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Friday, January 18, 2013

Join The Party!

Welcome to the Grow Your Blog party created by the beautiful blog, 2 Bags Full! I am so excited to be taking part in this wonderful adventure! I cannot wait to meet, greet and follow more blogs, and hopefully gain some new followers and friends of my own blog! I am a mixed media jewelry artist who is new to blogging, hence why this badge is in my actual post and not on the side. I haven't figured out how to get it there and not mess up the rest of my sidebar! My blog is a "behind the beads" peek at all the wonderful things going on in my world. Of course, not everything is wonderful, but then nobody wants to read about that. The rest, I plan to glaze over with humor! Seriously, I hope you will join me on this journey and I hope you enjoy my blog! I will keep this post nice and short, as I know you have a lot of blog hopping to do. However, to sweeten the pot, if you follow, comment or email me (tab on the sidebar) before February 1st, then I will send you a pair of earrings! Welcome to Blue Finch!

Until next time, I hope you grow your blog too!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Thanking my Tribe

In keeping with my NewYear's resolution of making this a "year of doing", I wanted to take a few minutes to say thank you to my ever supportive tribe, The Greater Birmingham Bead Society. When my friend and I started this a few years ago, never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that I would get out of it way more than all the hours I spent putting into it. What started out as a way to just provide an outlet for education and networking among like minded folks, turned out to be in many ways, a life changing catalyst. I've met beautiful, talented people from all walks of life. I've witnessed beginning beaders and seasoned artists bring their own unique talents to the table and create something new and exciting. We've pushed each other to be better artists, take on new challenges and expand our visions. We've supported each other through illness, failure and loss, and celebrated our success and growth. Through it all, this wonderful tribe of mine has encouraged me to become a better artist and on many levels, a better person. They have patiently listened while I've given presentations. They have attended my workshops to give me some much needed teaching experience.  They've given me great encouragement and when needed, constructive criticism. And they have given me so much more. The two simple words "thank you" will never be enough, or convey what I really want to say, but I hope my  tribe, my GBBS family, knows this.

Until next time, I hope you find your tribe...