Tuesday, February 15, 2011

I'm Speechless - That NEVER Happens!

When I say never... I really mean it.  Dawn always has some witty comeback, or something sincere... but right now I'm so very humbled and grateful.

Yesterday Happy Mango Beads announced the winners of their Bead my Valentine Contest.  It was the first time I had ever stepped outside of my comfort zone and entered my unique jewelry in a contest for my peers to judge.  I was so very nervous, but suppressed those butterflies and the "What if's" and just said whatever will be, will be.  I put my heart into the piece and I find it beautiful and that's good enough for me.

Romance In Bloom
So imagine my surprise yesterday when I saw Happy Mango Beads facebook update that the winners had been announced and I saw the photo of my necklace.  My first thought was no way.  So I clicked over to their blog to read who the winners really were...

What happened next was almost like an out of body experience.

All of a sudden, I'm dancing, squealing, laughing, CRYING, and the dogs are barking like we have an intruder in the house.  The emotions that this simple webpage brought to the surface in me was unbelievable.  I called Chris at work... squealed, and was crying as I told him.  Then I had to call my mom... more crying and squealing.

I feel so incredibly blessed.  I just let my heart and the beads have a conversation... and what they decide to become is really beyond my control.  I'm just the instrument that does the work. 

But the story doesn't end here.  Happy Mango Beads is having a Viewers Choice contest among all of the entries.  I have two very dear friends that have their jewelry entered as well.  Voting runs through midnight February 18th.  Voting is open to anyone.  To vote, go to the Facebook album and designs you like give a "Thumbs Up Like" to.  The photo with the most likes at the end of the week will win a $50 shopping spree from Happy Mango Beads.  Here's the link to their facebook album: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?id=76049058528&aid=327193

By Dawn Horner - Northern Adornments
Can I ask you to consider 'Liking' these two very special pieces?  One of those pieces is the piece I blogged about from my good friend Dawn Horner in Alaska.  I just love the chainmaille bracelet with the really, really sparkly Swarovskis that run down the middle.
By Regina Santarre - Sundance Gems

My friend Regina of Sundance Gems won her category with her bracelet, Roses for my Sweetheart!  It's a beautiful bracelet that really has a soft, romantic feel.

Thanks to everybody for encouraging me to step out of my box.  I never expected the view to be so wonderful.  More contests and new adventures are in the works!  Can't wait to share with you!

Hope your day is absolutely amazing!
{Hugs & Blessings!}
~Dawn

13 comments:

Courtney said...

Congratulations to you!!!!

Dawn said...

You won because you rock! ;) Thanks for putting a shout out for me! I really liked Regina's bracelet when I first saw it, too. That opaque green in yummy!

Monica said...

This is so awesome Dawn! You deserve it. You make beautiful jewelry. I am so proud of you for tapping into your creative side and then stepping out with courage! You rock. Love you, Aunt Monica

TesoriTrovati said...

Woot! Woot!
I am doing a jig for you right now.
Enjoy the day, Dawn!
Erin

scottsgal said...

Beautiful necklace Dawn - big congrats!!

cheryl

Meg Carter said...

Yay!!!! Happy Dance For Dawn!!!! I am so proud of you. Congratulations! Well deserved. :)

Regina said...

Congratulations, I joined my two boxers in a 'happy dance'. They do one when we come home from work. Thanks for the links and the shout out. Celebrate! Great necklace, as I said before you are a natural. Hugs!

Be~Jeweled by Jana said...

Congratulations! I'm so excited for you!

slmpetersen said...

WOW...So this is what it takes to leave you with your mouth open wide and no words flowing out! Congrats Doll, you deserve every minute of it!

Designs by Dawn Marie said...

Thank you all so very much. I feel so incredibly blessed. It's like all the bead stars are in alignment for me right now.

I hope you're feeling incredibly inspired to create something wonderful this weekend too!
Have a terrific weekend!
{Hugs!}

Azure Islands Designs said...

Wow...you must be thrilled Dawn! Congratulations to you!!! Doesn't really surprise me though as your beading work is amazing...you add your own bit of flare to the mix... I'm always impressed with your style!
Cheers

afineday said...
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afineday said...

Congratulations! WTG! Your jewelry designs are awesome!

Barb C.

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