming! And thanks for the giveaway!

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  15. I love all of your stuff but have to admit the steampunk line is my favorite by far. Keep up the great work.

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  16. I like Raku pottery, so I am really loving your Raku beads, and your recent owl beads struck a chord as I am a former 'Tawny Owl' with Girl Guides. All of your nature beads are just great.

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  17. Hi Melanie! I love all of the stuff you do...I would like to see more cabs! Old and new designs. In the old style...maybe more organic designs--flowers, leaves etc..
    THanks so much!
    Michelle

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  18. I really do love all your work, so it's hard to choose a favorite. I'm especially fond of your Memento Mori and Steampunk lines. I'd like to see the paisley pendants.

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  19. melanie,

    i would have to say i my two favorites that you make are your new line of the 999 and your old beads that were form the garden,i think they were faces of the garden, i can't remember th actual name of them,but i loved them. they were light,and reminded me of a gorgeous spring day.i particularly like this set you're giving away for the tea pot if i win i already know what i'm going to make with them a bracelet and set of earrings. i'm going to call them "Spring Moments". i love all of your work,to be honest it was quite hard to name just two.. thanks for sharing your gift with all of us,and for the chance to win a piece of your work.
    lol,
    barbara hopkins
    nanniespiperdayle@yahoo.com

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  20. That is a tough question!! I love the leafy natural designs, but I am really getting into some of the more industrial pieces too. I love the little houses you are making and I hope to get to try a couple more things soon too :)

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  21. melanie,

    i did post earlier but i couldn't remember the name of the older line of beads i liked so much the name of them is"limited edition spring button charms". i just loved them,the colors,style,they just screamed "SPRING".
    well,just wanted to be able to give you the correct name. thanks again.
    lol,
    barbara hopkins at
    nanniespiperdayle@yahoo.com

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  22. When I first found your website, I fell in love with your nature themed beads. The leaves, the little woodsy fairy faces, and the coordinating spacers. I like what you're doing now, change is always good, but I guess I'm just an organic girl at heart and think your nature beads are the best :) The fairy/pixie faces are so original. And go well with so many designs. (Of course my alltime favorite is the little devil head and pumpkin head!)

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  23. I love the stempunk style pieces you do. I am getting very into thsteampunk genre right now and those work so well for me with my designs right now. I love those and hope you continue to make them for some time to come.

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  24. Ive loved the fruit line you
    make all the veggies and fruits!
    Thank you for this giveaway chance!

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  25. Day3 of your giveaways...

    What are your favorite of my designs or bead lines, either past or present? I love the steampunk line, I think your ideas are very unique and they inspire the artist in me! Anything from the past that you would love to see me make again? I would love to see more of your locamotive beads and pendants.

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  26. The past work of your designs that I really like are the whimsical faces! Sandy

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  27. Love the heart I bought from you, also your tool impression series!

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  28. I like your raku houses but am also quite keen on the garden pieces, especially the teapot. Reminds me of old-fashioed china that was made into shapes of fruit and veg.

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  29. How did I miss this one? (If I already commented, sorry!)
    I love the way you are evolving. I LOVE your steampunk style and toolbox treasures. I have a fascination with keys and keyholes and the one that I bought from you last year is so precious to me. But these softer ones are nice too. I like variety because I don't tend to stick to one thing for too long. And I am coveting your houses right now. And the raku glazes. Eek! I don't know how I will restrain myself next week! Enjoy the day! Erin

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  30. I absolutely adored your owls. I'd love to see a lot more of those!

    Karyn

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  31. Day 3:

    Hi Melanie! I love your Steampunk line and your little face beads & the fairy faces will always be my favorites. I don't think you should go back and remake the older styles! You are an evolution in process! Now that you are into Raku, I am enchanted with that! I want to keep seeing where you are going with new ideas!!

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  32. Oh pick me pick me! I love anything concerning Tea and that teapot is just adorable!

    I do have to say that I really love your gears and your tooltime series

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  33. Well, I came upon your site when you were making steampunk inspired designs, so I don't really know what you were doing before. I like the steampunk theme, but love seeing the other things you have made as well (particularly the house on the previous post).

    Alice
    thepetersons13@mchsi.com

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  34. My favourite must be something from your steampunk line, probably the keyholes. I'm also always pretty blown away by the stuff you show in your "song lore" posts. Not having known your work for that long, I'm afraid I don't know any past work that I would like to see again.

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  35. I love the Reversible Heart Embrace Pendant in Jet Black.

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  36. OOOoooH! love these--need to tell you I found you thorugh Katie's blog--and am SO glad I did.....love these, would make something for my sister who not only loves green, but is a passionate gardener! :)

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  37. I love set so much I had to come back and answer the question! My favorite is a tie between this garden set and your houses--they rock!

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  38. I just found your blog so I have to vote for Queen of the Coffee!

    Katina
    kjkoukla(at ) hotmail (dot) com

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  39. Oh man, that's a tough question. I definitely love almost any and all things Steampunk that have come out of your studio. I guess my favorites are the sets similar to the Empress Key (which I liked so much that I purchased from you, along with a lock pendant.) I just loved the lock-and-key deal.

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  40. I am new to your pieces but I have to say your links and pendants seem to whisper to me and express feeling that I have had over the years. I do hope to purchase some that have special meaning to me when I have enough experience to incorporate beadweaving with them. I think mixing the 2 are my favorite mixed media!

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  41. I've only followed you for about 4 -5 months so I can't speak to your past but I really like what you do now. I'm very fond of the faces and I like the raku houses and the gears.

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  42. years ago i bought a cat bead from a bead store (not yours). i love this bead. it is a cat head on a post with a small round piece of glass below. i don't know if you make this type of bead any longer, but i love it. i "found" again the other day and i immediately recognized it as from your studio. lately i have been thinking about what i want to do with it. i think i will be inspired when i take your class with the michigan guild. i hope to find some other beads to go with it...maybe a fish or bird? or a shell?

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  43. Since I just found your site today and haven't checked everything out yet...right now I would say your happy faces.

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  44. Summer! Garden! Teapot! <3!

    My favorite of your bead lines... Oh man... Well, the steampunk ones are a clear favorite, I also love the goddesses and the face cabs, and...

    WHY YOU MAKE ME CHOOSE?! ^_Q

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