Thursday, March 20, 2014

Art Bead Scene 7th Birthday Bash!


March 12, 2007 marked the beginning of the Art Bead Scene.

The brainchild of Heather Powers of Humblebeads and Bead Cruise fame, the Art Bead Scene was billed as "an interactive blog with the goal of uniting bead artists of all materials and the jewelry designers who use art beads in their work." That is exactly what the original cast of characters provided, and what we still strive to do today.

The original team members included some rock stars in the beading world: Cindy Gimbrone, Lynn Davis, Jennifer Heynen, Lorelei Eurto, Melanie Brooks, Tari Sasser and Heather Powers. Over the years we have had an all-star line-up of members that included bead artists, color gurus, book authors and artisan designers from around the world. Our current team of art bead enthusiasts include: Erin Prais-Hintz, Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp, Rebecca Anderson, Brandi Hussey, Mary Harding, Ema Kilroy, Claire Lockwood, Kaushambi Shah, along with our founding members Tari Sasser and Heather Powers.

I know that for my own experience, it wasn't until I somehow stumbled on the Art Bead Scene in 2009 that I had even heard of it. I am not even sure how. But it was likely that I followed a rabbit hole from one blog link to another until I stopped here. That was about the time when the ABS went from offering monthly challenges that seemed a bit more technique based, to the current model of selecting art work to frame our inspirations. Putting the Art in Art Bead! That certainly set this space apart from other inspirational blogs.

And for me, that is what turned a lightbulb on in my brain... that my work need not just be about pretty things, but that there could be a real story to be told through the art beads, the master art and the way that I chose to create my jewelry. That was indeed a revelation to me and has set me down the path to where I am today and where I am going. Plus I was introduced to art that I had never seen before and it was like I could see a door opening in front of me with a beautiful new vista. And just like you, dear reader, I started using those monthly prompts to jump-start my creativity and push me into different directions. 

March 2009  -  The one and only time I was selected as the Featured Artist of the Week - Erin Prais-Hintz, Tesori Trovati
I remember most vividly the day that I was selected from the Flickr pool to be the Featured Artist of the Week inspired by the painting of red koi fish by Matisse. That may have been the one and only time that my work was selected, but it completely changed the way I created. I didn't win anything other than the recognition of my peers - and I consider all of our readers my peers - but it was still a thrill I would write home about. I wear this necklace to this day, and it remains one of my most successful and oft-requested designs. I have made this same necklace in many different art beads over the years and to me it marks an important turning point in my journey. And I have Art Bead Scene to thank for that.

The most obvious push for me came in the form of introducing me to these mini-works of art called Art Beads. Before the Art Bead Scene, I saw beads and materials as more color or texture based, simply there to support the overall design, and I don't think I ever paid more than $2 for one bead. After I found Art Bead Scene, I immersed myself in the world of the bead artist, marveling at the detail, construction, design sense, color palette and emotion that was conveyed through each one I held. And once I started buying them - and getting over my initial sticker shock - there was no going back. Especially when I held them in my hands.

Each new acquisition of an art bead, whether from a new-to-me bead artist (and I find a new one every day!) to the ones that I keep coming back to time and time again (I'm looking at you, Miss Heather!) becomes a treasured part of my studio, my designs and even my life. I treasure that I have become friends with bead makers the world over, and it gives my work an incredibly personal detail when I can tell my client that I know this artist, I have met them personally, or I have even visited their studio and that they are my friends. 

Is it odd that an online community has come to be so important to me? I hope not. I have formed some of the most lasting friendships with bead artists and jewelry designers the world over through my connections here.  This place has become a very important part of my life and I can't imaging a day without it. Today I am so absolutely hooked on art beads and if this is a sickness, I don't want the cure! (Are you with me?)

We know that you all share our passion for this art of the miniature. We know you create beautiful works of art using art beads for personal adornment, self-expression and pure joy. We thank you for your continued support and encouragement of the Art Bead Scene, expanding this community to be worldwide, so supportive and creative. We pledge to continue to bring you all the inspiration that we can cram in this little community we have created. We have grown from a handful of readers to over 3,000 readers each day and would love to welcome more art bead artists and designers who share our passions. And most of all, we are spurred on by the creative ways you share art beads with the world.

