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Challenge of Color Blog Hop

Erin Prais-Hintz, that wonderful woman, hosts quarterly challenges and November is the month for the Challege of Color!  I was lucky enough to be included in the hop, and I chose Algerian Abstract out of the two palettes she sent me.   The palettes came from the US Geological Service from their LandSat Project:
"Our Earth as Art: A Landsat Perspective" is a collection of spectacular satellite images acquired by the Landsat 7 satellite.  These remarkable portraits of earth were selected for their aesthetic value. The color enhanced satellite images show astonishing patterns and abstractions of vivid colors and fantastic shapes. The collection was originally developed to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Landsat program -- the United States' oldest land-surface observation satellite system that captures remotely sensed images of the earth's land surface and surrounding coastal regions. A series of satellites have been launched since 1972, with Landsat 5 and 7 cur…

AJE Component of the Month with Lesley Watt!

Over at Art Jewelry Elements, we have a Component of the Month Challenge each month. The members of AJE can play along, and a few people are selected from comments!  This month, Lesley Watt  is the host of the CoM challenge!  She has the most wonderful things in her Thea Too shop, you really do need to check it out.  I have several items of hers that I have not used because, well, I'm a bead hoarder just like you!


This is the focal she sent us - a beautiful bronze snowflake!  I thought long and hard about what I wanted to do with it.  Since I wanted to add a bail, and it would be permanent, I did not want to be hasty.  I used E6000 and glued the bail on!  There, that wasn't so hard, was it? 


This is not exactly the color scheme I had in mind.  Nor the amount of strands I wanted to use.  I was thinking of an earth-toned color scheme, and it was going to be a six-strand necklace all with small seed beads.  However, this month being the shortest month in history (ha ha, I know no…

7,000 Bracelets Blog Hop Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who was able to participate in the 7000 bracelets blog hop - I know it's a very busy time of year!  I didn't get to everyone's blog on Sunday because I had a migraine over the weekend!  I just finished hopping, and if I missed commenting on your blog, please let me know!  It was not intentional!  I just got new glasses (bifocals - yuck!) and am trying to get used to using the computer with the glasses on!

Thanks again everyone!

7000 Bracelets Blog Hop!

Today is the day for the 7000 Bracelets Blog Hop! Back in October I posted about a call for more Blue Bracelets!  You can read that intial post here!   In essence, Lisa James of Global Genes Project was in need of some more blue bracelets to give their families who have a member with a rare genetic disease!  I decided it would be fun to do a little blog hop, to get them some exposure and donations!

Here are the bracelets I made.

I made the closures adjustable, with chain, because the wrist size of the recipient is not known.  I had fun making them and I hope they have fun receiving them!


Here's a link to their donation page if you feel you can donate a blue bracelet for the cause!

Global Genes Bracelet Donation Page!

And here's a list of all the participants!  Please stop by their blogs and give them a little love and support!  And THANK YOU to all who participated! 

SueBeads
Jewel School Friends
Silver Rose Designs
Klassy Joolz
A Half-Baked Notion
Songbeads
My Addictions...
Beads:  …
Shop the finest Component and Jewelry Designers For the 2012 Holiday Season Many of our artists have published work & sell their beautiful pieces nationally and internationally.
Fabulous Handmade Component and Jewelry Pieces. The largest Artisan shopping event
for Cyber Week...Ever!! 

It starts this Friday, Nov. 23rd thru Friday Nov 30th.
All participating jewelry designers will be offering a discount on their stores & will be promoting a giveaway.  
Winners will be chosen individually by the blog owners.

I will be offering 20% off in my SueBeads etsy store! For event wide discount code use: AWHOLIDAY
My giveaway is this gorgeous set of Cameo Beads in Plum worth $25!  Please comment on this post and I'll choose a random comment as the winner!


We will be hiding
Three Exciting Giveaways 
throughout our participants blogs.  
When you find them, follow the directions to be entered!  AND! Bookmark ArtisanWhimsy.com for Future Artisan Jewelry Shopping Opportunities!


Holiday Open House

Check out Art Jewelry Elements blog tomorrow for all day posts, fun information and giveaways as well as a special holiday coupon code you can use in all the Art Jewelry Elements contributors' stores!  And Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Holiday Sale!!!!

Shop the finest Component and Jewelry Designers For the 2012 Holiday Season Many of our artists have published work & sell their beautiful pieces nationally and internationally.
Fabulous Handmade Component and Jewelry Pieces. The largest Artisan shopping event
for Cyber Week...Ever!! 

It starts this Friday, Nov. 23rd thru Friday Nov 30th.
All participating jewelry designers will be offering a discount on their stores & will be promoting a giveaway.  
Winners will be chosen individually by the blog owners.

I will be offering 20% off in my SueBeads etsy store! For event wide discount code use: AWHOLIDAY
My giveaway is this gorgeous set of Cameo Beads in Plum worth $25!  


We will be hiding
Three Exciting Giveaways 
throughout our participants blogs.  
When you find them, follow the directions to be entered!  AND! Bookmark ArtisanWhimsy.com for Future Artisan Jewelry Shopping Opportunities!


More Customer Work!

Sandra, from PetaloAzul, made these gorgeous earrings with my lampwork beads!  She made those ovals out of PMC, aren't they beautiful????  She is having a sale right now, too!  Check out her store, and give her some love!

