Saturday, November 2, 2013

A Mish-Mash of Goings On....

Well, my Fundraising efforts on behalf of Miracle Horse Rescue have yielded just over $2,500 from September 5 - October 31st - $2,543.00 to be exact!  Thank you to everyone who shared my photo bombs on Facebook, including my Sales Ads!  

I have decided that I want to continue my efforts, and revamped my listings a bit.  From now on, 50% of all proceeds from sales in my shop will be donated to Miracle Horse Rescue.  Except, items made from the generosity of those artists who have donated beads to me - I am donating 100% of the proceeds from those sales.  Many thanks to Jan Onipenco of Molten Mayhem and Jeannie Dukic of  Jewelry by Jeannie!  

I am very slowly working through my stash of lampwork beads from Jan.  Specifically, this set:

The focal bead is quite large 1 1/4" - and the colors are just fabulous!! I made a necklace with  - yes - a link from Cindy Wimmer's new book, The Missing Link.

This link is the Corona link - I love the bare wire and coils together in one link!

I had EXTREMELY bright sunshine this morning - so taking Lolita outside for a photo session was not going to happen.  So instead, she stood in front of my closed basement door in natural daylight - I think this picture looks passable!

Yep - I made earrings with the two smallest beads in the set - these are so lightweight!

I have managed to carve an hour hour make other items as well.  I have 3 shows coming up, so time is of the essence!

Cute little lampwork birdie and matching beads by Donna Millard.

This sweet bronze flower charm by LeAnn Weih was begging to be attached!

I added another link from Cindy's book here - it's double hoops wrapped together.   In her book, the links are larger - these are teeny tiny!

Matching earrings with hand cut bead caps. Love the rustic finish on these beads.

I finally made the ear wires for my fold formed leaves!  Those are actually garnets nestled inside the leaves - another stone that just not photograph well!  They are actually a deep, deep red.

Tiny (4mm) Sun Stone cubes.  I added a teeny weeny tendril in copper.

More gorgeous lampwork from Donna Millard.

Instead of plain hoops, I added coils to these - very small!  The rustic rounds are by Jody Brimhall of Inspire Glass Studio.

I had two of these lovely, turquoise lampwork beads by Lynda Cogbill of Lyndas Lampwork left over from my bracelet I gave away a couple of weeks ago.  This is my favorite style of earring, made from heavy gauge wire and a large loop at the top.  Perhaps I like this because I get to bang the metal and let out any frustrations...I dunno...

I still cannot believe it is November 2nd!  Halloween was a relative bust in my neighborhood.  Although the forecast was for rain to hold off until well after 9:00 PM, it starting coming down in buckets by 6:30 PM.  Poor kids! And, someone had the audacity to post on Facebook that there are only 9 Sunday's until Christmas!  Ugh.....

Well, I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!  Thanks so much for stopping by!


  1. Patti, you've inspired me! I got my copy of Cindy's book today and cannot wait to start twisting away on some beautiful links, Thanks for sharing your lovely pieces.

  2. Love what you're creating with Cindy's links. Your copper wire work is gorgeous with these lamp work gems.

  3. As always it is a joy to visit your blog and see the beautiful and interesting works of art! I sure do love what you did with the leaf earrings and beads. They are so graceful and I especially like the set with the garnet beads. The last two sets of beaded earrings also are gorgeous. I love your wirework so much on those. It is a pleasure to visit here! Thanks for sharing your talent with us!

  4. Once again you've managed to create gorgeous pieces of jewelry! I love the necklace you made with that large bead. And, I agree about that link of Cindy's. I love the plain wire with the coiled wire.
    I know what you mean about it being November already. I don't know where Fall is going. Enjoy the cooler weather!

  5. Everything here is so SO Beautiful!!! Clearly, the links click with you. Is there a link you have met that you have not mastered?! I doubt it!!! That necklace and those last pair of earrings are really gorgeous!

  6. Patti, you amaze me! What stunning designs!! And I agree with Christine there a link that you have not mastered?? ;-)
    Cannot believe it is NOVEMBER!! Where has the time gone?