Studio Musings

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Goodbye 2011, Hello 2012

Book cover, Freeform Peyote Beading
2011 was an amazing year for me personally and professionally!  For the first six months Freeform Peyote Beading seemed to spend more time than not  in the top 100,000 books on Amazon (out of 8 million plus books). It even made the top 10,000 on two memorable occasions (accompanied by much celebrating once I stopped hyperventilating).

My blog which had come out of hibernation in the fall of 2010, took on a life of its own in 2011.  I discovered the amazing online community of beaders, with more opportunities for participation than I could take advantage of in several lifetimes.  But I had great fun with a couple of Art Bead Scene's monthly challenges and Lori Anderson's Bead Soup Party.  And I met some truly incredible people along the way.

Thank you all - you are what made 2011 so great!  

So now it's on to 2012. Can't wait to see what happens next.  


  1. Karen, congrats on your book! It looks amazing -- freeform peyote happens to be on my list of things to tackle, now that I'm getting into seed beads again.

    I tell you what. If I see it in the book store, I'll do what I do with my friend Rebeca's book every time I see it -- I'll place it where everyone can see it, with the cover facing out. And then if it isn't there, I'll request it so they'll stock it. :)

  2. Karen! I received your book as a Christmas present!!! The kids go back to school tomorrow and I work a bit tomorrow, but I know what I will be doing the rest of the first week in January!!! And learning RAW too, thanks to your previous post! Happy 2012---may you have continued success and I am glad we crossed paths out here in the blog world :-)

  3. I'd be surprised to find my book in a bookstore, but boy would that be fun!

    And thank you Christine - you have definitely made my day! Hope you fall in love with freeform peyote - I think it's right up your alley!