What is a birthday party without gifts? 

Our our current team of artists and designers have put together some wonderful birthday swag - over $360 worth - to celebrate these amazing seven years. Eight prizes to eight lucky winners selected at random from all comments on this post and announced on Tuesday, March 31st.

Now THAT'S a party!



 Gift #1
$50 Gift Certificate

Gifted by
Heather Powers of Humblebeads
Etsy - www.humblebeads.etsy.com
Website - www.humblebeads.com
Blog - http://humblebeads.blogspot.com
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Gift #2
 One pendant and six buttons valued at $64+

Gifted by
Tari Sasser of Creative Impressions in Clay


Website - www.claybuttons.com
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/claybuttons
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Gift #3
3-month subscription to the Simple Truths Sampler Club valued at $54+ 


Gifted by
Erin Prais-Hintz of Tesori Trovati Jewelry

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Gift #4
Color eBook Bundle valued at $50
Understanding Color
Arranging Color

Gifted by
Brandi Hussey of BrandiGirlBlog

Blog - www.brandigirlblog.com
Twitter - @brandihussey
Facebook - www.facebook.com/BrandiGirlBlog
Mailing List - http://eepurl.com/eH7ko
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Gift #5
Deco Rose Findings Sampler Pack valued at $26+
 Gifted by
Rebecca Anderson of The Curious Bead Shop
Website - www.songbead.com
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Gift #6
Two Nature Themed Pendants valued at $50

Gifted by
Mary Harding of Mary Harding Designs

Blog - http://maryhardingjewelrybeadblog.blogspot.com
Etsy - www.maryhardingjewelry.etsy.com
Website - www.maryhardingjewelry.com

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Gift #7
$40 Gift Certificate

Gifted by
Ema Kilroy of EmaKDesigns

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 Gift #8
$30 Gift Certificate

Gifted by
Claire Lockwood of Something To Do With Your Hands

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 What do you have to do to win?
1::Become a follower of Art Bead Scene and write a comment telling us that you are already a follower or a new follower. (Invite your friends!)

2::Spread the word about the ABS 7th Birthday Bash giveaway by your favorite means: Facebook your friends who love art or jewelry or art beads... tweet about your excitement at how cool this giveaway is... take out a billboard that is larger than life (okay, I'm kidding about this one ;-)... blog about your {not-so-secret} art bead addiction (go ahead, we won't judge ;-)... or whatever else you can think of to spread the birthday bash cheer. But be sure to link to this post and then come back and leave a comment letting us know what you did.
3::Pin it to win it! Hover over any of the pictures and pin your favorite prizes - or something special from one of our online shops (follow the links for each of us to find more of what we offer). So easy to Pin! Be sure to come back and leave a comment letting us know about it! 

4::Or just answer the following question... this is truly the simplest way to enter (and it only takes one entry to win one of eight fabulous prizes ;-)...

When did you first discover the Art Bead Scene and
how has it influenced your creativity?

That's it. That's four comments for each reveler. Four times the chance to win!
What are you waiting for? Join us in the
ART BEAD SCENE 7th BIRTHDAY BASH!

(Winners will be selected at random from all eligible entries
and announced here on March 31st in the March ABS Blog Tour post. 
All prizes will be mailed from the individual designer.
 Please have your email address turned on in your profile, 
or included in your entry to win. 
You won't win if we can't contact you!)

147 comments:

Kristen said...

Happy Birthday ABS!! I came upon ABS exactly as you described and followed right away. I have been a sponsor and I actually had one of my clasps featured in the Perfect Pairings!I love seeing how designers interpret the art work and I get ideas and inspiration to interpret in my own work. I don't always comment but I always read! And thanks for the giveaway.

Jeanie said...

Happy Birthday! I'm a happy follower and enjoy being inspired by these lovely creations!

Jeanie said...

I can't remember how I found you, but I'm glad that I did! I was probably blog hopping and linked on to your blog. Thanks again.

KeRobinson said...

