Wednesday, September 10, 2014

**Last day to Sign Up for Art Charm Swap 2014**

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*Still hopping the Anchors Aweigh Design Challenge? Click here*

Just a quickie post today. Today is the final day to get in on Jen Cameron's  Art Charm Swap 2014... you can sign up at this link only. I have loved taking part the last two years. Not only is this a fun way to swap with other artists, but the event also features an auction which benefits the Beads of Courage program for seriously ill children.

Here are my charms for 2012

You can also view some of the beautiful charms I received in the swap for 2012 and 2013 by checking these links.

There are still a few available spots in this event. Do check right away for details at Jen's post here. I hope to see YOU there this year!

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Anchors Aweigh Design Challenge

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Welcome to the reveal and blog hop for the Anchors Aweigh Design Challenge, sponsored by Rita/Toltec Jewels of Jewel School Friends. Rita generously provided these gorgeous little anchor charms handmade by the talented Diana Ptaszynski. 

Photo shamelessly stolen from Diana's shop ;)

Thank you, Rita, for sharing your awesome idea and being so generous with your gifts :) And thanks, Diana, for creating these inspirational gems!

I was very tempted to make an earring pair with these (well, not really... I have been "off" on earrings this year LOL). Anyway, these are the designs I created:

A little cuff hand-sewn with craft rope and highlighted with waxed linen... I wanted something casual to wear on vacation. It has a peek-a-boo window to showcase one of Diana's charms:

Also a short strung necklace featuring the second charm, with some mother-of-pearl, Indonesian recycled glass and silver charms (lots of circles):

Thanks for visiting and check out these fellow bloggers :)

Featured & Honored Artist:         Diana Ptaszynski

Diana's Shop:           Suburban Girl Beads

Diana's Blogs:           Suburban Girl Studio
                                     Art Jewelry Elements

Hostess: TJ            Jewel School Friends

Bobbie Rafferty             Beadsong Jewelry

Chris Eisenberg             Wanderware

Heather Richter            Desert Jewelry Designs

Michelle McCarthy           Firefly Design Studio

Kathy Lindemer            Bay Moon Design

Dini Bruinsma            Angaza by Changes

Cynthia Machata            Antiquity Travelers

Kathleen Breeding           99 Bottles of Beads on the Wall

Linda Younkman           Lindy's Designs

Robin Reed              Artistry HCBD

Marla Gibson             Spice Box Designs

Gina Hockett             Freestyle Elements

Renetha Stanziano            Lamplight Crafts

Marianne Baxter             Simply Seablime Jewelry
Christina Miles              Wings N Scales

Marybeth Rich          A Few Words from Within the Pines

Shai Williams            Shaiha's Ramblings

Cheri Reed              Creative Designs by Cheri

Monique Urquhart (THAT'S ME!) A Half-Baked Notion

Jennifer Reno             Musings of a Crafty Jenny

Shirley Moore              Beads and Bread

Tammy Adams               Paisley Lizard

Melissa Trudinger              Bead Recipes

Jill Bradley               JillyBeads  

Saturday, July 26, 2014

CC7A July Reveal

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Welcome to the final month of our Creative Continuum of Seven Artists design challenge. For the past seven months, our little group has used beads and components sent by other members to inspire our creativity. July's awesome kit was provided by Emma of A Polymer Penchant. You can see what she sent here.

I added a few extra components to create this bracelet and earrings (my first earrings since finishing the 100 Days 100 Pairs Challenge... CAN YOU SAY BURNOUT?)  I chose some assorted pink lampwork and magenta carved bone beads, both from Yukidesigns, and coordinated 12mm shell pearls from Lima Beads.


Here are the bracelet and earrings I created with Emma's kit:

Thanks for visiting today, and thank you to Emma for the inspiration this month, and to Alicia for putting us all together in this fun group. I'm sad it's over :(

Here are the rest of our members. Some are on holiday and may post a little later :)

Christine... One Kiss Creations 
Cynthia... Antiquity Travelers 
Therese... Therese's Treasures

Friday, July 25, 2014

Last CC7A Reveal Tomorrow

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One of only a few chances I will have to post this summer, tomorrow is the reveal for month #7 (the final one... sad) of our Creative Continuum of Seven Artists. These lovely and challenging components were sent by Emma of A Polymer Penchant:

An eclectic collection, n'est-ce pas? Lots of pretty glass, kooky "Trixies" from MyELEMENTS and the gorgeous polymer clay/resin focal, handmade by Emma. (Sorry the photos don't do it justice, girl!)

The note still makes me giggle. Emma wrote, "Hope this found you and not your neighbor..." My mailman has a habit of delivering my packages one street over (same house number), but I guess I should be grateful Canada Post hasn't yet stopped door-to-door delivery, as they have threatened :(

And Emma, when you sent this in January, we were enduring bone-numbing chill for weeks on end, so you added, "...(we) should be warm then", meaning in July. We just got through several weeks of record-breaking heat and humidity. It's all a matter of perspective, isn't it? Too bad we can't bottle the extremes of temperature for a little swap now and then *TeeHee*

The following designers will be participating in this CC7A reveal with me, though a couple are on holidays and/or posting remotely, so do check back on them if you don't see their post right away. See you tomorrow!

Christine... One Kiss Creations 
Cynthia... Antiquity Travelers 
Therese... Therese's Treasures

Thursday, June 26, 2014

CC7A Reveal for June 2014: I Do!

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Welcome to reveal day for the June edition of the Creative Continuum of Seven Artists, brought to you this month by Cynthia of Antiquity Travelers. Cynthia sent some lovely components reflecting her theme, "Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue", for which she shared a little history ('cause she's good at that!)

"I picked a theme that I thought we could have some fun with that is an old adage for brides. And then I sent out the mixture to match: something old (reclaimed sari silk), something new (imperial jasper), something borrowed (several remaining leaf toggles from a ZnetShows hop) and something blue (apatite rounds). 
Meaning: It is said that something old represents continuity, something new offers optimism for the future, something borrowed symbolizes borrowed happiness, something blue stands for purity, love and fidelity and a sixpence in your show is a wish for good fortune and prosperity."

I originally wanted to make just one design incorporating all the components, but they had other plans :) The first piece I designed was a simple bracelet with the apatite rounds, which I paired with the pretty clasp sent by Cynthia, and some infinity links ('cause we all want love to last forever, right?)

I threaded through a bit of the white sari silk, but I'm not sure which look I prefer.

I recently bought multiple strands of wonderful Indonesian glass beads from my favorite supplier, Karine of Yukidesigns. One strand had the perfect pale green beads (seen at bottom of the photo) to match the striations in the imperial jasper teardrops:

I added some matching Czech beads, small silver Heishi spacers and beads, and a cord crocheted from the sari silk:

I like the contrast of the frayed and uneven silk against the cool elegance of the jasper and glass.

And the design is delicate enough to be worn as a triple-wrapped bracelet:

Thanks for dropping by! You can visit the other CC7A members here:
Christine... One Kiss Creations 
Cynthia... Antiquity Travelers 

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