So voting in this one could not have been easy on anyone! It certainly wasn’t for me. Each and every entry was filled to the brim with creativity, originality and a unique essence, with which only its creator could imbue it. Thumbing through the gallery of entries is like thumbing through a favorite book… and dog-earring all the best parts. Though, in this instance, I found myself licking a finger and reaching for the corner of every single page, worn with use and appreciation!
I have to extend my gratitude to each of you who have entered, and those who were encouraging along the way. I’m sure those with a piece to submit appreciated the well wishes and applause as well, as they were all given so honestly and freely. It’s a beautiful sight to see when art is shared and enjoyed on any scale, great or small. Though this contest was just one corner of an artistic world, I was happy to live here for a time, and hope you were as well.
I started earlier this evening tallying votes, and was glad for the added time. Several people voted multiple times and several voted without having entered. Some voted using alternate ID’s than those attached to their entries. Some voted via anonymous email. Eeep! I should have planned much better! But, the collection of votes declared a clear winner regardless, and I would like to introduce the over-all winner as Katerina Balarinova! Congratulations Katerina for Fan Favorite! You will be receiving a surprise piece of jewelry from the Nicole Hanna collection.
Fan Favorite: Katerina Balarinova
The judges also had themselves quite a time in determining their favorites, between the seven of us, a single winner arose the victor. Both for personality and its craftmanship. Congratulations to Susan Sutherland for Judges Favorite! You will be receiving the finished “Finish It!” design, as detailed in the Hidden Heart tutorial.
Judged Favorite: Susan Sutherland
Thank you again to everyone for your participation and patience while I still find myself sorting through the best means for hosting these contests, of which I am planning many many more! I ask that the winners email me their address at email@example.com so I can ship their winnings promptly! Also, if any entrant has yet to receive the finished (“Hidden Heart”) tutorial, please email me and I will get that to you as soon as possible. I apologize for all the confusion regarding emails and hope to have the process better streamlined in the future. And I hope you enjoyed yourselves, whether entered or whether viewing the gorgeous pieces. I’m already looking forward to the next one!