This is my first publication ever!! One of those things that wasn't planned, but kind of developed. In January we visited friends in Florida, and, of course, I took a selection of jewelry. My friend, Judy, picked out a similar necklace with a larger turtle, but left the necklace in the group for others to see. Her friend, Lois, also liked the turtle, so I said I would make another one, resulting in "Maui Hona". While I was taking photos for the Bead Trends submission, I thought I would send in a few of the turtle necklace, too. To everyone's amazement and excitement, that was the one they wanted! So Lois had to wait until August to receive her necklace, but she will have a very special piece.
But wait, there's something else you need to know - that I never would've submitted anything if it hadn't been for the encouragement and help from Erin Prais-Hintz! I live about 25 miles from Erin, so we were both in the same event to raise money for a women's charity last October. Just before it opened, I was swooning and admiring Erin's jewelry and then headed back to my own display. Guess who was there!! So we got acquainted and Erin asked me if I had ever been published. A normal question, but I had never considered it. So that's how it all started, and I really appreciate that Erin was so gracious and motivating. Thanks, Erin!
Wellll, disappointing situation, Tatia sent me the pages but the file is "unreadable"! Their photography is surely awesome, though! It's on the Vintaj Facebook page. So sorry, will make it up to you with other photos, but I'm "up north" right now.