Still time to Bid on Art Charms for BOC

Please visit the fundraiser for Beads of Courage. The auctions end Monday.







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2014 Art Charm Swap and Ebay Auction for BOC

Welcome and thank you for coming to visit. All links in this post should open in a new window. :) Please visit the Ebay Auction here! All proceeds go directly to Beads of Courage through the Ebay Gives program, so bid with confidence. Thank you to Jen Cameron of Glass Addictions for hosting this event. You can visit her Blog, visit her Store, or follow her on Flickr to find out more about her. If that’s not enough, she is also a contributor to Art Jewelry Elements.

So what did I make? This year’s theme is SOAR. At first I thought I would encase feathers in resin. But then, I thought about what would mean something to me personally. It’s probably the fact that Saving Mr. Banks has been making us all remember Mary Poppins. There’s that lovely lyric about “send it soaring, up through the atmosphere, up where the air is clear. Oh let’s go fly a kite!”

So I did this:

Starting BOC charms

In Progress Back of Kites

2014BOC Charm_Aqua

I also sent in one of the Blackbird charms I made so I hope it raises some money too! (

Not your cup of tea? Please consider donating directly to Beads of Courage. Do you make beads? Please consider making some beads to send directly to the children; you can donate them here. Or, find a charm that speaks to you and go bid!

2014 Art Charm Exchange Participants

Jennifer Cameron:

Alenka Obid:

Alicia Marinache:

Andrea Glick:

Caroline Dewison:

Cassi Paslick:

Cate van Alphen:

Cheri Reed:

Chris Eisenberg:

Cory Tompkins:

Elizabeth Auld:

Genevieve Gabbert:

Jami Shipp:

Jenny Davies-Reazor:

Jill Bradley:

Kim Dworak:

Lee Koopman:

Lennis Carrier:

Lesley Watt:

Mallory Hoffman:

Melissa Trudinger:

Michelle McCarthy:

Monique Urquhart:

Moriah Betterly:

Nancy Dale:

Nancy Smith:

Niky Sayers:

Perri Jackson:

Renetha Stanziano:

Shai Williams:

Sheila Prosterman:

Susan Delaney:

Susan Kennedy:

Terri DelSignore:

Toltec Jewels:

Vanessa Gilkes:


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Art Charm Fundraiser Postponed to November 25


Here’s a little teaser of my charms:


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3rd Annual Octoberfest Blog Hop 2014

Autumn is my favorite time of the year and Toltec Jewels always has amazing blog hops to inspire us all. When I signed-up to join I didn’t know we were moving to a different state. Eek! I am in the middle of unpacking so my office looks like this:

Unpacking OfficeThat’s my excuse for taking over the dining room table and I’m sticking to it.

Taking OverBesides trying to make earrings, I am painting and recovering some displays to use in the gift boutique that will be selling my jewelry. That’s my good news for this month! It’s so funny the way things go. This is our first month in a new city so we don’t know anyone. I’m sure some of you know how hard it is to break in to a new art scene: they can be cliquish and it can take a while to network. It doesn’t help that I have now lived in four states in the past six years.  Yesterday, I was chatting with a local artist and she liked my jewelry so I will work in her shop and sell there, starting tomorrow. I am really not unpacked enough to do that…

I still wanted to participate in the blog hop, so here are some earrings I put together using my polymer clay beads and some beads I received as a gift. They”ll go great with my costume.

Halloween EarringsI also made a silver pair with lava and crystals.

Halloween Earrings 2I have a few decorations up to get us in the spirit:

Halloween BuffetOf course, I have hung some of my favorite pieces of art to get them off the floor and out of the way while we unpack:

DoD WallIf you saw my post for this same blog hop two years ago, you know I love Day of the Dead/ Mexican Folk Art. I get to look at these year round. I know it might seem strange that Durga is there, but she can hang where she wants! (She is Durga, after all.)

