As much as I enjoy making jewelry, I like seeing what others are doing. There are so many amazing artisans and designers out there and fortunately for amateurs like me, lots of them have blogs. Over the last couple of years, I’ve noticed a growing trend towards blog hops – a beading challenge organized around a theme/concept, but limited to a pre-determined number of people. On the “reveal” date, participants post their creations on their blogs. I love bead blog hops because they give me chance to view a large number of projects, from the comfort of my sofa. It is a kind of virtual gallery.
From time to time, I have thought about participating in a bead blog hop. The biggest obstacle has been that until recently, I didn’t have a blog. Very often, I don’t find out about an interesting one until after the deadline. I’ve also been a bit reluctant to sign up for a bead blog hop, since there is always a specific deadline and I’m afraid I won’t be able to meet it. Not to mention that many of the participants are professional designers who sell their work. Just adds to the intimidation factor.
Given that my credo for this year is “do more, procrastinate less” (hence, the blog itself), I decided to bite the bullet and sign-up for the Challenge of Travel blog hop being organized by Erin Prais-Hintz. She is a talented designer who also makes her own beads (talk about intimidating).
Participants were asked to select a country from one of the five regions represented in the Olympics – Europe, Africa, Asia, the Americas and Oceania. The only rule was that you couldn’t sign up for your country of origin. I selected New Zealand, because while I’ve never been, everyone I know who has visited it, has raved about their travels. A number of other participants also selected New Zealand, so it will be interesting to see the different interpretations through jewelry.
Deadline for the bead blog hop is September 1, 2012. I am still working on my design. I know I want to include natural elements and reflect the scenery, which I gather is spectacular. Just based on the photos below, I want to hop on a plane tomorrow and explore the country for myself.
Please check out Erin’s blog, Treasures Found, for more information on the blog hop (I am working on figuring out on how to add a button to my blog). Be sure to mark your calendars to take a virtual trip around the world on September 1.