Sunday, October 12, 2014

Yummy Beads Giveaway!

Hi, all!  I have a very good friend who I chatter with almost daily, a former Bead Maven like myself, Twyla Harbick of Lady Abeada Designs .  Over the course of our friendship, we've discovered we are very much alike!  I swear we're separated at birth or something, hah!

In a talk the other day, we discovered that we both suffer from the same ailment from time to time:  Lack of Motivation.  Not lack of inspiration- we both have many designs floating around in our little heads!  We suffer the dreaded lack of get up and go.

Take me for instance:  I haven't worked my "day job" since June, yet I've published a scant few tutorials in this time frame.  I have several illustrated!!!  I just have to write the words!  It's kind of ridiculous, no?  There are times when I just feel like burying my head in a book instead of getting the work done.  We both sometimes find it hard to self-regulate since we both work from home.  Setting work hours and sticking to them are sooo hard!  I have so many unfinished beady projects, half started tutorials, sketched projects that just haven't been made yet, promised articles or blurbs, etc.  I have a basket full of already beaded goodies that just need to be written up!  I'm also really lacking in the "gaining blog followers" department.  You know where I'm not lacking?  Having great beady friends.

I'm taking the advice of my friend, Nancy Dale of NEDBeads and holding my first ever giveaway!  I'm lucky to have such nice friends who can share their advice with me.  This will cure two ailments:  I'll gain a few followers to my blog, and I'll hear some much needed advice on sticking to time frames, making good use of time, etc. Heck, if you want to share some marketing advice, I'm up for that, too!

So here's where my giveaway comes into play!  Bear with me; I have to show you something first.  I've had my eye on these wonderful, rustic, imperfect, slightly misshapen, large hole, nubbly, sand-cast, African trade, recycled glass beads for a while.  That's a lot of adjectives!  :)  I finally bought some this weekend at my local bead shop (Danish Princess Beads and Jewelry, LLC in Milton, FL).  She only has 3 strands left, ladies!  They came from a trunk show she hosted a while back.  Anywho, here they are:


Aren't they fab?!?  I'm a huge fan of the rustic look and imperfections don't bother me one bit!  So I had a thought:  Pair a precious few of these with other favorite rustic beads in my collection and host a giveaway!  How does this relieve our lack of motivation?  Well, here's how:

I'd like to hear how you deal with lack of motivation.  How do you create "office hours" when you work from home and how do you stick with them?  How do you motivate yourself to stay on task and to complete projects?  For this giveaway, I'd like for you to comment below and tell me your secrets.  Suggestions are welcomed!  I need to make better use of my precious time.  You may even help other readers!  So here's the deal (or rules):

1) I'd love it if you'd follow my blog.  I have an RSS feed link, or you can follow via email in the box to the upper right of the screen (I don't receive an email list- it's secure through a 3rd party).  You can also follow the old fashioned way- through Blogger's "follow" link up top that appears if you're logged into Blogger.  I post at least once per month when I can, and I sometimes have free tutorials to share.

2) Feel free to share this via social media like Facebook so your friends can enter.  It's not required, but it's appreciated if you do.

3) For everyone who comments on this blog post with your time management/motivation advice, I will enter your comment number (not including replies of course) into a random number generator.  That randomly generated number will win a small parcel of beads from me!  The comments should be here on my blog, not on facebook (though I'm happy to receive advice anywhere, they only count for this giveaway here on my blog.)

4) You have from now (9 pm, CST Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014) until 9 pm CST on Friday, October 17, 2014 to comment on this blog and have your number entered into the giveaway.  I will generate the random number (via random.org) after 9 pm CST on Friday the 17th and I will post the winner in a blog post here and in an announcement on my Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Artisan.Originals .

EDIT:  Some of my readers are having trouble replying to this post.  They've written long replies only to have them disappear.  I'm so sorry- it's got to be something with Blogger.  If this has happened to you, please post your reply on my facebook post announcing this giveaway (or on my page, either way) and I will insert a placeholder reply for you here.  I'm not sure what's going on, but this makes me sad.  Giveaways are supposed to be fun!  I want to be fair to everyone.

OK, now for the good stuff!  What will one lucky respondent win?




Ta~da!  Some of my zealously and jealously guarded hoard of beads.  You will receive everything in the above photo:  I'm including 6 each of the pale blue and darker blue African trade beads, 4 copper roundel beads (I use them as little buttons for clasps), 20 dark wooden roundel beads, various wooden beads (I love wooden beads), a few cabochons of unknown stones (I think one is serpentine and the other two are dyed), a really cool carved bead (I think Mookaite but I'm not sure), 2 beautiful, matched, black lip, oyster shell daggers, 1 gorgeous, stamped, handmade porcelain cabochon (the sandy looking one), 4 opal glass, picasso finished roundels, a small amount of genuine turquoise chips and a small amount of light green glass chips.

