Thursday, February 13, 2014

Help Support The Arts!

I encourage supporting the arts in any form possible because I believe that the arts are the core of innovation and expression for humanity. It contributes to expanding our economic potential and connecting our hearts, heads, and spirits. Art is what teaches us that there's more to life than existing, it's about finding and creating beauty in plain sight and in the unexpected. It's important. Vitally so!
Freeform Peyote Choose Your Own Adventure Reveal
My first attempt at freeform peyote beading for one of Karen's challenges.
It isn't great, but it did make me think!

I've said before that seed beading is what rejuvenates my creativity when I feel uninspired. Freeform peyote beading, in particular, is what helps me to push my boundaries and think outside the box. I've also talked about Karen Williams's kickstarter project before, for her newest and most ambitious book project called Explorations in Freeform Peyote Beading: Original Art Jewelry & Beyond. She's asking for our help and we've got less than 23 hours to pitch in.


Karen's video introduction about her Kickstarter campaign for her book.

Even if you're not a beader, or a jewelry artist you don't have to help by pledging, but please do help by forwarding this information to any jewelry artists or beaders that you do know! We're so close to meeting the goal. I know that I, for one, have made my pledge and am anxiously hoping to get this book in my hands as soon as possible.

For more information, head over to Karen's Freeform Peyote Beading Kickstarter project, or you can also read more on her blog!

Thanks for stopping by!

UPDATE: She reached her funding goal!!! Thank you so much to everyone that helped! This book is going to be a truly valuable resource, not only for anyone that wants to learn more about freeform peyote beading, but as a new primer in creating texture and form in jewelry making!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Let's Try This Again, Shall We?

First, a congratulations to Tina Wilson for winning a bead yesterday! Of course, I packed it to ship before I got around to photographing it, but it's on it's way. Yay!

Two people did not respond, which means we'll try to find two more today. If this doesn't work, then we'll try something new and different tomorrow!

Today's random numbers are:

Random Numbers - Winners Batch 3

And on my list that corresponds to:

1) Sue Rodgers Studenski

2) Karen Jones

Please don't make me cry, ladies! :)

And for everyone else out there anxiously watching. Let's be honest that chances are good that you'll have another shot tomorrow! :) Thank YOU for keeping an eye out and keeping me company on the internet! I do appreciate it very much! Hopefully I'll have some new beads for you to look at in the next day or two!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

And The 3 NEW Winners Are

Am I wrong to be disappointed that three of the four winners, two of whom were new fans, and one of who specifically wrote to me to make sure she joined in time for the contest, didn't check to see if they won? That makes me seriously sad!

The good news is that now there's a chance for three new people to win! It's the benefit for continuing to check in, which I truly and genuinely appreciate. Thank you!!! So, here are the new numbers:

Random Numbers - Winners Batch 2
On my list that corresponded to:

1) Tina Wilson

2) Did Not Respond

3) Did Not Respond

Super Hooray! You all have until 11AM CST Wednesday, February 12, 2014 (tomorrow!) to message me or write to me on my facebook page with your bead choice (and address). It will work like this: Jen, yesterday's only winner to respond, gets her first choice bead, which was this one :)

To The Victors Go The Spoils To The Victors Go The Spoils
Tina gets whatever giveaway bead she wants as long as it's not that one. Winner 2 gets whatever bead she wants after that, and then Winner 3. If I do not hear back from someone by 11AM tomorrow, then I'll randomly choose someone new and update both this blog page and announce it on my Facebook page. If I've forgotten something important, which I likely have, I reserve the right to add caveats, wishes, dirty poems etc.

Don't know what all this is about? Read this post!


Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, February 10, 2014

And The Winners Are ...

What? You thought I'd put the names first? That's so silly. :) I haven't even had my coffee yet. Thus, I reserve the right to make you wait until we discuss 

The Small Print 

So, first off, this is all in fun. I'm trying to get more people to follow my page, and spread the word about my work so I can maintain my access to shelter, running water, and food etc. If you don't win something today I'm genuinely sorry. I have felt the disappointment of not winning. But, keep track of the page because you never know when the next giveaway will be!

Second, Facebook's privacy rules have made it impossible for me to access a master list of people who like my page. So, I had to compile one manually. I know who you are if 1) you are Facebook friend of mine that has liked my page, or 2) you are someone that has liked my page in the last month, or 3) you are someone that has ever commented upon or liked a post or picture that I've posted on my page. If you do not fit one of those three categories Facebook assumes you don't want me or anyone else to know you're a fan and does not give me a way of knowing who you are. If you DO want to get page updates more frequently, first make sure that you've added Autochthonous Evolved's Facebook Page to one of your interest lists:

Add Page To Interest Lists

Hover over "Liked" and wait for a menu to appear.

