Thursday, March 14, 2013

March 2013 Team Challenge Winner!

Congratulations to RNEST's Team Challenge winner for 
March's "Tropical Paradise" theme...

SunshyneSilverwear with her Butterfly Leather Cuff 

Thanks to all the artists who participated 
and to everyone who voted!

Be sure to check back on April 4th for our next Monthly Team Challenge!
(April's theme will be "Pantone Color Of The Year: Emerald".)

Monday, March 11, 2013

March First Friday Freebie Winner

Congratulations to #2, Francesca DeCaire, for winning the March First Friday Freebie from Kelley Allen Beads!!

Thanks to everyone who participated!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

March Team Challenge: "Tropical Paradise"

Welcome to RNEST's March Team Challenge! 
The theme for this month was 
"Tropical Paradise" 

Around here, March is usually the month when the snow isn't quite melted yet, and we really start to yearn for warmer temperatures and sunshine.  Hopefully these tropical-themed items will make us all feel a little warmer and remind us that spring is right around the corner!

Earlier this month, we asked our RNEST members to get creative and make items representing an interpretation of "Everyday Heroes"...and now YOU, our loyal blog readers, get to pick the winner!  Here's the list of our contestants!

Aqua Charm Bracelet by Adorabilities

Butterfly Leather Cuff by SunshyneSilverwear

Parrot Nubbin by KiraArts

Cast your vote for your favorite on the poll in the upper, right corner of the blog! 
(Deadline to vote is by midnight on Wednesday, March 13th)

The artist whose item receives the most votes gets their Etsy Mini on the top spot on the blog!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Treasury Tuesday: Feeling Blue?

Winter blues got you down?  Sick of cold and snow? Check out this cool blue treasury which features one of our new members MyBabyParty.  The colors make me think of the ocean (or at least an Adirondack lake!)  

Feeling Blue? featuring MyBabyParty

Be sure you click on the other links to see more treasuries! (I can't picture them all so you have to click on them to see!  If you don't, you're missing out!)

  • Featuring RNEST Members:
Featuring and curated by RNEST Members:

* If you make or find a treasury that features an RNEST member, post the link on the wall at RNEST's Facebook PageYour treasury could be featured on the next Treasury Tuesday!

Friday, March 1, 2013

First Friday Freebie Featuring Kelley's Beading

Welcome to the March First Friday Freebie featuring Kelley from Kelley's Beading and Kelley Allen Beads!  During the monthly First Friday Freebies, you'll get a blog's eye view into the shop, get to know the artist, and get a chance to win something awesome! 

 A blog's eye view of Kelley's Beading:


A blog's eye view of Kelley Allen Beads:


Meet the Artist

Kelley Allen

RNESTTell us a little about yourself.
Kelley: I discovered I was an artist later in life. I've been a computer programmer, carpenter, science-geek and office worker, but always struggled to fit my projects in around my work schedule. I discovered lampworking in 2009 and fell in love. Working with molten glass in fire  meets my need for both precision and art. It is a challenging media in many aspects, but I wouldn't have it any other way.

RNEST: What's your favorite part of being an artist?
Kelley: Besides the art itself? There is always something new to explore: some new shape or color combination or technique to try. Every time I sit down behind my torch I'm excited about what will come from that session.

RNEST:  Tell us about your creations or techniques.
Kelley:  My latest passion is combining lampwork with seed bead weaving. I have a new line of beadwoven necklaces with art glass pendants that can be removed, giving two different looks. My latest ones have hundreds of tiny crystals woven into the rope and bail for added sparkle. Bead weaving is something I usually re-visit every February.

RNEST: You've been at this for a while. Any advise for someone just starting out?
Kelley: Yes. Do what you love. Do what you can't bear to not do. Keep searching for that one thing you want to do day in and day out, and then keep at it. Every mistake takes you one step closer to perfection. After all, without mistakes we wouldn't grow as artists.

RNEST: How about shows coming up? Where can we find you locally?
Kelley: The best place to keep up with my free beading classes, giveaways and show schedule is my blog:   If Mayday Underground accepts me April 24th will be my first show this year. 

RNEST: So, tell us about your giveaway item.
Kelley: Neon is hot for spring, so I think I'll give away a neon pink bead with goldstone accents.   I'll attach sterling silver findings so it can be worn as a pendant.  

The Giveaway - Open worldwide

Neon Pink Bead with Goldstone Accent Pendant

To enter

1. Follow this blog.

2. Stop by Kelley's Beading and/or Kelley Allen Beads and give it a heart.
Each heart earns an entry.
If you're already a fan, just say so in the comments.

1. Pick a favorite** piece in Kelley Allen Beads and/or Kelley's Beading and:
Tweet it using the Twitter button on the listing. (one entry)
Like it using the Facebook button on the listing. (one entry)
Pin it using the Pinterest button on the listing. (one entry)
**multiple favorites = multiple entries!!

2. Tweet the contest using the Twitter button at the bottom of the post.

3. Share this contest on Facebook using the Facebook button on the bottom of the post.

5. Like the RNEST Facebook page.

6.  Create an Etsy treasury featuring one of Kelley's items.

7.  Follow Kelley's blog.

This contest will run until March 8, 2013.
The winner will be selected using a random number generator so anyone can win!
Good Luck!

* Please post all entries below and remember to comment for each entry so that your multiple entries are counted.