Aside from intense heat and far more rain than wanted or needed, June has certainly been an excellent month for me!  Not only did I spend two relaxing weeks on the west coast of Ireland, but upon my return home, a package from Fire Mountain Gems and Beads that I had eagerly looked forward to was awaiting me. It contained “Elements” (the silver-gold-gemstone necklace I had submitted to FMG’s 2018 “Metals Jewelry” contest), a framed photo of the necklace and Honorable Mention Award plus a gift certificate!  Additionally, the July 2018 FMG catalog was tucked in the stack of mail that had accumulated during my absence.  Upon paging through the catalog, I discovered a full page showing the “Fleurs et Papillons” bead-embroidered polymer clay collar, my winning entry in the 2017 “Creative Clays” contest. What a super surprise to come home to!  Now I’d better get my shopping list together…more colorful Delica beads and jewelry-making goodies are in my future! Thank you so much Fire Mountain Gems and Beads!