For the past few years I haven't subscribed to jewelry or bead magazines. The contents of magazines were completely uninspiring and just regurgitated designs. The last magazine I looked through was the January 2009 issue of Bead Trends because it had some of my designs in it, which I knew would be the last for a while. I say this because I reached a point in my jewelry design career where publishers were contacting ME directly and asking for pieces for publication. I became overwhelmed with the requests and it was a pain writing up the instructions and forms required for each piece. So I started turning down requests.
The day before Christmas Eve we ventured out to the Cheesecake Factory for dinner, which happens to be across the street from Barnes & Noble. After dinner, we decided to pop in for a browse.
What an unexpected surprise and confirmation of my design style when I was browsing through the magazine stand and my eyes stopped on this cover.
I immediately thought "who do they think is the best" to include in this Special Collector's Edition?? So I picked it up and started flipping through it. What a delight to see one of my designs, originally published in 2007, featured in the magazine!!! "Outstanding!!!" I thought. One of my older focal designs is still considered one of the best. With a huge grin on my face, I closed the magazine and put it back on the shelf and set off to find my husband in the Science Fiction area of the store. Innovative Inspiration Confirmed.