Saturday, January 5, 2013

2012: A Sequin Odyssey!

Welcome to another Saturday at Saturday Sequins!

Now that I'm back from my Blogcation, I thought I'd engage in some good, old-fashioned reflection. Because there's nothing better than beginning a new year by acknowledging the awesome things you did with the old one! Here are some of my most memorable events from 2012 -- listed in no particular order.

I made my first big sale! I never thought I'd sell my freeform button necklace, but I found the perfect home for it -- with a person who loves it as much as I do and who understands how much time and effort goes into pieces like this.

(Enjoy your new home, button necklace!!!)

Mr. Sequin and I did our first craft show. And our second!

 (I sold my favorite button ring. This one went to a nice home, too.)

I had a lot of other firsts, too. I celebrated my first full year of blogging. I hosted my first online craft show and blog hop, featuring awesome artists. I posted my first in-depth book review and product review. I did my first post to support a charity. I made my first little pies.

I even made my first beaded collar!



I tried freeform beading and fell in love with it.


 I applied to, and was rejected from, even more things than last year. Bead Dreams. British Bead Awards. Fire Mountain. Teaching at Bead and Button.

As a result of this rejection, I realized two things. One, I love writing tutorials and am pretty good at it! It's where my passion is. Two, rejection doesn't have to affect the way I view my work. I know my class proposals were awesome. That's some serious progress.

(Who wouldn't want to learn how to make a Goth birthday cake bracelet??)

I went to Bead and Button as a shopper and student... and met Sherry Serafini!

I took a class with Sherry in Chicago.  It was awesomesauce!


The Bead Embroidery Resources post came together -- I couldn't have done this without the help of dozens of talented artists and instructors!

I put lots of work into my Top Secret Project and decided to take it in a completely different direction. I even found some co-conspirators/collaborators!

I started hanging out at the IDEA Store and making things, which gave me more of a sense of community than I've had... ever.

I got to know my online community better, which includes all of you!

I also snuggled lots of cuddly puppies, saw some of my favorite musicians in concert, ate plenty of homemade pizza, painted fabric... and most importantly, I met this handsome fellow!

 (Did I mention I hide him around the house to terrify... I mean surprise Mr. Sequin?)

Oh, Ken. Where would I be without you? Hmm. Probably in a similar place, with one less naked doll in my life. But whatever.

So that's last year. Looking forward, there are so many things I want to do! I'm afraid that listing them will overwhelm me, and possibly overwhelm all of you in the process, so I'll just say that I'm hoping for this to be a year of fun things and awesome projects.

Now it's your turn: what are some your favorite parts about last year? 

Thanks for reading, thanks for chatting with me in the comments, and have a sequintastic day! <3


21 comments:

  1. Sarah wishing you the best 2013. I had some very good things in 2012 but most importantly it was a time of healing spiritually.
    Have a great weekend
    Nicole/Beadwright

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    1. Nicole, I'm glad you could do some healing! That's one of the most important things we can do for ourselves.

      I confess that 2012 was a huge year of emotional healing for me, and I have a ton of work left to do this year.

      Here's to a great 2013 for all of us! *Hugs.*

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  2. Sarah, your pieces are beautiful! I don't mind seeing them again and again!

    Best thing.... hmmm... I really can't name just one thing. I've done some pieces that I especially like, I finished a book that I never thought I would do, My household is happy, ... Wow, you've really made me stop and think. I'm a half full kinda person, so I count lots of blessings.

    Tela

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    1. Thanks, Tela! I don't think I'll ever get tired of showing the beaded collar. Or Naked Ken, of course. ;)

      You had an awesome 2012! I'm so proud of you for creating your book. It's awesome -- I've never seen anything like it before. :)

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  3. Congrats on all your successes in 2012 & wishing you the best in 2013!!

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    1. Thanks, Linda! And the very same to you. *Hugs.*

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  4. Love your overview and LOVE your Goth birthday cake bracelet!

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    1. Thanks, Bobbie! <3

      The Goth bracelet is one of my favorites, right up there with the Shibori cuff I made in Sherry's class. When I mentioned selling it, Mr. Sequin pouted so hard I thought his lip would fall off, so that one's part of the permanent collection. ;)

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  5. Hi Sarah and congrats on a great year! Your pieces are so fantastic. I love seeing what you do and look forward to following along this coming year. I did a similar recap on my blog - which made me realize I am still all over the map with various efforts! But it's been really fun trying new things and I am looking forward to getting back to more drawing this year and continuing the beaded jewelry, etc. Love the beads and definitely want to do more! Happy 2013!
    Carol

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    1. Thanks, Carol!

      Oh, I'll have to check out that post! I love recaps. Don't worry too much about being all over the map. Taking on new and varied things is how we grow. In fact, here's an awesome article that might help!

      http://joelrunyon.com/two3/how-to-do-so-many-diverse-and-awesome-things-that-people-will-want-to-punch-you-in-the-face

      It's my favorite article of 2012.

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    2. Holy cow!! That article was fantastic!! Thank you so much for sending it along. I love everything he wrote about and can totally relate (on a much smaller scale...) Makes complete sense to me. It is now my favorite article of 2012 as well :)
      Carol

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  6. Great post Sarah! and what a list of accomplishments! keep right on going!!

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    1. Thanks so much! <3

      It's funny, but 2013 has started off with an explosion of creativity and teaching myself new things. As I type, I'm wearing a ring I made and absolutely love -- it's 3D, which is new for me!

      Have a great 2013!!!

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  7. Just awesome projects, Sarah! That free form button is amazing! Got to share on Facebook!

    Congrats on a fabulous year and I'll bet this year will be even better!

    Well, I can't say I enjoyed a house move! But the good news is I will have a better beading space....when it is ready!

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    1. Thank you so much, Pearl! For stopping by to comment and for sharing on FB.

      Moving is never fun. So stressful! Best of luck setting up your new beading studio -- I bet it'll be awesome when it's finished. :)

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  8. Hello,
    My name is Tsofia and I'm from Israel. From this distance I admire your blog and work. For the New Year I decided to comment and tell you how much I enjoy again and again to read the blog and see the work that is so different and special.
    Thank you, and have wonderful and creative year.

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    1. Hi, Tsofia! Thanks for stopping by and commenting! It means the world to me. I hope you have a wonderful 2013!!!

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  9. Fun post, loved reading about your last year. Some pretty impressive bead projects came from your hands last year, but I really like your free form work, so much of you own voice is in it. xox

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    1. Thanks Corrine! :)

      As much as I love bead embroidery, there's something about freeform that's so fun and... free. I could do it all day and not get tired of it! Especially now that I've added a few new beady tricks up my sleeve.

      Happy 2013!!! I can't wait to see all the cool things you make. <3

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  10. Sarah, your beaded collar is gorgeous and I love the blue bracelet its so pretty, seems like you had a good 2012 all round on the blog.
    I am looking forward to 2013 although the year has not got off to a great start for us, I am sure it will improve. Wishing you a wonderful year.
    Jackie

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  11. Wow, wow! Sarah you have been busy! Such beautiful work lately. :)

    PS- Ken in his itty bitty cowboy hat is making me giggle.

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