Thursday, January 15, 2009

January BJP & resolutions


Okay, I'm finally back here & ready to show my January piece for the BJP. It is a degutted and restuffed toy from a fast food children's meal prize. It think originally these were called "Build a Bear". They all had clothes on them, but I didn't like them. OH...FLASH! I just got confirmation that Doll Crafter & Costuming is going to be publishing my article on recycled stuffed toys. I wanted to do something with the tons of little stuffed toys that I saw sitting on shelf after shelf at the thrift store. This one is Sparkle Bear. I used crystals as buttons & made this bear look like he has on a winter wintry coat. I've taken him to Byzantium with the others that I've been making & they want me to do a class. Perfect as it will be about when the magazine article comes out. I'm very happy.

Last January, I made a resolution with myself that I would work to get published. Let me tell you that it is not an easy job as you could tell by my previous entries. You have to promote yourself all the time and constantly try to come up with original and unique ideas. I've had many rejections this past year, but also success. I'm pleased that I did manage to make this resolution come true. Now my resolution for 2009 is to actually get my work published in a BEAD magazine! LOL! This is going to be really really hard to do as there is so much competition. I'm just a fish swimming in the big sea. So I've got to come up with something really "wow" to grab the attention of a bead magazine editor. I'm sure this is going to be a tough resolution to see come true. Wish me luck.

14 comments:

Carol said...

Well, just congratulations all over the place!!! This bear is adorable. I have been searching around my house for something stuffed to bead. I'll have to expand the search! Wonderful inspiration!!

Diana said...

Oh, oh, OH! I just love Sparkle Bear. And good luck with the resolution.

Did I mention loving Sparky B?

Marty S said...

Oh, very cool! And the bear is adorable.
Marty S
Crackpot Beader

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Best of luck you talented little fishy. I love the bear. It seems I have seen that face someplace before.

Congrats on your publication! Wow you are on a roll.

Lora said...

Let me know when your in a magazine!! YOU CAN DO IT!

Dee D said...

This bear is fantastic. What a great way to recycle and reuse.

heidibeads said...

I love your bear and the idea of recycling. Congratulations on getting published, what an achievement. Keep going, I'll be reading the magazines waiting for your name to appear! It will.

flyingbeader said...

Thanks guys. This is one of the pieces that is going to be featured in the article or at least it is one of the 6 that I sent to the publisher for the picture. I also sent them the hippo that I bought at Ikea! If you need any of these creatures to bead on, yell at me. I bought a lot of 200 teeny beanie babies. I've got plans to do more than bead them. I want to figure out how to recycle these in other ways.
dot

KV said...

Such a cute bear! Beautiful work, Dot . . .


Kathy V in NM

GraceBeading said...

Oh Dot... it's wonderful. Such a happy face and all those beads are to die for! Nice work.

Robin said...

I don't know if I agree with you... I think Sparkle Bear and your fabulous concept of beading recycled stuffed animals would go over big-time with bead magazines. Why not try "Beadwork?" Since you already have one promised publication, you'll have to come up with a different sample and different angle... but I think it would go over great! Your bear is adorable! And, congratulations on your determination and success! Robin A.

pam T said...

Congrats! Sparkle Bear is incredible and adorable... Good for you!

abeadlady said...

Way to go, Dot! It doesn't surprise me at all. Your beading is always above the norm and I know you will be published in a bead magazine before you know it.

Arline

freebird said...

Your beaded toys makes me want to try it out. I'll have to see if my grandkids have some extras!

I wish someone could get beadwork that isn't jewelry published in the magazines. They publish so much similar stuff I quit my subscriptions for a year or two. So many projects with crystal bicones! I would love to see something really different but I think they stick with what's "stylish" even if they say they want unique. I think your beading these toys should counts as different especially with the economy!