Hello and welcome to my blog! My name is Karen Snyder and I've been a crafter for about as long as I can remember. I am a stay-at-home-Mama of two beautiful children with a husband who makes my dreams possible.

This blog is about all sorts of crafting. I am a paper-crafter from early days, a jewelry-maker with an unending obsession for chain maille. I make chain maille purses, many of which will be chronicled in this blog as their future owners await their completion. I love metalsmithing. I am an indifferent beader and don't get me anywhere near seed beads... they scatter, screaming to get away from me. I love to try new things, have a short attention span so if its a long-term project... I'm probably not doing it LOL.

If you have questions, ask. If you have tips, share. Same with suggestions - share! I want this to be a great forum for people to brainstorm and problem-solve with a good attitude. Crabby Apples need not respond, this is a feel-good kind of blog :)

Monday, August 9, 2010

How I Got My Awe Inspired

It all started by accident. I saw a post on another Facebook page about a contest run by Passion for Beads. I thought, "Well why not go check it out and enter something in the contest?" I did, and thus began the tale of How I Got My Awe Inspired. Bead weaving. Plainly put, I can't do it. Oh I've tried. I've sat down with all the materials, a good set of instructions and my best intentions and what did I get? Knots. And frustration. I can weave chain maille but I cannot weave beads. Sally, or Ms. Passion as I fondly call her, CAN weave beads and she does things with Swarovski crystals and pearls that simply astound me. If you have never seen her work, you can find her on Facebook here and on ArtFire here. Tell her that Karen sent you over and for heaven's sake, enter one of your items in her contest! She does a wonderful job of promoting it and the winner's prize is a week's advertising on her blog. The best thing to know about Ms. Passion is that she is a wonderfully nice lady who does much to support the Handmade Community. You'll love her :)


  1. OMG! I am so honored to be featured on your blog and thanks so much for your kind words! I really don't know what to say besides thank you...love you so much, Karen! :o)

  2. I'm so thrilled to do it Sally! Your work is just so amazing and I want to be sure that everyone sees it. Not to mention, I hope they will all flood you with contest submissions too!!

  3. I do love her creations as well. Amazing work.

  4. Great post and a wonderful way to get to know the online Artist Community! I'm still new to the online Social Media, so I'll be stopping by your FB and check out your work on Artfire.


  5. Well said Karen! I too love Sally and find her work simply beautiful.

  6. You couldn't have featured a nicer, more generous person ... Ms. Passion is awesome! And ... she's so talented!!!

    Wonderful feature!

  7. Yes, we all LOVE Ms. Passion!! She is absolutely awesome!! I will definitely be checking out your chain maille - haven't tried it, but it do love it!! It is an intrigueing art form. I do bead stringing with some amatuer wirework thrown in for variety - but I'm with you on the seed beads - they hate me!!! Will follow your blog and check out your other sites. Feel free to check out my sites when you have time!

    Hugs - Cathy
    Caty Ann's Creations

  8. So nice to hear from you all and I just couldn't agree more -- Sally rocks! I will be checking out your blogs and FB pages and thank you SO much for stopping by to check out mine :)

  9. Great to see your post about Ms. Passion! Her jewelry is inspiring! And she is so supportive of all of us handmade artists! Her blog is fun, creative, and an inspiration for those of us just starting out!
    Your chainmaille is lovely! I can do seed beads, but chainmaille has drivin me nuts!
    Look forward to seeing what's next!

  10. Thank you Joyce and KP for stopping by :)

  11. Whoo Hoo...thanks for all the lovely comments! A big thanks to You, Karen! You are awesome! :o)

  12. I'd say we've got a whole club of awesome going on Ms. Passion :)