Thursday, December 30, 2010

Lady Godiva Bead Packs now available!


I've just put together bead packs for my "Lady Godiva" necklace and listed them on Etsy. Now you can make one for yourself! If you need to purchase the pattern, you can do so at www.beadpatterncentral.com.

Fire Moutain Gems Win


I have just been honored to receive the Gold Medal Grand Prize of Fire Mountain Gems' 2010 Pearls, Organic Beads, and Kato Polyclay beading competition! My necklace "Cultivation" is on display on the contest section of Fire Mountain Gems' website, check it out!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

New Website Section-SHOW ME YOUR WORK!

I am thinking about starting a new section of my website, grakowsky.net, that showcases the necklaces and bracelets you've completed from my kits or patterns! I think it would be neat to see the different colorways of kits and patterns stitched up.

But I want to hear from YOU if you think this is a good idea!

Send contributions or opinions to grakowsky@gmail.com

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Fern Lariat Pattern and Kit now available!!!!


After a long wait, the Fern Lariat is available both as a pattern and complete kit!!

Sorry for the long wait, but I promise it's worth the wait!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Third Headdress

My Third Headdress is finished! Here are some step by step photos as I promised. I started on 9/13 and finished on 9/20. It is called "Vernal Equinox Headdress". Sorry there are not more, next time I promise I will take more!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Fire Mountain Gems Ad


My "Matrimonial Headdress" made it to the back cover of Bead and Button Magazine this month!!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Etsy Beadweavers Sept. Challenge-Bollywood

Voting is up for the September Etsy Beadweavers Challenge!

Go to http://etsy-beadweavers.blogspot.com/ to vote for your favorite piece of beadwoven jewelry!

My piece, entitled "Bollywood Glamour" is entry #32!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Beading Classes Sept 17-19 2010


Attention NEW YORK area Beaders!! My classes at Beads By Blanche in Bergenfield, New Jersey scheduled for the weekend of September 18th still have many seats open and are in danger of being canceled! If you're looking for something to do the weekend of the 18th, come take a beading class! www.beadsbyblanche.com

Monday, September 6, 2010

New Teaching Brochure

I've created a new teaching brochure for 2010-2011 with seven brand new, never before seen projects. If you own a bead store or organize beading gatherings and would like me to come teach, check out my teaching brochure!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Sharon's Wildflower--first permanent Etsy pattern!


My first pattern that will be continuously offered on Etsy is Sharon's Wildflower! I named this flower after my grandmother, Sharon. The pattern was featured in Bead and Button's April 2009 issue. I finally refined and re-finished my own version of the pattern and have it available in my Etsy store! I feel like I've actually gotten something accomplished this week.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Two Silver Medals from Fire Mountain



The results are in!

I won a silver medal in the Earrings Category of Fire Mountain Gems' 2010 Seed Bead Contest for my fern earrings, and a silver medal in the Home Decor and Fashion Accessories category of FMG's 2010 Glass Bead Contest for my bridal headdress.

View all the winning designs and finalists for the Seed Bead Contest here and the Glass Bead contest here. Congratulations to Amy, Keiko, Jamie, Patricia, Paula, and Carol, all of the grand prize winners of the two contests!!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Classes at Beads by Blanche

If you're in the Greater NY area and looking for a beading class, I'll be teaching at Beads by Blanche September 17th-19th! I'll be teaching three brand new workshops never before seen or taught!

Find out what they are at www.beadsbyblanche.com.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Bead and Button is almost here!

I hope to see some of you there! Come to meet the teachers night, or find me Friday night at the Beads East booth!

Monday, May 17, 2010

New and Improved Etsy Store!

I've expanded my Etsy store to include kits and patterns for some of my designs. Be on the lookout for designs that will be exclusive to Etsy.com! You won't be able to find these anywhere else...

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Get 'em while they're here!


Can't make it to Milwaukee this year for my "Hera" class? I've made these kits available on my Etsy site. There are only 40 of these Swarovski "Tabac" oval that is the centerpiece of this pendant in existence, as they have stopped producing them. So after these kits are gone, this colorway in this pattern will no longer exist!

Please note out of the forty that are made, five are reserved for my students at the Bead and Button Show.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Did you know your website runs away if you neglect it?

I admit, I've been spending a lot more of my precious internet time on Facebook, and even this blog has been updated more this year than my actual website, grakowsky.com. Which has now apparently been sold to another hosting company NOT to my error, but to my web server's error.

I paid for my domain's renewal late, but I DID pay, and SOMEONE didn't give another someone this information. Right now my poor grakowsky.com is serving to direct traffic to links associated with the context of my name on the internet. Great. My web server (which shall remain nameless at the moment) tells me the problem should be getting worked out in the next 24 hours.

Let's wait and see, shall we??

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Gearing up for the big show!


I've been getting ready to teach at Beads by Blanche in New Jersey this weekend, as well as for the NY Bead Society on the 20th! I've also been gearing up for the Bead and Button Show in June. I never realized how much work goes into making kits! I just put together a kit for my Sunrise Lily and it's very cool!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Silver Medal Grand Prize

"Matrimonial Headdress" recently took the silver medal grand prize in the 2009 Fire Mountain Gems: Swarovski Crystallized Elements Beading Contest! Check out the contest page to view the other amazing entries!

Celstial necklace pattern now available!


I've made my Celestial necklace pattern available exclusively through Etsy.com, for instant download or a paper copy!

Monday, January 11, 2010

New necklace pattern: Renee's Garden

I designed this necklace for my dear friend Renee, who has been like a mother to me. I named it after her and gave it to her on her birthday last year. The pattern is now available for download at www.beadpatterncentral.com.