December 29, 2013

AJE Earring Challenge: Completed!

Art Jewelry Elements challenged jewelry designers to make a pair of earrings every week for 52 weeks using art beads!  That's a lot of earrings.  I am amazed that I managed to complete all 52 pairs of earrings.  Sometimes I had to take breaks due to family obligations, but I guess we all go through that at one time or another.  This challenge was fun, inspirational, and a great learning experience.

Here are my last 8 sets of earrings.

45  Art Beads by Pat Westby, MVLBA

46  Art Beads by Flame on Glass, ETSY

47  Top Art Bead by Carolyn Harmon, MVLBA
Bottom Artbead, Art Insomnia Beads

48  Art Beads by Flame on Glass, ETSY

49  Art Beads by Stone Designs, ETSY

50  Art Beads by XINAR, EBAY

51  Art Beads, artist unknown.  Just beautiful, red, sugared spacers.

52  Art Beads by Carolyn Harmon, MVLBA

Now what to do with all of these earrings?   Don't forget to stop by the AJE Pinterest page to see earrings by other designers.  Thank you AJE for hosting the fun challenge.

Did I say that I love challenges?  Well I do.

Renetha Stanziano

December 28, 2013

AJE Earring Challenge Catch-Up.....

Here we go:

33  Art Beads:  Sheribeads

34  Art Beads:  Carolyn Harmon, MVLBA

35  Art Beads:  Art Insomnia

36  Art Beads:  VGB Lampwork Beads

37  Art Beads:  Carolyn Harmon, MVLBA
38  Art Beads:  Carolyn Harmon, MVLBA

39  I cut, bent, and wire-wrapped the wire.  Does that count?

40  Art Beads:  Art Bead Love Chain

41  Art Beads:  Serena's Beadery

42  Aged Czech Beads and hemp.  No art beads.

43  Hybrid Picasso Beads and Waxed Linen.  No art beads.

44  Art Beads:  Celine's Beads, Ebay

December 2, 2013

4th Annual Challenge of Color :: ColourLovers Wordlinks

I think these beads had all of the palett colors and then some!  I also made these:

Color Names for Palette:  Gothic Sex
Black Candles
Castle in Ruins
Gothic Lingerie
Baroque Clavichords
Supernatural Infusion

Color Names for Palette:  Zen Forest

Autumn Brown
Rich Mud
Canopy Green

Follow the link to see more challenge designs (Just click on the banner below).  Thank you Erin for the challenge and inspiration.

November 27, 2013

Pay It Forward this Holiday Season!

I believe that if you do good, it comes back to you.  Today, I was in line at a local rib joint waiting for my order.  The man that came in after me placed his order and said that he would pay for everyone's order that was in line.  As I and others thanked him, he said that God has been good to him this year and he wanted to pass it on.  Thank you Wayne!  Have a joyous holiday season.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.


November 15, 2013

2013 Art Charm Exchange: Cuppa Tea Luv?

This is my 2nd year participating in the Art Charm Exchange which is hosted by Jennifer Cameron. This year's theme is LOVE!  The fun of this event is that each participant makes 10 charms +1. The +1 charm is then auctioned off during the Beads of Courage Auction, and the proceeds go to Beads of Courage.  

 I am not a bead artist, but I do love to work with art beads, and I have quite a stockpile. Some beads are labeled, some are not. This year I made teapot charms!  Nothing says love like tea with your best friend.  Each teapot belly is made with small, round lampwork beads made by Carolyn Harman of the Miami Valley Lampwork Bead Artists, Dayton, Ohio.  I love Carolyn's beads, and the fact that I can get them at my local bead shop, STASH!  As a matter of fact, STASH had a trunk show featuring beads made by MVLBA last month!  And I was there to look at beads.....and maybe buy one or two :)

My +1 charm has an art bead made by Cheri Reed.  The beads were part of a goodie bag from a giveaway or exchange (not sure which).

Here are the charms I received.  I would like to take a moment to thank Jen Cameron for organizing the swap and auction.  Thanks also go out to those who made these beautiful charms!

Below is a list of participants:

Caroline Dewison
Alicia Marinache
Terri Del Signore
Cheryl (Lee) Koopman:
Jacqueline Carlson:
Charlene Bausinger Jacka

November 5, 2013

ZnetShows & 7000 Bracelets of Hope

7000 Bracelets of Hope is an initiative from the Global Genes | RARE project, which is an advocacy organization for individuals with rare and genetic diseases. Their symbol is a denim ribbon, a play on genes=jeans. You can find more about the Global Genes project on their website ( This organization started the 7000 Bracelets of Hope initiative to provide blue-themed bracelets to families fighting rare and genetic diseases. The idea is that these bracelets give support and a little hope to these families. As well, the unifying blue theme may help spread awareness. 