I stumbled upon ABS because of a bead soup photo. Omg! Little bowls of coordinating beads! I just collect and sculpt beads, so much fun to sort and resort! I know, I'm freak ;) Love seeing all the creations with beads ABS jewelry designers come up with! :)

bairozan said...

Many happy returns of the day! I am a follower and found you while looking for inspiration online. Thanks for a smashing giveaway! I hope I got it right that I have to comment as many times as I do one of the above to become eligible, so I'll be back :)

bairozan said...

I bought my first art bead to participate in an ABS challenge and now I am hooked. And I already own a clasp by one of the sponsors. Best wishes!

Alice said...

A very Happy Birthday to ABS!
I don't remember when I stumbled on to this amazing place but I do know it changed how I look at beads. I had only used gemstones then but my eyes were opened to art beads. It was like the heavens opened up in song for me and my jewelry took on a whole new look. I want to thank all the past an present artists that share inspiration and tutorials and so much more just for us.

Thanks for hosting this party!

bairozan said...

I just did shout out about this generous giveaway on Facebook!

Kathy Lindemer said...

Happy birthday ABS! I have been participating in this wonderful challenge since December 2012. The challenge has been a huge help to me in a number of ways. One of the best outcomes for me has been learning to use and create a color palette. I always wait to see what Brandi comes up with before I firm up my design. I also use some software to create my own when I need help with colors. I have learned about some art works and artists. I have seen some gorgeous jewelry and learned new techniques. I have been exposed to some beautiful art beads and artists. Lucky me has even one a few of those beads along the way. You can see this challenge has had a huge impact on me. So glad you all sponsor this!

jesdeamer said...

I've been following ABS for a while. I love the inspiration photos!

Susan Marling said...

Happy Birthday ABS! I really have learned a lot about color and how it can tell a story. I always learn something from each piece of artwork and looking at how people interpret it. I look forward to it each month.

Susan Marling said...

I am a follower also.

Divya N said...

I am a year old follower, landed here from a pin that lead to your flickr pool to your blog. I have tweeted about this post and pinned it too. pin -http://www.pinterest.com/pin/167688786099663003/
tweet - https://twitter.com/JewelsofSayuri/status/446647837778931712

Admin said...

Hi there--I recently bought Lorelei Eurto's book about bohemian jewelry and discovered the world of jewelry-making and beading! Shortly thereafter I discovered this blog via a Google search. I love reading the posts and using the photos of jewelry posted as inspiration.

When I found this blog, I subscribed to it (so I now "follow" it). And I posted about and linked to this post on my Facebook timeline.

So I've met 3 of the 4 requirements!

Thanks for the inspiration!

Maneki said...

Happy Birthday, ABS!

I don't even remember when or how I found my way here, but ever since I've been an avid reader and following of this lovely blog filled with creativity, inspiration and gorgeous eye candy! It's also especially been an inspiration for me to create my own beads and components, even though I rarely have had the time/suplies to really dive into it (still on the experimental/exploaring stage, looking for the right material for me).

Pinned: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/109634572153458469/

Sarajo Wentling said...

Happy birthday! I started following ABS several years ago when I saw mention of one of the regular posts in a magazine I think. It was a trend column. Anyway, that was my gateway drug to finding other great blogs and artists! Thanks ABS!

Sarajo Wentling said...

I've been a follower for a while. Fingers crossed that I get lucky

Sarajo Wentling said...

I shared on Facebook too! Thanks for all the chances to win beady goodness!

Sarajo Wentling said...

And I just pinned Mary's lovely bead to my "beads I Want" board on Pintrest!

Manola Maria said...

Happy birthday Art Bead Scene! I'm already a follower. You are spoiling us with all these gifts. Thank you for being so generous.

Sherri Stokey said...

I'm an ABS follower!

Sherri Stokey said...

I pinned!!

Sherri Stokey said...

I can't tell you when I found ABS - it's been a while now. I am inspired every time I see someone step outside the box and use something in a way I wouldn't have thought of, or combine colors I wouldn't have put together. LOVE the inspiration.

Manola Maria said...

