Sunday, October 26, 2014
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 http://www.angazabychanges.blogspot.nl/
Marybeth Rich http:/forestofjewels.blogspot.com/ (You are here)
Mary Govaars http://www.mlhjewelrydesigns.com/
Mischelle Andrade-Fanucchi http://micheladasmusings.blogspot.com
Karin Grosset Grange http://ginkgoetcoquelicot.blogspot.fr
Andrea Zenith Glick http://zenithjade.blogspot.com/
Nan Smith http://wirednan.blogspot.com
Linda Anderson http://CherryOnTopDesign.Co
Becky Pancake http://beckypancakebeaddesigns.blogspot.com
Melissa Trudinger http://beadrecipes.wordpress.com/
Lennis Carrier http://windbent.wordpress.com/
Sue Kennedy http://suebeads.blogspot.com/
Kim Dworak http://www.cianciblue.blogspot.com/
Jo-Ann Woolverton http://itsabeadifulcreation.blogspot.ca
Jennifer Reno http://jenrenjewelry.blogspot.com/
Veralynne Malone http://veradesigns.blogspot.com
Lori Schneider http://beadaddicted.blogspot.com/
Shaiha Williams http://shaihasramblings.blogspot.com/
Alisa Siceloff http://armoredmermaid.blogspot.com
Pam Traub http://www.klassyjoolz.blogspot.com/
Cryss Thain http://beaddragons.blogspot.com/
Maria Lourdes Rios http://mlourdes24.blogspot.com
Kathy Lindemer http://bay-moon-design.blogspot.com/
Carolyn Lawson http://Carolynscreationswa.blogspot.com
Blanca Medina http://www.peru-medesigns.com/
Debbie Rasmussen www.Kepirasmussen.blogspot.ca
Heather Richter http://desertjewelrydesigns.blogspot.com/
Kathleen Breeding http://99bobotw.blogspot.com/
Carol Dillman http://dillmansdallies.blogspot.com/
Chris Eisenberg www.wanderware.blogspot.com
Rebecca Sirevaag www.godsartistinresidence.blogspot.com
Sam Waghorn http://palemooncreation.blogspot.co.uk
Sherri Stokey www.KnotJustMacrame.com
Gina Hockett www.freestyleelements.blogspot.com
Michelle McCarthy http://fireflydesignstudio.blogspot.com
Michelle Buettner http://www.MiShelDesigns.blogspot.com
Dana Hickey http://magpieapproved.blogspot.com
Claire Fabian http://saraccino.blogspot.com
Cynthia Abner http://createdtreasures.blogspot.com
Renetha Stanziano http://lamplightcrafts.blogspot.com
Jami Shipp http://CelebratingLifewithDaMamaShipp.blogspot.com
Gloria Allen http://www.wingsandbeads.blogspot.com/
Lisa Johnson http://spudandmrsbutters.blogspot.com
Marde Lowe http://fancimardesigns.blogspot.com
Jill Bradley http://chat2jill.blogspot.com
Toni Gifford https://plus.google.com/+ToniG28
Shawnda D'Arcy https://www.facebook.com/JewelryByShawnda
RaMona Woolson http://jerseygirlsbeadwork.blogspot.com
Esterina Jagiella http://ekleijar.blogspot.com
Sandra McGriff http://skyescreativechaos.blogspot.com
Mary McGraw http://mkaymac.blogspot.com
Alenka Obid http://pepita-handmade.blogspot.com
Marianne Baxter http://simplyseablimejewelry.blogspot.com
Ann Schroeder www.beadlove.wordpress.com
Inge von Roos http://ingetraud.wordpress.com
Robin Reed http://willowdragon.blogspot.com
Suzanne Berk https://www.facebook.com/IRescueJewelryDesign
Mowse Doyle http://mowsemadethis.blogspot.com
Diana Miglionico Shiraishi http://jasmineteadesigns.blogspot.com
Andrea Rivers http://turtlesoupcreative.blogspot.com
Janine Lucas http://esfera.me/travel/blog/travel-stories
Tanya McGuire http://tanyamcguire.blogspot.com
Anindita Basu http://alankarshilpa.blogspot.com
Mitzie Crider http://needfulluxuries.blogspot.com
Deb Fortin http://studiok24.blogspot.ca
Cynthia Kent Machata http://antiquitytravelers.blogspot.com
Cheri Reed http://creativedesignsbycheri.blogspot.com
Laurel Hanson http://stonewingdesigns.com/blogs/stonewingdesignsblog
Ingrid Anderson http://lilisgems.wordpress.com/
Karla Morgan http://Texaspepperjams.blogspot.com
Lori Anderson www.PrettyThings.com
Louise Mccormick-Glazier http://lilyandjasmine.blogspot.com/
Jasvanti Patel http://jewelrybyjasvanti.blogspot.com
Susan Kelly http://midlifegreaterexpectations.blogspot.com/
Lee Koopman http://stregajewellry.wordpress.com/
Carol Briody http://cbriody.blogspot.com/
Kathy Lindemer http://bay-moon-design.blogspot.com/
Renetha Stanziano http://lamplightcrafts.blogspot.com/
Divya N http://www.jewelsofsayuri.com/
Monday, October 20, 2014
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!
Sunday, October 12, 2014
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.
Thursday, October 2, 2014
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