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:/     
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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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  1. Nice to see pumpkin inspired jewelry that could be worn through the year. I love the combination of patina leaves with the beads

  2. Oh, I love your earrings. Very pretty. Lovely necklace as well.

  3. I love making cards! Sadly, I don't do it nearly often enough. The embossing is such a sweet detail. Your carnelian beads look good enough to eat :) Seriously look like candy corn, perfect for OctoberFest! Love the pumpkins too!

  4. Your pieces are all gorgeous, the colors so perfect for fall. I would love to wear these pieces. Rita's hops are indeed so much fun.

  5. Beautiful jewelry, I love what you made!

  6. Hi Marybeth, all of your designs are beautiful. It is nice that they can be worn all year no just for Halloween.

  7. Very cute jewelry and card. I especially like the earrings with the leaves.

  8. Love your jewellery♥, but the idea of making a card is a very sweet one♥ beautiful!

  9. Love your earrings, especially the first pair. All very autumny!

  10. Your designs are to perfect for this season and I just love the card.

  11. Your earrings are seasonal perfection- love the little pumpkins. As for the card- I love vintage images like those.

  12. Oh those are all beautiful! I can't decide which pumpkins are my fave.. maybe the lentils because you don't see pumpkin lentils! :)

    Oddly enough, I always consider hayrides an early spring thing, rather than a fall thing. Probably because I used to go on a hayride during the maple syrup festival, so I always link 'hay ride' with frosty air :) lol

  13. Beautiful earrings....and I truly loved the card! Never thought about make a card for Halloween....great idea!

  14. Great earrings and the card is wonderful! So creative!

  15. You were definitely inspired by autumn, I love the long necklace, it is very elegant, and it looks fun to make cards, I really like yours.

  16. We may have more fall that you (I'm in Nebraska) but we also have more winter LOL! Enjoy your Florida weather :)

  17. Personally, I love the leaf and pumpkin earrings. Everything is just gorgeous! :)

  18. Love your pieces and the Patina earrings for some reason spoke to me. I love the coloring and texture of these earrings.

  19. wow Marybeth you have really made some wonderful items. I must admit i stopped for a few seconds when i read cinnamon doughnuts! Your cute little card is adorable and your jewellery as always is beautiful.

  20. Wonderful Jewelry, love the leaves earrings! Great job! Have a Blessed Day

  21. Nice pieces. The necklace .looks easy to wear all autumn long.

  22. I really love the earrings with patina-ed leaves... and... your halloween card too!

  23. What lovely pieces! I especially like the earrings with the patina leaves. That is a great color combination. Your card is beautiful. I might have to make some Halloween cards for next year!

  24. Love your necklace and earrings. Orange is becoming my new favorite colour. So bright and cheery. Your card is also really neat. that is a skill I haven't pursued but i do appreciate the artistry involved.


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