but you never lose!

Every now and then I get my ducks in a row and enter something that I have designed into some sort of publishing 'competition'.

My first experience was simply a pair of earrings that were published in Stringing Magazine in 2009.  They landed on the '17 earring designs page' and I was thrilled!  I think I even received a check for $15.00 for that big event.  But it was simply the accomplishment that I enjoyed. The acceptance. {photos of that publication can be seen here}

Then about a year ago I tried my hand at needle felting and turned it into a pillow for my bed.  A short time later I saw that a publishing company was looking for 500 felted projects.  I thought, what the heck, I'll send photos of my felted pillow.  I waited months and months for them to decide.

Finally only weeks ago, I received the news...

Thanks, but no thanks.  That's OK, I love my pillow.  And after all, it WAS my first attempt at needle felting! And it graces my bed beautifully.

So, that's when I didn't win.

 

Here's when I won!

In the very same week that I was rejected from the felted projects book I heard word from the magazine Cloth, Paper, Scissors. I had entered a reader challenge titled 'all buttoned up'

I'm pretty sure that I sent my photos in October or November.  I heard that I was a top contender in December!  I sent in the actual button necklace for further judging and low and behold....

I was published as one of the 17 winners in the challenge.  No prize money this time, but more joy and excitement! more acceptance.

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what does this mean?  Just keep pluggin' away, keep tryin', keep creating!

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