Monday, November 12, 2012

Beads of courage ~charm swap the Great reveal!!!

I participated in a lovely charm swap for  Beads of Courage Which is a organization that collects beads and uses them to help uplift children in hospitals , they also sell beads on there website and the money goes to helping the organization.

Well we all did Art charms to swap and the them was laughter .   we had to make 11 Charms and send them to the host of the swap , and we got 11 charms back including one of our own , I had SOOO much fun ( it also inspired me to get the book Making Mixed~medis Art Charms & Jewelry by peggy Krzyzewski & Christine Hansen , that book has sooo many AWESOME idears for charms I really recommend any jewelry maker, or artist to grab the book to check it out !)

Any way , I thought and thought about it , I wanted to make A charm that was not to complicated , Knowing i had to make 11 of them , something that would be sturdy , and that would in some way communicate laughter and something about children , wile the charm was not being given to children , I thought that because it was a organization for children that it might be a nice idea to include them ..

 

Well this is what i came up with , ...


                                   Drum roll Please !!!!!!!




   CUPCAKES!!!!!! 

All kinda of cupcakes , different colors of frosting , and I like to believe it's a carmley cake .

   


 




Pink ones,








Yellow ones,




Pink and Purple swirl ones!

 

 I thought about what to make for quite awhile , and it hit me when a friend invites us to her daughters birthday party and my 6 year old asked "WILL THEY HAVE CUPCAKE!" wile giving me a huge smile , and that hit me hard , Kids love cupcakes , I LOVE cupcake , what person doesn't love cupcake, there are shows about cupcakes! cupcake fabric , cupcake bakeries or cupcakearies and cupcake wars , the world must love cupcakes , and wile i don't know anyone who can't smile or even give a little giggle when they have a cupcake in there hands .  I made them out of polymer clay , getting the bottoms right was kinda hard i wanted them to look like real cupcakes , not little round bottoms that just had lines on them , cupcakes have a little bit of a slant to them so getting that was kinda tricky but that's what i love about polymer clay , you can mess up , and smoosh it and start over again , so after some playing and some smooshing i got it the right shape , then i took some of the color i was using for the "frosting" and make a little cone and places it upside down on the top or else i would have had to make the coils of "frosting" very thick and it wouldn't have looked so pretty , At first i was going to just make them all one color however I thought if you go to a bakery , they don't just have one type or color , so i just went crazy with my colors but i also tryed to keep them in the shades you'd see in a real cupcake , and then i brushed the "cake" part with bronze colored pearl FX powder ( I LOVE that stuff) and it gave it such a pretty sheen , wile the sheen is not what you'd see on a cupcake , well they were not real cupcakes , what woman doesn't love her jewelry to have a little SPARKLE to it !!! so i also put pearl fx powder on the "frosting" yellow on the yellow and a violet pearlzed powder on the pink and purple ones . All in all i believe there just GORGEOUS!!!! I really enjoyed making them and i hope the people who received them loved them as much as i loved making them !!!  

Please check out the whole list of participants blogs to see what they made and there ideas and thought processes of there charms , Wile i haven't posted there work on here , I received 11 adorable charms including one of my own (which my 6yo promptly made me put on a chain and she had claimed it as her own ) my camera is dead and i have had some medical issues so i haven't been able to do anything for the past few weeks so i haven't gotten batteries but you can see the other charms in there blogs 

Also some are being auctioned off please go check that out , all the money will be going to Beads of Courage , it's a wonderful organization and cause , so please go and bid !!!  check out The Auction here! 

 

 Here is everyone elses blogs please Hop around.

Thank you and Enjoy!



Auction Site: http://myworld.ebay.com/glassaddictions

Alenka Obid http://pepita-handmade.blogspot.com/2012/11/art-charm-exchage-reveal.html

Alicia Marinache http://www.allprettythings.ca/2012/11/charm-swap-reveal-blog-hop-and-auction.html
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Babette Cox http://babettecox.com/blog.htm

Carol Watson http://www.carolwatsonartglass.blogspot.com

Carolyn Chenault http://carolynchenault.wordpress.com/2012/11/12/beads-of-courage-auction/

Cassi Paslick http://cassisbeads.blogspot.com/2012/11/beads-of-courage-charm-swap-reveal.html

Charlene Jacka http://clay-space.com/2012/11/early-christmas/

Cheri Reed http://creativedesignsbycheri.blogspot.com/2012/11/to-participate-in-charm-swap-you-must.html

Cheryl McCloud http://cherylmccloud.blogspot.com/2012/11/charm-swap-reveal-blog-hop-and-beads-of.html

Deb Kauzlarich http://debkauzlarich.blogspot.com

Denielle Hagerman http://somebeadsandotherthings.com/beads-make-me-laugh/

Emma Todd http://apolymerpenchant.blogspot.com/2012/11/art-charm-swap-in-aid-of-boc.html

Erin Prais-Hintz http://treasures-found.blogspot.com/2012/11/art-charm-swap-laugh.html

Ginger Bishop http://lilmummylikes.blogspot.com/2012/11/art-charm-exchange-2012.html

Inge vonRoos http://ingetraud.wordpress.com

Jean Peter http://jeanpdesigns.blogspot.com/ http://jeanpdesigns.blogspot.com/2012/11/2012-charm-swap.html

Jeannie K Dukic http://site.jkdjewelry.com/blog/2012/11/12/beads-of-courage/

Jennifer Cameron http://wp.me/p1xIa0-wn

Kia Dallons http://kiadallonsstudio.blogspot.jp/2012/11/laughter-is-best-medicine.html

Kimberly Roberts http://bahamadawn.blogspot.com/2012/11/art-charm-swap.html

Kristi Bowman http://dreamsomedesigns.blogspot.com/2012/11/charm-swap-reveal-hop.html

Lea Avroch http://lajewelrydesign.blogspot.com/2012/11/2012-beads-of-courage-art-charm-swap.html

Leslie Schenkel http://twistedchicken.wordpress.com/?p=171

Linda Florian http://www.lilysofthevalleyjewelry.blogspot.com/  <~~~~ you are here!

