Aug 20, 2014

Falling on the Edge of October Design Challenge

Falling on the Edge of October
Design Challenge & Blog Hop
Featuring the lampwork art of
Maryse Fritzsch-Thillens


"SPARKLING ROCKS"  



When Maryse created her popular "sparkling rocks"in autumn shades, I fell in love! I knew immediately I wanted to share her beautiful beads and hostess a fall design challenge:

Create autumnal jewelry representing October, Halloween, Thanksgiving --
whatever you wish - with SPARKLING ROCKS! Your design should reflect elements of the season: turning leaves, apples and berries, pumpkins, vines ...


http://www.coastalvirginiamag.com/

Themes of giving thanks, abundance, appreciation, 
bounty, changes, transformation and pathways...


 An autumnal colorway for the harvest, fall foliage, changing leaves...



Each participating artist will receive one sparkling rock art bead.
On Sunday, October 5th, we will reveal our designs and blog hop. 
All artists will be entered to win a $25 GC to Glass Bead Art Lampwork.




 Artists are welcome to purchase additional Glass Bead Art lampwork for designs. 
Maryse is generously offering a coupon for Falling on the Edge of October participants. 
Artists may email me (toltecjewels@aol.com) for the code. 


Maryse creates sparkling rocks in a variety of colors, and other gorgeous beads!

To participate, please email your artist's name, along with your blog name and blog url, as well as your  mailing address -- with the subject line "sparkling rocks" to toltecjewels(at)aol.com

Our blog hop button/badge:




The design challenge is limited to 35 artists. 



I am happy to also provide free shipping; however, if you would like your sparkling rock mailed sooner, you can send along $2 shipping via Paypal and I'll send your bead out now. 
Email me at toltecjewels(at)aol.com for Paypal info/arrangements.
 Free shipping will take place in early September. 


Below are the participating artists thus far -- I'm excited and honored to have you all join in! 
Spaces are filling quickly :) When the max artists have joined the challenge, sign ups will close. 



Falling on the Edge of October Participating Artists

Featured Artist: Maryse Fritzsch-Thillens
Maryse's blog: Glass Bead Art
Maryse's shop: Glass Bead Art Lampwork


Toltec Jewels  (hostess)            Jewel School Friends
Shai Williams                           Shaiha's Ramblings
Sherri Stokey                          Knot Just Macrame
Lindsay Starr                           Phantasm Creations
Kelly Rogers                           Beadin' Black & Blue
Jennifer Reno                          Musings of a Crafty Jenny
Melissa Trudinger                    Beadrecipes
Marybeth Rich                        A Few Words from Within the Pines
Andrea Frank                         Andrea Creates Jewelry & More
Sondra Jackson                      Sondra Jackson
Robin Reed                             Artistry HCBD
Kathleen Breeding                   99 Bottles of Beads on the Wall
Heather Richter                       Desert Jewelry Designs
Gina Hockett                           Freestyle Elements
Mindy Shell                             Kitty's Cache Beading Blog
Debbie Rasmussen                  A little of this, a little of that
Tammy Adams                        Paisley Lizard
Carolyn Lawson                      Carolyn's Creations
Nan Smith                               Nanmade Handmade Jewelry
Evelyn Shelby                          Raindrop Creations Jewelry by Evelyn
Jasvanti Patel                           Jewelry by Jasvanti
Linda Anderson                       From the Bead Board
Dini Bruinsma                          Angaza by Changes
Margareta Saari                       Mags~koruja
Lori Schneider                         Bead Addict
Robin Showstack                    The Crazy Bead Hoarder
Karin Grosset Grange             Ginkgo et Coquelicot
Chris Eisenberg                       Wanderware
Heather d-Entremont              Frugal MacDougall
Linda Younkman                     Lindy's Designs
Janine Lucas                            Esfera Jewelry
Sheila Prosterman                    Cheap Charms
Veralynne Malone                    Designed by Vera
Kelly Hosford Patterson           The Traveling Side Show
Divya N                                    Jewels of Sayuri
Deb Fortin                                Studio 24
Klaudete Koon                         Only Road




The SPARKLING ROCK FOCAL I asked Maryse to make me.
Click the link to see Maryse's post about them, or custom order one too :) 


THAT BRINGS OUR TOTAL TO 37 ARTISTS
 ~ Thank you! ~ 
SIGN UPS ARE NOW CLOSED


You will be receiving a group email this week (by Aug. 24) 
If you don't receive a group email message, or if your name & blog aren't listed correctly (or not at all) 
please email me (toltecjewels@aol.com) and I will make corrections or add you to the group emails.