I just shared on my fb page.
https://www.facebook.com/maria.manola.758

Sherri Stokey said...

And, because I REALLY want to win (I love ALL these prizes!!), I also shared on FB :)

Manola Maria said...

I don't remember how or when I became Art Bead Scene's follower, but I'm certainly glad I did. Your posts are always very interesting, helpful and inspiring!

Divya N said...

Before ABS I didnt know what an art bead was and the closest I ever came to one was a clay bead or a lamp work bead. just by following your blog I have learnt so much and have had the opportunity to read about so many great artists. Wishing you many more birthdays Kudos !!

helensharvest said...

I think I stalked my friend Donna Millard and saw her post in your group on Facebook, so I joined. So glad I did, as you encourage me to stretch my limits..being old makes that not so comfortable.;)

helensharvest@msn.com

Wendy said...

Happy birthday! I've been following ABS for about a year or so, but I don't usually comment as I'm not in the same league as you artists and artisans who post and visit here.

Manola Maria said...

I pinned my favorite gifts here : http://www.pinterest.com/mariman1876/giveaways/

Saraccino said...

I am a follower for a long time now :) But not for seven years sadly...!

Saraccino said...

I also just randomly stumbled over ABS and what shall I say? I stayed :)

Penny Neville said...

Happy Birthday ABS!!! I think I found ABS through one of the contributors blogs and was so haopy that I had. I love the unique and different and that is exaxtly what art beads do for me. I have to admit that I hoard my art beads and keep them for special designs. I think that is a favorite pass time for me finding a new designer. Thank you for the last seven years it has been wonderful.

freshbakeddesigns said...

Happiest of Birthdays, Art Bead Scene! This blog in itself has been the best gift ever to this jewelry designer. I've been following for a few years now and love all the tutorials and inspiration. Thanks so much!

freshbakeddesigns said...

So very hard to choose, but I pinned Emma Kilroy's gorgeous lamp work beads.

freshbakeddesigns said...

A real pleasure to spread this great news about ABS.
Posted on my Facebook page just now.
Congrats to Heather and the team.

lindalandig said...

I've been following ABS for so long I can't remember when I started. I use art beads in nearly all my designs.

lindalandig said...

I shared this on my FB biz page.

lindalandig said...

I pinned this on Pinterest!

lindalandig said...

I already follow ABS and have for a long time! :)

Susanm said...

I'm a bit fuzzy on exactly when I started following ABS, but I've been an avid reader for several years. ABS introduced me to a whole new world of designers and artisan beads/components. I've participated in several monthly challenges and had the thrill of being selected "designer of the week" last year.

Happy Birthday - wishing ABS many more happy years of beadiness.

mcclelland@sympatico.ca

Nicole DeMore said...

Happy birthday ABS!
I've been a follower for a rather short period of time, but I follow fairly religiously. This blog is one of my favorites because there's always new beads to oogle.

Deb Fortin said...

I don't recall when i first found this blog but it has been at least a year. like you i was blog link jumping and discovered this wonderful site. Love the inspiration and though i have yet to succumb to the purchase of said art beads I still delight in looking at them
I pinned two of my faves to my pinterest site
Love your featured necklace btw I adore that mix of green and red.

Lorelei Eurto said...

I am a forever-follower of art bead scene!!

Lorelei Eurto said...

I have PINNED!

Lorelei Eurto said...

I blogged the giveaway!
http://lorelei1141.blogspot.com/2014/03/happy-birthday-art-bead-scene.html

Lorelei Eurto said...

I first discovered the Art Bead Scene when I was fairly new to the beading scene, 2007 I think? I entered and even WON one of their monthly jewelry challenges for a necklace design I submitted. I remember, I won the cutest little coffee inspired beads! It's always been my go-to blog for up to date news on new bead artists and designers. I contributed for awhile too and that was so much fun and very rewarding to be part of such a great group of creatives. I LOVE YOU ABS!!

Lorelei Eurto said...

