Thursday, April 1, 2010

Global Animal Blogging Event 2010

Welcome, animal lovers, to the Global Animal Blogging Event 2010!

As my regular followers know, I write often about my pets - our dog, Chunky, our cat, Buzz and our kittens, Ernie and Bert. When they all heard about the Global Animal Blogging Event 2010 and realized it would be a way to make friends with other pets in blogs, they looked at me with puppy-dog eyes and big-eyed kitty faces (you know, like Puss 'N' Boots in Shrek) and I knew I would participate. Also, my friend Holly and her pup Mabel Lou are in on the fun over at CreekHiker, and truth be told, they're really the ones who clued me in. Check out their blog, too, for a really cool glass giveaway!

If you haven't been here before, you probably have figured out that I'm a lampwork bead maker. I specialize in critter beads, ie. dogs, cats, turtles - pretty much anything with a face. So for my pet giveaway, I'm offering a handmade pet bead (made by me) of your pet. Now, there are a few breeds of dog I'm not as skilled at making, and if you happen to win and your pet falls into one of those trickier categories, then I'll just make you a fun dog bead (blue dogs are very fun) or something comparable. But if you have a Boston terrier, a pug, a wiener dog, a chihuahua . . . you're in luck! Either way, you'll get a pet bead from me.

All you have to do is leave a comment after this post, and be SURE to leave me a way to reach you if you win. Winners will be announced on April 18. Thanks for stopping by!

An example of my custom dog bead work. More dogs are in my Etsy shop.

I'm really excited to be involved in the first year of this global pet blogging event. And get this - it's organized by a teacup chihuahua named Twinkie. Check out Twinkie's blog and book (yes, this little pooch has a book!) HERE. Then click the icon in my sidebar to visit more animal blogs in this global event!


  1. I sure could use another chihuahua bead! How fun, I'll have to check out other blog now too!

  2. Lauren I would love to have a Maybeads bead!

  3. We found you through Twinkie and think this would be a great prize!

    Dory's Mom Beth

  4. Ohmidogness! We found you through Twinkie's site and think your beads are so very much wonderful. I might be kinda hard to do (seeing as how I'm pretty much one of a kind) but you could prolly do my Brudder Ranger.

    I'm pawticipating in GABE, too. Come on over and check out what I'm giving away.

    Wiggles & Wags,

  5. oh my!! my mommy would love to win something sooo awesome!! maybe you can follow my blog at

    wags and licks

  6. Hmm, so if I look at you with my puppy eyes and ask for a pig instead? Sorry, I just love your work and I found the pigs adorable, just like the dogs and other animals. Great post and I want to thank you for making this a better experience for all of us.

  7. Yes! Pigs are allowed! Any critter - doesn't have to be your pet. :)

  8. this is great lauren...what a wonderful blog event...eileen :)

  9. What adorable bead critters!


  10. Howdy!
    We're Auggie and Riley of the BooDee BooDah Tribe and we're pawticipating in GABE! You have such lovely beads, too! Be sure to check our blog out too.

    Sniffs and Licks,
    Auggie and Riley

  11. Wow... I didn't know you were so talented you could do a cat-that-will-learn-to-leave-my-crafts-alone-if-I-have-to-tickle-her-to-death bead!

  12. We are meeting so many talented artists through GABE! Love your sample doggie :)

  13. Your bead work is amazing!!

    Thank you for a great give away!


  14. hihi mama maybeads!! i'm comin' over to visit from miss twinkie's GABE page. it's nice to meet ya'll!
    my mama and i just love and adore your beads! it would be most super special if we were to win one!
    please stop by my bloggie for a visit! i am doin' a GABE give-away, too. :)
    the booker man

  15. Lauren makes great rotties too! We have a Mabel Lou bead!

    Fun event Lauren!

  16. Lauren, I can see my name on it:)!

  17. oooh.... I guess it would take lotsa glass to make a bead that was a great Dane huh? Plus my splotches may make things complicated... Either way you are super talented!

    woof - Tucker

  18. Tucker - I've made two great Dane beads, and one looked a whole lot like you. I have more trouble with the furrier dogs, like poodles or lhaso apsos (not sure if the spelling is right). But big dogs with big snouts - bring it on!

  19. O the Chunky, Buzz, Ernie and Bert (Chunky, my pal... you are outnumbered!!!) and also your the Mom!

    I am so happy for the GABE on a counta I am meetin all kinda new friends!

