Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Love Is In The Air

It’s been some time since I’ve posted to the blog.  Sometimes when you’ve been away for awhile things are awkward.  Well let’s not focus on what hasn’t happened and look forward to what might happen.  Let’s spread the LOVE - tis the season for fun, togetherness and romance.



valentines day hearts that fly red heart balloons textured illustrated hard iPhone 6 case



LOVE those around you.
Love yourself.
Love the world.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Art Jewelry Elements Component of the Month Reveal

Hey did you hear...I am one of the lucky winners of the Art Jewelry Elements component of the the month for November!!  The beautiful denim beads created by Kristen Stevens were a great challenge to include in one of my basic beading designs.  Not only because of the bead type but because in my reading of AJE blog posts I see the talent and experience of the group.  An inspiring group for sure.



Intimidated - YES I am was.  I decided to work within my comfort zone and settle in at my beading table.  Suddenly life got really busy and posting was placed neatly on the back burner.  The time with family was wonderful and just what my soul needed.  Plus they are always very complimentary about my jewelry making.  (wink, wink)

I went for a modern design that is a light, colorful and interesting piece to wear.  I included some colorful purple and blue jump rings that I bought at the Santa Fe Jewelers Supply to play off the circular design of the AJE component.  Then to bring it together I added silver beads, a toggle and some silver flowers that I borrowed from a long chain of large and small daisies that I purchased from the Lipstick Ranch.



Thank you Art Jewelry Elements for offering monthly giveaways and tutorials.  I am a regular follower of your blog and truly admire the work of each of your contributors.  I am thankful for having been chosen for the November component giveaway!!!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Beads of Courage


Hi friends!  Life has taken over my calendar so I haven't posted in several weeks.  I sure have missed connecting with my beading friends all across the world.  I was determined to get a post out today because many of my creative friends around the globe are participating in the Beads of Courage Art Charm Exchange on eBay.

This is a great opportunity for all of us to help this wonderful organization that connects ART to children with serious illnesses.  Beads of Courage allows these special children to “create” something fun and precious that they can carry with them during their treatments as a symbol of their unrelenting COURAGE
Handcrafted beads in various colors symbolize the different phases of treatment that the children endure; white for chemotherapy, blue for clinic visit, yellow for being away from home, brown for hair loss, etc.  The beads tell a story of the battles these precious children face daily. 
Please stop by eBay and bid on one of the unique handmade beads that these gifted artists have donated to support this worthy cause.  
 
http://beadsofcourage.org/pages/about.htm
 
Keep Creating
Karen

 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

There's Still Time

October is always a great month to launch fun activities and add snappy titles to make things fun and add a different spin to things.  Like GoogleFest or Spooktober??  It’s fun and cute!  Well this post is not about launching something new but instead guiding you towards a few events that are coming to a close in a few days.  As always I would love to hear about the events that you are participating in; locally or on the web. 
You could get your work published in an issue of Bead Style magazine.  Woo Hoo!!!
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There’s still time to register for holiday Arts & Crafts fairs all across the country.  The list is quite lengthy.  If you have more information about craft fairs in your area please share with us.  The list starts here http://www.craftsreport.com/shows-and-fairs/showfinder.html



Karen