I first discovered the Art Bead Scene when I was fairly new to the beading scene, 2007 I think? I entered and even WON one of their monthly jewelry challenges for a necklace design I submitted. I remember, I won the cutest little coffee inspired beads! It's always been my go-to blog for up to date news on new bead artists and designers. I contributed for awhile too and that was so much fun and very rewarding to be part of such a great group of creatives. I LOVE YOU ABS!!

said...

happy birthday!
I already followed you, I love ABS!
thank you so much, I love all those prizes, I hope to be lucky :)

joyblonde at libero.it

said...

I don't know how I found you, I think in one of blog I followed they spoke about you :)

joyblonde at libero.it

Monique (A Half-Baked Notion) said...

Hmmm, when did I discover ABS? Probably soon after I discovered the internet and joined Blogger (May 2012). As a matter of fact, I started my blog a few months later specifically to participate in a monthly challenge here. I bought my first camera to party with, too. Late bloomer. I would guess ABS has had a profound influence on my growth as an artist, and I love discovering art, beads and stories here. Thanks for the lovely way to celebrate your milestone, ladies :)

Monique (A Half-Baked Notion) said...

I am a follower!

Lynn said...

I can't recall when I first came across Art Bead Scene but I am certainly thankful I did. It's been several years now but ABS is the first site I go to when I check my computer in the morning. I have learned so much from all the wonderful artists who have been so great in sharing information. Happy Birthday, ABS!
Lynn Carling
lecarling@verizon.net

Chris White said...

Happy Birthday ABS!
I've been a follower for so long I can't remember how I got hooked, but that I did. I look forward to the blog posts and FB postings. There always seems to be inspiration found either in designs, or the written word from a group of talented artists.
Thank you all, and continued success to ABS.
Thanks too, for the wonderful give-a-ways! Fantastic!

Chris White said...

I pinned on Pinterest!

ReneeC said...

Hi! I've been a follower for a few years and love going to your page for insight and inspiration. Happy Birthday and here's to many more!

Kelly Ramstack said...

Happy Birthday! I'm a follower.

Klassy Joolz said...

I'm a forever follower....HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!

Klassy Joolz said...

I Pinned...

Klassy Joolz said...

I posted on FB...

Klassy Joolz said...

I started beading in 2007, but I don't remember when I found ABS or started participating in the ABS Challenges...but I love them! ABS is the best...Happy Birthday!

Liona (Blue Merlin Creations) said...

How did I come across Art Bead Scene? No idea! (Though I suspect I might have come across it in Beads and Beyond, my favourite bead magazine!) And I absolutely understand the addictive nature of handmade artbeads, Erin =D

Coffeefreek53 said...

I am a follower already. I love reading all the neat stuff from you talented ladies.

Gigi Harlan said...

I just started following about a month ago and I am about to enter my first challenge!

Gigi Harlan said...

I pinned one of the nature pendants from the Etsy site of Mary Harding.

Louise said...

Happy Birthday ABS: I am a follower, have been for 6-8 months. I'm not really sure how I found you. Perhaps several times during the past year. I am a fan on Heather Powers, I have her book: Nature Inspired Jewelry. I'm also a fan of Lorelei Eurto and Erin Prais-Hintz, have the book Bohemian Inspired Jewelry, as well as Lorelei's e-book about creating asymmetrical jewelery! I'll pin some prizes and come back later.

Ann Schroeder said...

I suspect I found Art Bead Scene through Lorelei Eurto. I fell in love with her jewelry, and then saw that she posted the artists who made the gorgeous beads. I visited every artist's site she mentioned because I never saw an art bead I didn't love! It really opened up a great world of making things based on art in addition to the beads themselves - a painting, a song, a book. Great fun. Happy Birthday, ABS! Thanks to all the editors for their work, and thanks for a great giveaway!

Ann Schroeder said...

I am a follower - although I keep changing how, email, RSS feed. I'm trying to organize my blog reading!

Ann Schroeder said...

I pinned Tari Sasser's lovely items. What a great picture!

thecolorofdreams said...

I've been a follower for a few years and get a lot of insight and inspiration from your posts. Happy Birthday and here's to many more!

Ann Schroeder said...

I blogged about this post... http://beadlove.wordpress.com/2014/03/20/happy-birthday-abs/

Carol Briody said...

