Friday, March 28, 2008

The Food Chain

Sounds intriguing, doesn't it?
That's the theme chosen by Erin (ThePreciousBeads) for the Etsy BeadWeavers May Challenge. And you thought 'Fire and Flowers' was tough!

To help get the ideas rolling, here are some places you can read up on food chains:

Or you can just look at the Food Chain Images on Google.

Put on your thinking caps, BeadWeavers!

For EBW Members: Challenge requirements can be found in the FAQ in the Yahoo group.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Wedding Wear

If you've been watching the Etsy front page or reading The Storque articles lately, it's a sure thing you've noticed that there's a lot of talk about weddings. Every bride wants something special to wear on her special day, and many members of the Etsy BeadWeavers group have unique and original creations that a bride could cherish for a lifetime.
Leslie Rogalski had a beautiful anemone bracelet featured in this treasury that appeared on Etsy's front page today:

Click here to see more wedding beadweaving by members of our talented group.

Many of our members do custom work, also, so if you see something you really love and would like it in another color palette, contact the artist!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Praying for Rain
won the hearts of the voters in the Etsy BeadWeavers Stormy Weather challenge.

Erin, aka ThePreciousBeads, is a relative newcomer to the Etsy BeadWeavers Team; but she's already showing off her artistic talents and beadweaving skills with her entry into the March challenge. Erin will have the privilege of choosing the theme for the May challenge, so keep your eyes peeled for the announcement of her chosen theme sometime before the end of the month.

The runners up in this month's challenge are:

11. Eye of the Storm Necklace, by triz

22. Lightning Storm, by PinkPoochDesigns

12. Ice Storm - Peyote Freeform Necklace, by totallytwisted

5. Storm Necklace, by nemeton

26. The Purple Eye of a Summer Storm, by enchantedbeads

32. Dragonfly After the Storm Beaded Choker, by dawnchastain

4. Stormy Weather, Necklace and Bracelet Set, by TulipsTreasureBox

27. After the Storm, Here Comes the Sun, by enchantedbeads

25. Storm at the Iceberg, by enchantedbeads

We had 32 beautiful entries this month, from 22 of our members; and thanks to a few of our members who kept the forum posts alive, posted in their blogs and other sites, and created Treasuries filled with these beauties, we had a whopping 736 votes!!!

Thanks to everyone who participated in the challenge and to everyone who voted!

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Stormy Weather -- EBW March Challenge

The interpretations of this month's challenge theme
-- S T O R M Y W E A T H E R --
are as individual as the artists who created them.

Cast your vote for the one you love best!

(Voting starts March 7th. To cast your vote, click the Radio Button next to your choice in the panel on the right. Then scroll down and click the 'Vote' button.)

EBW March Challenge

1. Our Lady of Storms by DantesSpirit
2. Aurora Borealis in the Storm Season by DantesSpirit
3. Storm Front by hands2heal
4. Stormy Weather, Necklace and Bracelet Set by TulipsTreasureBox
5. Storm Necklace by nemeton
6. Ice - Peyote Cuff Bracelet by totallytwisted
7. Twilight Rainstorm by AmethystRavenstar
8. Gathering Storm Tiny Beaded Bottle by SalamanderHouse
9. Silver Lining by ThePreciousBeads
10. Black and White Rainbow by AmethystRavenstar
11. Eye of the Storm Necklace by triz
12. Ice Storm - Peyote Freeform Necklace by totallytwisted
13. Hope in the Midst of the Storm by dawnchastain
14. Storm of the Century Bracelet by myfairladyvt4
15. Stormy Waters Bracelet by KathysKraftyKreation
16. After the Storm Bracelet by KathysKraftyKreation
17. Ocean of Storms by thebeadedlily
18. Ice Cave in the Storm Necklace by ThePreciousBeads
19. Storm Cloud Pin by LauriDesigns
20. Storm Shadows Flower Jasper Set by PFordCustomJewelry
21. Tropical Storm Beadwoven Freeform Cuff by time2cre8
22. Lightning Storm by PinkPoochDesigns
23. Stormy Rain Necklace by lolos
24. Storm on Mars by hands2heal
25. Storm at the Iceberg by enchantedbeads
26. The Purple Eye of a Summer Storm by enchantedbeads
27. After the Storm, Here Comes the Sun by enchantedbeads
28. Stormy Cloud Freeform Necklace by playnwithbeads
29. Stormy Weather Prayers by Patchers7
30. Praying for Rain by ThePreciousBeads
31. Stormy Spirale Rope Necklace by flowercreations
32. Dragonfly After the Storm Beaded Choker by dawnchastain

Saturday, March 1, 2008


That's the theme for the April challenge for the Etsy BeadWeavers, chosen by our own April Riemann (better known as Wolf, proprietress of DantesSpirit).

Wolf obviously put a lot of thought into her choice. Just look at all that went into the selection of the Fire and Flowers theme!

"April is my Birth month, my zodiac sign is Aries who's color is typically reds (fire colors), I'm ruled by Mars, who is also the god of war, and is typically seen wearing reds(fire colors), my element sign is Fire, and flowers start blooming in April in abundance."

You'll start seeing the April entries on Etsy after March 15. Until then, take a look at the beautiful entries in the March challenge, Stormy Weather.