Monday, June 21, 2010

A Winner & Today's Bead!

CONGRATULATIONS LISA MARTIN of Lisa Martin Jewelry Designs! You are the winner of my beading book, A Bead in Time!

Thank you all so much for participating in this book giveaway!! The novelty of doing these has not worn off yet, so stay tuned for the next one in July! :)

I thought it would be fun to share another bead from one of the book projects close to my heart. During a trip to Nassau my husband really wanted to go on the Dolphin Encounter excursion.

In his mind he was thinking fun and adventure...my mind was a little hung up on fear of giant, swimming mammals!

As you have probably guessed, I went and am so glad I did! I would recommend it wholeheartedly! It was a top notch program and I will never forget it. The dolphins were not in captivity, but were very well trained.

Part of the encounter was having the dolphin jump out of the water and "land" on your shoulder so you could give it a hug. (I am not joking!) I have a picture of me in the book hugging the dolphin as the inspiration photo for this jewelry.

It was amazing!

I searched high and low for a "dolphin" bead and was sad that I couldn't find anything online or in person that could be used to represent the dolphin without being sort of juvenile looking.

While I was sitting in the dentist chair having a root canal (seriously), I was trying to meditate or block out the fact that I was having a root canal and the next thing you know I was having an inspiration! Who knew!

The thought occurred to me that I might find the bead I needed at a bead store about 40 minutes away that I hadn't visited for a while. I went that day and here is what I found...

The perfect dolphin bead! I made a necklace and a ring using these beads and LOVE that it reminds me of the trip to Naussau's Dolphin Encounter! In this picture they remind me of happy dolphins jumping out of the water together. :)

3 comments:

Lisa said...

Awesome! Thank you Lisa!!! I am so excited to win your book! What a boost to my spirits, I am really looking forward to reading it. I cherish books too. :) Thanks again for the giveaway and the chance to win! Yea!!

Cathryn said...

Did you also sign up for the huge bead giveaway? Check out my blog for details!

Congratulations to the winner of the book!

I love the inspiration!

Azure Islands Designs said...

Congratulations to Lisa...I know she will have countless hours of enjoyment/inspiration with your book!!!

Cheers