Dec 11, 2009

Congrats to the Winner of the Oct/Nov Challenge!

Hillary of Artful Unity Won The October/November Challenge by one vote! She had the following to say:

Thank you to everyone who voted. I think the fact that I only won by one vote shows how beautiful Diane's Piece was and a big thank you goes out to her for creating such a work of art.

My piece is about covering up beauty in the process of covering up imperfections. Making the base pendant was easy for me - I just wire wrapped a big gemstone bead and added little crystals and Czech glass beads for accents. It took a few tries of covering it up with different things before I realized ribbon was the answer. Once I started working with the ribbon, the piece just finished itself.

You can check out more of my work at and Here is a post that more thoroughly explains the inspiration behind this piece

Thank you again for voting and have a great holiday season!

Dec 5, 2009

Dec Montly Design Challenge Theme

We are going back to challenges being monthly due to low participation this time and due to requests from some of the team members.
The challenge for December is: "Winter". The
challenge will be due midnight EST on December 31st. You can enter by
sending a picture of your entry to Please be
sure your entry includes the following:
1. your shop name
2. the name you want your piece listed as
3. The type of piece (i.e. bracelet, sun-catcher, pen, etc.)
4. a picture that is no more than 1 mb and is in one of the following
formats: gif, jpg or png (if you need help re-sizing pictures or
changing formats please contact Hillary or ask for help on the yahoo
We always have such beautiful stuff, I can't wait to see next month's!

Dec 2, 2009

Vote for your favorite! eSMArts Oct/Nov Team Challenge!

The entries for this month's challenge are in!

First, we have "Steampunk Necklace" made by Diane of My Gemstone Box

Second, we have "Exactly" made by Hillary of Artful Unity

There's only two for this month, but they're both beautiful! Hopefully we will have some more gorgeous entries next month!

Thanks for voting! Look for the details of December's Challenge in the next day or two and look for the results of this challenge in a week!