Today's the day it goes live! I haven't actually heard it yet (since I'm really writing this post on Tuesday, set to launch Wednesday morning while I'm sound asleep) and I'm more than a little nervous and a lot excited. We had such a great time talking, and Mandi promised to edit out my horrendous flubs. Yeah for editing! Thank you Mandi!!!
While we were setting up the interview, one of us commented 'wouldn't it be fun to do a Freeform Peyote Challenge and Blog Hop'. That's something I've drempt of doing for ages now, but never quite felt like it was the right time. But now the time has come!
Choose Your Own Adventure - Freeform Peyote Challenge and Blog HopSignups: January 16-31st, 2013
Blog Hop & Reveal: February 23, 2013
Email Mandi or myself including your name, email address and blog URL. Or leave a comment with your email address on this post, telling me you'd like to join in. If you don't have a blog but would like to participate, let me know - as long as you can email me photos and text, I'll make sure you're included in the hop.
Mandi and I will compile a list of participants to include in our posts for the reveal date, and also keep you informed of any changes or special happenings.
Everyone is invited to join in, whatever your familiarity or skill level with freeform peyote. The goal here is to challenge yourself and choose your own adventure.
On the reveal day, post a photo (or photos) of what you made and include a paragraph or two about your piece. If this is your first time working with freeform peyote, tell us about your experience.
Planning for this challenge, I started a new group on Facebook: Freeform Peyote Beading that is already turning into a wonderful source of inspiration. To join, you'll need to send me a request through Facebook and I'll happily add you in.
And I've launched a new Freeform Peyote Beading Facebook Page where all you have to do is hit 'Like' and it's added to your Newsfeed stream.
I'll also post a series of links to additional resources later this month.
What's a party without party favors? Leave a comment on Mandi's blog telling us what excites (or frightens) you most about freeform peyote for a chance to win a copy of my book on freeform peyote.
If you already own a copy of my book, share what you like most about it and if your name is drawn, I'll send you something else of equivalent value, likely a bead soup for freeform peyote.
Congratulations on the interview. You sound thrilled! I am happy for you.ReplyDelete
I know the blog hop will be a success. I will not be joining as I can never make beaded deadlines. In addition, as of yesterday I am planning a 450 mile move in the next 3 or 4 weeks and then 2 months of away training to follow. I am going to be busy.
Woohoo for you on the podcast! I can't wait to have a chance to sit down and listen!ReplyDelete
And um, HECK YEAH, I want to be part of the blog hop! Now that I'm past my self-imposed hop break (sounds either like a new dance or a dancing injury...), this will be great fun. I'll have to pull your wonderful book out and review some of your inspirational tips, and then hunker down to get going.
Woo Hoo Bobbie! You're at the head of the list! Glad you caught you post 'Hop Break'! Hop Break - that does sound rather like an odd dance move, doesn't it? LOLDelete
This is going to be such fun, I'm about ready to jump up and dance.
I just e-mailed about joining the freeform challenge and I am so excited to have the motivation to focus on creating a freeform design. I've started purchasing some borosilicate pendants from Ian Graber that I've been hoarding, waiting to turn into the perfect necklace. This is their time! I will admit to nervousness, too, because the little freeform peyote I've done has been really small scale; this will be my first large scale project. We'll see how it goes!ReplyDelete
So glad you decided to join in! Sounds like this challenge was just the excuse you needed to take the next step.Delete
I'll admit I am almost always nervous at the start of a new project. Who am I kidding; get rid of the almost. But I have it on good authority from reading lots of book about Creativity that we're not alone with that.
I haven't figured out quite what I'm doing yet myself - have a couple of ideas I'm toying with.
I have made a number of items using Freeform Peyote. Making a piece of jewelry that is totally original appeals to my sense of creativity. It also makes a great project to do when you face a "blank" start. Please enroll me in your contest. Hopefully I will have a completed item finished by Jan 31ReplyDelete
Hi Karen - congrats on the podcast! Will have to check it out. I would love to join the challenge and hope I am able to get back into bead weaving again. This will be the boost I have been needing. Thanks for doing this!ReplyDelete
Oh wow, I just started a free-form piece that is a disaster! I need help! please enroll me in the blog hop, I need to get over my fear of free-form!ReplyDelete
Mandy - I'm not sure I have a current email for you (your profile isn't linked to an email address, but I found an old email from you in my inbox), so if you haven't heard from me, let me know. But you are definitely in!Delete
I would like to join the challenge...I have your book, have a bunch of beads, just need to bravely jump in and start....hopefully this will be my motivation to try freeform peyote....Thanks...enjoy the FB group posts...fun to see everyone's creativity. LeanneReplyDelete
I would love to be included - I haven't done any freeform in awhile and I enjoy it so this is a good excuse to jump back in and get going.ReplyDelete
I would love to do this, Karen!! Thank you so much for inviting me to the group, and I'm so glad I saw this post! :) :)ReplyDelete
Karen, I listened to the podcast today and really enjoyed it. :)ReplyDelete
Ohhh, a freeform peyote blog hop!!!! Count me in. I'm Sarahsequins (at) yahoo (dot) com.
I want to play too!ReplyDelete
I have a lovely jar of bead soup I've been adding to for a year or so that would be just right for a freeform creation.
email: salamanderhouse (at) gmail (dot) com
I listened to the podcast and really enjoyed it too! Please count me in for the blog hop! :)ReplyDelete
I would love to join the hop, count me in. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.orgReplyDelete
Count me in, my friend! I'm actually working on a bracelet right now, but I'll make a different piece for the challenge. email@example.comReplyDelete
Umm - I love peyote for it's repetition and it's smooth concise look. I really am afraid of free form! I learned to break out of the 'must have a pattern mold' by embracing bead embroidery, and that is where my creativity flows. I plan to follow this challenge, and just might join in....ReplyDelete
Congrats on the podcast!ReplyDelete
After staring at your book for 13 months, this is the push I need to finally start a freeform project. I have been debating for 2 weeks now about signing up. I finally decided to use my own mantra "It's Just Beads!" to get me to join the hop. So put me on the list, Karen :-)
I would love to try. Put me down. :)ReplyDelete
Ok I will give it a try please sign me up.
ok, this could be a complete disaster ... but I'm going to give this a try. I've never done freeform before and it scares the pants off me. But hey nothing ventured, nothing gained.ReplyDelete
Karen! I stopped by to comment on this weeks prompt and saw the badge on the side bar. Look at you with a Podcast and all!! Whoot!! Good for you!! How exciting!!ReplyDelete
Please sign me up for the hop!!! Definitely want in!!!
I'd love to join in. Tln2940@gmail.com and my blog is www.beadsinspireme.com I'm new to beading I'm self taught but this looks right up my ally sounds so much fun I think I'm going to practice :) can't waitReplyDelete
I would love to join in. I have just sent an email.ReplyDelete
I would like to join. Alehman3@comcast.net. I'll start making my first ever freeform peyote asap.ReplyDelete
I missed the deadline to join but I am ecstatic to have found your blog, and I am your newest follower. I'll keep coming back to see what happens with the challenge.ReplyDelete
Currently wotking with GS Diamonds Engagement ringsReplyDelete
Also writing my own blog about diamonds and diamond rings