Lori Greenberg http://lorigreenberg.com/blog

Lynnea Bennett http://designsbylynnea.blogspot.com

Mallory Hoffman http://rosebud101-fortheloveofbeads.blogspot.com/2012/11/the-time-has-come-art-charm-blog-reveal.html

Marcy Lamberson http://studiomarcy.blogspot.com/2012/11/charmed-by-minions-im-sure.html

Marsha Neal Studio http://marshanealstudio.blogspot.com/2012/11/charm-exchange-and-beads-of-courage.html

Maureen Connolly http://mrsbeadsley.blogspot.com/2012/11/charm-reveal.html

Melissa Meman http://melissameman.blogspot.com/2012/11/art-charm-swap-blog-hop.html

Monique Urquhart http://ahalfbakednotion.blogspot.com/2012/11/charmed-im-sure.html

Natalie McKenna http://www.grubbi.co.uk/

Perri Jackson http://shaktipajdesigns.com/11/blog/reveal-the-laughter-art-charms/

Renetha Stanziano http://lamplightcrafts.blogspot.com/2012/11/art-charm-exchange-auction-and-reveal.html

Robin Koza http://www.robinkoza.com

Shaiha Williams http://shaihasramblings.blogspot.com/2012/11/art-charm-hop.html

Shannon Hicks http://uptwnsh-fallingintothesky.blogspot.com/

Shelby Foxwell http://sundownbeaddesigns.blogspot.com/2012/11/charm-swap-reveal.html

Shelley Graham Turner http://shelleygrahamturner.blogspot.com/2012/11/reveal-2012-charm-swap.html

Shirley Moore http://beadsandbread.blogspot.com/2012/11/beads-of-courage-art-charm-reveal.html

Stephanie Haussler http://pixybugdesigns.blogspot.com/2012/11/laughter-art-bead-charm-swap-auction.html

Susan Kennedy http://suebeads.blogspot.com/2012/11/beads-of-courage-charm-swap-reveal-and.html

Toltec Jewels http://www.jewelschoolfriends.com/2012/11/BOCArtCharmRevealBlogHop.html

Vanessa Gilkes http://culturezine.com/blog/








 

18 comments:

  1. Linda, these look delicious... you are right of course, a cupcake brings a smile to all, young or old!

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  2. I like your cupcakes!! Glad to see cupcakes come to mind with someone else as laughter. I did cup cakes too

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    1. Ohh I ADORE your cupcakes , ohhh I wish I could have gotten one of yours , I adore anything cupcake , I have cupcake fabric , that I just bought cuz well it had cupcakes on it :) ... I adore what i recived but I'd have loved to recived yours too !

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  3. Cupcakes always make me smile! Very cute, and a great inspiration story! : D

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  4. I have one of your cupcakes!!! I love it!! Thank you!!!

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    1. ohhh i'm so glad , your the first I've talked to that got one of mine:) yours made me laugh , and my daughter adored them too , so hasent the owener of my local bead shop ... cuz well i had to bring them into her :) ... first thought when seeing them .. I FEEL EARINGS COMMING ON !!! the big thing is miss matched earrings so yous , shall become earrings !!!

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  5. Oh I love your cupcakes, what cute charms!

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  6. Absolutely delicious, I love your idea!!

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  7. These are cool -- yours make the second cupcake that I've seen on the blog hop and I love that they are totally different.

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  8. Loved the cupcake I got. Perfect idea.

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  9. Love my yummy cupcake, Linda! Adorable!

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  10. Love the cupcakes Linda - and thank you for your kind words about Making Mixed Media Art Charms & Jewelry! We really appreciate it!

    Best,
    Chris & Peg

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    1. omg i'm Sooooo honored that you commented , I read your comment did a triple take , grabbed my copy of my art charm book , checked the names , did it again , called my 6yo over , read it to her , showed her the book .. and she said ..""THATS LIKE MY BESTEST BOOOK I LOVE THAT BOOK AND THE PEOPLE WHO WROTE IT TALKED TO YOU !!!!!!!!!" she danced around the living room , it honestly is the one book in my quite large craft/beading/sewing libary that she asks to look at , and shows me projects she wants to try , well have me try to make for her , (she is only 6) shes been dying for me to make her the shooting star charm . I personaly just am dying to do more art charm swaps , i really really loved this one , and i can't wait till i can do another one !! i'd do one every week if i could . So thank you Chris & Peg for your wonderfully kind words and giving me the thrill of my year to realize that people who's book i look at at least once a week for inspration complamented me on my work !!!! so Thank you so very much !!!! and i truly hope that I can be into more swaps in the future soon !!!

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  11. Swirly whirly AND caramely!!! Wonderfully sweet and inspirational. :^)

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    1. Thank you , I'm glad you liked them ... it was fun to do .... I want to get a art charm swap done on my own , as soon as i get back from FL ... as soon as i got better my Mother in Fl got very sick she's had to go into the hospital and i've ben down here for a long time , but I want to be here incase something happens. because i can't just fly back down so i'm hopeing she gets better soon so i can come home and be with my daughter and my beads(i've got some beads and clay down here and access to a craft store but still it's not the same! but it's enough to work on the memories and thanks peice but i like my hord!) and my friends and get some things done that i have to get done .... and i've gone into a ramble .... sorry bout that , Just really glad you came over and took a peek ,

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  13. Sweet! You are so right! Cupcakes make me think of kids, parties, fun, happy times, Adorable charms.

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