Add Page To Interest Lists - Choose A Lists

Then choose the interest list you'd like the page to join. If you have never created an interest list, then choose "+ New List" and create one. You may need to repeat the process to then add the page to the list. I honestly don't remember.

Obviously or not, the absolute best way to get page updates is to interact. Tell me what you love, what you'd like to see more of - different colors, different sizes - more sets, more buttons, more headpins, more jewelry. Help me help you. Ultimately this contest is an investment in information. The more information I get, the more contests I can hold. That makes sense, right?

Alrighty then! The names. Since I had no way of knowing who became a fan of the page at what time, I just made the list alphabetical by first name. I was able to gather 87 names that fit in one of the three categories above, 132 being lost in Facebook's privacy rules. I used Random.org to create a list of 4 random numbers between 1 and 87.

Random Numbers - Winners

On my list that corresponded to:

1) Did Not Respond

2) Jen Geiger

3) Did Not Respond

4) Did Not Respond
Check this new post to see if you're of of the new winners.


Hooray! You all have until 11AM CST Tuesday, February 11, 2014 (tomorrow!) to message me or write to me on my facebook page with your bead choice and address. It will work like this: (winner 1) gets whatever giveaway bead she wants. Jen gets whatever bead she wants after that, etc. So, (winner 4), you'll potentially need three back-up choices in case the other three have your taste in beads. If I do not hear back from someone by 11AM tomorrow, then I'll randomly choose someone new and update both this blog page and announce it on my Facebook page. If I've forgotten something important, which I likely have, I reserve the right to add caveats, exemptions, limericks etc.

Thank you, again, everyone that has been following or joined my Facebook fan page! Keep watching!


Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

FOCAL BEAD GIVEAWAY!

Let's just turn this bad boy up to 11. Agreed?

I'm almost at 200 likes for my Facebook page, and while I know that many of you are already fans, if you know someone that might be interested in my rants, tips, and eye candy, then point them in the direction of Facebook and everyone that is a fan of my Facebook page by midnight of the day I reach 200 likes will be in the running for one of FOUR of the lampwork beads I have posted as GOOD BEADS NEED GOOD HOMES! on my Facebook fan page right now. So, four of you will each get randomly chosen to select one of the (remaining) beads. Don't make jewelry? I'll even turn it into a simple necklace for you!

GOOD BEADS NEED HOMES!
1.25" straight sided lentils. Each of these really only has one pretty side, but are otherwise grade A-1 perfect lampwork beads.
GOOD BEADS NEED HOMES!
These beads are in the neighborhood of 2" long. Again, perfect quality beads other than I don't want to look at them anymore.
GOOD BEADS NEED HOMES!
Simple, but would be kind of cute as a muted St. Patricks's Day bead!

Of course, that also means that, if you really want one of these beads, then you should let me know now-ish! :)

One more thing. I'd like to do something special for the person who recruits me the most new people. So, let's say, if I get ten or more comments on my Facebook page from new fans that say you sent them (within 24 hours or so) ... how about I give you the choice of any one bead in my Etsy store.

Sound good?

Noooooow GO!

Thanks for stopping by!


UPDATE: We've found this batch of winners, but you'll never know when we need a new batch of winners, so stay tuned and keep sending people our way! The more support we get the more we can give away!!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

New Lampwork Beads on Etsy!

I had a relatively quiet day yesterday, so I took advantage of the opportunity to post some of my accumulating new work on Etsy! Just click on an image to go to the listing. Enjoy!

I call these three beads my Grunge Valentine collection. They have a tubular base bead made with layered shades of color. I then built a 3D heart on the bottom of each, then embellished the beads with dots, swirls and squiggles. They are meant to represent the idea that love is not always simple; sometimes it's chaotic and messy, but it's still love.






These two are continuations of a series of beads I've been working on for about a year. This is one of my most popular styles at art shows, so I haven't had enough to put online until now. The main flowers are handmade murrini on a blue sky background. I added the stems and grass with very fine stringers of the very rare Green Dalai fron Trautman Art Glass, which I use because of the complex combination of green and blue that it creates. The little embellishments I add change from bead to bead, but small wild flowers and ladybugs are common, like here.



Eggs! These are always fun around Spring and Easter! Of course I had to go festive and bright with the decorations.



And finally a couple large straight sided lentil beads. Straight sided lentils are different from traditional lentil shaped beads because they have a flat edge rather than a thin ridge.




I have eight more lentils to post, hopefully today, so keep your eyes peeled! I also have five beads in a new organic style that I've been developing for a client of mine. They are very feminine, layered, and sparkly!

In other news, the new Art Bead Scene challenge is up and this month's inspiration art is pretty great, so I'm thinking of giving it a go. How about you?!

Thanks for stopping by!