Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Blogiversary Giveaway!!!

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Lusting for beads must certainly have its origins in the garden with Adam and Eve. But, for me it began in 1985 and has grown more acute with each passing year. When I wrote my first post, three years ago today, there was nary a moment of hesitation about naming my baby blog ~ Beadlust!

improvisational bead embroidery by Robin Atkins, Rosie, The Uncaged Hen, detail
Today, in celebration of Beadlust's 3-year blogiversary, I'm having a giveaway! Three weeks from now, I'll find a magic way to select three readers who have written a comment on today's post! (Please be sure I have a way to reach you.) Each winner will receive a gift package containing an archival giclee print (signed & numbered) of Rosie, The Uncaged Hen and a little goodie bag of vintage beads from my stash. Whooo-hoo!

This is just a small way for me to tell you all how much your support and readership means to me. I'm not so clever and entertaining as many blog authors and don't post nearly as often as I'd like... Yet, you check back and make wonderful comments and enrich my life more than I know how to say. Thank you!

BJP Presentation ~ Seattle ~ May 21st

Bead Journal Project, small collage of details of work by a few members
For those of you in the Seattle area, I'll be doing a PowerPoint presentation for the Northwest Bead Society featuring BJP work from our first year! Guests are totally welcome!

Visual Journaling with Beads, Fibers, Threads and Fabric

View over 200 beaded journal pieces by 42 artists participating in the 2007-08 Bead Journal Project! Compelling and inspirational, this unique beadwork tells stories, reveals emotions and follows important events in the lives of the artists who create a visual journal each month during the year-long project. In this presentation, you will see the best of the best!


Date: Thursday, May 21st
Time: 7 pm
Location: Greenwood Masonic Lodge
7910 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle (driving directions here)

If you are in the area and participated in the BJP last year or are participating this year, PLEASE COME and bring your BJP pieces for show and tell!!!!

Allison Aller and Baltimore!


Allison Aller, one of samplers for class in crazy quilting, surface sculpture
Above is one of Allie's samplers for the classes. She offered a choice of kits for curved piecing of the block ~ black, white or green. I chose black because I thought it showed off the flowers beautifully! My block is nearly finished... I'll post a picture of it soon. If you think Allie's sample block is pretty, you'll enjoy regular visits to her blog, Allie's in Stitches, which is tops for gorgeous pictures, tips, tutorials and inspirations!

Susan Elliott (Plays with Needles), with her fabulous photography and way with words, has captured the fun of Allie's visit to Baltimore and our experiences taking her classes much better than I could. So, please check the links! There are even a couple of pictures of me...

Allie is a breath of fresh air on a peaceful spring day, with much more to offer her students than techniques! Here are two important things I learned from her...

"Keep lots of white space on your calendar!" If we want to do our art in any significant way, we must learn to keep our calendars white. Duh! Yes, of course. The difficult thing is doing it. One way that Allie does this is to set aside the hours between 8 am and noon EVERY DAY for herself and her art. Prolific writers and painters are known to keep a schedule like this too. Me? Well, I've never really tried it... Guess it seemed too much like a job. Allie just MAY have converted me to the idea!

Allie calls her work "surface sculpture." I LOVE this term. It applies to our beadwork too.

One reason I went all the way across the country to take Allie's class in Baltimore, is because I taught there last fall and totally love my students, who in turn, totally got it about bead embroidery! They are embroiders, a chapter group of EGA, and very skilled at stitching with threads. Many of them enjoyed my methods of improvisational bead embroidery so much that they've continued making more pieces since the class. It was such a joy to see them again and to see their bead embroidery! Below is a dear-to-my-heart piece by Bobbi Pohl!

improvisational bead embroidery by Bobbi Pohl, Dance,
Wildflower Season!!!

