Choosing a judged winner for the CHANGE IT UP Blog Hop is a lonely job....and it makes me feel as fragmented as a bag of watch parts! This is HARD, guys!
I've only had ONE judged winner before, for Build a Line....which you may recall had over 55 participants and was a three month course with three blog hops. At the end the B'sue Boutiques Design Team helped me to select a winner.
Normally we don't have judged winners at B'sue events....we just want solid participation and follow through. Then I do a random number generator thing and call a winner to get a giftie. Cindy Peterson, who made some scrumptious cuffs, won the 25.00 random prize.
These are her entries... yummee! Colors like ice cream cones! Find them at Howling Dog Jewelry at Etsy:
For the Change It Up hop, we had a less intense theme for participation than Build a Line, and it was not part of a course. Four of the B'sue Design Team wanted to play along! So I didn't feel I could ask them to judge as I'd have to disqualify them from being able to win. So I had to walk this road alone.
What was I looking for? Well just as our badge says.....
I chose ON PURPOSE some of the most often used pieces from the B'sue Boutiques website....except the heart, we added that one by popular request. The tie, the cuff flat and the leafy centerpiece are things we sell a lot of and you see them used time and again in similar ways. Not that this is a problem.....everyone colors and embellishes differently. It's all good.
But I wanted to see what NEW THING could be done with something that was used quite a bit.
SO....this blog post caught my eye....
Don't think I've seen this piece often with a bunch of dark grunge-type patina on it.......or a Steampunk bent.....
OH ....what IS she doing? Looks like she attached a bunch of stuff with cold connections......and a ring in the middle. So...is this a scarf slide, maybe?
What will happen next?
Looks pretty sweet but that's just a component, a focal to me. Where is she going with this?
HOLY BATMAN and AVENGERS OF ALL EVILDOERS!
It's a ding dang HAND RING!
We had a lot of beautiful work, lots of hard thought, lots of great photos in this hop. I was intensely pleased at the caliber of the work. Much of what I saw stayed very true to the artist's other work as well....which is a good thing. It shows the person's design train is cohesive, you want that.
Erin Whitacre surely stayed true to her design train, she stayed very close to home with a piece that totally speaks her artist's name. Erin is a steampunk style artist and loves to use industrial bits and found objects.
She went and knocked it out of the park when she changed this piece up and MADE IT A RING.
So even though we had beauty beyond compare in this hop, my opinion has to go with solid work and clever originality . SO! I proclaim Erin Whitacre of Shattered Time our winner, as she truly CHANGED IT UP.
Good pictures, too. Being honest I was looking for white backgrounds, that is the best way to show a piece on a website, magazine or in a hop. But Erin took advantage of natural light and a beautiful Ohio day for her photos....and that worked, too!
Erin's prize is a 75.00 free shopping pass to B'sue Boutiques
HONORABLE MENTIONS for CHANGING IT UP to me, would have to be
LORI BEEKMAN of B. Accessorized for her segmented tie:
and again with that tie! I'd have to say MARCIA TUZZOLINO of Aurora Designs for her cuff:
Who would EVER DREAM that was once a TIE finding?
EVERYONE in this hop was a winner because the challenge forced us to up the ante, think differently and work hard.
I know it got me in gear to begin a body of work that I hope helps me become a better teacher and focus on my goals.
What did YOU learn from YOUR project...or others' ?
Please leave us a comment about that. I'd surely appreciate it.
It's a wonderful thing to be a part of what goes on at the B'sue Boutiques Creative Group We learn new things from each other every day, and enjoy a great bond of mutual support.
Would love to know your thoughts on the hop, so please leave comments! It's been a labor of artistic love for all of us.