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

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Beads of Courage ~ 2014

Welcome to my wanderware blog site and to my very first Art Charm exchange and Beads of Courage reveal!   This is an annual event hosted by the amazing Jennifer Cameron of Glass Addictions where a select number of artists make 11 charms to be shared and auctioned.  I found this event last year during the auction and after bidding on the incredible charms made by artists from far and near to benefit the Beads of Courage program. I knew that I needed to be a part of this.

Beads of Courage is an organization that provides arts-in-medicine for seriously ill children.  This program is found in over 150 children's hospitals worldwide and currently supports over 30,000 children.  Based in Tucson, Arizona, Beads of Courage was founded in 2003 by Jean Baruch, an RN who sought to fill gaps in the areas that support seriously ill children and their families by providing the program as a resilience-based intervention.  Beads are used because they symbolize strength and courage and throughout history were used to award bravery and accomplishment as well as providing protection and healing.  The charms made by the artists in this exchange are being auctioned off as a fundraiser for this unique program and all the kids and families that benefit from it.  Please visit the auction site at:

Many thanks to Jennifer for her dedication to this important cause and for all the artists who contributed charms from their hands and their hearts.  Blog links are listed below for your hopping enjoyment!

my collection
my auction charm
~ my favorite ~

the one that came home

Here are the participants in the Art Charm Exchange. Hop on over to their blogs.

Jennifer Cameron:

Alenka Obid:

Alicia Marinache:

Andrea Glick:

Caroline Dewison:

Cassi Paslick:

Cate van Alphen:

Cheri Reed:

Chris Eisenberg:

Cory Tompkins:

Elisabeth Auld:

Genevieve Gabbert:

Jami Shipp:

Jenny Davies-Reazor:

Jill Bradley:

Kim Dworak:

Lee Koopman:

Lennis Carrier:

Lesley Watt:

Mallory Hoffman:

Melissa Trudinger:

Michelle McCarthy:

Monique Urquhart:

Moriah Betterly:

Nancy Dale:

Nancy Smith:

Niky Sayers:

Perri Jackson:

Renetha Stanziano:

Shai Williams:

Sheila Prosterman:

Susan Delaney:

Susan Kennedy:

Terri DelSignore:

Toltec Jewels:

Vanessa Gilkes:

2014 theme ~ SOAR

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Anchors Aweigh ~ LIRON

This is my extraordinary son, Nathan, and his one true love, Andrea. They are getting married in less than three weeks and this boat will be their home.  Nathan bought this boat about a year and a half ago and named her ''Liron" which is Hebrew for "my song" or "my joy." Shortly afterwards he met Andrea.

For this challenge, the amazing Rita of Toltec Jewels supplied all the participating artists with gorgeous anchor theme beads made with love by Diana of Suburban Girl Beads.  In the bible, the word 'anchor' is used metaphorically as an emblem of hope . . . that which supports or keeps one steadfast in the time of trial or doubt.  Nathan and Andrea's wedding invitation includes the words of Hebrews 6:19 ~ 

"This hope we have as an anchor of the soul 
a hope both sure and steadfast 
and one which enters within the veil"

My piece for this challenge uses the anchor beads to symbolize the hope and strength that these two are for each other and the anchor clasp as a symbol of their amazing faith in God, who is our eternal hope.  Mazel tov, Nathan and Andrea!

~ Liron ~

~ my song . . . my joy ~

So much gratitude to both Rita of Toltec Jewels and Diana of Suburban Girl Beads for their efforts in this timely and thought provoking design challenge and blog hop.  Please visit all the artist's blog sites listed below to view their creations for this Anchors Aweigh event.
Featured & Honored Artist:        Diana Ptaszynski

Diana's Shop:                           Suburban Girl Beads

Diana's Blogs:                          Suburban Girl Studio
                                                 Art Jewelry Elements

Hostess: TJ                               Jewel School Friends

Bobbie Rafferty                         Beadsong Jewelry

Chris Eisenberg                         Wanderware

Heather Richter                         Desert Jewelry Designs

Michelle McCarthy                    Firefly Design Studio

Kathy Lindemer                         Bay Moon Design

Dini Bruinsma                            Angaza by Changes

Cynthia Machata                       Antiquity Travelers

Kathleen Breeding                     99 Bottles of Beads on the Wall

Linda Younkman                       Lindy's Designs

Robin Reed                                  Artistry HCBD

Marla Gibson                              Spice Box Designs

Gina Hockett                               Freestyle Elements

Renetha Stanziano                      Lamplight Crafts

Marianne Baxter                          Simply Seablime Jewelry        

Christina Miles                             Wings N Scales

Marybeth Rich                            A Few Words from Within the Pines

Shai Williams                              Shaiha's Ramblings

Cheri Reed                                  Creative Designs by Cheri

Monique Urquhart                      A Half-Baked Notion

Jennifer Reno                             Musings of a Crafty Jenny

Shirley Moore                             Beads and Bread

Tammy Adams                           Paisley Lizard

Melissa Trudinger                       Bead Recipes

Jill Bradley                                  JillyBeads

Monday, August 4, 2014

Haberdashery Blog Hop - "Re-knewed"

Picture of Haberdashery Blog Hop button

Welcome to my wanderware site and to a most unusual challenge ~ the very first Haberdashery Blog Hop - the brainchild of Melissa Trudinger of BeadRecipes from Melbourne, Australia.  This is Melissa's first time hosting a blog hop and she challenged the participants to raid their fabric and trims stash to create jewelry pieces out of whatever they found.  The descriptive subtitle for my wanderware line is "jewelry for the adventurous soul" and having a soul that fully meets that description made this a very fun endeavor for me!

