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Art Charm Auction

Wow! This is the big reveal for the 2013 Art Charm Exchange and Charity Auction. It’s my first time ever to participate and I’m so excited. Not only do I get some very cool charms, but hopefully, my own charm will sell and I can help make a little money for Beads of Courage.

If you missed my blog about Beads of Courage, check it out and you will see what a great cause we will be supporting. It’s a wonderful program that uses color, beads and art to support kids with terminal illnesses. You know if it helps kids, I’m all in.

The theme this year was LOVE so the charms we created had to, in some way evoke our feelings when we thought of the word LOVE. Believe me, I struggled with this one. I love my family, my kids and grands, small animals, birds, nature, books and music not even mentioning beads here. So I could not decide what to do until one day, when listening to some old old music, I heard the Troggs belting out WILD THING.

This song has special meaning to me. Remember your first love? You had a song……….it was “your song”? Okay, get out of your past and I’ll take you to mine. When I was dating him, he played in a little garage band called the Swamp Eaters. (YES, I know………sounds like a sci fi horror flick, grade C). Anyhow, he played lead guitar and he was band leader. The Swamp Eaters played at local schools and a few bars in nearby towns. I never gave him an exact time when I would show up but when I did, I would hesitate in the doorway just for a moment. And I would know that he was not watching the gyrating miniskirts on the floor, he was watching for me, because as soon as I appeard…whichever song they were playing stopped….immediately.   There would be a couple of heartbeats of silence and then……….the opening bars of Wild Thing. When they sang Wild Thing, you make my heart sing….I would make my grand entrance. It was quite the feeling, let me tell you, to have all eyes on me and my lead guitar grinning out at only me. Now that’s young love and that is what I wanted my charm to reflect.

I found these crazy varigated color polymer clay hearts at Blue Morning Expressions. It took a while to get the treble cleff just right but it is superimposed over the heart and two tiny wire music notes dangle from the bottom of the cleff sign. Crazy hearts and pure music, that’s young love to me.

Wild Hearts

Wild HeartsWe

We each had to make 11 charms, ten for the exchange and one to be auctioned off.   It was so exciting to anticipate what other charms I would get in the trade.  I want to show you what adorable charms I got.

First, from the talented Lesley Watt of THEA too

If you love them, set them free

If you love them, set them free

, this adorable little bird.  My daughter is just the person who will love this little guy as much as I do and I can hardly wait to make a surprise for her.  (Close your eyes, Dawn, you did not see this).

Here is a very rustic cross in a hammered ring from Artisticaos.   This is perfect for my grand daughter who was just baptized and is full of love and gratitude for her new found faith.i


And look at this adorable little glass bird!  DAWN!  You cannot have both birds!   He comes from Carolyn Chenault.  What a wonderful little guy he is!


And who would not fall in love with Ginger’s tiny beaded flowers?!!  Intricate work like this never ceases to amaze me.  Check Ginger Bishop out here.


This little tree charm is so darned cute!  That little heart just cries out for my grand daughter Jessie’s initials with her husband, Nick.  This is Linda Haskell’s work.  You can find more here.


What a cute folksy little heart from Patty Pulliam’s Rustic Studio!


Nancy  Dale’s flower amazes me!  All that tiny detail!  What a beauty this charm is!


Cory Tompkins of Tealwater Designs has created this delightful little resin heart, reflecting her love of home and hearth.  I know firsthand, from working with resin that a deceptively simple design like this is hard to create.  Her skill just makes it look so easy!


And last, but definitely not least, this beautiful and romantic heart from Monique of A Half Baked Notion.   I have a definite plan for this one!  Had just got some beads for a bracelet for Mom and had no focal bead.  This is just perfect, Monique!


Now, the most important part!    TAAA DAAAA!!!!
You can find all these charms and many many more at the auction for Beads of Courage fundraiser.   PLEASE!   Go there!   Buy one of these wonderful little charms.   Why would you do this?
The charms are beautiful and would make fantastic gifts!

If you make jewelry, one of these handmade art charms would be a perfect component.

Even if you do not make jewelry, one of these charms would make a great stocking stuffer for someone you love.   Tell you what……..if you don’t make beads but fall in love with a charm… it!   I promise to make you something from the charm for only the cost of the beads I use and the postage, my time is a gift to the cause….now you have no excuse not to bid on one of these beauties!!!!

Most important of all……… would be supporting a wonderful cause!  Beads of Courage benefits kids with terminal illnesses.   What a great gift to give………..a gift from your heart.   Tis the season to open your heart and show your LOVE!   Do it now!    Here is the link to the auction!

