Friday, January 22, 2010

A Bead in Time by Lisa Crone Book Review and giveaway


Publisher: North Light Books (January 21, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1600613101
ISBN-13: 978-1600613104
 
There a many wonderful jewelry books that teaching technique first and inspiration/creativity second. What happens after you've completed the projects and feel at a loss on how to make something with your own spin on it if you are unsure how?  That's when you need a book that shows you how to focus on your own creativity.  A Bead in Time flips it around so that the reader thinks in terms of inspiration first, technique second.. 
 
Author Lisa Crone asks "Where do you go to find inspiration?".   She helps you turn your favorite memories into gorgeous beaded jewelry that is personal to you.  For Lisa, a trip to Niagara Falls was her inspiration for creating a pair of earrings. Cascading with clear crystal drops, the earrings look like the water rushing down the falls and everytime she wears them, she is reminded of that trip. 
 
In this book are 35 step-by-step projects inspired by things such as the humble dandelion, yummy candy, and even the Golden Gate Bridge!  Lisa shows the reader how to use their own memories to create similiar yet unique creations of their own.  I think my favorite project in this book is the Dandelion Bracelet, with its bright sunny face. How many of us spent our childhood picking these and braiding them or "popping" their heads off?  These projects are all beginner-friendly but the seasoned designer will also find the book valuable in terms of design perspective. Click here and get yourself a copy of this inspirational book.
 
You can read more about Lisa and her daily bead inspirations at her blog A Bead A Day
 
Also, I'll be giving away a copy of this delightful book. Leave a comment below with a tidbit about your own inspiration and I'll pick the winnner on Jan 30. This contest is open to readers worldwide.

22 comments:

cjvierow said...

Thanks for a chance to win what looks like a fabulous book. Inspiration comes from photos, nature, ocean, the beads themselves.

quiltingjewel39 said...

I love nature also -especially for choosing colors and themes. Thank you for your give away.

Boot ~C said...

if the inside of the book is as pretty as the cover.... I love the colours. this looks like one I'm going to have to check out

TesoriTrovati said...

There is nothing that doesn't inspire me. Today I was sketching a design for jewelry based on a photograph of limestone archways in the Notre Dame and I am putting together a proposal to do a show that is inspired by other local artists' 2D and 3D work. I am looking forward to getting a copy of Lisa's book!
Enjoy the day!
Erin

shayla said...

I can be inspired by many things, from a word overheard in conversation, a color, a memory, listening to music, walking in the woods, and of course books such as this one. I'd love a chance to win it. Thank you!

baglady said...

there are so many inspirations to be found- I always have lots more ideas for jewelry than time to make them. I love nature inspired jewelry and I also use books, blogs and photos for inspiration.

Lisa Crone said...

BARBE...THANK YOU!! Oh my gosh, thank you so much for your wonderfully kind and encouraging words!! My original thought when I had the vacation picture idea was to share it with other beaders and I didn't know how. I had no idea about blogs or how to get into magazines just two years ago, so my first thought was, I need to figure out how to turn this into a book! It still amazes me that this is happening and how much I have learned through this process. Take care and have a great weekend!

Mary K. McGraw said...

Inspiration is everywhere. I live near the water and see the colors of the sand and water showing up in my work. Books and magazines and the internet play a major role in inspiring me also. Then of course there are the beads themself.

Thanks for the opportunity to win this great book.

june_spirit2628 said...

I'm most inspired by the colors in nature, especially flowers. The bright yellow sunflowers, the deep red of roses, and the delicate pink/white of apple blossoms. Whenever I need to be inspired, nature lifts me up!
Marci
june_spirit2628 at hotmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Books and magazines inspire me--anything related to design and house decorating. I get a ton of ideas from pictures.
bethnaf at hotmail dot com

Alice said...

This looks like a great book! My own inspiration might come from a color, pattern, song, magazine ad, poem or something I saw on the computer.

Shaiha said...

My inspiration comes from all over. Lately it has been from music and from colors in a tarot deck I recently picked up. Please enter me in the drawing as I am looking forward to seeing Lisa's book!

Deborah said...

This looks like a great book and I'd love to win it. I'm inspired by many things but probably most by nature.

Penny said...

I am a new beader and looking for inspiration comes from everything from books and magazines or looking at other beaders work. I would love to win a copy of this beautiful book.

Pat said...

This book sounds great and I would probably buy it if I don't win! I am a runner and often run in the early mornings when most people are just beginning to stir. The sounds of people waking-up, houses coming alive with light and the wonderful smell of breakfast cooking expands my mind and my creativity!! I have often come up with songs, poems and projects as I run and as the joy of movement overcomes me. Blessings to you and thank you for the opportunity to win such a great book!

oldflowers4me said...

oh -i hope im not to late to put my name in...singing and skipping-love jo....

Linda B said...

my nana used to always say "you gotta be in it to win it", so here I am

Hi Octane Jewelry said...

I love looking at imagery and shapes in nature. I also like to use a shape or image off a vintage piece of fabric. I love looking at photos. Traveling often inspires me. I take a gazillion photos and archive them all so I can find them when needed.

discodog01@hotmail.com said...

This book looks great! I can't wait to check it out. As for my inspiration- I have so many... for my photography, my muse is my lovely Disco dog. Or graveyards! For my paintings, its usually something retro or pop-culture related. But I find that the more I create art, the more I see inspiration in everything. Today I walked by an old centrifuge and thought "wow- those holes (for the blood tubes) would make a great stencil!" :)

debra hocking said...

the cover is certainly lovely, if that is any indications of what is to be found inside - i want it! i'm often inspired by old objects, the fashion of by gone years & of course films.

great success with the book!

debra

Anonymous said...

So cool! I am looking forward to devouring your book. I find inspiration on all found objects-their textures and their colors.
Belinda

Dana Secor said...

Thanks! This book looks gorgeous. The front cover is exquisite and encompasses a few of my favorite things...jewelery, the ocean, and my favorite color--aqua!