I'm honored to co-create with you all & look forward to seeing your jewelry art and designs!

Rita







Aug 10, 2014

Choosy Chicks Choose Chicklets Giveaway & Glossi

 The WINNER of $25 Gift Certificate to Happy Mango Beads is...

RANA WILSON!! 
Congratulations, Rana :) Enjoy! 


Thank you everyone for your amazing creativity and wonderful posts! 
I can't tell you the joy I have in hopping and taking in all the varied and beautiful designs created with your Chicklets! Isn't it amazing to see so much jewelry art inspired by a collection of cool lampwork beads? 

Thank you Sue Kennedy for your art! 
Your chicklets -- and beads and jewelry -- are always the finest. 
You create beauty on earth!

And, I have bad news & good news: this week as I've hopped, my HS has gotten incredible difficult to manage. My right underarm is terrible, and I've been avoiding going to ER for a drain & pack, but... it just isn't getting better. It makes it difficult to use my arm to type, and I feel pretty ill. It's also excruciating! :( So, not to focus on that, but I have gotten about half-way through our hop. If you look at my C5 post, you'll see the names of blogs as I have commented and added you to the Glossi. And let me just say, the C5 Glossi is looking so good! You guys rock! This has been an amazing challenge. 

But... our Glossi just isn't done. I tried, tried, tried -- working many hours a day all week -- but I'm just seriously s-l-o-w going. Please cross your fingers (and toes!) I can avoid ER and the HS flares just heal at home: Goodbye flare.. goodbye infection.. release... 


I will continue to hop and create Glossi pages as I go, and will post our magazine ASAP! I'll also email.
Oh, and please, be sure to check back on several posts that may not have been up yet. As it turned out, a few artists needed some additional time, so be sure to enjoy everyone's posts. They are so good! :) 


BUT WAIT! 
I also have a surprise on the way! 

A surprise???
How about some autumn bliss in the form of Sparkling rocks
 for a design challenge Falling on the Edge of October?


These beauties are by Maryse Thillens of Glass Bead Art.
 She is our next featured artist! 




 I adore sparkling rocks. They are gorgeous. 
So seeing Maryse's new Fall shades, I was inspired to share the beauty.


This autumn design challenge is in addition to Octoberfest (which is an open design hop). I've purchased about 40 beads for 40 artists, and I'n hopping you'll accept my invitation to create Fall jewelry. Whether for October, Halloween, or Thanksgiving, this jewelry challenge is to create jewelry including gourds, pumpkins, berries, vines, owls, maple leaves -- anything that you'd find Falling on the Edge of October.

I will post the official sign-ups for "Falling on the Edge of October" on my blog in the next week, but in the meantime if you are interested feel free to send me an email with your name, blog name, & snail mail, with the subject line "sparkling rocks" and I'll count you in! :) 

Again, my gratitude to you all! Choosy Chicks -- and fabulous people - DO indeed choose Chicklets! 
Happy Hopping, Big Thanks, and Great love here for you! 

xxoo, Rita







Aug 3, 2014

Choosy Chicks Choose Chicklets Blog Hop Reveal

Looking for my ART JEWELRY ELEMENTS GUEST ARTIST REVEAL? 


Looking for my HABY HOP REVEAL?



WELCOME TO MY C5 REVEAL! 


A couple months ago, I asked for help. I had so many chicklets...


SueBeads chicklets, that is! 



So, I sent my chicklets off to artists around the globe, and today, we reveal our chicklets designs. 
They are certain to be fabulous because Choosy Chicks Choose Chicklets! 

My wonderful SueBeads! Note how Kennedy's art is so superb, she can create almost exact sized pairs --
a skill even the most experienced lampworkers comment on as her work is excellent and special!
What shall I make next? :) 




With my bead, I decided to celebrate summer and create with soft, opaque peach quartz I've been saving for several years. I kept a pretty peach chicklet for my design & mailed off a rainbow!

From Little House on the Suburban Prairie blog

I love the way the soft peach of the floral lampwork bead coordinates with the warm, soft gem. 


For splashes of summer sparkle, I added bright copper, glowing Czech flowers & iridescent leaf and lots of Swarovski Light peach Champagne crystals along with the natural quartz stones. 