I am very interested in upcycling materials and have been toying around with adding a line of these sorts of pieces to my wanderware collection.  I would call this collection "re-knewed" which suggests the ability to enjoy something old and worn out in an completely new and unlikely manner.  In a huge way, this blog hop has helped me jump start this new line and I am grateful to Melissa for setting the opportunity before me.

My first piece uses strips of material from four of my daughter's old t-shirts.  I had already cut out the front panels to use for a t-shirt quilt but couldn't get myself to throw the remaining fabric away knowing that there existed a perfectly wonderful destiny for it!  I braided these strips using a Kumihimo disc and came up with a soft, flexible eye-catching rope.  I added a peyote beaded tube of brass triangle beads, brass end caps, a gold rolo style chain and a magnetic clasp to finish the piece.  I thought I might add something dangling from the beaded tube but also really liked it just the way it is (which was convenient since I was running out of creating time!)  Who knew that old t-shirts could become such an intriguing piece of jewelry?!

I was having so much fun that I returned to my stash and began playing with old torn up denim jeans.  I cut the inseam strips from some jeans and rolled them up tightly to make solid flat fabric circles, arranged them  symmetrically and bound them together with black leather lacing.  I added a ceramic tube bead at the bottom, brass circles on the top two rolls and finished it with a complimentary brass chain.  This is definitely a bold piece and with the right outfit would make quite a statement!

Loads of thanks to you, Melissa Trudinger, for this wonderful "out of the box" challenge and for being instumental in helping me open this new line of wanderware.  I too had three blog hops this past weekend in addition to many other demands and appreciate the leniency of posting a bit late.  I look forward to seeing all the other pieces that the artists below have created and invite you to visit their sites as well!  Happy hopping!

Melissa Trudinger   - hostess            
Ann Schroeder                                       
Tammy Adams                                        
Amanda Wacasey                                 
Dolores Raml                                          
Divya N                                                   
Michelle McCarthy                               
DiYana Brooks                                       
Robin Kae Reed                                     
Andrea Glick                                          
Karin Grosset Grange                           
Mitzie Crider                                          
Janine Lucas                                          
Rosantia Petkova                                 
Susan Kennedy                                      
Leithleach Alainn Seodra                   
Kathleen Breeding                                
Shiraz Biggie                                          
Chris Eisenberg                                     
Heather Richter                                    
Lennis Carrier                                        
Rebecca Anderson                               
Jenny Kyrlach                                         
Rita Toltec Jewels                                
Mischelle Fanucci                                 
Karen Mitchell                                       
Carol Briody                                           
Karla Morgan                                        
Carolyn Lawson                                    
Lori Anderson                                        
Jami Shipp                                              
Lili Krist                                                   
Evelyn Shelby                                         
Raissa de Guzman                                
Niky Sayers                                            
Keren Panthaki                                      

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Choosy Chicks Choose Chicklets - simple gifts

The perfect challenge for a summer blog hop coupled the time, energy and imagination of Rita (Toltec Jewels) with Sue Kennedy's Chicklet beads (SueBeads.)  I received a beautiful orange and yellow hued chicklet for my project and had all sorts of fun dreaming of ways in which to utilize it in a piece of jewelry.  I decided to go with a super simple design that really focused on the artistry of the focal piece to honor the amazing work that Sue has done.  I combined my lovely little bead with leather cording and Swarovsky crystal cubes in an earthy but elegant wrap bracelet.  I loved it so much that I wore it to church this morning and it sold right off my wrist!  I think I will order a chicklet in every color and make up an assortment for my next ArtWalk in September.  Here is my creation . . . simple gifts.

Thanks Rita for a wonderful little diversion in the midst of life's craziness and for inspiring simplicity when it truly was needed.  Bravo to you Sue Kennedy for your talents and artistry . . . you are a treasure to us all and I am so glad to have found you through this challenge!!!   Please be sure to browse through all the other sweet chicklet designs found in the sites below!
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

Toltec Jewels                                 

Linda Anderson                              
Jennifer Reno                                  
Shirley Moore                                 
Kristen Stevens                               
Marybeth Rich                                
Jael Thorp                                        
Melissa Trudinger                          
Andrea Glick                                   
Nan Smith                                        
Blanca Medina                                
Shai Williams                                   
Carolyn Lawson                              
Rana Wilson                                    
Robin Reed                                      
Robin Showstack                            
Sheila Prosterman                            
Karla Morgan                                   
Kari Asbury                                      you are here :)
Kelly Rodgers                                  
Jayne Capps                                     
Mischelle Andrade Fanucchi        
Heather Richter                                
Chris Eisenberg                                
Kathleen Breeding                           
Linda Landig                                     
Crystal Thain                                    
Cheri Reed                                        
Heather d-Entremont                       
Dini Bruinsma                                   
Lori Schneider                                 
Tammy Adams                                 
Melinda Orr                                      
Lennis Carrier                                   
Cynthia Machata                             
Elizabeth Hodges                            
Debbie Rasmussen                         
Tanya McGuire                               
Charlie Jacka                                    
Ev Shelby                                         
Sharyl McMillian-Nelson             

 Jasvanti Patel