I returned home from Baltimore last week to find our wildflower season in its peak! I adore wildflowers - all of them, from the tiniest little blue ground cover to the rarest of the rare Fairy Slipper Orchid (Calypso bulbosa) shown below! Be still my heart... I'm in heaven!

calypso orchid, fairy slipper orchid, calypso bulbosa
The calypso (fairy slipper) orchid is native to Canada and the Pacific Northwest U.S. However, it is extinct over much of its range and is now quite rare. It does not survive contact with man and readily dies in cultivation. The beautiful flower head is about the size of a quarter. I counted 8 of them on our walk yesterday!!!!

calypso orchid, fairy slipper orchid, calypso bulbosa
shooting star wildflowers
These are Shooting Stars (Dodecatheon meadia). Along with companion butter cups, they grow in abundance on our property. I took the picture below right out our kitchen door! Could we be more blessed?!

shooting star wildflowers and buttercups

121 comments:

  1. Hi Robin - Congratulations on 3 years blogging! I've been a fan since I first found "Beaded Embellishment." I enjoy your blog!
    Dawn

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  2. Wha?!?!?! Only one other person has put their name in the hat? Rosie is insanely beautiful and I was all kinds of inspired when I saw her. It's all her fault that I'm here. Well that and basically every other gorgeous thing that you make...

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  3. Hi my new friend! Let me be the third to throw my hat into the ring for your lovely giveaway. Rosie is absolutely beautiful! I do so wish that I could go to Seattle, but alas, it just is not possible. Congrats on your anniversary! You can reach me either by email (you have it) or via the BJP blog.

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  4. Congratulations on your Blogiversary, Robin! You are an inspiration to all of us. And I LOVE Rosie!

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  5. Happy Blogiversary! After three years, I think you can say you've made it a habit, one from which we all benefit! Thank you for sharing your lustful art :D

    Carol Dean Sharpe
    http://sandfibers.blotspot.com
    sandfibers@yahoo.com

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  6. I don't care how often infrequent your posts are as they are always inspiring!

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  7. I can't believe it has been three years for you blogging already!
    You have enriched the lives of so many people through your Beadlust...

    ...and thank you so much for your very kind words about our time in Baltimore. It was an experience I will never forget!

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  8. I want to thank you for your fantastic web presence. I'd known I wanted to try bead embroidery for a while, but my perfectionist-procrastinator brain wouldn't let me put needle to fabric until I had done many, many hours of research. Your site was the jumping-off point for almost all of it. I am now about halfway through my first project and loving it so far!

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  9. Three Years!!! That's fantastic. I would love to be entered in your drawing. The chicken is awsome!!!

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  10. Your beadwork is amazing! I love looking at your work. You are an inspiration to me! Please consider me for your giveaway!

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  11. Thanks all! I feel well-celebrated!

    To: Greeniezona - I visited your livejournal site (fun!), but didn't know how to comment. Also, I don't know how to reach you if you are one of the winners. Congrats on getting started with bead embroidery... I'd love to see your project!

    Robin A.

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  12. I have beadlust also. When I first decided to open the door to some new sewing techniques, I went to the store and bought beads. I didn't really need beads, but I bought them anyway. I have a suitcase full of little and big bags of beads. I don't like to use them because then I don't have them any more. Congratulations on your bogiversary. 3 years, WOW!!
    Amber Rutz
    phina47@netzero.net
    http://phinasplace.blogspot.com

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  13. Happy Blogiversay to you Robin. I'll take a moment to tell you how much I enjoy being a participant in the BJP. Because of you, I have taken the time to look inside myself and visually express my thought in beads, AND share with others which is very difficult for me vocally.(o, I talk a lot but not my inner most thoughts!) I have found many friends and even worry that this won't continue another year. So thank YOU for sharing your skills here and in your books, and for bringing beaders together to meet and share.

    XX,
    Carol

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  14. Your blog is always inspiring. I have read it for probably pretty close to all 3 years.

    Please keep up the wonderful work. You inspire so many of us!

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  15. A toast to you for three great years of blogging, hopefully many more!!!! Your books and blogs are great inspirations. Keep up the great work.

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  16. Congratulations on your Blogiversary! Your work is always inspiring. Keep blogging!

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  17. How cute is she!! Congratulations Robin... I will be reading your blog for many many more years to come!

