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Sunday, September 28, 2014

A Violin Made Of WHAT??

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Thought everyone might enjoy this short video featuring a violin MADE OF BURLAP, by self-taught inventors Christos and Areti, who create all sorts of amazing eco-instruments in their studios in Komotini, in the northeastern part of Greece. See lots more on their website ArtEcoArt

I'm no expert, but this sounds pretty amazing to me!







Have a great week everyone!

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 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

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