First Friday Giveaway - Professional Soft Flex Pliers

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Retail Price $59.95

I'm starting a new monthly blog feature for 2011 - First Friday Giveaway. Each month, on the First Friday, I'll post an item or an array of items that I'm going to giveaway. In order to enter, you answer a question by clicking on the link below that reads "need your opinion" or "post a comment".

Question: Other than this blog, what is your favorite jewelry-making or craft blog to read regularly and why?

To enter more than once:
1. Click to follow this blog. See the follow tool on the right side. Note in your comment that you are a blog follower.
2. Use the share feature to share this giveaway. See the little icon below - choose your favorite social network and share our giveaway. Please note where you shared our giveaway in your comment. I will enter you as many times as you share this blog post with your social network!

Responses will be collected through Thursday, January 13th. The winner will be announced on Friday, January 14th. Don't forget to leave a way for me to contact you or you may not get your prize. If you have questions or are uneasy about sharing your email as a comment, you can email me at Sara [@] SoftFlexCompany.com.

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65 fabulous thoughts ...

  1. My favorite blog is Art Bead Scene. So many talented and diverse artists share their work. Plus an awesome giveaway every saturday!
    Erin S

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  2. I like to read several blogs, but one of my favorites is CraftGossip because they cover so many different crafts and I can't seem to focus on just one creative outlet (beadmaking, jewelry making, knitting, felting etc).

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  3. I agree with Erin - Art Bead Scene is great - but really enjoy the articles you guys post also. Would love to win - no such thing as too many tools :-)

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  4. I'd say it's The Beading Gem. I find myself there every day.

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  5. I follow with GFC. I also have your feed on My Yahoo and read you every day.

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  6. I like to read Beading from the heart http://npbeading.blogspot.com/
    There is lots of great pictures and information that she shares.
    I will follow this blog for its great info.

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  7. I am an Art Bead Scene girl. I love that place. Can't get enough. But I do read hundreds of blogs. I am discovering all sorts of color, design and pattern ones away from beading that I think will greatly help me on my way.
    Enjoy the day!
    Erin

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  8. I like Rena Klingenberg (http://jewelry-business-blog.com/)- she has great advice, both business and technical. I think artists tend to let the business end fall a lot because it's not the "fun" part. Business related blogs help keep me on track.

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  9. That's a really tough question. I read a lot of blogs... But my favorite is Handmade Spark - so much talent to be seen and so many helpful articles.

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  10. That's a tough question. I read a LOT of blogs... But I think my favorite would have to be The Handmade Spark - so much talent to be seen and pretty things to look at and lots of useful articles, too!

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  11. Oh - forgot to mention, now following your blog through Networked blogs and shared on FB. Can you tell I could really use a good pair of pliers? LOL

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  12. I shared this on Twitter and Facebook, as well.

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  13. My favorite blog is Polymer Clay Daily. A compendeum of every thing polymer, Cynthia Tinapple, herself a PC artist gives many links to other artists in both clay, wire and beading.

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  14. I like Craft Gossip, too but I love Tonja Lenderman's blog. She, as a clayer, has tons of clay info but she always has lots and lots of information on other jewelry making things. This is a pretty cool blog, too. :)

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  15. I read tons of blogs and like them all, but I guess I'd have to say Craft Gossip because it has lots of great info.

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  16. I have two favorite blogs. Cindy Lietz at Beads and Beading, and Lori Anderson at Pretty Things.

    I am a follower.

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  17. My favorite Blog is blather and fun stuff by Christi Friesen

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  18. Hi Sara! I read a ton of jewelry blogs and I'd have to say my favorite to read is by a Lampwork Glass Artist, Juli Cannon. Her sense of humor is out of this world and she makes AMAZING art jewelry in addition to her lampwork glass beads.

    http://julsbeads.blogspot.com

    I'm also an avid follower of your blog (via the Hive) and I'm sharing on FB as soon as I post this!

    Thanks so much for hosting the giveaway! You're a gem!

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  19. I'd have to say my own! It's an emerging blog. I follow many other fabulous jewelry and craft blogs (including this one) - take a look at my blog profile and flickr for more info!

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

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  20. Art Bead Scene is a good consistent stop for me!

    I'm also a follower of your blog :)

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  21. I couldn't find the "need your opinion" link, so I'm just answering in the comments section. I hope that's OK.

    My recent favorite is Pretty Things. I just found the blog recently, but Lori provides great tips and information for new artists trying to break into the jewelry business.

    I also follow this blog and shared it via facebook (Kelly Wallin Morin)

    kelly.r.morin(at)gmail(dot)com

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  22. That's a hard one, because I, too read several blogs. I really like Jewelry Making Daily, because they always have lots of tips. I also like Lampwork Diva's blog. She is so talented.

    http://KayzKreationz.blogspot.com
    kaythomerson(at)hotmail.com

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  23. I follow your blog.

    http://KayzKreationz.blogspot.com

    kaythomerson(at)hotmail.com

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  24. I just tweeted about the giveaway.

    http://twitter.com/KayzKreationz

    kaythomerson(at)hotmail.com

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  25. I follow a ridiculous number of bead blogs and like all the ones mentioned so far. But if I had to pick one, it would probably be lorelei's blog because she posts at least every day, and it's easy to pop over to her blog and get a dose of inspiration at any time.

    http://lorelei1141.blogspot.com/

    I also like all blogs that have giveaways :)

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  26. Sharing this on Facebook and Twitter! LOVE this sort of thing, I have a hard time getting into JUST the tiny bits.