    Kassie

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  18. Robin, congratulations on your Blogiversary!! I just discovered beading and your blog last year. I haven't had a chance to do much beadwork yet, but am incredibly inspired by your work. So many different and unique things you can do with beads. I love checking your blog to see what is new. I've been blogging on my drawing/illustration since last fall and hope to add beadwork to it someday. Best of luck as you continue your beautiful work!
    Carol

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  19. Congratulations on three years of a most wonderful log. I have read back to April 2008 and loved every minute. Since I met you in Denver I have made one improvisational embroider piece and now I'm working on my second one. I love the suggestion by Allie to set aside certain hours to bead and let nothing get in the way. Sounds like bliss but actually is scary to think I would say to someone "I can't do that, talk now, or.....because I have to bead. What a concept! You and your work are a great inspiration to me.
    Beady_Ann

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  20. Congrats on your three years of blogging- I have you on my RSS feed so it doesn't matter how often you blog but I do enjoy reading your inspiring thoughts. Please add my name to your generous give-a-way. Thank you, Nancy

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  21. Happy Blogaversary! May you continue to delight us with your posts for many years to come!

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  22. Your beadwork is gorgeous Robin and I appreciate the opportunity to peek inside your head thru this blog. Maybe one day I'll be able to attend one of your workshops!

    Robin

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  23. My dear Robin, I will never forget the day that Ed looked up from his laptop and said to me, "Did you know there's a bead artist over on San Juan Island?", and then he told me what a great website you had and that I ought to check it out...

    That was some time ago now :>]]

    HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY!!! And thank you soooo much for all that you do, online & otherwise. What a special, special gift you have provided to so many of us - teaching and showing by example this utterly marvelous visual way to express ourselves.

    Proud to declare, I am a full fledged beading maniac...with bundles of thanks to you.

    Christi C.
    p.s. oh my, "white space" on the calendar - what an idea! Duh is right. How to make that happen, give myself permission...?

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  24. Gratz on your three years of blogging, I always love to see your blog and just ooh and ahh over your work. It is amazing. Can't wait to see what you post next. It is always a treat. ~Leah

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  25. You do amazing beadwork. Rosie is beautiful. Congratulations on 3 years blogging!

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  26. Wow Robin 3 years ago you started blogging, CONGRATULATIONS! i cant imagine since a little over a year ago, I didnt know what blogging even was. I so enjoy your posts and updates and mostly your creativity. I look forward to much much more!

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  27. Oh I would love to see a fairy slipper orchid. I wonder if I might see one around Eugene, OR?

    I love your blog Robin. I don't comment often but I always read.

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  28. Congratulations, 3 years is a lot of blogging! Thanks for being such a great inspiration. Without you & the BJP I would never have started beading and I'm having a LOT of fun!

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  29. Your work is most inspiring.Next year if there is a bead journal project I plan on participating.Would you put my name in for a chance to win. Thanks.
    Maya Matthew

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  30. Congratulations on 3 years of blogging! How wonderful you have been blogging for that long. Rosie is such an inspirational piece of art, what a fantastic prize for your readers. Luck to all and a cup of warm tea to many more years to Beadlust!

    Bobi

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  31. Congratulations, Robin! I've been following you here for 2,5 years now and I must say your posts never were boring, and I haven't skipped a single one! You always inspire and share, thank you very much for that!

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  32. viipsna1:40 AM

    Congrats, Robin!
    I've been waiting to see some update in your blog for sooooo long.. and now the great news! :)
    And moreover, a giveaway! :)
    Here's my e-mail: viipsna@hotmail.com

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  33. From the land of Oz, I wish you well. Three years of blogging - good for you!
    I fell in love with your book "beaded treasure" and had to have it NOW! Its really changed the way i work forever!

    Congrats...

    cheers,
    Liz

    *If this is a double up pls feel free to delete

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  34. So that's where all the shooting stars land!!! You must live in a pretty special place full of fairies if there are so many of their slippers left around!! Lucky lucky Robin!

