Saturday, October 19, 2013

A big THANK YOU to Jan Onipenco of Molten Mayhem and another GIVEAWAY!

WARNING - This is a long post - but there is a giveaway at the end!!

I have been having a fundraiser, donating all proceeds from my Etsy shop to Miracle Horse Rescue through October 31, 2013  To date, I have donated $2,278.  There is still  about 2 weeks left, and I have a 20% sale going on in my shop through October 31.  Please stop by if you can!

I received a message on Facebook from Jan Onipenco of Molten Mayhem last week.  She wanted to know if I would accept a donation of some of her lovely lampwork beads and if I could "make something with them", with all proceeds donated to Miracle Horse Rescue.  First of all - I was flabbergasted at her generosity....but then Friday, the mail carrier brought me these:

(Click on the picture for a larger view of these gorgeous beads)!


There are 10 sets of beads here!!! Do you see the fish beads?  They are two sides of absolute awesomeness with incredible details!  Also - that large focal bead - upper right corner....I immediately self-titled that baby "Bubblicious" because, well, it is!  The use of all the wonderful colors in these beads immediately had mind racing!  I could not wait to get started...so I did!

Lately, I have been obsessed with Cindy Wimmer's new book - The Missing Link.  I have been photo-bombing Facebook with my new creations made with these fabulous links.  Since my mind is still in this book (which is where it will be for quite some time), I made these earrings with one set Jan's beads:


These colors are so intense and jewel toned!  The link design is Cindy's, which combines two hoops into one design, which in my eyes screams "Earrings!"  So, after seeing Kerry Bogert's design with these links in Cindy's book, I was convinced that these beautiful lampwork beads had to be on these double hoops! (Side note: Cindy and Kerry have been my two wire -idols for ages now - it is no wonder they are such good friends)! 


These earrings are what I would call "shoulder-dusters" (just showed MY age)!  They are 3 1/4" long and have the most fabulous dangle!  But they are incredibly lightweight!  Love them!!

Next up, I used this beautiful bead set of Jan's:


There is sparkle within those incredibly blue streaks of glass! And the base color is a deep burgundy - so pretty!

I used three of these links from Cindy's book - probably one of the most intriguing designs!  I first saw this link in person at ArtBliss (it was made in silver) and I was awestruck at the complex look of this link. (This bracelet has since SOLD - Thank you!!)


I patterned this bracelet off of Cindy's design in her book, which is my favorite.  





The earrings and the bracelet above will be listed in my shop later tonight.

I will continue to post my designs made with Jan's beautiful beads (her Etsy shop can be found here).   They will be available in my shop and all proceeds - whenever they sell - will be donated to Miracle Horse Rescue!  THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART, JAN!

Jan is a fellow-animal lover, too.  I knew this from "talking" with her on Facebook.  I cried when she lost Angus, her best friend Rottie.  And I was overjoyed when she rescued Bubba.  But, I did not know she was a horse lover.  Below is a picture of Jan and her furbaby, Maximum Override (an awesome name!).  Jan had Max for 18 years...isn't this picture priceless?




Miracle Horse Rescue (MHR)
MHR is a federally-recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and welfare of abused, neglected, and unwanted domesticated horses of all types and conditions.  MHR is a very small organization - run by only 2 people who have dedicated their lives to helping these horses in need.  I want to continue to help as much as I can.  For more information, please visit and "Like" their Face book page.  


If you have a few minutes to spare, please take the time to watch this video of the horses at MHR.  They are thriving here!  I hope to see these furbabies in person again soon!




The Giveaway
Yes - a Cindy Wimmer link has been included in this bracelet giveaway!  Gorgeous organic turquoise glass beads by LyndasLampwork.  I have made this link a few times now - this time I made the Stitched Infinity Link with sterling silver with sterling silver "stitches", because, one can never have too much silver!!  This is an ADJUSTABLE bracelet, too!  Fits a wrist diameter of 6 1/2" all the way to 8" if necessary!  I added a sterling silver heart charm to the handmade chain section - and placed some "love knot" links made of jump rings in between the beads.  It seems fitting that I call this bracelet Love Until Infinity.



How to Enter
1.  Leave a comment on this blog post - Equals 1 entry
2.  Post a link to this blogpost on Facebook - Equals 1 entry
3.  Go to my shop on Etsy (link here) and PIN an item to your Pinterest Board - Equals 1 entry

For each task above, you must leave a separate comment on my blog!!  I will choose a winner via Random Organizer by next Thursday.   Lastly, make sure your contact email is "turned on" or leave me your email address so that I can contact the winner!!

Thank you for stopping by - and thank you for helping me to spread the word!


xo
Patti





53 comments:

  1. I just love your style! What wonderfully generous ladies you BOTH are!

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  2. I had a terrible time choosing which to pin! Decided on this one: https://www.etsy.com/listing/164557341/on-sale-southwest-style-artisan-lampwork?ref=shop_home_active

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  3. Love the work you are doing and the wonderful cause you are donating to. Thank you for sharing, Cheri

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  4. Pinned bird on a branch, can't copy link on tablet. Will post when get on laptop!
    Thank you, Cheri

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  5. Beautifully created bracelet!