    (And a plug here -- the SoftFlex cutters are the ONLY thing for cutting beading wire. Like butter.)

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  27. OH! And favorite blog -- holy smokes, I follow a gazillion. I'm a recent reader of http://julsbeads.blogspot.com/ because she's funny and irreverent and a hoot!

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  28. fave blog is tough as I follow about 300, but Lori's Pretty Thingss,Julsbeads, & Songbeads are some of the first that come to mind

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  29. my favorite artsy fartsy/bead/crafty blog? hmmm...difficult to choose. I like Lorelei's blog, olive bites, gardanne glass, lucid moon studio, and pretty things. so many to choose from. you know I follow you too, of course. I twitter and friended and will blog about this too! thanks for sharing!

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  30. I love Beads of Clay, Art Bead Scene and Pretty Things. Those are my top 3 but I love so many other blogs I could keep going and going!

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  31. I read Andrew Thornton's blog. I like it because he includes a little bit of everything, from how he organizes his jewelry materials to what he's cooked for dinner. I like the "slice of life" quality to it.

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  32. I just started following this snowy morning...
    My favorite beading related blogs are many, I guess I like www.KelleysBeads.blogspot.com and
    www.MarshaNealStudio.blogspot.com the best...
    I shared your giveaway on facebook...

    Cindy Earl Higgins
    HigginsDesignStudio dot gmail dot com

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  33. One of my favorite blogs is the Beaducation Blog. Always love the inspiration I find there. :)

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  34. My favorite blog is http://beads-of-clay.blogspot.com & I have posted this giveaway on my facebook and twitter!

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  35. Fav blog, so hard to choose. As many others Art Bead Scene, also love Love My Art Jewelry and Lori Anderson's Pretty Things. Lots of great blogging going out there. I am now following AND tweeted. Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  36. There are so many good ones. I guess my favorites are Loreli, Art Bead Scene, Love My Art and Silver Parrot. Great giveaway.

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  37. I follow too many to mention! I have been a follower of this blog for some time now! :)

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  38. Just tweeted about your giveaway.

    http://twitter.com/KayzKreationz

    kaythomerson(at)hotmail.com

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  39. Gosh, there are so many blogs I enjoy, but favorites are Love My Art Jewelry and Lori Anderson's Pretty Things.

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  40. What a great giveaway! My favorite blog is our new group blog Love My Art Jewelry. I love the diversity amongst our handmade bead/component/jewelry artists!

    MaryAnn

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  41. I tweeted about the giveaway (loveartjewelry on twitter)

    MaryAnn

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  42. I've also added it Love My Art Jewelry on facebook....http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/profile.php?id=100001879386196

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  43. I tweeted about the giveaway! Parrotise on Twitter.

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  44. I like Art Bead Scene as well. I follow! I shared!

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  45. Art Bead Scene is great,i regularly read a varity of Blogs..some of my favs :Pretty Things,Julsbeads,Fancifuldevices, and Lorelei 1141.
    i'm a follower and FB a link.

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  46. Follow you now and my favs are Nina Balgleys and Deryn Mentocks Blog - and Lori Anderson!

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  47. I love knitty.com it is an awesome crafty knitting blog vbarton24 at g mail dot com

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  48. Sara, I just featured your giveaway on my blog! :)

    http://designsbydawnmarie.blogspot.com/2011/01/tip-about-giveaway.html

    Thanks for having the giveaway!
    {Hugs!}

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  49. I follow Art Bead Scene and a few others. I will be checking out some that have been listed! Started following this one and will post to Twitter...ArtbymeCindy
    Thanks and Hugs

    happyartcat@yahoo.com

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  50. I really like Art Bead Scene. The contributors are all fabulous designers. They have really great monthly challenges.

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  51. I am a follower of this blog :)

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  52. I follow a great many blogs...but the first two that came to mind are Art Bead Scene and The Beading Gem...always something new and interesting!

    I've been a follower for sometime.
    Cheers

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  53. I also like the Art Bead Scene. But I'm very new to blogs, so I'm finding new ones everyday that are a lot of fun to read and follow.

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  54. I can't say that I do look at other blogs, but now that I've read all the comments here, I've got several I want to look at!
    Luanne K

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  55. I can't say that I look at many blogs but after reading all these other comments, I have a few I PLAN to look at now! :o)

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  56. One of my favorite blogs is the Beaducation Blog.

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  57. Some of my favorites are "Margot Potter: The Impatient Crafter" and "Katie Hacker" she always has interesting postings. I also like "About Jewelry Making" for the new ideas.

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  58. I read Lori's blog, pretty things, every day. She is a wonderful writer.
    I am a follower, and I have shared this on FB.

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  59. I forgot to add, I am Melissa Lynch Mesara on FB. :)

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  60. KayzKreationz is our big winner. I'm posting a new giveaway today as well as the first Friday of each month this year! Thanks for entering!

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