Thursday, July 1, 2010

Personal Goal...

I have finally achieved a personal goal and it feels very exciting and inspiring and wonderful. Several years ago I made it my goal to have something I make with my own design and hands to be published in a magazine I admire and get inspiration from. I spent lots of time and money and frustration submitting to a major multi publication magazine and was consistently rejected. My items got returned in less than stellar condition after extremely lengthy waiting periods. I became dissapointed after several years of attempts. I never received any feedback or explanation of why my items were being rejected. After so many attempts I just stopped and felt sad.
One day at a major book store I found the most beautiful magazine I had ever seen for jewelry focus. I found it to be very expensive however you always get what you pay for...quality! I immediately subscribed so I won't miss an issue.
I have posted before about Bead Trends and here I am again. This is such an amazing publication and the people who work there are super nice as I came to find out.
This past February I decided to submit one of my necklaces. They do it so nicely that the entire process is easy and affordable.
I submitted "Mint Julep" and it was accepted for the July 2010 printing. Here is a photo of the two page spread it received. Just imagine how thrilled and over the moon I am with this beautiful photography and layout Bead Trends has done with my necklace.

This is the entire necklace as I submitted my photo to them.
I made this with Chalk Green Turquiose, Swarovski crystals and black lace. I do believe I have a very unique design and a lovely necklace. In person the colors are striking and beautiful.

Having set my goals and working hard to achieve them I find I am inspired to continue working hard and see where I go from here.
It is my true honor to be published in such a wonderful magazine.
The amount of confidence I have gained through this experience is priceless!
Thank you so very much.
Happy creating...


  1. Congratulations! That's an amazing accomplishment! The necklace is gorgeous too :)

  2. congratulations on being published! I'm so happy for you, I've often wondered how difficult it is to do.....the necklace is lovely!

  3. Oh, that's so awesome!!! Congratulations from the bottom of my heart! Your work is so beautiful, and deserves to be seen by as many people as possible. I couldn't be happier for you, and for all of us who get to admire the lovely things you create!


  4. HUGE congratulations to you!!!!!
    That's FANTASTIC! Tell me that as soon as you stop jumping around and whirling with excitement (a little) you will do something else to celebrate!!!!!! Woo HOOT! Beautiful necklace and a wonderful lesson to always be yourself, be true to yourself and to your calling, and be persistent! :D

  5. Yay..Congratulations..wonderful ..aand such a beautiful creation! Enjoy this victory and keep shining.

  6. Congratulations! That's a fantastic achievement. :-)

    Lovely necklace too!

  7. C o n g r a t u l a t i o n s ! This must feel fantastic!
    Have a lovely merry happy day. xx

  8. your necklace is gorgeous, and i'm SO happy for you that it is gracing the pages of this beautiful magazine!! congratulations!!! here's to listening to your heart and being true to yourself!!! :))

  9. Good for you......your hard work has certainly paid off.

    By the way, that necklace is beautiful!!!!!



  10. How wonderful for you! Congratulations, my dear. Your perseverance paid off! Relax now and enjoy your holiday weekend. You've earned it!

  11. so beautiful and deserving of publication..CONGRATS!!!

  12. It really is a lovely necklace. Good for you!

  13. Hi doll,

    Oh, I'm so pleased for you. Big congratulations on being published with such a beautiful and elegant piece. I've never seen anyone use lace in their designs and I think you have hit upon a truly unique idea.

    The right publishing opportunity was waiting for you right here. Keep on submitting. :)

    Hugs! =D
    ~Kitty Kellie

  14. How WONDERFUL and well deserved! Your jewelry is stunning and I'd say it was about time you were discovered. I will be watching for more of your gorgeous work to be published. WOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOO
    hugs Lynn

  15. Oh that is marvelous...both the creation...and the fact that you were published in such a great magazine!

    i shall look your article up in it next time I'm out!

    well done.....persistance and patience finally paid off...and you never stopped believing in yourself!


    ciao bella
    creative carmelina

  16. congratulations on two accounts! Your acceptance to such a fab magazine....AND you won my French Friday Giveaway, the Limoges tea cup!

    Your Mint Julep necklace is very special! I love the addition of lace and your color choices are fabulous! Congratulations again!

    Please send me your address so I can mail off your gift.

  17. I absolutely adore your blog - it is so interesting - and your creations are amazing - particularly your gorgeous necklaces

    Congratulations on your work appearing in a brilliant magazine - and also winning the cup.


  18. Oh how perfectly WONDERFUL!!! I'm so happy for you! Your necklace is just stunning!...I say this calls for a triple scoop ice cream cone with sprinkles on top, kind of celebration! xo Paulette

  19. Congratulations Sherry. What a beautiful magazine spread & a great necklace. Great work. You should be proud. It's a good feeling to be acknowledged that way!!!!


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