For where your treasure is, there shall your heart be also. ~ Matthew 6:21

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Happiest of Days! It's the Un-Birthday Party Reveal!

Having this much fun and meeting so many awesome people has been such a gift!  More than ever the world needs beauty, and celebration of the ordinary and the unexpected.  Thank you Marlene and Shelley for coordinating this effort and motivating all this wonderfulness to transpire.  

My partner for the Very Merry UnBirthday event was Gina Hockett from Snowflake, Arizona.  This woman is super incredible!  A mere couple of days after receiving our partner assignments, Gina underwent surgery for a full knee replacement and was bed-ridden and or house-bound for most of this event.  I was amazed that she would undertake anything besides her own challenging recovery in the weeks to follow and yet she made the most beautiful, sparkle-y necklace and earring set to celebrate my March birthday.  I feel like a princess!!!

Gina also has a real keeper for a husband . . . he is one guy who definitely has his priorities straight and that is to take care of his girl!!!  Way to go, Gina's husband!!! Thank you so much Gina for gifting me with your talent and grace. Getting to know you a bit has been the most precious gift of all!!!

Now Gina celebrates her birthday in February with amethyst as her birthstone color.  I created this simple peyote stitch bracelet with amethyst delicas, used gold seed beads for the trim and a gold sliding clasp.  I embellished it with a filigree fitting mounted with amethyst Swarovsky crystal bicones.  A dangling golden Swarovsky crystal heart, symbolizing our new friendship, was the finishing touch.  My pictures unfortunately didn't capture the beautiful gradated purple tones of these beads, but I was very happy to send this gift to my new special friend to celebrate the day of her birth.

Thanks to all my fellow artists whose work inspires me greatly.  Please visit their blog sites also to see all the amazing creations from their hands and hearts. 

The rest of the 'unbirthday' party artists 

Ali McCarthy

Alicia Marinache

Anzia Parks

Audrey Belanger

Cheri Reed

Cheryl Dunham

Chris Eisenberg

Christine Schlicht

Cynthia Machata

D Lynne Bowland  
(you are here)

Dyanne Everett-Cantrell

Gina Hockett

Ginger Bishop

Gloria Allen

Janeen Burlingame

Joana Perez Stribel

Lori Schneider

Mary Govaars

Mischelle Fanucchi

Paula Gaskill

Renetha Stanziano

Robin Reed

Sherry Baun

Shirley Moore

Sierra Barrett

Susan Bowie

Susie Harris

Mowse Doyle

Cindy Muse

Ellie Grossman

Marlene Cupo - host

Shelley Graham Turner - host


  1. Chris. Wow that Gina made is so pretty and sparkly.ANd the piece you made for her is gorgeous. I am ALWAYS in awe of beadweavers. Love the addition of the heart and what it represents. I know she will cherish this bracelet!

    Thanks for coming to the party, make sure to go to to find out about the party goodie bag you have coming your way! ~ Shelley

    PS LOVE the props you use in your photos.

  2. Chris, I am so blessed that you and I were paired for this party! I absolutely love the gift you made for me, and it will always have a special place in my "heart" coming from you. Thank you for being so understanding and supportive during our post office "crisis". You are the best! and I have enjoyed getting to know you, and hope that we get to know each other much better. Thank you so much! The pictures you took are so amazing!!! I love how you showcased them!

  3. Those are both lovely pieces.. I can't imagine what my husband would give me if I asked for supplies to make jewellery if I was bed ridden!

  4. Both pieces are beautiful - you're both having a very merry day for sure, wearing those beauties! I love the eggs props in your picture :)

  5. Lovely necklace that Gina made for you. The bracelet you made for her is beautiful and I love the heart drop and what it represents.
    Janeen Burlingame

  6. I really like the bracelet that you sent. I don't do a lot with seed beads but really love the look you get. You did a wonderful job.
    Chris Schlicht

  7. Your bracelet is a true work of art. Sure Gina will wear it proudly. The sparkly necklace and earring set you received is a dream as well. So glad you had such fun with our little surprise party.

  8. Happy Birthday fellow Picean. Both pieces are so lovely. They make me smile.

  9. Wow! What talent and beauty on the same page!! Wonderful items!

  10. I really love both pieces!! I love the way Gina mounted that stone!! and the rest of the necklace is wonderful as well!!! I love the bracelet you created!! Intricate and romantic and really beautiful!! Great job both of you!!! Have a Blessed Day!!!

  11. Very nice. I like how the stone was set, very interesting.

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