Art Charm Exchange Fundraiser Auction

Oh, and before I forget…….a huge thanks to Jen Cameron of Glass Addictions who organizes this whole exchange and give generously of her time and energy, collecting all the charms, stresses with deadlines, sorts and matches and makes sure all participants get their exchange charms on time.   Jen, you are awesome!!!

Here’s a list of all the participants in this Art Charm Exchange.   After you go see what you want to buy at the auction, you can check out thes talented ladies and say hello.

Jen Cameron:

Toltec Jewels:

Vanessa Gilkes:

Caroline Dewison:

Lesley Watt:

Susan Kennedy:

Nancy Dale :

Alicia Marinache:

Cassi Paslick:

Alenka Obid:

Renetha Stanziano:

Shelley Graham Turner:

Monique Urquhart:

Shai Williams:

Lennis Carter:

Cheri Reed:

Moriah Betterly:

Perri Jackson:

Mallory Hoffman:

Ginger Bishop:

Jean Peter:

Linda Florian:

Patricia Pulliam:

Karin Grosset Grange:

Julie Bowen:

Susan Delaney:

Emma Todd:

Carolyn Chenault :

Terri Del Signore:

Cory Tompkins:

Lee Koopman:

Lori Bowring Michaud:

Andrea Glick:

Jacqueline Carlson:

Michelle McCarthy:

Charlene Bausinger Jacka:

Kristi Bowman:


November 15, 2013 - Posted by | Jewelry, Kid Stuff, New Age | , , , , , , , ,


  1. What a fun event and I love your charms best of all! Love music and I love “Wild Thing!”


    Comment by notsofancynancy | November 15, 2013 | Reply

  2. Too cute! Perfect for the music lover!


    Comment by nutsfortreasure | November 15, 2013 | Reply

  3. Ooooohhhh, your story!! I love your charms, but your story really got to me – a perfect night, the band playing, your lead singer stopping everything to belt out Wild Thing – truly young love in every sense!! Thank you SO much for sharing that, it made my whole morning!! I think your charms really capture everything you wrote about, too. Sooooo pretty, and just a tiny wild… 🙂 🙂


    Comment by Nancy Dale | November 15, 2013 | Reply

    • just a tiny wild………that was me, LOL…….Thanks Nancy.


      Comment by stregajewellry | November 15, 2013 | Reply

  4. This is one of my favorite events of the year and your post is a prime example, Lee! Your sweet story of young love, and the fact that you have already paired charms to the special folks in your life… not to mention your own wonderful design (I am also a music lover). Awesome!


    Comment by Monique U. (A Half-Baked Notion) | November 15, 2013 | Reply

  5. Beautiful charm. I love the one I received from you. I appreciate hearing the story behind your charm. I admire the photography skills you display.

    Susan Delphine Delaney


    Comment by ladyflowersbysusan | November 15, 2013 | Reply

  6. Oh, I LOVE THIS STORY!!!! Thanks for sharing it. I loved your charm before, but now I love it even more after hearing that story 🙂 I am so glad you enjoyed the swap and thanks for participating and helping to raise money for the kids.


    Comment by Jennifer Cameron | November 15, 2013 | Reply

    • Jennifer, I do love this swap and I sure want to do another next time! I hope we make lots and lots of money for the kids!


      Comment by stregajewellry | November 15, 2013 | Reply

  7. What a clever charm! I love the way these came together! I think we can all agree that music is definitely love-worthy!


    Comment by Julie Bowen | November 15, 2013 | Reply

  8. Your charm is my favorite but what an amazing thing to do!!! Headed to the auction…..


    Comment by Dawn | November 16, 2013 | Reply

  9. Getting that wire correct once would be hard –getting it right so many times must have been a real challenge! Beautiful!


    Comment by Cassi | November 16, 2013 | Reply

    • LOL, I have to admit, I messed up a little bit of practice wire, trying to get it down.


      Comment by stregajewellry | November 16, 2013 | Reply

  10. Such a perfect combination: music and hearts ~ pure love!


    Comment by Alicia@AllPrettyThings | November 16, 2013 | Reply

  11. When I saw your charm in the auction, I thought, “love is the music of one’s heart.” Such a clever idea and the wire work is nicely done.


    Comment by windbent | November 16, 2013 | Reply

  12. What a great idea! And such a wonderful story! Thank you for sharing it!


    Comment by Karin G | November 16, 2013 | Reply

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