Happy Birthday! Wow, has it been 7 years already?! I stumbled thru 'the rabbit hole' several years ago too..and now come to visit this blog almost everyday, including weekends! I love seeing what's new, what's happening, and to chat with the most excellent designers! Thank you! Let's do another 7, or more!
Carol

KayzKreationz said...

I am a follower of ABS and love it.
Kaythomerson(at)hotmail.com

KayzKreationz said...

Not sure when I started following it, but probably for a couple of years. I think I found it through a blog hop or another blog I follow and I love the challenges with beads from different designers and the one with the works of art to try to express in your design. I haven't gotten up the courage to try to enter one yet, but I always try to figure out a design from the art. It really inspires me.
kaythomerson(at)hotmail.com

KayzKreationz said...

Just tweeted about your post and giveaway.

https://mobile.twitter.com/kayzkreationz/status/446855412080320512?screen_name=kayzkreationz

kaythomerson(at)hotmail.com

KayzKreationz said...

Just pinned Heathers giveaway. I love her beads. Actually I love everyone's beads here on ABS. :)

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/68820700530333229/

kaythomerson(at)hotmail.com

Terri Del Signore said...

I am a follower through bloglovin so I always get the latest post!
Thank you for all you do and most important HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

Lupe Meter said...

I have been a follower for awhile now and always check out the wonderful free tutorials and challenges! Happy Birthday, ABS!!

Pepita said...

Happy birthday and congratulations for a great blog, I love to read all the post!
I'm am already a follower!
Alenka
pepita.handmade@yahoo.com

justbeadey said...

Wow, want an achievement, Happy Birthday. I found Art Bead Scene after buying a bracelet from Daisychain Designs who had made it for your May 2012 challenge. A few month's later I was entering the monthly challenges, my designs moved from fairly safe and standard to more quirky as I merged colours, shapes and materials in a very different way. Thank you ABS for your inspiration and ongoing advice.

sasha + max studio said...

Wow, seven years, happy birthday, and can I say it's been many happy posts to read from fabulous artists. I too found you in 2009, possibly via Lorelei's blog. You guys are a wonderful part of this world I call the beady community. Thanks so much for all the posts, with many more to come in this wonderful international community. Vicki x

Leah Curtis said...

Happy birthday, ABS!! Without a doubt one of my favourite blogs. I'm already a subscriber!

Leah Curtis said...

I'm fairly sure I found ABS through Lori Anderson. I read her blog front to back when I found it and did the same with ABS! It has definitely help me find (and become addicted to!) more art bead artists out there.

kerensky said...

I am a follower and love this blog - it is my creative treat with my coffee :-)

kerensky said...
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kerensky said...

Happy Birthday - ABS

Leah Curtis said...

I shouted about it on my FB page, too. :)

Lori Schneider said...

Congratulations on 7 wonderful years

they goodies are so wonderful i'd love to win them all
lori8448@hotmail.com

kerensky said...

I found ABS through Google search - what a lucky find.

Armored Mermaid said...

Happy Birthday! (: I've been a follower since the new year, and I love all the mixed media inspirations.
Oh, I also pinned one of the beads above to my pinterest page. (:

Jennifer Pellicone said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!
I have been a follower of Art Bead Scene for several years. It gives me challenges to meet every month which have spurred me on and allowed me to grow as a bead and jewelry designer.
Thanks for being here!
cspmom at gmail dot com

Nan Smith said...

I have been following for the last year. Discovered this wonderful blog through Lori's BSBP and rarely miss a post. The contributors are all wonderful and I've participated in a few of the monthly challenges too. Such great challenges and this site has introduced me to some amazing artists. Happy Birthday!!!!!

Shaiha said...

Happy Birthday! I have been a follower now for about three years and the monthly challenges are some of my favorites.

Shaiha said...

I shared on FB

https://www.facebook.com/sShaiha/posts/10203293688092473?stream_ref=10

Shaiha said...

I shared on PInInterest

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/40039884161511734/

Shaiha said...

I don't even recall just how I found ABS since it has been a few years ago. Entering the monthly challenges has really allowed me to stretch my wings as far as my designs go.

