Wednesday, May 12, 2010

A Leap in the Dark....The ABS Carnival Blog

all growth is a leap in the dark...
Henry Miller

I leaped on board with the Art Bead Scene when it first began in 2007. It was a leap in the dark for all of us - where would it lead us? Would it be successful? Would others read ABS? We didn't know but we were passionate about inspiring others to design with art beads and the handmade movement and we believed we could attract an audience.

ABS has grown and developed over the past three years and I along with it. I was interested in how our reader-bloggers have grown and I asked them to share their thoughts on "growth" for this month's Carnival blog.

Mary Jo shares how the concept of growth is inspiring her. She shares some lovely pieces she's created including the earrings below:

Jeannie Dukics wants to take a break from production work so she can develop and grow her skill in other media. She shares the lovely God and Goddess Art Beads (below) she's most proud of and wants to follow the path they've laid out for her.

Erin leaps at the opportunity to grow when she's offered an opportunity to create a special piece for a local charity. The result is her "Grow Through Change Necklace" shown below.

Mary Lou reflects on her development as a beader and takes us through her "birth" on through her "adolescence." Each stage of development is marked by a particular beaded jewelry piece. I think many of us will relate to Mary Lou's observations.

Stephanie takes us through a journey she and Chris have taken in developing their craft.

Some of us go willingly and others are prodded into growth - Thanks to Dudley the cat, Our Island Girl was forced to expand her beadmaking repertoire.

Our clever beadmaker/jewelry designer, Janel was inspired to make a new style of bead - a sprout! How cute is that? (See below.)

Hope you've enjoyed this month's Carnival Blog! If you'd like to join us, we're always happy to welcome another dedicated Art Bead Scene reader to our Carnival Blogger Group! Interested in joining? Please send an email to Cindy saying you'd like to join.

Until next month...the Carnival Bloggers bid you adieu!
(written by Cindy Gimbrone the Carnival Bloggers' fearless leader.)


Alice said...

Thanks so much for the carnival blog tour! The blog posts were full of inspiration, and it's so nice to know that others may be feeling the same tugs, twists and turns in their bliss as us readers.

Jeannie said...

I second that Alice!

Thanks to our fearless leader Cindy who makes this blog tour possible.

TesoriTrovati said...

What happened to the title of Queen of the Carnival, Cindy? I think you deserve a beaded tiara or at least a sceptre ;-)
Thanks for this. I really needed to read all these great articles. Looking forward to June. Enjoy the day! Erin

Cindy Gimbrone said...

LOL, Erin! A Queen can be known by many names (giggle).

Thanks to all our ABS Carnival Bloggers for a great tour this month!


CreekHiker / HollysFolly said...

Awesome tour!!!

Anonymous said...

Having fun with the Carnival! Thank you so much for the feature and especially the inspiration to create "Sprouts"!!

Melissa J. Lee said...

Congratulations to Art Bead Scene for three wonderful years of bead inspiration. It's my three year beading and metal clay anniversary as well, this month - not surprising, since it was the ABS Challenges that first inspired me to try my hand at my own original designs. I will always be grateful! Best wishes to all of the editors, past and present!

Unknown said...

This was a wonderful read and so full of beautiful creations!
It is fascinating to hear what growth means to each of you.

Tammy said...

Love those new beads, but really, everything is cool. thanks for putting all the new stuff together in one post.