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Forest Journey Mystery Challenge

Last year, we had our first-ever competition!  It was a huge success and a lot of people were really excited about participating in the Tribes: Competition Challenge.  We get asked all the time when we're going to do another one.  Even though we've done over 40 design kit challenges, we're always reluctant to make the kits about competition.  To us, it's not about winners or losers.  When we created the challenges, we set out to inspire others to create and to see how different the same materials could be transformed in the hands of each individual artist.  It really is humbling when we think about the hundreds of kits that have been shipped all over the world and how those kits have turned into amazing works of art!

The community that has emerged around the kits is one that we hold dear and is one that is both kind and encouraging.  When there's so much in this world that asks us to be divided, the kits are a reminder that we are stronger and better together.  To celebrate our community and to recognize and reward exceptional design, the Forest Journey Mystery Challenge was created!
Before I go further, I want to stress that while there is certainly a competition aspect of this particular challenge, the option to participate in that portion is completely voluntary!  We do not want people to be dissuaded from engaging in the challenge because they feel they're not qualified (for whatever reason) to be in the competition.  This is open to all skill levels and we encourage participation from beginners to long-time makers!

When we created the concept of this challenge, we thought about the hero's journey.  Often times the protagonist of the story in faced with entering the woods.  They must leave behind the status quo and go on a journey.  Usually it's a scary prospect.  The forest is a place of mystery and many times it can be perceived as a foreboding place.  But the forest is also a place where remarkable things can happen.  Into the woods, the hero of the quest can find amazing gifts and insight.  Despite the initial challenge, hidden in the sheltering embrace of branches and trunks the hero stumbles upon unexpected friendships, ardent bravery, otherworldly magics, and a deeper knowledge.  It is a place where magic swords are found, wells of wisdom burble forth, and champions are born.

So... here's the deal:  Participants of the challenge will purchase a kit.  No one knows what's in it except for us.  We'll send them out and folks will get a SURPRISE when they open the box!  Don't worry, it'll be a good one!  (I will say that the colors were based off the forest, in shades of vibrant greens, burnished coppers, and earthy browns.)  Mystery Challengers will have several weeks to make something with the kit.  They can use as much or as little of the kit as they like and can supplement the kit with beads from their own stash if they so desire.  And then... on Thursday, April 13th, 2017 we'll share all the creations in our Facebook group.  CLICK HERE to visit our Facebook group just for our design challenges.

The Reveal date is Thursday, April 13th, 2017!

From April 13th to April 20th, all of the members of the Facebook group can vote for one of their favorite designs (but not their own).  The judges will narrow down the top selections and award a prize to one deserving designer.  The prize is composed of a signed copy of Cynthia Thornton's Enchanted Adornments, a selection of fine pewter pieces from Green Girl Studios, Czech glass, recycled sari silk ribbon, bronzite, waxed Irish linen, copper-plated filigree beads, serpentine, and coconut shell beads!  The prize is worth over $120 retail!  (And like all good mysteries, there might be some surprise prizes for other participants who don't snag the grand prize!)

Judges' deliberation concludes and the winner will be announced Saturday, April 22nd, 2017!

Now, here's the fine print:  There are only 40 Design Kits available!  (Unfortunately we can't make more if we sell out, because some of the components are vintage and are hard to find.)  Once we receive your order, we will process your kit and send it out within ten business days.  Usually it's faster than that, but we like to make sure that there is plenty of time to make the kits perfect.  HURRY!  Supplies are limited and are on a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE basis!  (Sorry, no exceptions!)

I also wanted to mention that all the Design Kits will be shipped with Priority mail.  This can take anywhere from one business day to ten.  For international orders, it may take longer!  If you know it takes a long time to reach your destination (from Southwestern Pennsylvania) please place your orders early! I will do my best to get your kit out as early as possible, but unfortunately I can't be held responsible if it arrives late due to the postal service.

All sales of the Design Kits are final and there are no returns or exchanges.

CLICK HERE to go directly to our online store to get your very own kit!