Skye said...

Happy b-Day, ABS!
I am indeed a follower :) I'm not sure just when I found you all here... a few years ago, anyhow :) I know I lurked for a bit before finally jumping in and joining a challenge or two )

NellieVA said...

Happy 7! After meeting Heather and Erin this means even more! Keep up the fun!!

nellieva@verizon.net

NellieVA said...

Happy 7! After meeting Erin and Heather this means more! Keep up the fun.
nellieva@verizon.net

Erin S said...

I don't even remember when I first discovered art bead scene. I've been following it for several years, and it has always been a wonderful source of inspiration. I've participated in a few of the challenges, and won some awesome swag from multiple talented artists. Keep it up--you guys ROCK!

Erin S said...

I'm a follower!

Mackin-Art said...

Happy Birthday!!!!
I'm already a follower and sometime participant.

Mackin-Art said...

I found the ABS back in 2010 and I try to actively participate as often as possible. It forces me to work differently than my typical work - beaded sculptures that can take 6 months plus to complete. Creating in a smaller format and much smaller time frame is a great boost to creativity.

Susan Lloyd said...

happy happy day! I already follow you!

Susan Lloyd said...

I pinned

Susan Lloyd said...

I shared on fb

Susan Lloyd said...

when I first discovered blogs of jewelry, I first found Lori Anderson's pretty Things. I then looked at the blogs she followed and found you so you were one of the first handful that I followed! love your designs!

Mackin-Art said...

Pinned!!!
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/191051209166932495/

Karin G said...

I think I discovered the Art Bead Scene about a year ago when I started blogging. Since then I've participated in almost every monthly challenge. These challenges have been wonderful inspirations to follow new paths, to gain confidence, discover so many talented artists. I could never thank ABS enough for all this!
Happy Birthday Art Bead Scene!

Karin G said...

Of course I'm a follower of Art Bead Scene!

Cory Tompkins said...

I first found ABS through a Facebook Group I joined. Around the same time I started to realize how much I loved lampwork beads and I wanted to see (and have) more specialty beads. I'm not sure the exact day or way I got here but I immediately fell in love with all the incredibly talented designers and their little handmade treasures. Since then I have bought, traded and coveted lots of artbeads. I have even started making my own little treasures!!! I am so excited about this, I am working with polymer clay and I can't keep my hands out of it. Every chance I get I am creating something in clay and I LOVE it! Thanks Art Bead Scene for all you do and for a chance to win some awesome prizes!

Cory Tompkins said...

Happy Birthday ABS! I have been a follower for a few years.

Despina said...

Happy birthday, I am a happy email subscriber and reader :-)
Thank you for the wonderful prizes and the ongoing inspiration <3

deb_oro@yahoo.gr

Despina said...

I shared the giveaway on FB as Despina Vnt:
https://www.facebook.com/despina.vnt/posts/10203661495037177?stream_ref=10
and on Pinterest as DESPINA VNT:
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/282600945342010094/

deb_oro@yahoo.gr

Despina said...

I pinned all the prizes, on this board:
http://www.pinterest.com/despinavnt/products-i-love/
:-)

deb_oro@yahoo.gr

Despina said...

I think I discovered the blog from one of the blogs of its contributors, and it must have been at least 2 years since I am following it :-)
Thank you all for the regular posts, the inspiration and the chance to get to know the work and personalities of the wonderful artisans featured in your posts.
Love to all
xx

deb_oro@yahoo.gr

Michelle Kidwell said...

Hi! I am a brand new follower and am absolutely love love loving what I see!

Paula Michalowski said...

I have been a follower for about 4 or 5 years now. I have gotten much enjoyment and inspiration from ABS in that time. Happy Birthday!

mouski7@yahoo.com

Paula Michalowski said...

I also pinned 3 gifts, #1, 3, and 6.
mouski7@yahoo.com

Paula Michalowski said...

And I posted to facebook too!

mouski7@yahoo.com

stregajewellry said...