    And lucky for us that you've been blogging for three years! Congratulations! Let's see, if you hadn't been blogging, I wouldn't be BJPing and would never have known to invite you to Baltimore and we would have missed out on ALL that FUN!! Congratulations and may you have many many more --

    Wish I could see your presentation again because it was fabulous!!! Big hugs, Susan

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  35. Thank you, Robin, for spotlighting my "Dance" beadwork. I'm glad you liked it. It was joyous to do. Speaking of joyous, those wildflowers are wonderful. I'm jealous, although we do have wonderful flowery springs here in Maryland, too. I also like the way you arranged the flowers on your workshop project. They show up so brightly on the black background.
    I'd love a picture of Rosie if I'm so lucky.

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  36. Congrats on 3 years of blogging! and THANK YOU Robin, for all of your incredible work you share, starting the BJP, and making it possible for me to join and be a blogger and for encouraging me and... without the BJP and my blog, I wouldn't have been able to get through my cancer diagnosis and treatments so easily...the BJP world has given me so many friends and SO much support. Thank you.
    I'd like to be in your drawing, too, please!! :)

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  37. Hi Robin

    Happy Blogiversary! I love what you have to say in your posts, you share so much and I truely hunger to see your BJPs. I think that I am going down with a dose of beadlust and I blame it on the BJP project. I am doing a Japanese bead embroidery class this weekend. I can't wait :)

    I don't ofter enter give aways, especially overseas, but some are irresitable. If I am lucky enough to win, I'd happily pay the postage.

    CA

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  38. Anonymous5:47 AM

    Congratulations on 3 years of blogging. I do not embroider, but love viewing your work as well as the work of the other BJP participants. I have been working with beads since the 1970's and find the pieces inspirational.

    Bead Lust is a fine name - and one I understand completely.

    My e-mail is kjl.esq at gmail.com

    KJ

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  39. Oh it is such a happy day when I see that there has been a Robin Atkins Blog POST!!!!!!! So glad to ahve you back!! Can't believe that you were in Baltimore again and I DID NOT KNOW ABOUT IT!!!So close!! What wonderful classes and beautiful work!! I can't tell you how you ahve nspired me Robin!! I am now teaching classes and taught my first one on my Zipper Cuff, last Saturday in Alexandria, VA!!
    http://elizabethcreates.blogspot.com/2009/05/learning-to-teach-or-teaching-to-learn.html
    I referred to your books several times and wished that we could have had some to sell for you!!
    Your wildflower photos are glorious- especailly the ladyslippper- perhaps an upcoming BJP piece!!!

    Wish that I could jet out to Seattle for your talk about BJP- I am sure that it will be fabulous!!!!
    Huge hugs and Congratulations to you dear friend!
    Elizabeth

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  40. Hi Robin,
    I love to visit your blog to see your amazing creations.
    Congratulations for your 3rd anniversary...
    I got so excited when I read about your giveaway:))
    Best wishes,
    Rengin

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  41. I have enjoyed your books for years and was so happy to find your blog. Thank you for all the creative inspiration you give every day

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  42. You need not be clever with words (though you are), your blog is eye-candy to the MAX!

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  43. I don't get by to visit nearly as often as I'd like but I couldn't pass up your Blogiversary! Your blog is always a delight to the eye with lots of rich colors and beautiful photos. May you have many more years in Blogland.

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  44. Loving Rosie and your wonderful blog!

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  45. Robin,

    Congrats on 3 years of blogging. You are always an inspiration and it is no wonder that people keep coming back to read your posts.

    I so wish I could have seen you when you came to Baltimore to visit. My visit to Iowa went well and I learned a lot at Wire Fest.

    Thank you for being you and for all that you share with the rest of us, Love Angie

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  46. Congratulations on three years! Your work has always been very inspiring!

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  47. Happy Blogiversary, Robin. So many new things in this post. The embroidery is stunning as is the beadwork. I'm glad you are continuing to show our work in your powerpoint presentations. I constantly refer people to our website so they can see how powerful it is.

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  48. 3 years! Congratulations!