I love this warm & summery necklace, and with such great color, I will wear it often, through all seasons.



Enjoy the hop! And be sure to check back next Sunday for the winner of $25 at:


Thank you everyone for joining in the challenge and sharing your talents.
 I'm honored to create with you all.
 And a special thank you to Susan Kennedy for being our featured artist! 




Guest of Honor & Featured Artist:  Susan Kennedy

Sue Kennedy's blogs:                               SueBeads...A Beady Girl's blog
                                                               Art Jewelry Elements
Sue Kennedy's website                            SueBeads
SueBeads Art Beads                                SueBeads

Hostess:

Toltec Jewels                                           JewelSchoolFriends

Artists:

Linda Anderson                                       From the Bead Board

Jennifer Reno                                           Musings of a Crafty Jenny

Shirley Moore                                          Beads and Bread

Kristen Stevens                                        My Bead Journey


Marybeth Rich                                         A Few Words From Within the Pines

Jael Thorp                                                jael's art jewels

Melissa Trudinger                                     Beadrecipes

Andrea Glick                                            Zenith Jade Creations

Nan Smith                                                Nanmade Handmade Jewelry

Blanca Medina                                         MEDIBEADS

Shai Williams                                            Shaiha's Ramblings

Carolyn Lawson                                       Carolyn' s Creations

Rana Wilson                                             Rana Lea Designs

Robin Reed                                              Artistry HCBD

Robin Showstack                                     The Crazy Bead Hoarder

Sheila Prosterman                                     Cheap Charms

Karla Morgan                                          Texas Pepper Jams

Kari Asbury                                             Hippie Chick Jewelry and Design

Kelly Rodgers                                          Beadin' Black and Blue

Jayne Capps                                            Mama's Got To Doodle/

Mischelle Andrade Fanucchi                    Micheladas Musings

Heather Richter                                       Desert Jewelry Designs

Chris Eisenberg                                       Wanderware

Kathleen Breeding                                   99 Bottles of Beads on the Wall

Linda Landig                                           http://lindalandig.wordpress.com

Crystal Thain                                           http://beaddragons.blogspot.com/

Cheri Reed                                              http://creativedesignsbycheri.blogspot.com

Heather d-Entremont                               http://frugalmacdougall.wordpress.com/

Dini Bruinsma                                          http://angazabychanges.blogspot.com/

Lori Schneider                                         http://www.beadaddicted.blogspot.com/

Tammy Adams                                        http://www.paisleylizard.com/blog.html

Melinda Orr                                            http://bandanagirl.indiemade.com/blog

Lennis Carrier                                         http://windbent.wordpress.com/

Cynthia Machata                                     http://antiquitytravelers.blogspot.com

Elizabeth Hodges                                    http://thewhisperingseas.blogspot.com

Debbie Rasmussen                                  http://kepirasmussen.blogspot.com/

Tanya McGuire                                       http://tanyamcguire.blogspot.com/

Charlie Jacka                                          http://clay-space.com/blog/

Ev Shelby                                               http://raindropcreationsbyevelyn.blogspot.com/

Sharyl McMillian-Nelson                        http://sharylsjewelry.blogspot.com/

Jasvanti Patel                                        http://jewelrybyjasvanti.blogspot.com




Aug 2, 2014

The Haberdashery Blog Hop


I'm so excited to participate in my friend's fabulous first blog hop! Melissa Trudinger of BEADRECIPES is our hostess with the mostess today, as well as a giftest artist and wonderful person, and I LOVE her idea of having an Australian "haby hop" -- short for a Hberdashery Hop, Melissa explains, since Aussies love to nick-name -- using our ribbons, buttons, fabric to design! Melissa even created a Pinterest board for us. So, without further ado, and despite my fear of ribbon, here goes! :) 

Treasures from Melissa's studio: antique family buttons, ribbons and trimmings! 

For our challenge, I really wanted to upcycle. Often, I receive gorgeous ribbons around art beads I buy. I save them and treasure them because they are so pretty! I wanted to use the soft and shimmering, almost butterfly-like ribbon that Lea Avroch of LA DESIGNS wraps around her lampwork boxes. As luck would have it, I saw an episode of Beads, Baubles, and Jewels (sign up on the website for free to access all the tutorials for the shows) with Cynthia Dies (see Series 2000, show 2013 for the tutorials) who created lots of gorgeous fabric jewelry with cool designs, including the tassel earrings I made. 