Happy birthday ABS. I think I became a follower of this blog by reading YOUR blog, Erin. I want to join the giveaway bash. Art Bead Scene has inspired me to use art beads for my best projects, not necessarily the ones I sell or make for blog challenges, but the ones I give to family or friends, the ones that have meaning. One of these days, I'll be in a better spot and will be able to use more of them. It always makes me happier to use an art bead in a project.

stregajewellry said...

I pinned the giveaway to my Stregajewellry pinterest board Inspiring Jewelry (Stregajewellry@yahoo.com)

stregajewellry said...

I tweeted this giveaway! (Stregajewellry@yaoo.com.

stregajewellry said...

I shared this giveaway on both my Facebook pages (Strega Jewellry AND Lee Koopman) Any one of these would be awesome to win!

elisabeth said...

Happy Birthday - I pinned and already follow. I found ABS through the monthly challenges and fell in love with art beads!

laurie said...

Happy birthday! Read and follow off and on. Lee koopman posted and it reminded me to visit!

luluvision said...

Happy Birthday! I have become a follower and look forward to your inspiring posts!

patodat said...

I found ABS through an interest in Heather Power's Humblebeads blog. I loved the help and encouragement I ground here. I really liked meeting new artist through the blog. One of my favorites was Salvage Sparrow and I donated to a fund for her because of her horrific auto accident...it felt like family. Thank you all so to the contributors. I was even lucky enough to win a monthly challenge several years ago...so let's celebrate. Happy b-day ABS

patodat said...

I pinned my gift favorite and challenged my friends on my Clay Addict board to join in on the contest.

Kristi Jaro said...

I am a Follower!!

Kristi Jaro said...

I pinned my favorite prize!

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/189503096795084104/

Kristi Jaro said...

I do not remember how I found you, but I was a follower from the first day I landed on the blog!

Becky Pancake said...

I am a follower. I read this wonderful site everyday.

Becky Pancake said...

Happy Birthday. I posted on facebook about your birthday.

Becky Pancake said...

I tweeted about your Happy Birthday giveaway.

Becky Pancake said...

I pinned Emma Kilroy's beads but honestly I would be very happy with any of your giveaways. Thank you for this chance to win some great presents.

Colleen said...

I "discovered" this blog at Heather's fall retreat when you guys brought it up. I've been following along and have actually made a couple pieces inspired by the artwork. I really love art beads and love that this blog has introduced me to even more artists to buy yummy stuff from.

Debra Gibson said...

Happy Birthday ABS ! I have been a follower for a few years! I started following Heather of Humblebeads, and found ABS been addicted ever since. I pinned the pretty pendant by Mary Harding !!It was hard to choose!
starbeader1959@gmail.com

Pepita said...

I came accros the Art Bead Scene blog by chance, following some other blogs. From then I read each blog post, don't miss any of them.
the tutorials, featured artists and the posts themself are of great inspiration for me. Hope to have more time to participate in one of the ABS monthly challenges.
Alenka

Berina RGA said...

I'm a new follower here.. Happy that I have found this blog!!
-Berina
Moxie Craftie

Berina RGA said...

I just discovered this wonderful blog... it is a shame that I didnt know about this blog till now.. I have missed all these beauties... I'm sstill going through all the designers blogs... Will pin the one that Ilike the most and comment about it.. Each new design I see, I feel it is more beautiful...
-Berina
Moxie Craftie

Berina RGA said...

and yeah.. I forgot to mention that I have added the link in my blog sidebar.. thanks for the giveaway!!
-Berina
Moxie Craftie

Berina RGA said...

I couldnt pin just 1!!! I have created a whole new board!!! Still more pages to see!! Will be adding more to the board.. :)
http://www.pinterest.com/rgaberina/art-beads/
-Berina
Moxie Craftie

Kala said...

Thanks for the birthday giveaway bash. I'm already a follower.

Kala said...

I also shared on my twitter - https://twitter.com/MayBJustPerhaps

Kala said...

I pinned the earrings by Claire Lockwood because I love the color palette she used for them. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/2603712259206509/

Kala said...

Finally, I first discovered Art Bead Scene in 2012 and loved the monthly art piece as a creative inspiration because I'm an art history major!