Sunday, October 26, 2014

Octoberfest 2014 Third Annual Autumn Splendor Blog Hop Reveal

I am so excited to be a first time participant in Toltec Jewel's Octoberfest blog hop!  I love when Rita hosts a blog hop; she is always extremely generous and the beads she provides us are wonderful.  This time, however, the hop is a bit different.  The whole premise of this hop is to celebrate Autumn.   You don't have to make jewelry.   Some of the suggestions that Rita makes for the hop include,  creating a fall craft,  have a get together, carve a pumpkin or any combination of autumnal themed activities you can think of.  I can't wait to see what everyone has done!

Fall is one of my favorite seasons.   I remember when I was a girl and lived in the Suburbs of Chicago, what a great time of year this was.  We don't get much Fall down here in Florida, (It is in the 80's as I write this), but I do remember hayrides, apple picking, the scent of freshly made cinnamon donuts at the Wauconda apple orchard, and that crisp feel of the season in the air.  Now, Fall reminds me of birthdays (there are several this time of year), festive fun for children,  the upcoming holidays and a time of renewal.  

To celebrate the season, I made several pieces of jewelry (of course!!)  and a Halloween themed card.  All of my jewelry pieces were pumpkin themed.  I used different lampwork glass pumpkins that could be worn all the way through Thanksgiving.

Handmade lampwork glass pumpkins highlighted with carnelian rondelles and sparkly silver beads 

Wonderful patina-ed leaves, lampwork glass lentil shaped pumpkins and some sparkly crystals in champagne and burnt sienna. 

Czech glass rondelles in yellow and red, lampwork pumpkins and crystals.

Finally,  a handmade Halloween card.  I embossed the leaves and added a fun Victorian inspired Halloween greeting.  Little autumnal flowers complete the design.

I had so much fun participating in Octoberfest.  Thank you again, Rita for making all of this happen.   Make sure to stop by and see what all the other participants have created!

Toltec Jewels                            Jewel School Friends (hostess)

Dini Bruinsma                 

Marybeth Rich                          http:/     
(You are here)

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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Monday, October 20, 2014

We're All Ears October Reveal

I'm late!  I'm late!! And I don't have a cute pocket watch!  Friday was the reveal date for this month's We're All Ears October Reveal over at Earrings Everyday  I couldn't get the right photograph for my earrings,  and then time got caught up with me and this was the first moment I had to update my blog.  

This month, Erin motivated us with marbleizing.   I haven't really thought much of this as an artistic technique, but it does remind me of when I was younger and loved to drag different shades of paint through each other to create those watery, wavy designs.   I wasn't quite sure what to focus on this time around and was just going to work with color when I had an idea.  

I took some paper strips I had from an old magazine cover and rolled my own paper beads.  I love making paper beads.  They are a great way to relax and you can make them almost anywhere.  I hand glue then though, so I do tend to get a bit sticky, but if you used a brush that wouldn't happen to you.   I love how the colors from the magazine cover remind me of the inspiration photo.   Lines of color intersperse through each other, just like dragging a paint brush through a pool of paint.  

I added some peacock shaded crystal bicones, aqua seed beads and drum spacer beads to complete my design.   I Love how they have a bohemian look and the sparkle of those crystals is just wonderful!

Make sure to check in at this month's reveal to see what everyone else has created!
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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Be Thankful Blog Hop Update

Just wanted to post an update... all paid kits were mailed out at the end of last week, so they should be to you very soon.   There are only 3  kits left so if you commented on the sign up thread and did not pay,  please secure your kit now.  Also, if you haven't joined in yet but still want to...feel free, all the details are in the post below this one.

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Be Thankful Blog Hop Sign Up

November is a wonderful time of year.   We are fully immersed in all the beauty that is Fall.   Even in Florida, there are signs that the seasons are changing and the summer's heat slips away.  Our thoughts turn to family and friends as we make plans for Thanksgiving and in my family it also means birthdays!! November is a big birthday month around here.  

All of these great memories and reminders often have me thinking about the things I am thankful for.   So this November, I would love to work with 12 other jewelry artists on a Blog Hop that focuses on what we are thankful for.  Is it your family?  The love of your life?  Your creativity?  Being able to do what you enjoy?  Join us and show what you are thankful for.

This hop will focus on Czech glass beads.  I will be including a selection of rondelles, faceted, Druk, coins, drops and cruller beads in a range of amber, green, blue, gold, orange and red.   All the colors of autumn.  And because I am thankful for special friends, I have asked a talented jewelry designer who I am blessed to call friend to create the clasps for this challenge.   Cova Cobalt of Cobalt and Copper is a very talented metal artist, and I am so excited about having her clasps in the hop!

You are free to use as much or as little of the kit as you would like to create your designs.   The only requirement is that the clasp must be used in one of your pieces.   I do hope that you would use a lot of the included beads, but it is not required.

Each kit is $16  plus $2 for shipping.   Please use the Paypal button below to purchase your kit and either comment below with your blog address, include it in a note with your purchase or email it to me. Act fast,  because this blog hop is limited to only 12 participants.  I will be emailing all participants as well with instructions and a reminder as the hop gets closer.  

Please click on the button here to purchase your kit

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