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

Saturday, December 5, 2015

PRT ~ Charmed I'm Sure Blog Hop

New Blog Hop!
 song birds
Happy December to all my fellow artists!  It is such a delight, especially in the busy-ness of the holiday season, to take time to appreciate the beauty of artistic creation.  Many thanks and a toast to Lisa Lodge for inspiring us to find time to not only create but share and enjoy each other's work.
The motivation for my "charmed I'm sure" piece came from studying from the master instructors that taught at the Autumn Artist Retreat this past November . . . Sarah Thompson and Melissa Cable.  Both of these amazing artists opened my eyes and my heart to working with wire . . . a medium that is pretty foreign to a bead weaver!  Because of their inspiration, I have decided to really explore the possibilities of combining wire working with the bead work that I am already comfortable with throughout this coming year.  
The piece I created with the kit Lisa sent me is my first humble effort in this endeavor.  I first formed my base wire into a shape suggestive of a music lyre.  I then hand wrapped the frame and wired lines of pearls and crystals across it.  From the lyre I strung some of the charms that were included in the kit along with a variety of complimentary fittings I had in my stash. I worked everything in brass tones and blue beads in order for the silver charms to really stand out. Most of what I did felt difficult and awkward but I am proud that I persevered as I now have a actual starting point from which to grow during the year ahead. I am hopeful that by this time next year the growth is obvious and profound!!!
Thank you for visiting my blog for this hop.  Now go grab another cup of coffee and relax and enjoy the other awesome creations in this hop found at the sites below.

Your hostess:  Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist
Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations
Kari Asbury, Hippie Chick Design
Ann Schroeder, Bead Love
Kim Dworak, Cianci Blue
Karin Grosset Grange (France), Ginkgo et Coquelicot
Shaiha Williams, Shaiha’s Ramblings
Chris Eisenberg, Wanderware
Candida Elkins Castleberry, Spun Sugar Beadworks


  1. I love hops that really help me grow, so I'm glad this one did that for you. Your jangly charm necklace is wonderful.

  2. I love your necklace! The beautiful collection of charms and your great wire work which is going to be an interesting addition to your bead work.

  3. Kudos to you for including a new medium in your work. Your necklace is a wonderful first effort.

  4. Great job, I love your wire work!!!!

  5. That necklace is awesome! Can't wait to see how you grow this next year as you combine wire with your seed beads. (Those things terrify me) I like to work with wire but lately it seems as though I never use it except for making beaded chains. We do have to set up a play date.

  6. Love it! Such a fantastic use of the charms and beads to create a wonderful, playful necklace!

  7. Your necklace is so pretty, Chris! Kudos for working with new techniques. Everything looks lovely! Thanks for being in the hop.