Jennifer Cameron, a glass artist, hosts this exchange and auction, and it's no small task for her. I enjoy participating both for the personal challenge, and for the cause.
The most important part of this blog post is about the auction: we are trying to raise money for this organization, so PLEASE click on this link. The charms this year are awesome, and both the charms and the organization are SO worth your time and money.
This year's theme was "love".
I'm not a religious person --I find my spiritual home in nature, and believe that the experience of being in nature is one of being loved by the Earth. Each season has it's own beauty, and all those aspects sooth my soul. As I walked through my gardens this September, goldenrod was blooming. I picked a few branches and used them to create my charms. (This method occurred to me in the first place because my blogging and beading friend Karen shared a "pin" with me, about using plants to create pendants with imprints.) I needed something small, since these charms are intended to be for bracelets, and the hybrid goldenrod I have growing in my garden seemed just the thing.
I also stamped the word love on the backs, and attached wire-wrapped hearts to each one.
Here is a sampling of the charms I received from other participating artists. This is such a fun part of this swap --retrieving the package from the mailbox, and pouring the contents out on a table to drool over. Remember, these are all available at the auction, and any money you spend goes straight to Beads of Courage!
My daughter, who's 13 and makes jewelry herself, was with me and immediately claimed these several charms as her own.
I love how many different styles are included, and each is so unique and beautiful in its own way. There are many other charms too, since each of us only received a sampling of all the charms created --so spend some time looking around the auction, and maybe do some holiday shopping!
Below is a list of the participating artists, and a link to their blogs, where they will show off their charm.
Jen Cameron: http://glassaddictions.com/
Toltec Jewels: http://www.jewelschoolfriends.
Vanessa Gilkes: http://culturezine.com/blog/
Caroline Dewison: http://blueberribeads.co.uk
Lesley Watt: http://www.
Susan Kennedy: http://www.suebeads.blogspot.
Nancy Dale : http://www.nedbeads.blogspot.
Alicia Marinache: http://www.allprettythings.ca
Cassi Paslick: http://cassisbeads.blogspot.
Alenka Obid: http://www.pepita-handmade.
Renetha Stanziano: http://www.lamplightcrafts.
Shelley Graham Turner: http://www.
Monique Urquhart: http://ahalfbakednotion.
Shai Williams: http://shaihasramblings.
Lennis Carter: http://windbent.wordpress.com
Cheri Reed: http://creativedesignsbycheri.
Moriah Betterly: http://mlbetterly.blogspot.com
Perri Jackson: http://shaktipajdesigns.com/
Mallory Hoffman: http://rosebud101-
Ginger Bishop: http://lilmummylikes.blogspot.
Jean Peter: http://jeanpdesigns.blogspot.
Linda Florian: http://
Patricia Pulliam: http://rusticstudio.blogspot.
Karin Grosset Grange: http://ginkgoetcoquelicot.
Julie Bowen: http://blog.autochthonous-
Susan Delaney: http://ladyflowersbysusan.
Emma Todd: http://www.apolymerpenchant.
Carolyn Chenault : http://carolynchenault.
Terri Del Signore: http://artisticaos.blogspot.
Cory Tompkins: http://www.tealwaterdesigns.
Cheryl (Lee) Koopman: http://stregajewellry.
Lori Bowring Michaud: http://artfullyornamental.
Andrea Glick: http://zenithjade.blogspot.com
Jacqueline Carlson: http://www.beadgypsy.blogspot.
Michelle McCarthy: http://www.
Charlene Bausinger Jacka: http://clay-space.com/blog/
Kristi Bowman: http://dreamsomedesigns.