I added the vegetable dyed wood barrels, and ta-da: Lea's ribbons are now pretty boho earrings!






I also wanted to incorporate light and lovely organza ribbon into a design, as well as chainmaille, and happily discovered this gorgeous technque for ribbon weaving through my chainmaille resources. The Ribbon Woven Chain Necklace tutorial is easy to follow and is easy to make, yet looks so Boho chic!  

I created a simple chainmaille Japanese flower in copper and silver rings, with a cherry quartz jewel drop for a HABY HOP Cool chain maille choker. The organza ribbon simply ties into a bow in the back to be adjustable. Both my daughters love it! 


And... two designs I created previously I would like to share for our hop as I really worked on my fear of sari ribbon and textiles and jumped into using them for design. I like how both turned out! :) 

As a guest designer for Art Jewelry Elements this week, 
designed with a Francesca Watson handcrafted glass cab:

Wire woven with Swarovski crystal, beadmaille reversible chain, lampwork by Tiffany Smith
(see blog post link for resources to buy the art beads).



Designed with sari ribbon, and made to be reversible too


For the reverse, I added a beadwork bezel, changed the color of the beadmaille chain,
 and added a copper splash.







Blue coral connected by cotton strands and ceramics by Naos. This was inspired by one lucite flower from my BSBP8 partner, the amazing Bobbie Rafferty of Beadsong Jewelry.


I also found a fabulous Art Jewelry Elements tutorial by Jennifer Cameron, "Quick Disc Stack"  for wrapping double ended glass headpins that I used to create flat, attached lucite and Lea Avroch lampwork flowers:



Thank you Melissa for a wonderful challenge! I can't wait to see all the Haberdashery treasures! 


The Haby Hop Artists


Melissa Trudinger                                           http://beadrecipes.wordpress.com

Ann Schroeder                                                 http://www.beadlove.wordpress.com

Tammy Adams                                                http://www.paisleylizard.com/blog.html

Amanda Wacasey                                           http://mandyinmystic.blogspot.com

Dolores Raml                                                   http://craftydscreations.wordpress.com 

Divya N                                                             http://www.jewelsofsayuri.com

Michelle McCarthy                                         http://www.fireflydesignstudio.BlogSpot.com

DiYana Brooks                                                 http://agapecreationsjewelry.blogspot.com/

Robin Kae Reed                                               http://willowdragon.blogspot.com

Andrea Glick                                                    http://zenithjade.blogspot.com/

Karin Grosset Grange                                     http://ginkgoetcoquelicot.blogspot.fr

Mitzie Crider                                                    http://needfulluxuries.blogspot.com

Janine Lucas                                                    http://www.esfera.me/travel/blog/travel-stories  <-- will post on Sunday

Rosantia Petkova                                           http://bairozan.blogspot.com/

Susan Kennedy                                                http://www.suebeads.blogspot.com

Leithleach Alainn Seodra                http://alainnjewelry.wordpress.com/

Kathleen Breeding                                          http://99bobotw.blogspot.com/

Shiraz Biggie                                                    http://secretsongdesigns.blogspot.com

Chris Eisenberg                                               http://www.wanderware.blogspot.com

Heather Richter                                              http://desertjewelrydesigns.blogspot.com/

Lennis Carrier                                                  http://www.windbent.net/

Rebecca Anderson                                         http://www.songbeads.blogspot.com

Jenny Kyrlach                                                   http://anafiassa.blogspot.com

Rita Toltec Jewels                                          http://www.JewelSchoolFriends.com

Mischelle Fanucci                                           http://www.micheladasmusings.blogspot.com

Karen Mitchell                                                 http://overthemoon-design.com

Carol Briody                                                     http://Cbriody.blogspot.com

Karla Morgan                                                  http://TexasPepperJams.blogspot.com

Carolyn Lawson                                              http://Carolynscreationswa.blogspot.com

Lori Anderson                                                  http://www.prettythingsblog.com/

Jami Shipp                                                        http://www.celebratinglifewithdamamashipp.blogspot.com

Lili Krist                                                             http://pcbylik.blogspot.com/ 

Evelyn Shelby                                                   http://raindropcreationsbyevelyn.blogspot.com/

Raissa de Guzman                                          http://www.abloro.com

Niky Sayers                                                      http://silverniknats.blogspot.co.uk

Keren Panthaki                                                http://vasdea.wordpress.com