Be on the lookout for my winner announcement because I will need to contact the winner for postal information.

This is my first giveaway, so I hope I didn't leave out anything important in the rules.  If so, let me know and I'll correct things.

So, let the advice begin!  I appreciate your help!  ~Val

26 comments:

  1. WOoohoooo!! Gorgeous beadies! And, I have the same issues as you do - it's really hard to keep to a schedule - I sometimes bribe myself with things. If I work for two hours straight, I can have/do xxxx... and then sometimes I just grit my teeth and force myself, but that one doesn't always work so well. ;) My 'office hours' aren't actually that hard to stick to, as long as I make myself START - I am a morning beader, so as long as I put off the house chores and get right into it, I usually get to where I'm going. Maybe pick your favorite time of day that makes you feel creative, and make sure to include that in the office hours? :) Off to share!!

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    1. Thanks so much for your advice and for sharing! I appreciate it! :)

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  2. Beautiful beads! I also work on a reward system. Do the laundry--then bead. Clean the kitchen--then bead. Spend time away from FB--then bead. I work best in the afternoon; after my nap and before my youngest is home from school. I also keep a notebook of ideas handy so I can pick something to work on and not just sit staring at beads.

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    1. Maybe I should try that instead of having marathon sessions of work. Thank you!

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  3. Beautiful bead stash selection. I subscribed....not sure how I missed your blog and shared the stash on Facebook.... Now to the really interesting stuff. How do I stay motivated? 1. I make myself participate in one Round Robin a month. It keeps my calendar set and keeps me focused on priorities. I bead in a Art Doll group and our ladies change at the start of each round robin. The next one will get groans but it keeps me focused and darn do I come up with some great ideas to boot. 2. I get up one hour before the household, either 4:00 am or 5:00. Walk the dogs, make the coffee......then Shizam.....I start working. When the household leaves I am already in the " groove". Just a few thoughts on that. I am sure you'll get lots of ideas and quite a few subscribers. Give me a shout-out at " Catherines-musings.blogspot.com. I'll do the same for you.

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    1. Thank you so much for your reply, for the share and for the blog post! I really appreciate it!

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  4. I'm a list maker! I start by writting all the things I would like to acheve each day and I get a reward if I tick all my boxes (normally cake or chocolate). But the best thing to motavate me is to turn the computer off, I spend way too much time looking at pretty things!

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    1. Ooh, I like lists! Writing things down clears space in my head, hah! :) Thank you!

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  5. Hi Valorie! Thanks for the giveaway of the wonderful beads! I don't really follow a schedule - my creative self doesn't allow it ;) I stay motivated by having my beads available right under my nose. You see I bead in my kitchen - my house is too small to have a bead studio. I love to create and having the beads right there ready to be used keeps me motivated. I love to experiment with no particular design in mind - I just like to see what I can come up with. Most of the time it's a good design idea. I generally start my day by checking my shops, emails and Facebook. If I'm working on a tutorial then I spend a few hours writing or making illustrations or photos for the tutorial. I can not spend hours and hours working on tutorials - so I tutorial a little and bead a little. Like you I am not fond of 'the writing the words' part of the tutorials. I often say what each step involves out load like I'm talking to someone and that helps get the words to paper. I have had to allow my creative self to be as she is - a messy beader who is allowed to experiment and have fun with beads. I do not think of my beading as a job - that takes the fun out of it for me. I keep it free flowing. I'm lucky since I don't have to fit myself into anyone else's schedule.
    Actually I have never been good with following a schedule - so I don't force myself to follow one. It just doesn't work for me. Thanks again for hosting the giveaway! Deb

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    1. Thanks so much! I usually either set my day to bead or to write. Maybe mixing it up is a good way to go!

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  6. Hi, all! Somehow, several people have written long replies only to have them lost in the netherworld that is the internet. I'm not quite sure why Blogger isn't allowing some people to post, but these ladies have replied by other means, through facebook or email.

    I think it's only fair to give them a chance in this giveaway, so I'm creating placeholder replies for them. They tried, and I feel responsible for this glitch.

    Fear not! Whoever replies (or tries and fails) will receive a little something from me in the way of compensation for the irritation after the drawing and the winner is chosen. :)

    This reply is a placeholder reply for Deb Calderon, who tried 3 times to respond to this blog.

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  7. This reply is a placeholder reply for Dianne Blondeandblue (lol sorry, I don't know your last name dear), who tried several times to reply to this blog.

