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


  1. I absolutely LOVE your charms!! They are so fabulous! I will have to cross my fingers that I can grab one in the auction, or that I will get you as a swap partner next year!! :D

  2. Your auction charm is utterly captivating.

  3. your charms are just wonderful and every one was different, what creativity!

  4. Your charms are lovely and each one uniquely designed. I love them all!

  5. They're all beautiful, I love how each on is different. My favourite has to be the one I received though, it's stunning... thank you!

  6. I love your charms. Each one has a "charm" of it's own and they are "charming"(lol) You did an amazing job. I'm watching your charm in the auction. Maybe I'll get lucky!

  7. Lovely charms. I'm impressed that they are each different. I have already made the one I received into a bracelet - thank you :)

  8. Your charms are so unique. Each one a different design. Nicely done.

  9. I love how your charms look like medals for bravery, beautiful designs!

  10. You took on a big task by making them all unique, Chris... the auction charm is my favorite (well, I have a weakness for bees!)

  11. Oooo, I feel very fortunate to have gotten your favorite one! :) It's even more gorgeous in person!!!

    Thank you so much!

  12. I love all the different versions you created! The one I received is the top row third from the left and it is beautiful!

  13. I just love how you made several different charms. Very fun! And the beadwork was fab. Thanks so much for participating this year (and bidding last year!)

  14. I love that they were different, but I really like the heart/beaded charm of yours that I received! :-)

  15. Chris ,
    Just had time to catch up on blogs and saw your post. I love the difference in all the Art Charms. What a wonderful and thoughtful idea. Would love to participate next year.