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  6. And now pinned onto Jewelry that inspires me on my pinterest! :)

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  7. It is awesome that you are donating all the proceeds from your sales to this great cause! Your jewelry is beautiful and the beads that Jan Onipenco donated are gorgeous!

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  8. your jewelry is beautiful! And what you are doing for MHR is very admirable! I have been loving what I have been seeing of Cindy's Book The Missing Link, I really need to get my self a copy and start practicing, I am a novice at wire work!

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  9. I linked your give away on facebook, and will pin the beautiful bracelet I just bought!

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  10. Cindy's book is definitely all the talk lately. Can't wait to get a copy. Love the bracelet and the other projects you have made with her links.

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  11. Just pinned the Love Until Infinity bracelet. Love hearts in jewelry.

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  12. Okay, I've loved your work for a while, but these are some exceptionally great pieces. I'm impatiently waiting on my copy of Cindy's book to arrive. Thanks for the chance to win that gorgeous bracelet. Now off to pin and post.

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  13. I just posted a link to your giveaway on my fb page.

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  14. New Skies is already on my pinterest board titled Wish List. Now I wait for Hubby to start purchasing things. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/42925002672190686/

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  15. Your bracelet is beautiful and the work you are doing for Miracle Horse Rescue is wonderful.
    ~cryssT

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  16. Well, this immediately caught my eye, before I even had time to look at the rest of your new items (and geez you've been busy!!!) http://www.pinterest.com/pin/31454897371062994/

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  17. I'm so happy that your fundraiser has been such a success! And I'm loving your current Cindy Wimmer-inspired pieces, so beautiful!

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  18. Patti, I'm so thrilled and excited to see your fundraiser going so well! I adore all those delicious beads Jan sent, and I can't wait to see the beauty you create with them. Thank you for your awesome generosity!

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  19. Shared on fb
    https://www.facebook.com/shirley.j.moore.12

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  20. This is one of the pins...:)
    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/115123334198387390/

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  21. Patti - your work is just gorgeous and you have such a wonderful and generous heart. I love what you are doing for the Miracle Horse Rescue.

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  22. Those beads are fabulous, Patti! And, how generous of both of you. It's so wonderful how much you been able to donate to MHR! Your work is beautiful. I just got Cindy's book and I LOVE it. I can't wait to try some of the links.

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  23. Awesomeness! Every bit of this, from your beautiful work, your generosity and Jan's too. It's all inspiring on so many levels.

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  24. Patti - your pieces are stunning! I love what you have been doing with the links from Cindy's book (you are the reason why I ended up buying the book!). I also love that you are donating your proceeds to something that touches you! Thanks for the chance to win your stunning bracelet!

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  25. Love this! :)
    shantel575@hotmail.com

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  26. This bracelet is awesome and I have to say I went to your Etsy site to pick something to pin to my board and your work is beautiful. Thank you for the opportunity. celticartwitch@gmail.com

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  27. I have pinned the ceramic blue owl necklace to pinterest ( my account ) bc art originals.

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  28. Shared on FB as well Barb Colberg.

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  29. The bracelet is gorgeous. I love what you have been doing with Cindy's links. Your wirework is just awesome. :)

    I'm also amazed with the money you've raised -- you go, girl :)

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  30. As always, I got lost in your shop looking at all the beauties. I finally pinned this one: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/228205906091520867/

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  31. You are such an amazing person to work so hard for an organization you believe in so deeply! I'm so proud of you! The bracelet is simply gorgeous and I would so love to win! Pretty please count me in!

    Angi Mullis@aol.com

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  32. I shared on Facebook!

    Angi Mullis dj2isme@aol.com

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  33. Your shop is plum full of gorgeous designs, it sooooo hard to choose just one! I pinned one of my favorites - Rustic Sparkling Opal Rocks Artisan Lampwork and Sterling Silver Necklace.

    Angi Mullis dj2isme@aol.com

    Angi Mullis dj2isme@aol.com

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  34. Oh Patti!!! You showcased Jan's beads beautifully!!! I have had the lucky opportunity to play with them myself and They are gorgeous!!!! Jan is awesome and so are you!!!!!

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  35. What a gorgeous bracelet! Great job, Patti I'd love to win!

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  36. I pinned one of your beautiful items.

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  37. And finally - your work is beautiful! Good luck with the horse project!

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  38. This is so beautiful.
    eugeniewu at gmail dot com

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  39. Shared the post on Facebook.
    eugeniewu at gmail dot com

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  40. Pinned the Copper Tree pendant.
    eugeniewu at gmail dot com

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  41. and pinned another beautiful creation from your etsy page!!!

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  42. Patti,

    So glad to hear that you have been able to donate so much to Miracle Horse Rescue.

    Your jewelry is always so beautiful, I would love a chance to win one of your designs.

    Carolyn
    Carolynscreations@live.com

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