    I had no idea you could do this much with beads. I'll be reading :D

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  49. Robin, I just stumbled onto your blog today and I'm not sure how much time I spent reading through but it was such a visual delight! Congratulations on three years of blogging, that's an achievement for sure. And your -work-. Oh my goodness, the COLOURS! I will definitely be visiting regularly! And yes, I'm throwing my hat in for the giveaway too - Rosie is -gorgeous- in that print!

    --Shuku

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  50. I found your blog via Soul Shamans awhile ago... lovely to see what you are planning to giveaway - hope your nest three years are as good as the first.

    (My email address is on my about me... should I happen to be lucky enough to win!)

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  51. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!! And thank you so much for being out there & making people like me start a blog. If it wasn't for the BJP back in 2007, I never would have had the nerve to share with the whole world some of my doll creations. I've stopped using my website & now concentrate on blogging new events in my artistic journey. I'm even starting a new blog for my husband, Chris, with his robots! LOL! I told him my blog is about beadin' speedin' style & he needs his own. He still doesn't get it. Guess I just want something of my own to not share. Must be my Virgina Wolfe's "Room of my Own". Funny, but I think of the internet as the keyhole where people can peek and see a glimpse of ME.

    Thank you for challenging us to get onboard! dot

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  52. Peggy Kemp12:23 PM

    Please enter me in the drawing, Robin. I have been inspired over the last 3 years by your blog, pictures, book, and Rosie. Contact me by email: pegnard@hawaiiantel.net. Thanks!

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  53. wow love your work! and yes you are an inspiration to us all!

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  54. 54 comments, WOW!

    I was just glad to see you had posted, I missed you!

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  55. Congratulations on your anniversary!!! I've have just recently found your blog and have been enjoying it.
    Mellan :)

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  56. Wow, congrats on three years of blogging! And, I think I know who inspired you to do your first giveaway!!! ;) I would love to see the vintage beads in your stash! You know where to reach me. Lata! :D

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  57. Your work is always an inspiration.

    Kathy

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  58. Congratulations on THREE years! I just celebrated 6 years of blogging in February - the time sure goes fast! Thank you so much for giving this opportunity to win one of your beautiful works of art!
    :-) Gina
    ginab6@yahoo.com

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  59. Anonymous2:55 PM

    Robin,
    You must have done this blog after I had been on the computer yesterday. Sorry I missed the contest....
    It is hard to believe it has been three years since you started your blog. Even tho I see you often I still love to visit your blog site and get more insight into my friend Robin. May be I'll see you this weekend???
    Christy

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  60. Wow 3 years of blogging! I am just coming up on my first year. You beading ladies are so talented! This must take lots of time and work for something so lovely like this hen. I am so envious!

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  61. Reading through all the comments was like a trip back in time - so many familiar names . . . I'd just like to add my deep appreciation for you and all you do as teacher, cheerleader, and (cyber)pal. Here's to many more years of blogging and beading, in any amount and order you feel right with! Cheers!

    ps: my verifying word is spinge - as in: I went on a spinge and maxed out my credit cards on beads.

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  63. Joining in to wish you a happy blogversary.
    Thanks for all you have shared with us thru your books and blog -- you are really a inspiration to us all.

    Hugz,
    Jackie in IL

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  64. Congratulations on 3 years of blogging. I would love to be considered for your giveaway. Thank you sooooooooo much for this opportunity. You can reach me at moonchild776@aol.com

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  65. Beautiful work- i am really inspired! I am also a beadwork artist.
    www.shoshbeads.com

    Shoshana

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  66. leilani8:44 PM

    If I won the print of Rosie, she would reside next to "Zebra Chicken" by quilt artist Therese May which I am priveleged to own.

    If, by some wonderful stroke of luck you selected my name, I'm sure you'll announce the winners in a blog. I check in all the time and will then send you my email address.

    If I don't win, that's ok too. I'll still check in just for the inspiration and eye candy.

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  67. Congrats, Robin! Thank you for starting the BJP - lurking last year and participating this year has completely changed my creative life and activities!

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  68. 3years of blogging-WOW! You've been a busy lady too. It sounds like fun. I love the wild flowers.