Hope Smitherman of ZnetShows called out to jewelry designers to participate in a lightening round challenge.  We were allowed to pick two choices of blue beads to begin our projects.  The completed bracelets will go to 7000 Bracelets of Hope!

I chose some 10mm round sea glass beads in a light blue, as well as a strand of 12mm round navy blue pearls. 

 S06-B31-ONE - Cultured Sea Glass round Beads 10mm 31-Light Sapphire
 BDS1621-19  glass pearls round Beads 0 -navy blue K0697 12mm

Here are my Lightening Round Designs.

I participated in a challenge for BoH a while back.  I packed up the bracelets, and then misplaced the box.  Took me a while to find them, but I did.  Now I will add these goodies to the lot and send them out.  Thank you ZnetShows and CraftyHope for sponsoring the challenge.  

November 4, 2013

Good News for Me!

My design, Dark Moon (above), placed 3rd in the Bello Modo Takumi Summer Challenge!  Yeah me!  I am also 1 of 7 finalists in the Jewelry Because October Creations Contest.  Stay posted for the reveal.  I am currently beading up a few designs for the ZnetShows' Winter Glossi.  And after my rant at Northridge Publishing over their "no refund" policy regarding subscriptions, they finally credited my account for the no longer published issues of Bead Trends Magazine.  I am so excited by all of the good after all those pesky little problems that turn up in real life.

October 26, 2013

Do Over Challenge #6 & Blog Hop!

Going to try and keep this post short so you can get to the eye candy! Jeannie sent each participant one of her old, tried, boring pieces of jewelry.  Then each participant works their magic to turn it into something beautiful and amazing.   I don't have the before pic, because I passed the camera on to DH, and he accidentally deleted it while uploading his pics onto his computer.  However, I can say it was a peridot and pearl handlinked gold chain before I took it apart.  The earrings are still intact though not for long!

Here is my redo!  Art beads by Pam Ferrari.

 Stop by Jeannie's blog for links to other participants. 

October 23, 2013

Is It Worth It?

Tonight, I am looking at my youngest son's Parent Input for IEP form.  IEP is the acronym for Individualized Education Plan.  Leo is 12 years old and has cerebral palsy.  He cannot talk, walk, and has extremely limited control over his body do any activities that most of us take for granted.  He is totally dependent on someone, mostly family, to take care of him. 

How should I respond to the following statements? 

     1.  Give a brief statement stating a "vision" for your child over the next year, and also a vision after graduation from high school.  

     2.  I see my child's strengths as:

     3.  I see my child's greatest need as:

     4.  Other information I feel is important to the growth of my child's educational process:

Statement 1 Response:  Most people would say they want their child to have an quality education and grades good enough to get them into college.  In Leo's case, it is difficult to gage what or even if he is learning.  After high school--Leo will never interview for college or even have a career.  I am being realistic.  I just want Leo to be able to hold his head up without support, look people in the eye, and communicate his needs.

Statement 2 Response:  Leo has a great disposition.  He smiles, he recognizes his family.  He can let you know if he is happy, frustrated, hurting, or just wants to be left alone.

Statement 3 Response: I see Leo's greatest need is to have someone who will care for him in the future above and beyond the State's "standard of care" requirements.  

The State says I have to send him to school.  But I want to know if it is worth it?  What do you think?  Because right now I am about to have a good cry.

October 22, 2013

Problem: Northridge Publishing Company (Bead Trends Magazine)


I was a long time reader of Bead Trends Magazine.  It was a publication filled with beautiful handmade jewelry and inspiration.  But now the not so beautiful side to Northridge Publishing Company.  Bead Trends last issue was for July.  I don't know about anyone else, but Northridge Publishing Company did not notify me that the magazine would no longer be published. I used my credit card to set up monthly transactions for the magazine.

Evidence of Bead Trends disappeared from all social media outlets.  So I went to the website and deleted my credit card information.  Charges continued to show up on my statement for August, September, and October.  If a charge shows up for November.......

