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 Dewisonhttp://blueberribeads.co.uk
Alicia Marinachehttp://www.allprettythings.ca
Terri Del Signorehttp://artisticaos.blogspot.com
Cheryl (Lee) Koopman: http://stregajewellry.wordpress.com
Jacqueline Carlson: http://www.beadgypsy.blogspot.com
Charlene Bausinger Jackahttp://clay-space.com/blog/



13 comments:

  1. Such a lovely thought behind your charm, Renetha! I Love the tea pot, and mine has a pretty tiny raku bead in it, so it must have been meant for me, I adore raku! The tags you made up are awesome, too, I've kept mine for my scrapbook!! :) :)

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  2. Wonderful charm! Just gorgeous.

    Susan Delphine Delaney
    LadyFlowersbySusan

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  3. Yes, there IS a lot of love in a pot of tea with a good friend! So cute!

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  4. I LOVE your charms and soooo wish I had received one. I'm glad to see that you received one of mine though! <3

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  5. So creative, Renetha! I do love a cuppa tea myself and these are adorable charms. As a lampwork artist, I can say I know how much love goes into each one of those beads, too. So they really are a perfect fit for the theme of this exchange! - Julie

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  6. I think your charms are brilliant! I never would have thought of teapot for the theme of love, but it's perfect! Thanks for participating and helping to raise money for Beads of Courage

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  7. Such an imaginative idea, and yes tea is something hot and comforting to share with a friend!

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  8. I love having tea with a lovely friend, Renetha, and this pretty charm is such a perfect expression! I am thrilled to have received one... thank you so much!

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  9. The comforts of home are the best love there is! So very sweet!

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  10. Oh, I love tea and I love your gorgeous tea pot! Your charm is absolutely adorable!

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  11. My husband and I went to visit a pottery during our honeymoon and bought a teapot with a clock face that says, "Everything stops for tea." A traditional wedding gift for a bride in England is a charm bracelet that you add charms to during your lifetime together; mine is gold, so I am think I may have to make one for art charms so I can give your a home.

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  12. They're really cute and a fantastic interpretation!

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  13. Those teapots are soooooooo cute!!

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