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  69. Please include me in your great giveaway - Thank you!
    kimberlybreid@hotmail.com

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  70. I drool over each and every one of your beaded creations and that chicken! My whole kitchen is chickens. Please throw my name in the hat.

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  71. You have a wonderful site withh lots of inspiration for beadwork. I love it.
    Leena

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  72. Congratulations on three years!...Rosie is a true inspiration for me. I have been doing some bead embroidery for crazy quilting but would like to do some exclusively beaded embroidery pieces. Please add my name to your list of those that lust after your giveaway!

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  73. Hap Hap Happy Blogiversary!! Three great years of sharing inspiration - YOU should be getting the prizes!!!

    Thanks for the info on Allison and what a kickaxx piece by Bobbi Pohl - gives me shivers!

    Be sure to tell us if you whitespace some art time and how that works for you.


    Lastly, yes, you are soooo lucky to have those shooting starts and buttercups by your back door! I'm afraid I'd not get anything done while savoring their presence!

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  74. What a lovely way to celebrate your blog anniversary!

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  75. Love to look at your beadwork! Such an inspiration, but, even if I don't get around to beading (I always plan to, haven't done any for years) I am so glad for you and all the others who have such beautiful imagination.
    I really like that colorful uncaged hen Rosie, I have 15 free range chickens, my donkey is Rosie!

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  76. Hi Robin

    I followed your pics of Allie's class and recognized you in them. I have met both you and Allie and would love to meet Susan. I read her blog and you are right about her photography and verse. Don't we have a bunch of wonderful women that we stay in contact with? I consider myself so lucky to have such friends.

    I fell in love with your wild orchid. I have fallen in love with orchids since living in Florida in the winters but never have come across anything growing in the wild. You mentioned they grow in Canada. Is it only in the BC area? I grew up in Toronto and the northern lakes area and wonder if it would be too cold there for them.

    Congratulations on your 3 years. I have been blogging approx. 6 months so have a while to go.

    Hugs

    FredaB

    ps - must tell you that I get more compliments when I wear my little neck bag that I made in your class.

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  77. Happy Blogiversary Robin! And many thanks for the Bead Journal Project!

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  78. Anonymous5:24 PM

    Happy blogaversary! I think your work is amazing. I first read about you in the Australian "Get Creative" magazine last year and I was just blown away by your beadwork and the patience you must have to create such pieces!
    Deb - debyeo@hotmail.com

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  79. Happy, happy blog Birthday!

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  80. Happy happy 3rd Blogiversary, Robin! My 1st visit here was sparked by the name "beadlust" as I thought it the perfect description of what I experience each time I see beads, bead-related objects, and beaded creations. I love learning new things, and if I don't learn something new each time I visit your blog, I leave refreshed by viewing your wonderful photos.

    A Rosie the Uncaged Hen print would be in good company at my home with my Rose (lhasa apso). What a delightful way to celebrate your anniversary.

    Thanks for sharing about the embroidery class -- fabulous work! [must stop looking now! must not pick up another new hobby!] And I love the wildflower photos! especially the shooting stars. Please keep us posted on your "white space" project -- wonderful idea.

    Looking forward to seeing more of your BJP pieces.
    --
    Kathy

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  81. I'll add my congrats to everyone else's! If you've only been blogging 3 years, and this is year 2 of BJP - you came up with the BJP after only blogging a year, and such a wonderful turnout!I'm shaking my head in wonder - you inspire so many people (including me).
    I used to like buttercups - now I fight to keep them out of the gardens!

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  82. Firstly, congrats for your 3-year blogiversary. Next, I'd love to enter your contest. Who knows I'm the lucky one? LOL

    aikychien@yahoo.com

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  83. Shelly Davis6:38 AM

    Congratulations on your anniversary. I have one of your books and pull it out often when I need inspiration or technique advice.Rosie is a beauty. She would look fab above my beading table!