Thank you for stopping by. Wish me luck and I hope you all have a safe holiday season. Please come back November 14th for my Beads of Courage Art Charm Reveal and information about the auction!!!!  Please visit the other participants also:

Participating Artists

Toltec Jewels                            Jewel School Friends (hostess)

Dini Bruinsma                 

Marybeth Rich                          http:/

Mary Govaars                 

Mischelle Andrade-Fanucchi

Karin Grosset Grange     

Andrea Zenith Glick        

Nan Smith                      

Linda Anderson                        http://CherryOnTopDesign.Co

Becky Pancake              

Melissa Trudinger           

Lennis Carrier                

Sue Kennedy                 

Kim Dworak                  

Jo-Ann Woolverton        

Jennifer Reno                 

Veralynne Malone          

Lori Schneider                

Shaiha Williams              

Alisa Siceloff                  

Pam Traub                     

Cryss Thain                    

Maria Lourdes Rios       

Kathy Lindemer             

Carolyn Lawson            

Blanca Medina              

Debbie Rasmussen        

Heather Richter             

Kathleen Breeding         

Carol Dillman                

Chris Eisenberg             

Rebecca Sirevaag          

Sam Waghorn                

Sherri Stokey                 

Gina Hockett                 

Michelle McCarthy        

Michelle Buettner           

Dana Hickey                  

Claire Fabian                  

Cynthia Abner                

Renetha Stanziano          

Jami Shipp                     


Gloria Allen                   

Lisa Johnson                   

Marde Lowe                  

Jill Bradley                      

Toni Gifford                    

Shawnda D’Arcy            

RaMona Woolson          

Esterina Jagiella              

Sandra McGriff              

Mary McGraw               

Alenka Obid                  

Marianne Baxter            

Ann Schroeder              

Inge von Roos                

Robin Reed                    

Suzanne Berk                 

Mowse Doyle                

Diana Miglionico Shiraishi


Andrea Rivers                

Janine Lucas                  

Tanya McGuire              

Anindita Basu                

Mitzie Crider                 

Deb Fortin                     

Cynthia Kent Machata   

Cheri Reed                    

Laurel Hanson               

Ingrid Anderson            

Karla Morgan                

Lori Anderson               

Louise Mccormick-Glazier

Jasvanti Patel                

Susan Kelly                  

Lee Koopman              

Carol Briody                

Kathy Lindemer          

Renetha Stanziano      

Divya N                     

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Art Charm Auction Alert

Stay tuned for more details and save the date.


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Choosy Chicks Choose Chicklets Challenge (c5) Reveal

I’m honored to be a part of another design challenge led by the generous and talented Toltec Jewels aka Rita Avila. I always find it fun to see what other designers will do with the same bead. The featured bead was made by Sue Kennedy of SueBeads.


They’re all so pretty it wouldn’t matter which color I received, right?

I love to age, paint, and patina brass…but I love raw brass too. It may have to do with my love of vintage things and yard art, and it’s not for everyone since it is not finished, polished and may age in strange ways. Even though this blog hop was scheduled on Sunday and I had a different blog hop on Saturday, I made this piece first and it influenced my other piece. I don’t like to match, preferring complementary pieces and I love to use whatever I find lying on my table so I ended up with a nice set without purposely trying. All I need to make are earrings now.

First I curved the stamping on my mandrel.

1 blankThen I beaded it here and there.

2 cuff

Finally I added my colors to complement the bead. I really wanted to highlight the bead and make it the focal so I hope Sue likes it.

3 beading

4 whole

Please join me in seeing what the other artists have made:



Guest of Honor & Featured Artist: Susan Kennedy

Sue Kennedy’s blogs:                   

