Monday, November 12, 2012

Art Charm Exchange 2012

The wonderful and talented Jennifer Cameron of Glass Addictions took on the enormous task of organizing a charm swap for Beads of Courage.  Thank you, Jennifer, for allowing me to be a part of this project. 

Beads of Courage is a program many hospitals use to brighten the outlook of their pediatric patients by giving them a fun, colorful bead for each surgery, procedure, etc. that they endure.  It gives them a playful visual of how far they've come in their treatment and a tactile reminder of what they are capable of overcoming.

I like almost 50 other participants, I made 11 charms which I mailed to Jennifer back in October.
Then she sorted them all, and sent each of us one of our own charms plus 9 different charms from other participants.  The last charm from each batch is being auctioned off on eBay for BOC.

The theme was LAUGHTER which immediately brought children to mind.  While trying to figure out what to do I ran through dozens of ideas with metal stamping and polymer clay, but when I went to put my son to bed an idea hit me and held on.  So here's my inspiration:
See my silly little man?  Look behind him.  See the Mario shaped planet?  He has a game with gardens in all sorts of shapes, but his favorite part of the game is running around and around on the planets. Like I said this idea took hold, but I couldn't figure out how to translate it into a charm.  Then I was tending my flowers, and it hit me.  A round garden!  That idea still makes me laugh.  SO I set to making some.
I was trying to decide what color to make them in.  Then I read in the Facebook group Jennifer had set up for us that they didn't all have to be identical.  That's when this really got fun.  Here's what I submitted. 
Well, I kept the red one because I had forgotten we'd get one of our own back.
click any picture for a better look
I'd never made cards before, and I waited till after 10 at night to do them so yes I wrote instead of  Honestly I didn't catch that mistake till I'd made about a dozen cards for earrings too.  Oh well, it was good practice.
I have to say packaging is something the Japanese are very good at.  I love these cards and baggies.
(In case this is your first time here I live in Okinawa, Japan.  Oh and welcome!)
All bagged up and ready to go.
Now without all the waiting I went through, we'll take a peek at the fabulous charms I received.  In no particular order because I couldn't possibly choose a favorite.
first impression
Love the back of the card on the faux sea glass!
I've bought a few of these from Jeannie in the past.
I even sent one to my last BSBP partner Debbie.

blue bottle with tiny book
one of the many great page spreads in this tiny book
another great set of pages
See how tiny next to the business card.
Sandpail by Sundown Bead Design
Cupcake and smile by Jean P Designs
From our fearless and fabulous leader
This cutie from Studio Marcy may make it's way to Sam.
love the image on this card
Tell me please 'cause it's driving me and my kid crazy. "Find a happy place, find a happy place, FIND A HAPPY PLACE!"  What kid's movie is that from?  As I write this I'm watching Finding Nemo because that's my guess.  Update:  I was r-i-g-h-t!  When the "fish killer" child taps on the glass of the aquarium till the starfish falls off the starfish says the line.

The one of mine I got back.
Alrighty, off to visit the BOC auction this whole swap was about.  Please take the time to visit the eBay listings Jennifer set up, and feel free to outbid me because it's for a great cause.

Auction Site:

Then check out the other participants' posts.  There is a lot of talent involved in this swap.

Alenka Obid

Alicia Marinache

Babette Cox

Carol Watson

Carolyn Chenault

Cassi Paslick

Charlene Jacka

Cheri Reed

Cheryl McCloud

Deb Kauzlarich

Denielle Hagerman

Emma Todd

Erin Prais-Hintz

Ginger Bishop

Inge vonRoos

Jean Peter

Jeannie K Dukic

Jennifer Cameron

Kia Dallons

Kimberly Roberts

Kristi Bowman

Lea Avroch

Leslie Schenkel

Linda Florian

Lori Greenberg

Lynnea Bennett

Mallory Hoffman

Marcy Lamberson

Marsha Neal Studio

Maureen Connolly

Melissa Meman

Monique Urquhart

Natalie McKenna

Perri Jackson

Renetha Stanziano

Robin Koza

Shaiha Williams

Shannon Hicks

Shelby Foxwell

Shelley Graham Turner

Shirley Moore

Stephanie Haussler

Susan Kennedy

Toltec Jewels

Vanessa Gilkes


  1. I love your beaded beads <3 What adorable little charms you recieved!

  2. Hi Ginger,
    I love the beaded bead charms and where you got you inspiration. All of those cute little charms I can see a charm bracelet in your future. This is a wonderful cause great job to all.

  3. I love your beaded beads, they are so happy. Great job and for such a good cause.

  4. That Pretty lime green bead is my favorite, why you ask? Cuz its MINE!!! great work!! Thanks

  5. Your pieces and the ones you received are Wonderful!!! Thanks for sharing with us!

  6. OMG, Ginger - your beads are breathtaking! such a wonderful idea - love yours and everything else you got in your package too :)

  7. Ginger, I love your beaded gardens... what an awesome chain of inspiration led you to your unique creation!

  8. What an adorable charm! I love seeing all the ones you got too. That teeny book is adorable! And they are so very different from my group. Looking forward to the auction! Enjoy the day. Erin

  9. I just love your beaded beads! They are just adorable.

  10. Great beadies!!! I love yours! You got some great charms!!!!

  11. Those are COOL..and so much work! I will be looking for them in the auction.

  12. I received one of your beaded beads! Stoke! It's the sea green one, and I like it very much. I think beaded beads are going to be my next obsession. : D

  13. Wonderful charms. So colorful.

  14. We were in the same group. I like your charm a lot. I like how you did your list including pictures of their charms.

  15. totally gorgeous garden!! Mine is always overrun by weeds despite good intentions - I think I need to take up your version instead

  16. A beaded garden! Love it & love the beautiful packaging too!

  17. Your charms are just so sweet and darling! I especially love the one you got back - very delicate!


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