Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Giveaway and big prizes from Margot Potter as well as Janet McDonald of Singing Glass, from observer to great bead maker

I would like to write a bit about Janet McDonald,  who has traveled from an observer in the art world, to a great bead maker!
Why and how does someone have this happen...this process ?
I will say one thing. It doesn't "just happen" to Make it happen!
This is why I chose Janet for Margot Potter's blog hop with PRIZES this week!
Janet has many gifts, and I have indeed written about her before. She wrote a wonderful piece on fairy doors several years ago which I still love and refer back to.
However, that isn't the only thing which interests Janet. Janet loves beads and lampwork, or art glass, if you prefer. I remember being on Facebook the very first day Janet posted her VERY first lampwork bead! It was quite extraordinary! In fact, it didn't look like a "first bead" at all. It looked like a really really nice bead which any designer would go to any lengths to obtain for a jewelry design!
I was so impressed and proud for Janet.
Janet went on to take lessons from a famous bead artist. Her teacher, frankly was VERY fortunate to have a student like Janet, who has a discerning eye and is loaded with talent.
Janet has a blog now, and an Etsy shop. Although there is nothing in her store at the moment (hey, there is nothing right now in mine, either!), I love the name of her Etsy shop: Singing Glass, Handmade Lampwork by Janet McDonald.
How appropriate for a lovely person who does make her creations sing!

Janet's blog may be found here:
I am sorry that Janet isn't feeling well at the moment. I understand that. It happens to the best of us.
I am writing this and sending my love and lots of white light to Janet! She is that great combination of talented and kind.

Now on to Margot Potter's GREAT GIVEAWAY! Don't you just love giveaways? I do. I just said I wanted to win something yesterday on Facebook. However, this is the genuine EL Fabuloso
Giveaway of the WEEK!
Here is how to win and what you need to do to win!

First, check this out:
if you are not directly at the info, redirect to home on the page you see,
Then, note this info which Margot sent me:

" I will give a copy of the book to a winner you select on every blog and one big winner will get a fabulous crafty prize package valued at 150 dollars".

Then freak out! --jean

Then note this which Margot wrote to me:

  "To win the big prize, they have to comment on every blog AND like my Facebook Fan Page so please add that into the post so they can be sure to win".


 " The contest will be open until next Friday. I will announce the big winner on my blog and you can announce your individual winners on your blog, then send me their email address so I can send them a link to download the book. The book can be sent worldwide, but the physical prize package is US only". 

from the one and only Marvelous Margot!!!--jean
Margot Potter
I color outside of the lines.

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Blogger flyingbeader says...

I just love the name of Janet's shop...and I did enjoy looking at her blog and admiring all the colors she uses. And Margot...who doesn't love the queen of craft, right?

December 5, 2012 at 7:46 AM  
Blogger pupton says...

Thanks for joining the blog hop! I hope that Janet feels well soon! Have a great blog hop!

December 5, 2012 at 7:58 AM  
Anonymous Marisa Pawelko says...

Wishing Jean a speedy recovery! Thanks for the chance to win! xoxoxoxox - Marisa

December 5, 2012 at 8:17 AM  
Blogger Maria says...

great name for the shop. thanks for the chance to win.

December 5, 2012 at 8:38 AM  
Blogger Donna says...

What a fun name - Hugs

December 5, 2012 at 8:43 AM  
Blogger Ms Formaldehyde says...

loving the blog hop!

December 5, 2012 at 8:46 AM  
Blogger gsandoval says...

Love it! Glad to be along on hop!

December 5, 2012 at 8:58 AM  
Blogger Sandra Strait says...

Hope that Jean feels better soon!

My biggest PR and Marketing hurdle is that I'm not sure what I'm selling, lol!

December 5, 2012 at 9:33 AM  

Thanks for joining the blog hop! I hope that Janet feels better soon! Have a great blog hop!

December 5, 2012 at 9:49 AM  
Blogger vladsbtch says...

Hope Janet get feeling better soon. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

December 5, 2012 at 10:03 AM  
Blogger Di says...

Feel better! I know the frustration of being ill when there's something going on in your life. Hope you heal quickly! Love your beads.

December 5, 2012 at 10:08 AM  
Blogger Bead-Mused says...

What a lovely blog post, Jean. I'm glad I stopped by. I'm off to the next blog on the hop!

December 5, 2012 at 10:20 AM  
Blogger java diva says...

Thanks for joining Margot's blog hop.

December 5, 2012 at 10:23 AM  
Blogger Stephanie Craig says...

I agree with the first comment, I like the name "Singing Glass." Thanks for doing this. I now have a lot of new blogs I'm following. I look forward to reading your future posts. I also hope to win the shameless self-promotion book. Self-promotion seems like a foreign concept to me. Thanks again!!

December 5, 2012 at 11:34 AM  
Blogger DogsMom says...

I love the header on your page here.
I am just getting back into beading and love meeting inspiring talent.

December 5, 2012 at 12:33 PM  
Blogger Catskill Quilter says...

Nice to have found your blog! Happy holidays!

December 5, 2012 at 12:50 PM  

I'm having a great afternoon, traveling around this blog hop. I am a paper crafter, so it is very interesting to see what is going on in other parts of the crafting world.

December 5, 2012 at 1:05 PM  
Blogger claudine hellmuth says...

glad to be in the blog hop with you Jean!

December 5, 2012 at 2:42 PM  
Blogger Michele says...

Blog Hopping is awesome! So many cool things to see :)

December 5, 2012 at 3:15 PM  
Blogger Janet says...

Oh Jean I am So humbled! I dont even know what to say! Youve floored me awwww. I need to make more beads! I was in Scotland recently for a funeral and am climbing out of the wood work... again. You are just the loveliest Jean thank you so much! ♥

December 5, 2012 at 4:24 PM  
Blogger Astabeth says...

I love your stuff! I may have to get a copy of YOUR book for my Ceramics & Crafts class - we do fine craft such as jewelry and bookbinding.

I am interested in the contest book because I work full time and only have a limited time to create and promote. I am at a loss - should I write a blog? Make a website? A facebook business page? An etsy site? I don't know where to begin!

December 5, 2012 at 5:25 PM  
Blogger Bohemian Tragedeez says...

Really glad you're in the Blog Hop cuz I'm loving your stuff!!!!!!

December 6, 2012 at 3:22 AM  

I hope Janet feels bette soon! She is an awesome beadmaker!

December 6, 2012 at 5:56 AM  
Blogger Julie says...

Fun to visit here and Janet's blog is lovely as well. glad that Margot sent me. :)

December 6, 2012 at 6:30 AM  
Blogger Barb says...

Thank you for a great give away. I am new to your blog, but will be checking back often!

December 6, 2012 at 4:56 PM  

I love this hop! I have been finding so many new and fun blogs.

December 7, 2012 at 8:06 AM  
Blogger Lucid Moon Studio says...

Thanks for the giveaway!

December 7, 2012 at 9:45 AM  
Blogger Mippy says...

I hope Jean feels better soon! :D

December 7, 2012 at 11:58 AM  
Blogger Eileen Bergen says...

What an inspiring artist, Janet is. Thank you for telling her story, Jean.

And thanks for visiting my blog for the hop.

December 7, 2012 at 1:56 PM  
Blogger Sharon Wagner says...

The blog hop was a nice reminder to come perk at yoyr blog!

December 7, 2012 at 5:22 PM  

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