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  84. Wow! Look what I've been missing - it looks like a party's going on from the above. Congratulations on 3 years of blogging but more than that thank you for sharing with ALL OF US! Hugs from CT - Heidibeads

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  86. Congrats on 3 years of blogging. I'm a big fan of yours, ever since I saw your beaded buttons for a class at a bead show. Which, BTW, I couldn't attend and so I bought Beaded Embellishments and now am a total Bead FREAK! Just call me the Bead Hearted Babe. My husband has you to blame for al the money I spend on beads, etc. Robin, your books (which I own all of) and work are totally inspiring. You are terrific. Hugs from PA. Karen

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  87. I can understand your beadlust. I must be part Magpie as i can't resist the beautiful treasures. I didn't start my serious purchasing of beads or actually doing something with them until 3 years ago when I broke both feet. I was looking for something I could do in my lap. Now my family is wishing there were some sort of support group like Beadaholics Anonymous--but I am happy with my addiction. Yours seems to serve you very well. Congratulations & Thanks for the great Blog and connections!

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  88. Congratulations on your 3rd year anniversary and thankyou for offering this giveaway!

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  89. Anonymous9:29 PM

    I love your blog ! But I love beads even more so I was very happy to find that you share the same interest as I do and that's "BEADS", also your little beaded hen caught my eye. How beadiful she is ! Your blog is colorful and it feeds my beadful lust! Thank You so very much for this wonderful giveaway !
    dgibson@bak.rr.com Debra Gibson aka
    Debra's Dezinez Please Pick Me 1 Happy Beading ! :)

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  90. I am relatively new to beading and have just discovered your blog. Congratulations on your 3rd anniversary and I look forward to many more!

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  91. Rebekah Burr-Siegel6:50 AM

    Gorgeous work! I've been embrodering poetry into my jean jacket for a couple of years now. You've inspired me to take it to the next step and add beads (my other new found passion!) Thanks for the inspiration and the beautiful work!

    Rebekah
    burr-siegel@sbcglobal.net

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  92. Hi Robin!

    Thanks for your comment wondering where I am! No, I didn't get sick after the Bead Bazaar...I am sorry that you did!

    I am doing okay. Some ups and downs. More ups than downs these days. My spirit and my life force seem to be returning following my surgery. It feels so good to be coming back into myself.

    You have inspired me to post the doll I completed two weeks ago! Sorry for the delay...I miss you all too!

    I love seeing Rosie the Hen today. You know that I have an affinity for her. I still want to order a copy of her book...

    The wildflowers are spectacular and so are you!

    Much love,

    Camilla

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  93. Well congratulations & thanks for sharing with all of us how much we mean to you!

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  94. Oh, how I love your blog so!

    Happy Anniversary! Many more to come, I hope!!!!

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  95. Hello! I am SO glad to have "discovered" your website! I love beading ~ doing, dreaming-up, dreaming about, thinking about, shopping for... I congratulate you for 3 years of blogging ~ but I don't know how you do it: time for beading and blogging and family life and self-life and...geesh! Anyhow, thank you for your inspiration. I will watch your blog faithfully now.

    All best wishes,

    Gayle

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  96. Robin your bead work always amazes me. Just recently I said "self" you NEED to bead, why self asks "do you need to bead"....to gain some of my sanity back, to relax, to escape, but just to BE.

    I would love to win.

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  97. I have admired your work for quite some time. I was lucky enough to take your class last month at the Rocky Mountain Bead Bazaar. I'm happy to say I finished my piece and am looking for the right frame to frame it. I love bead embroidery and I thank you for sharing your gifts with me.
    Alice Howe

    ps Rosie is too cute! And to think she might have been a duck or a turkey!

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  98. Congrats! I rarely read what you have to say, but I love the pics!!

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  99. Congratulations! Rosie is so cute, please add me to the giveaway!. I for one enjoy reading your posts, always inspiring and full of great photos to ooh and ahh by. Thanks for sharing with all of us.

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  100. Wow! Robin, 3 years on and I bet they said you'd never make it.
    You, as always, are an inspitation, especially to me.
    Thanks for all your encouragement and yes I'm beading again!
    Cheers
    Nospoj - Dinah

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  101. Congratulations, Robin! Your blog has made, and is still making, the world richer! And to think that your very first blogpost evoked precisely ZERO comments - unbelievable nowadays. I made my first comment on your blog after reading your post of August 13, 2006 - exactly three months after the launching date. At the time, I only clicked in because I was visiting your website in connection with my first book purchase from you. I did not have the faintest idea then what a blog was, and just wanted to find out. Lucky me that I did!

