Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Entering My First Jewelry Contest

No, I haven't fallen off the face of the earth, just busy, I hope everyone had a great Christmas, I know I had an interesting one. The week before Christmas the water heater in the apartment above ours burst flooding our apartment, shorting out our water heater and heat for a week, We still had a great if rather chilly holiday.
To catch everyone up on my health, my liver disease is still stable and we're approaching the six year mark since they told my wife and I to plan my funeral, I had two months to live. Fortunately, God knows better than doctors. My leg wound is finally almost healed after 13 months (PTL). And most importantly I am still married to the love of my life, something I am grateful for each and every day.
As far as my tatting goes I've bitten the bullet and entered Fire Mountain Gems contest in the wire and metal category. Two of my pieces combine a chain mail center with a silver wire tatted edging, the third piece is pure tatting. I should hear some feedback in about a month and the winners will be announced officially in about three months. The winners will be awarded a gift certificate from the Fire Mountain site and will be featured in several publications. Wish me luck and say a prayer, its going to be a long wait.
Here are some of the pictures:


Karen said...

WOW! Absolutely beautiful in pictures, so what must they be in real life! Will be waiting the slo-o-o-w wait, too, but I'm thinking you should place very HIGH up in the contest.
So glad to hear your health is holding and the leg healing. God is good. Karen in OR

Suztats said...

Stunning! Kudos for biting the bullet and taking the plunge to enter the contest!! Wishing you the Best of Luck with your designs, as they are beautiful. I love the chainmaille with the tatting--hard vs soft, solid vs malleable, smooth vs textured. The crystals you've added are perfect for that touch of bling.
Glad you are well.

Isdihara said...

Your submissions are exquisitely lovely! My fingers, and toes, and eyes, and hair, and arms, and legs, etc. Are crossed for you.

castats said...

Beautiful stuff, it's so effective with the chainmail (and without!)
Keep it up!

Corina said...

Lovely! How did you do it, tatting with metallic threads so neatly?

Liyarra said...

Good to hear you are on the mend.
Your work looks spectacular as ususal and I am sure it will e a hit for you.

Best wishes to you all.


Anonymous said...

Those are beautiful, Alan! and I'm so glad to hear you are doing OK.