Friday, 15 November 2013

Art charm swap and auction in support of beads of courage

Last year I stumbled upon Jennifer Cameron’s art charm swap in aid of the Beads of Courage program.  As that swap went on it was clear the amount of work involved in receiving, swapping, triple-checking, shipping, photographing, auctioning and more shipping that Jennifer undertakes with this event.   Last year all this effort brought in $600 for the cause and this year, the goal is $1000!  So the most important link is the one right HERE for the auctions where you can join in on the fun and bid for your very own charm.

In the course of this hop you will likely hear a lot about Beads of Courage, here is their mission from their website:
Our Mission: We are growing every day, providing innovative, arts-in-medicine supportive care programs for children coping with serious illness, their families and the health care providers who care for them. Beads of Courage, Inc. is an approved public charity under I.R.S. Code Section 501(c)(3), based in Tucson, Arizona.

My child started her life in hospital and the first time I held her we were skin-to-skin and overtop was a handmade quilt.  I’ve experienced arts in medicine – it is important.

a little love
With a theme of love this year I toyed with several ideas as usual.  Thinking on the loves in my life, the ideas all got a little too personal.  I mean, an inside joke is no fun if you aren’t on the inside right? So despite trying to escape the universal heart I somehow ended up right back there.  I thought of young love and carving your initials in a tree… but what initials to use? I found some branch beads in my stash and knew that I had to try and carve them.  I pulled out the wood burner I had bought some time ago and never tried.  A little testing on some tongue depressors and off I went to carve the word “LOVE”. 

and the back

While the branch bead itself is a decent size I couldn’t have just that.  My little tree got a canopy in the form of a polymer rondelle I had made already (inspired by an artichoke originally).  Fortunately I still had more of that cane I had started from raw so created a little leaf to swing from the branch.  It’s more suggestive than realistic I’d say.

It’s wonderful to receive charms from the group and I’m excited to read more about the ones I’ve received.  I’m going to share a bit of a teaser picture of them since I’d really like it if you took a closer look at them during the auction instead :) Oh, and I added this years to last.

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Enjoy the LOVE tour! Thank you to all involved!

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:
Cheryl (Lee) Koopman:
Lori Bowring Michaud:
Andrea Glick:
Jacqueline Carlson:
Michelle McCarthy:
Charlene Bausinger Jacka:
Kristi Bowman:


  1. Love the sentiment here - and the charm! It is a wonderful cause!

  2. Stupendous, complex charm. Your photograph of it really shows it well.

    Susan Delphine Delaney

  3. I adore your charm (I have one...) and it's just so clever. Thank you for participating and helping to raise money for Beads of Courage.

  4. What a special charm. So creative! I'm impressed with the amount of work you put into every aspect of it - a mirror of the work we put into protecting love, I think. Wonderful! - Julie

  5. What an awesome design, Emma... I love the "primitive" touch with the wood bead!

  6. I love your charms. I really like the incorporation of the wooden bead, since nature definitely says "love" to me.

  7. I love this little charm! So natural, so beautiful!

  8. So cute!! I always love stacked beads and these are very cool!

  9. That's a novel idea, burn the wooden beads! The story of how your art charm became is very sweet ~ and the charm is absolutely adorable... I wasn't lucky enough to get one, but I love it!

  10. I love your design and I still have a chance to get one...

  11. What a great idea to carve the wood! And the combination of beads is just perfect!

  12. I love what you created. I thought about making charms but I couldn't think of anything besides a heart so I decided to see what everyone comes up with this year and try for next year.

  13. I was lucky enough to receive one of your charms and it's gorgeous! Thank you x

  14. Lovely charm Of course artichokes have hearts ;)


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