    Your current post is wonderful again. With respect to people getting hooked by bead embroidery the way you practise and teach it, I would like to mention Beadwork Magazine, June/July 2009 issue, page 34, where a BJP work of art by Morwyn Dow is shown. The BJP is getting famous, isn't it?

    Much fun at your BJP presentation in Seattle tonight!

    Sabine

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  102. great giveaway =- congrats! I have enjoyed reading your blog - keep em coming!

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  103. Robin - I thought I'd be able to make it up to Seattle this evening but have been fighting a sore throat and cough for a week and it's still horrid.

    Diane

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  104. Wow! Congrats on three years! I just started my bead blog 3 days ago :)

    I am glad I found your blog and look forward to following your work!

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  105. Congrats on 3 years. I love to see you work --it is so inspirational.

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  106. Hope I'm commenting in time to be entered. Your work is wonderful - thank you for the beauty and inspiration.

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  107. Hi, Robin! I've been following your blog for quite some time now and am always inspired. I found you through my friend's blog, Bevvie Herman. I live part time in the Ozark Mountains in north central Arkansas, so I can attest to the "wild beauty" of nature in rural areas. The slipper orchid is beautiful! I'd LOVE to win a goodie bag from you!!! Please put my name in the hat!
    Your's in all beadiness,
    Libby Roleson
    a/k/a The Warped Needle
    email: legalx2@yahoo.com

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  108. Robin, Your book Beaded Embellishment was the first beading book I bought when I wanted to learn to bead on my CQ. I'm hoping I win one of your prints!
    Barbara Roberts
    craftirn@cox.net

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  109. your work is absolutely stunning! i always enjoy coming to your blog and seeing the amazing beadwork that you do. :)

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  110. congratulations Robin. You are an inspiration to all of us who love beads and encourage us to take our talents further. thank you for your input into my bjp
    Diane, New Zealand

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  111. LOL! 111 comments! We all love Rosie, especially since she is uncaged!
    I want to let you know that I am very thrilled and thankful for your comment on my blog. Thank you! That just gave me the push to just start with April.

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  112. Happy blogiversary, Robin. Please include me in your drawing.

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  113. I just discovered your OBAAT book this weekend at a beadshop in Anacortes. OOOh I am totally hooked on this and already bought needles and thread, now need the backing. I am so bummed I was only a few days short of knowing about you and your lovely work so that could have seen your Seattle presentation on the 21st, but hope to catch your next one! The journal project sounds wonderful!!

    Happy Anniversary, I would love to enter your giveaway!!

    sueayawho@yahoo.com

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  114. Thanks you for blogging for 3 years and letting us enjoy so many visual delights !

    Wishing you many happy returns.

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  115. Please enter me in your giveaway. I enjoy reading your blog!

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  116. Congratulations on your 3rd year blog anniversary. I have several of your books and love the beads I have purchased from you. I'm a dollmaker and have not attempted the type of picture beading that you do, but hope to experiment in the near future. I love your blog and am so inspired not only by your beading, but also by your honesty when you talk about your life's journey. I would feel honored to win your giveaway.

    Susan Whitford
    sewhitford@comcast.net

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  117. Thanks for you comments, Robin! Of course, you should email me with the rest! I always cherish your insights. Hope you get this...there is a very long list of comments ahead of me!!!

    Have a great day! I started swimming again last night! Oh joy!!! First time since my surgery. I am now coming truly back to life. It's that mermaid thing, you know...

    Love, Camilla

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  118. Dang it, I really hate when I fall behind on my blogs. I would have loved to go to your talk in Seattle. I am totally in awe of bead embroidery and really want to learn more.

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  119. I have been visiting your website for the past years, I'm happy to have found your blog as well. Now I get all your new post delivered to my through my blog.

    Btw you do lovely work

    Best regards

    Carina Veling aka violetmoon.nl

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