Tuesday, August 19, 2014

October Challenge Theme: "Owl Totem"

Mariya of BeadCatcher, winner of the Scotland the Brave challenge for her Scottish Thistle Set, has named the October challenge theme!
Owl Totem

I have a special love for owls. I like to work on my jewelry late at night, when my kids and family are already sleeping. My art room windows face the adjacent forest, and sometimes I hear owls hooting away in the night.

Owls are rare and mysterious birds. They are mostly nocturnal creatures, live hidden from human life and we have always found night time to be mysterious and full of the unknown. Throughout history and across many cultures, people have regarded owls with fascination and awe. The owl was a symbol for Athena, goddess of wisdom and strategy, before the Greeks gave their pantheon human forms. According to myth, an owl sat on Athena’s blind side, so that she could see the whole truth. In Ancient Greece, the owl was a symbol of a higher wisdom, and it was also a guardian of the Acropolis.

Today symbolic owl meaning includes wisdom, mystery, messages, intelligence, protection, secrets, hidden knowledge. While thinking about your owl project you may consider moon, night, stars, branches, forest elements and feathers. Good luck to all! Have fun and happy beading! Mariya(BeadCatcher).

Team members may begin their entry no sooner than August 19 and list it by October 5th by midnight Eastern time!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

CONGRATULATIONS to Mariya our August Challenge Winner!

Congratulations to Mariya of BeadCatcher winner of the EBW Team Vote and Public Blog vote for her Scottish Thistle Set with 14 team votes and 46 public votes! Mariya will choose the them for our October Challenge.
Scottish Thistle Set by BeadCatcher
Second place winner for the team and public vote is Betty of BestofBetsDesigns for her Tartan "KILT" Wrist Wrap with 13 team votes and 38 public votes
Tartan Kilt Wrist Wrap by BestofBetsDesigns
More Team vote results:
Third place with 7 team votes is Ileana of enchantedbeads for her Hues of Scotland Moors
Fourth place with 5 team votes is FrancescasFancy Monarch of the Glen Tartan Bracelet
Fifth place tie with 4 team votes each is DaynaMilesDesigns for her Clan Craig Brooch and BeadworkAndCoe’s Stag Head Thistle Brooch

More Public Vote Results:
Third Place is BeautyGlamourLuba’s Bead Embroidered Necklace with 38 votes
Fourth through Eighth place are a near tie with 16, 15, 14, 13, and 12 votes respectively
TheBeadedWebBeadweav - Unicorn Necklace 16
Clan Craig – DaynaMilesDesigns 15
Hues of Scotland Moors – enchantedbeads 14
Fields of Heather Beadwoven Bangle Bracelet - MaryTDesigns 13
Merida - OfYourLove 12