My talented wife Melissa entered a series of three silver pendants, Transcendence 3, into the Bead Museum DC’s Celebrating Beads competition. She found out a couple of weeks ago that she was a finalist, and tonight was the Passion for Beads Gala at which the winners were announced. Melissa, who insisted that she wasn’t going to win anything, won two things!

Melissa’s piece won 1st Place in the ‘Clay’ category for hobbyists (full-time professional artists are judged separately) AND the Best in Show: Best Handmade Bead award (which was open to both hobbyists and pros).

The photo above/right is of Melissa standing next to two of the three parts of her piece as-displayed at the gala (hers are smaller pieces, right next to her hand, labeled ‘6’).

Scott Bradford has been building web sites and using them to say what he thinks since 1995, which tended to get him in trouble with power-tripping assistant principals at the time. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from George Mason University, but has spent most of his career (so far) working on public- and private-sector web sites. He is not a member of any political party, and brands himself an ‘independent constitutional conservative.’ In addition to holding down a day job and blogging about challenging subjects like politics, religion, and technology, Scott is also a devout Catholic, gun-owner, bike rider, and music lover with a wife, two cats, and a dog.