    I don't believe I have ever seen any fing like these beautiful bead animals. They are so awesome I call my the Mom over to take a look and she say... "WOW!" and then scroll a round and she really love your work!

    Me and my brother the Bleu are Golden Retrievers and speakin for myself, I would be happy to sit for your artistry!

    Fank you so much for stoppin by my blog. I fink we are all winners on a counta this is big opportunity to meet pups and kittehs and peoples who fink and love like we do!

    wif love from the Luke

  20. Hi Lauren - Look at all these doggy bead lovers! You already made me into a bead.... I just wanted to say woof to you <..>,
    Love and licks, Comet Z Dawg

  21. Holy smokes, you are one talented woman. We is just truely amazed by your craftiness...really!!!
    Thanks for coming by our bloggie, it is much appreciative.
    PS i would look just beautiful as bead, wink, wink!

  22. My Mum and I love your beads, they are magnificent. Well done !
    Love, Bella.

  23. Dad ordered 'Bluebird' of happiness for Mum, because she loves birds (she draws and paints them) , but it's a surprise !
    Your little dog is very cute...
    Love, Bella.

  24. Hurro nice to meet you, and your fur family!
    What a very talented lady you is. I think I fall into the tricky category but maybe you could do a rabbit if I woned?
    Anyways, i would like to enter.
    ~lickies, Ludo

  25. Gosh! What beautiful work you do! And I feel so lucky to be a doxie right now ;o) Nice to meet you! You can contact me through my profile or my blog. Have a happy Easter!

  26. Count me in Lauren! I would love to have another wiener dog, or any dog for that matter... :)

  27. You are just adorable!

    And your mini-me is just as cute!

    Chasing my tale...
    Addie, Lucie and Hailey

  28. What a great giveaway.. Count us in!

    Please stop on by our blog and visit with us.

    Pugs & Kisses,

    Yoda & Brutus

  29. Your beads are fantastic! Glad to have found you through GABE!

  30. Woof the Words to all pet parents and their friends ...

    **** "Adopt, don't Shop!!!" ****

    Rescue a canine companion, and help stop puppy mills in the USA!!!

  31. So glad to meet you! Can't believe such talent that exists in the blogging community! Wowzers! What a great giveaway and also wonderful way to meet new pals! Cheers to Twinkie!
    Hugs xo

  32. Awesome cool beads. How do you feel about making an excessively handsome black miniature schnauzer??

    If I am your winner you can reach me by leaving a comment on my blog.

    Please stop by my blog and enter my GABE giveaway!

  33. Woof! Woof! Fellow GABE participant. Good to meet you. Looking forward to your visit to my blog and be blog friends. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

  34. We would love to win a dachsund bead. That would be so cool.
    Love Ruby & Penny
    Pees - stop by & visit our GABE post.

  35. furry nice to meet ya'll
    the houston pittie pack here and we wanted to come ofur and say howdy and how do you do??
    you guys are quite the cute puppers
    maybe we can be furryends
    pibble sugars and wee wags
    the pittie pack

  36. Greetings from Piappies World!

    Your GABE giveaway is really such a work of art and we hope we win.

    So sorry to not been able to post earlier. We actually thought we did, it's a good thing we were visiting you today.

    We are happy to be friends and we really love GABE for bringing furry friends together. Weeeee

    -Fudgie, Princess, Frappie, Mocha, Sugar & the Piappies

  37. Hi! I just became a fan on Facebook and love your stuff!

    I am an animal lover, too, with Coco, the silky terrier, Inferno the fire salamander, Dorthy the fan tailed goldfish, and Lola, a yorkie-poo we may be adopting.

    Looking forward to seeing more of your work!
    -Suzann Slacik Wilson

  38. Love your beads. I look at your etsy page everyday and always get a smile.

  39. I just saw your items for the first time, So funny and so cute...As told per my min poodle Sugar....

  40. i adore your work lauren! you captured the little dog perfectly! you're so talented! i can't wait to add more to my collection!


    jennifer reid coderre

  41. Purchased a (generic) Pandora necklace specifically for Dana and Glo. They just love "hanging around" my neck! Keep the cuties coming!
    Cheryl Faust

  42. Very Fun, we have a pet spider!!!
    He lives the high life in our house feasting on many little bugs!!