Winter Earrings

Here's a cute little earring project using my white shimmer beads and some very easy to find components!  I used snowflake charms I had on hand, but you can easily use any wintery-holiday charms you have.  I used two rounded square beads, two pretty bead caps, and one of my shimmer beads for each earring - one eye pin each and you're in business!  This is a great little project to use up some beads you have on hand!  You can find shimmer beads in many colors in my SueBeads etsy store, or you can request a color as well!

Ears To You!

Thanks to Amy of Copper Diem, I heard about the organization Ears to You!  They provide earrings to woman who are undergoing cancer treatments, to make them feel a little bit better!  I missed her blog hop, because as you know I just can't keep up with all this social media, so I decided to just show you what I donated on Saturday.  I am actually donating 93 pairs of earrings!  This collage is just a sample.  I had so many earrings from shows I used to do before I made my own beads.  Now I like to use my own beads when possible when making jewelry to sell, so I thought this would be a good place to donate them!  I hope you check out their web site, here's their donation page if you'd like to make a donation!

Leafy Earrings and Grand Opening!

I've listed some new enameled leaf charms in my SueBeads etsy store, and thought I would show you what I made with a pair of them!  They are made with czech red druks, and orange lucite rounds and brass components.  This is just one idea of what you can do with these enameled leaves! 

These earrings are now listed in my new SueBeadsJewelry etsy store!  Please stop by and like me!

Beads of Courage Charm Swap Reveal and Auction!

Jennifer Cameron, of Glass Addictions, has been putting together a charm swap for a number of years.  As with last year, this year the charm swap is going to benefit Beads of Courage.  Beads of Courage is an organization that provides, through donations, beads to children who are going through life threatening illnesses.  They string their beads on a necklace for every treatment they receive, and sadly, survive.  Sometimes a child just does not survive their illness and the parent will receive a special bead to commemorate the child's life.  I have donated beads in the past, and am working on another donation right now.  I enjoy participating in Jen's swap, and there will be an auction on ebay - all the charms you see will be auctioned in groups and all proceeds will go to Beads of Courage.  Below are photos of the charms I made.  The theme was LAUGH.  I thought some goofy charms were in order, hope they make you laugh!


 This is a collage of the charms I received!  I really …

7000 Bracelets Blog Hop Info

Just wanted to do a little recap on the 7,000 Bracelets Blog Hop I am holding!  This is a blog hop for Global Genes - they donate blue awareness bracelets made by jewelry designers and artists just like you, to families with members who have chronic, life threatening diseases.  My original post is right here.

The reveal date is November 25th.  You need to make a blue bracelet, and it would be nice if it was adjustable since you don't know who is receiving your bracelet.  Please sign up on their donation page right here:

7000 Bracelets for Hope

You do not have to wait until the reveal date to send in your bracelet(s).  You can do that at any time, the blog hop is just to show everyone what you made!  I will try and send out a list of everyone's links by this weekend, but it's going to take a little work so please be patient!  
If you still want to sign up, please do.  I will add links on my blog post on November 25th and then you can copy them on the day of the reveal if ther…

Beads of Courage Big Reveal and Auction

Stop back on Monday, November 12, for the Beads of Courage Charm Swap Reveal and links for the Beads of Courage Charm Swap Auctions happening on eBay!

Customer Work

It's been a while since I posted customer work, I feel bad because I've been pinning customer work and posting it on facebook too.  I seem to be overwhelmed with social media right now and my response has been to kind of hide my head in the sand from it.  I am slogging through some emails tonight, I literally have over 700 unread emails.  But that's not why I'm here!  This is what Janine, of Esfera Jewelry, on etsy, made with some of my enameled fluted bead caps!  I love the striking differences in color between the orchid and the white pearls.  If you have jewelry made with my components, please feel free to shoot me an email or convo and I will pin and hopefully blog about your gorgeousness!

Holiday Disc Beads

I have some holiday disc beads in the SueBeads etsy store!  Let me know if you want some other colors, or want something different!

More Flowers!

After I made some disc beads the other day, I made a few more flowers on my wonky mandrels!  These are fun to make.  I'm getting a little better - the all blue one I made first and think it's pretty good.  The others have flaws I don't like. 

I'll have a few more sets of disc beads available later, including some Christmas ones!  Have a great day!

Play Date with Shelley

I was lucky enough to stumble upon Shelley Graham Turner, fun-loving polymer artist of Tori Sophia and of Fabric of My Life blog, and her super PDa (Play Date artist) challenge!  She sends the beads, and she uses the same beads, we both make something, and reveal them on the same day!  Today is my day to reveal what I made with her beads!  The polymer beads she sent me are from her "ethnic" line.


I set out to make several things from these beads, although it would have been easier for me to make a necklace out of them - LOL!  The first thing I made was this memory wire bracelet, from one of her red beads and the black seed beads she sent!


The second is this pair of mis-matched earrings.  Or my version of mis-matched, anyways.  I'm not really a mis-matched kind of girl, but since the polymer beads are not exactly the same, to me they are mis-matched!  They are made with some very thin linen cord, and it work out perfectly!  The cord fit the little wood half-moon beads gr…

Shimmer Beads

I'm going to be listing some of these very pretty shimmer beads tonight in the SueBeads etsy store!  Let me know if you have any other colors you might want!  I'll be glad to make them!