I contacted Northridge Publishing Company several times via their chat room.  No response.  I sent two emails.  Finally today, I received an email from their customer service. Northridge Publication has a policy of no refunds for subscriptions.  Whoa, hang on a moment.  They said that I could have 3 back issues or a credit to use in their shop.  WTF? I already have the back issues in online form.  

This is theft.  They knowingly stole funds from me.  They failed to notify me, the customer, that the magazine was no longer available.  Therefore, the payments should have stopped.  That did not happen.  I sent them a response to their email that their cure was unacceptable.  They stole money. No telling how long this could have continued, if I didn't check my account statements.  I hope this didn't happen to anyone else.

September 18, 2013

Creating with Cabochons Challenge Reveal!

Sally Russick of The Studio Sublime loves challenges and put out a call to Create with Cabochons!  I and others responded to the challenge.  I've done a little bead embroidery and thought this challenge would be fun.  Not only was it fun, but it is also addicting.  

I started out with a piece of Succor Creek Jasper that looks like a beautiful desert landscape, and inspired by my friend Cathy Helmers (an expert in bead embroidery), I made the focal below.  It is truly a one of a kind piece.  I used a lot of the hybrid seed beads surrounding the cab and fringe.  Sadly, the hybrid seed beads are not being made anymore, so you better get them before they are gone.

And this piece too. The focal is a lampwork bead made by Carolyn Harman, MVLBA.

Thank you Sally for hosting this challenge, and for providing those links about beading cabochons.  I had great fun with these!
I will get to hopping sometime after the weekend.  My nieces are coming for a visit, while my brother and sister in law go to the Ohio State game.  So I must clean, clean, clean and get rid of stink bugs (the ones that look like shields).

Challenge Participants

Host:  Sally Russick

Alicia Marinache           
Lynn  Jobber           
Jenny Davies-Reazor           
Jo-Ann  Woolverton           
Marde Lowe           
Dawn Doucette           
Mary K McGraw           
Gloria Allen            
Cheri  Reed           
Sonya Stille           
Elizabeth Owens Dwy           
Veralynne   Malone           
Tania Hagen           
Lynsey  Brooks           
Christina Miles           
Holly  Westfall           
Kathy  Lindemer           
Patti Vanderbloemen            
Therese Frank           
Adrienne Berry           
Tanty  Sri Hartanti           
Renetha Stanziano           
Marlene  Cupo           
Sandi Volpe           
Sharyl McMillian-Nelson           
Mischelle Fanucchi           
Tracy  Stillman           
Skylar Bre'z           
Ann Schroeder           
Jess Green           
Susan Kennedy           
Stacie  Florer           
Cathie  Carroll           
Susan F.    
Michelle Caballero       
Sabine Dittrich           
Kristina Johansson           
Kimberly Sturrup-Roberts           
Melissa  Meman           
Cheryl McCloud         
Michelle  Timms           
Cindy  Pack           
Ailsa  Cordner           
Cynthia  Machata           
Julia  Harris           
Ingrid  Anderson           

September 14, 2013


In between all of the beading challenges and family life, I like to sew.  My latest project was a collaboration between Carole Ohl and myself.  She wanted something smaller and less intimidating than an art doll form as a teaching aid.  Carole came across the cousin of the Snootie, called Schmoos.  Schmoos are crocheted creatures that were then beaded, and live in Schmooville.  And now we have STASH Snooties...totally fabricated!

These were a lot of fun to put together.  They are bright, colorful, barely 3 inches high, and no two are exactly the same. They are available at STASH, the best bead shop ever.  This proves that beaders will bead just about anything.  I will post more pics of STASH Snooties soon.

September 4, 2013

AJE Earring Challenge: More Earrings!

Life is good in the Stanziano household!   Now, about the earring challenge!  Art Jewelry Elements is hosting a wonderful earring challenge.  The challenge is to make a pair of earrings a week, totalling 52 pairs for the year.  Playing catch up as usual.......

Featuring Art Beads by Donna Millard
Week 27/52

Wire Mesh and Orphan Art Beads by Canterbury Keep, Ebay
Week 28/52

Featuring Art Beads by Carolyn Harman, MVLBA
Week 29/52

Flying Saucer Art Beads by B. VandeCreek, MVLBA and
Wing Dings made by Genea
Week 30/52

Featuring Art Beads by T. McGill,
Rabbit Hutch Beads
Week 31/52

Featuring Art Beads from the Misty Manor Mercers
Week 32/52

Featuring Art Beads from Bluff Road Glass
Week 33/52

Thank you for stopping by.