Tuesday, March 20, 2012

May 2012 Theme Announced "Nautical Inspired"

Sydney, of LostAloha, winner of our March "Destinations" Challenge invites us to be "Nautical Inspired" with her May 2012 theme!

"One of my favorite things about being from the Oregon Coast is how much the culture and economy is tied to the ocean (and it's storms), the ports, and all the lush ocean life. My challenge is to make something Nautical inspired -- be it sailor stripes, a pirate's life, sea stars and octopi, or a siren atop a hefty, rusty anchor -- with Memorial Day on the way, I will definitely make my way down to the docks to see all the boats and fisherman, and welcome in all the sunshine.. With an occasional high-winds warning and some dark, churning ocean waves."

You may begin your entry today March 20, 2012 and list it in your shop between now and May 5th, making sure to tag it EBWC, but remember not to apply the tag until after April 15th.


Any EBW member may create one new beadweaving of your own design (not from a tutorial, kit, book, magazine, or class) in response to the challenge theme. Your work should be entirely beadwoven, or have a substantially woven component, to feature and promote our art form. You may not renew an existing piece, or list a tutorial or made-to-order item as an entry.

Members are expected to participate in challenges when possible, and required to do so once each year. Start the weaving anytime after the theme is announced. Complete and list the work for sale on Etsy by the 5th of the month of the challenge, before midnight Etsy (Eastern Standard) time. Your listing date is proof you entered by the deadline, and also determines your placement in the mosaic, so DO NOT RENEW your work until after the voting poll opens on the 9th.

Your listing must be for sale for the duration of the challenge (not made to order), unless it sells from your shop. If that happens, please alert the moderators to your sale, and you can still participate. If you must reserve your listing for purchase, please follow Etsy's recommendations and edit both your title and your description to begin with: "RESERVED FOR (buyer's Etsy username, or designation of buyer's choice) ONLY." Etsy does not allow the listing of items not for sale, so reserving your entry to sell elsewhere or keep for yourself is not permitted. Please do not put your shop on vacation mode when you have an item entered in the challenge, or deactivate your entry from the time you list, until the close of the challenge. If you must be away from your shop, please leave your challenge entry active, with a message explaining the date the item will shipped if purchased."


Your listing must include the following four (4) things:
1. The theme of the challenge. For example, “This (describe your work) was created for the Etsy Beadweavers Team (insert the month) challenge on the theme (insert the title of the theme).”
2. An explanation of how your work relates to the theme.

3. The address of our team blog where the voting will take place and the voting dates. For example, “Please visit our team blog, http://www.etsy-beadweavers.blogspot.com between the 9th and 15th and vote for your favorite entry.”

4.Tag your entry EBWC. This is how we find your entry. Please test this tag by searching "handmade" and "EBWC" on Etsy. If your entry does not appear in this search within an hour after listing and tagging it, please contact a moderator for assistance. Please do not apply this tag until after the previous challenge poll closes on the 15th, and remove the tag after the voting poll closes, so entries for the next month’s challenge can be featured.

About Promoting the Public Voting Poll

The purpose of the public poll is to bring as many viewers to our team blog as possible, increasing awareness of Etsy Beadweavers and our art form. The winner of the public poll should be the work that the most viewers liked the best. Promote the challenge by inviting as many friends, acquaintances, co-workers and family members as you like to vote for their favorite entry. Please use your blog, Facebook, Twitter and any other resources you have to drive traffic to our blog during the challenge. Feel free to say which entry is yours. Many friends will choose to support you with a vote. But please DO NOT request that your friends vote for your work, or that of another member. Please let them make up their own minds about which entry they like the best. Let’s play fair with each other, and keep our challenges fun for all.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Congratulations to Sydney of Lost Aloha,winner of March "Destinations: challenge

Congratulations go to Sydney of LostAloha Fan favorite winner of March's Destinations challenge  Sydney's BeadedPlumeria Lei captured 199 of the 763 votes (26 %). Congratulations also go to Sydney as her entry won the Member vote and she will have the honors of selecting the them for the May challenge

Here is a look at the runners up in this months challenge and congratulations to all who entered.

2nd place - 23. Coral Reef Beadwork Necklace - bead4me with 84 votes (10%) also congratulations to Isabella as her necklace sold
3rd place -17. Magic of the East - zviagil with 77 votes (10%)
4th place - 42. Lotus Lands Bracelet - thistledew4u with 51 votes (6%)
Tied for 5th place - 7. Final Destination - KrisDesignFSP and 12. Yucatan EARTH, SEA & SKY - crownrosegems with 27 votes each (3%)
Tied for 6th place - 27. My Mine Bead Embroidery Bracelet - crimsonfrog and 44. Emerald Isle - HauteIceBeadwork with 24 votes each (3%)
7th place - 28. Wavy Sand - AnnaCohen with 21 votes (2%) also Anna's entrys sold as well so double congrats
8th place 47. Renaissance - enchantedbeads with 20 votes (2%)
Tied for 9th place - 33. Green Maze Embroidered Sash - SpiralDesignJewelry and 8. La Belle Paris - SpringColors with 18 votes each (2%)
and 10th place - 34. Green, Brown and Tan Beadwoven Necklace - MaryTDesigns with 15 votes (1%)

Congratulations to all 48 members who entered this challenge we all all winners every one.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Voting for March Challenge "Destinations"

The winner of the team vote in our December challenge, Jacquie Champion of Angelque Creations has selected her March theme for 2012.

During the winter months here in the Pacific North West we all dream of warmer, sunnier weather after many long days of dark dreariness and rain, oh so much rain. Many of us migrate to warmer climates in Feb and March for a period of time. I will be heading to Hawaii, Where would you go? Pick a destination of where you would like to travel, it does not have to be a warmer climate or even a real location it could be a fantasy destination. Design your entry around the destination and explain why you chose this destination and how your entry fits. Lets all have some fun.

Voting starts March 9 - March 15th, (See right side for poll which will be posted on the 9th)

To see larger pictures of the entries please go to the lsting below the mosaic and click on the entry, you will be taken to their shop to view the entry.

1. Cherry Blossom Necklace - tropicalkaren