Art Jewelry Elements

Sue Kennedy’s website

SueBeads Art Beads


Toltec Jewels                                 



Linda Anderson                             

Jennifer Reno                                 

Shirley Moore                               

Kristen Stevens

Marybeth Rich                               

Jael Thorp                                     

Melissa Trudinger                           

Andrea Glick

Nan Smith

Blanca Medina

Shai Williams                                 

Carolyn Lawson                             

Rana Wilson                                   

Robin Reed                                   

Robin Showstack                           

Sheila Prosterman                           

Karla Morgan                            

Kari Asbury                                   

Kelly Rodgers

Jayne Capps                                 

Mischelle Andrade Fanucchi         

Heather Richter                             

Chris Eisenberg                             

Kathleen Breeding

Linda Landig                                 


Crystal Thain                                 

Cheri Reed                                   

Heather d-Entremont                     

Dini Bruinsma                               

Lori Schneider                               

Tammy Adams

Melinda Orr                                 

Lennis Carrier                               

Cynthia Machata                           

Elizabeth Hodges                         

Debbie Rasmussen                       

Tanya McGuire                             

Charlie Jacka

Ev Shelby                                     

Sharyl McMillian-Nelson             

Jasvanti Patel                             

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Haby Blog Hop Reveal

When Melissa Trudinger ( offered to host a blog hop focusing on jewelry design using components from the haberdashery department–buttons, ribbons, lace, etc–I jumped at the chance, since I have a plethora of such things just sitting here unused. Apparently, my brain didn’t engage with the fact that I can’t sew. As usual, I got an idea quickly and went with it…until I realized I needed something to sew on, and something to sew with. My husband when out and got me some needles and thread.

1ThreadIt’s a good thing he repairs his own clothes and will be able to make great use of these because I have no idea what to do with them. Wire, however, is my friend. I’m sure there is something you’re supposed to sew beads on, but since I have no idea what that is, I grabbed my wallpaper. I love using wallpaper.

At this point, I should tell you that I am in the process of packing to move. I decided to use things on my table so I wouldn’t have to put them away to pack; I have done this before with mixed results, but I like making myself use what is lying around.

2PartsI had my husband drill some holes for me while I cut out my wallpaper. My necklaces tend to be around 16-18 inches but I wanted to make a longer necklace this time. Longer necklaces tend to twist around when I walk, so I wanted the focal to be double-sided. As I was using brass and steel, I decided to paint the back of the wallpaper silver and go for a mixed metal look by adding gunmetal wire.


There was a broken necklace on my table that someone sent me (my friends know I love to recycle and re-purpose so I get some interesting things in the mail on occasion).


There was some silk sari ribbon along with a charm/pendant I had already started as well as some shell buttons from Rita ( on my desk also.


It’s at this point things went “pear shaped.” The screws I had did not match in size and didn’t fit in the nuts. Then, I had a little melt down when I realized that if I used the screws in the holes my husband drilled, I still had no way to hang the focal. D’oh!


Round two of drilling commenced and I realized that I really wanted to hammer the plates also. Once I looked at the charm I had thought to use to hang on the bottom, I remembered an amazing beaded charm (on the right below) I own made by the talented Karin Grosset Grange (


The charm was part of the exchange and fundraiser auction for Beads of Courage that was hosted by Jennifer Cameron ( last year.

This Haby challenge turned out to be more difficult than I envisioned. I’m really pleased with the final product. Here is the “front”:

Front 1

Front 2

And here is the “back”:

Front 3

See that little blue dagger? That bead was in a little bag of mixed beads that Melissa sent me, so she is in my necklace not just in spirit, but literally too!

Please visit the other designers participating in the hop:


Melissa Trudinger                                 

Ann Schroeder                                       

Tammy Adams                                     

Amanda Wacasey                                 

Dolores Raml                                         

Divya N                                                 

Michelle McCarthy                               

DiYana Brooks                                       

Robin Kae Reed                                     

Andrea Glick                                         

Karin Grosset Grange                         

Mitzie Crider                                         

Janine Lucas   (will post Sunday)

Rosantia Petkova                                 

Susan Kennedy                                     

Leithleach Alainn Seodra     

Kathleen Breeding                               

Shiraz Biggie                                       

Chris Eisenberg                                     

Heather Richter                                   

Lennis Carrier                                       

Rebecca Anderson                               

Jenny Kyrlach                                         

Rita Toltec Jewels                               

Mischelle Fanucci                               

Karen Mitchell

Carol Briody                                           

Karla Morgan                                       

Carolyn Lawson                                   

Lori Anderson                                       

Jami Shipp                                             

Lili Krist                                                   

Evelyn Shelby                                         

Raissa de Guzman

Niky Sayers

Keren Panthaki


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