Friday, November 15, 2013

Art Charm Swap & Beads of Courage Auction

This is my second year participating in Jennifer Cameron's 
Art Charm Swap and Auction benefiting Beads of Courage.
 100% of the money is donated to a program I'm really proud to support. 
BOC helps children with serious illnesses or long hospitalizations 
honor their story.
Each bead represents a procedure, hospital stay, surgery, etc.
This year's theme for creating-love.
I tired to think of something other than my garden as inspiration, 
but my work table looks out on it so it won again.

The pattern is by my first ever blog hop partner, Martina Nagele. She's the most amazing seed beader I've worked with. Here's the pattern she gave to the beading world. It's what she used as bead caps for the beads I sent her in that hop. So who ever has one of these know it came from an idea in Germany that was created in Japan and now lives with you. What a grand journey.
 As a military spouse, I've been fortunate enough to plant gardens in several places on this planet. Part of my gift to this world is a path of flowers. This charm was designed to show love for the world I'm grateful to be a part of. It's made with headpins, seed beads, Swarovski crystals and Fireline.
  I must say one of my favorite parts of this hop is the facebook group. Early on one member posted that during her search of inspiration she asked her husband, "How do I make love?" While it don't remember his reponse I do know it wasn't bead related. That still makes me giggle when I think about it. 

Jennifer thanks for creating a great place for us to converse while we create. It really makes the process even more enjoyable. So since I've had such a great experience both this year and last I did my best to create a second set for swapping and auction this year.

When I made this decision I was watching Letters to Juliet. Have you seen it?
Well, there is a line in that movie that inspired this next batch.
 I vowed to be absolutely un-me. 
No pressure. 
No stress. 
No judgement, self-doubt. 
Just creating my version of love for the sake of creating 
for charity and others to enjoy.
So I turned up my favorite music and started dancing. Then sat down to create these hearts inspired by the quote. Every time it was not fun or negative thoughts crept in I took a fun break till I was ready to enjoy every minute of the experience.
So these hearts are made with an overflowing happy heart. 
Yeah, life has it's dark bits as well as it's light, but you can add a silver lining to anything.
Only pic that showed silver lining.
  I must say my water bottom aluminum wire drying rack was a perfect solution when I had glazed myself into a corner.

Today's the day to start bidding on the work of these talented artists.
Tiny little masterpieces waiting for you to wear are waiting.
Click HERE to get started.

Here's what I received to give you an idea of what's in store for you to bid on.
One more great big THANKS to Jen Cameron our fabulous hostess.
I can't imagine what it took to photograph and get all these beauties ready for auction.
Don't forget to bid on some treasures to help us raise money for BOC.
Feel free to visit the other artist too.
Caroline Dewison:
Charlene Bausinger Jacka:

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Save the Date Beads of Courage Auction November 15th

This is the second year I have participated in the Beads of Courage 
Swap, Blog Hop and Auction hosted by Jennifer Cameron of Glass Addictions.
I made 22 charms in 2 different mediums and one of each of them will be 
auctioned off to raise funds for Beads of Courage

It's a wonderful program I hope you never have to use, but it's great to know it's spreading joy for those who do have children who have to endure so much medical treatment to stay here with us.
So start saving up a few dollars so when 
November 15th
 comes you can bid on some great art charms knowing 
you are also adding smiles to the faces of some of the bravest children ever created.

Wondering where the other 20 charms went? Well, there are 38 artists from 5 countries who created art charms for this auction and Jennifer is giving us a sampling of those. So check back here on the 15th of November to see what I made, what I received and then head off to get your favorites from the ebay auction.

I'm almost as excited about this as I am about Christmas! The way the artists who have already received their packages are exclaiming I'm so very impatiently waiting. Yep, that's right until my package arrives I can't see any of them either. SO come back November 15th to also get a link list for the blog hop so you can see all sorts of pictures of the charms available to bid on.

I can't wait!!!