I have won some awards at little regional shows and stuff, but mostly just given the stuff away. It feels good to do that. Especially if I know the person will enjoy it. Jewelry is hard to make for someone, it is just too personal.
Sort of like Grandma's sweater that she made for you and you only wear when she comes to town. You know she worked hard and it is well made, but she doesn't really know what you like because she lives in Cleveland and you only see her once a year and that isn't so much fun because they live in the country and because .... wait - too much. Anyway, this is my first real check and it will buy some tools!