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    1. Here's Dianne's reply, copy/pasted from facebook. "I just want to let people know, that this IS my full time job. I get up in the morning or afternoon, depending on what time I finish at night, and I get something to drink, check mail, and begin again. There have been so many days, where I have lost my MoJo. So, on those days, I go look at some of the newer patters by Val, or a few others, and this gets me excited about starting something new. I have CHF(congestive heart failure, as well as arthritis the Phoratic kind(spelling). My days can be painful, and since I take cancer drugs for it, some days can be really depressing. It is so nice to know, that not matter what time I come online, there is someone there to talk too, share ideas with, or just get some ideas from. I am not just saying this because it is Val's contest, but she has helped me to come back out of my shell several times. I as a matter of fact, am just getting over a blank time, and I have a show in mid November, so I need to get a moving. Just remember.. You are never alone! There are always ideas in your head and heart! When your Mojo gets up and goes? Go to a happy place to find it. When you are working at home, and need a push... find me online..if I am here, I will give you one swift kick... ummmmmmm where the sun dont shine?????????? Love you all "

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  8. This reply is a placeholder reply for Lois Buhalis, who tried several times to reply to this blog.

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  9. This reply is a placeholder reply for Bonnie Smith-Nichols, who tried several times to reply to this blog.

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  10. This is a placeholder reply for Nan Smith, who responded on my facebook page after Blogger lost her message, "Blogger doesn't like me either, val. Won't let me leave a comment. As far as setting office hours and time management goes it is a work in progress for me. i retired a year ago and have been designing and making jewelry fulltime since January. Although I usually work 5 days a week it varies on which day and what time I do the work. I'm not at my best in the mornings so I mostly spend that time on the internet, reading blogs and finding inspiration. (pinterest, Etsy, etc). After lunch I usually start working and work right through until a late dinner at 9p.m. Often I'm back at work for a couple more hours after that. Not a traditional work day but it works for me. I usually manage a couple of days a week for household chores, visiting, etc. but some weeks when the muse is present I'll work 7 days straight. You have to listen to your inspiration and take it when it appears! I know these hours might not suit everyone but it's one advantage of working at home and being your own boss."

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    1. I used to work nights for my job, and on my nights off I would bead while watching Netflix. I find that I'm most creative overnight, but now that I'm on a day schedule my creativity level is lower. I can't stay up late now. Maybe that has something to do with my mental block!

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  11. Well, I try to bead when I can (since I have a full time job), but I prefer morning hours to do so, when my eyesight is more fresh. These little bitty things (size 15s especially!) are hard for me to see at times! I try to stay on track, but that doesn't always work either. I am a procrastinator, so I make myself a TO-DO list and I try my best to stick to it. Sometimes (quite often actually!) I get distracted... I'm easily distracted... hey look, BEADS!!! :D Ok, this is my entry, since you twisted my arm to do it! LOL

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    1. Oh, me too! I go to start a project and see a bead I like and all of a sudden the first project is abandoned for a new one using the cute beads. I think lists are definitely in my future!

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  12. Hey Valorie, to get motivated I pick out several books or magazines and feast on them until a color or design or something screams at me to do it..usually doesn't take very long! I love looking at the patterns I have bought from you also and finally got all of the beads to do my favorite one!

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    1. Oh yes, inspiration helps. :) Thanks so much!

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  13. I work full-time from home (not on beading, unfortunately) - I have lots of routines, but mostly I just get up, shower, and go straight to my desk first thing. I check email and scan Facebook and then I get to work and I pretty much stick to it all day, with short breaks to cruise the garden or look at the butterflies. My reward is beading at night. As soon as I'm done with chores and dinner I start beading. Some days I don't get far, but I always try to put in at least 100 beads a day.

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    1. I've worked from home the last 4 years and it's so hard to remain on task! I swear, I've tried everything from binaural music with headphones on to listening to audiobooks (which works pretty OK), but I always got distracted. I'm about to resume an office job (joy...) so I'll likely be doing the same thing- rewarding myself with beads at night after work.

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  14. Just wrote a tremendous post and it disappeared :( I find that having no distractions is my best motivation. I get up before anyone in the morning and have my coffee and do computer work and then work on my projects. I tend to work on more than one at a time and sometimes it works out and sometimes it just creates more chaos. When that happens, I step back, reorganize and work on some instant gratification pieces and get back in the swing of things. I am so behind on my blog http://deborahapodacadesigns.blogspot.com/ and webpage, but this weekend I am hoping to get back organized. The main thing for me is NO HUSBAND, NO CHILDREN, NO PETS when I work. If I have no-one to wait on I get tons done. Interruptions break into my concentration and I get nowhere. Good luck and hopefully someone can give you some great ideas. Love your blog and have already put you on my list :) Deborah

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    1. Oh, I'm sorry your post was lost! I dunno what's up with all the reply problems lately.

      Ah, the no pets thing is impossible here. I always have to have the kids come get a kitten that's trying to get into my soldering setup or messing with my beads. We have 7 cats and 2 dogs, and my studio has no doors. :)

      I have lots of distractions, so focusing is very hard. I think my biggest distraction is Facebook. Thanks for your reply!

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  15. Thanks so much, all! This giveaway is closed and a winner chosen. Congratulations, Renetha!

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