Friday, 24 March 2017

Hello there!!

So happy to be part of Lori Anderson's bead soup (hoarders addition) blog hop!!! Since time is short and there is much hopping to do I will keep this post short.

I was paired up with the lovely Rebecca Ednie. She sent me a beautiful assortment of beads to choose from. She also sent me the sweetest handmade card! I knew right away what  was wanting to work with.  The stone focal she sent me was a bead that was larger than she uses so she would just end up staring lovingly at it! I kind of got a kick out of that, as us bead hoarders can all relate I`m sure!! 

What I recieved

I knew I wanted to make a bracelet (because I love bracelets) and I wanted that to be the focal! I also wanted to include some of the soft green gemstones Rebecca sent me! 
Here is the bracelet I came up with.

Also, I would like to share with you the hoarded bead I sent Rebecca.  I sent her a hearts and roses theme since they were mailed out on Valentines day.  My very special hoarded bead was a beautiful detailed heart and rose pendant made by artist Monique Uquhart (Half Baked Notion). She makes amazing polymer clay beads!! I have another one of her beads that I am still happily hoarding!!  I also sent Rebecca a czech glass button and some ceramic beads and headpins that I made.

Check out what Rebecca made with what I sent her! Rebecca Ednie

Thanks so much for stopping by!! - Happy Hopping!!
D'Arsie Manzella

Julia Lund-Trott
Joelyn Bissing

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Charm Swap 2017

Hello there!! Here is my post for Jen Cameron's charity charm swap!! This year's theme is Fairy Tales.  I always love to participate in this event!! It's great fun, and raises money for Beads of Courage!! Thank you once again Jen for all the work involved in making this happen!!

Want to know how fantastic Beads of Courage is, and what its all about? Click here:

I have two different charms that I made and need to mention here.
Before I do I just want to say that the "fairy tale" theme has been a learning experience for me.  I inadvertently may have gone more toward the fable direction with my theme, but I'm hoping all will be forgiven!!  I read some information that lead me to believe stories with talking animal were fairy tales.  I now know differently (I think?) - but hey - no going back!!

My first charm is inspired by the ever popular story of the tortoise and the hair.  I have always loved this story.  As a child I could relate more with the tortoise.  I seemed to take longer than others to acomplish tasks!! I found comfort in this story, knowing that speed was not everything, and slow and steady had its benefits!!  Now however, as an adult, sometimes I am racing through things wishing I would just slow down!! 

It is a double sided ceramic charm that I hand painted. It also includes a black and white beaded dangle that represents the racing flag.

The second charm is about a favourite children's book from when I was a child. The dream Tree by Stephan Cosgrove.  It's a great story about an ever curious caterpillar that wonders what life will be like as a butterfly!! She keeps asking the question - only to be told, "someday you'll know".  I could always relate to Pattie the caterpillar because I was always so curious too!! Still am in fact!!  If anyone out there has actually read or heard of this book - please tell me so in a comment!! I would love to know that someone else, somewhere, has also read this story!  I purchased a Kindle version  recently to read to my girls now!! 

This Charm is a double sided ceramic charm that was hand painted by me. It also includes a little woolywire cacoon. One of you will have gotten a cacoon made out of wire - that was when I ran out of woolywire and decided to try and make a cacoon out of wire!  Here is a pic of it in the stage of me painting on the surface.


Shortly I will post the details of when the auction will be held, and the link to it.  100% of bead sales go to Beads of Courage! There is no better reason to buy some art charms!!

Thank you for stopping by!! Below is a list of links to other participants!!  I had so much fun going through all the goodies I received!!

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

AJE September Challenge (TREES)

I am jumping in on this challenge at the very last minute!!

These beads are fresh out of the kiln this morning!!  As I photograph them they are still warm!! 

I really wanted to be able to be a part of this challange because I am forever in awe of trees!!   One of my very favourite places to think - is in a hammock in my yard that hangs between two trees. The upward view is all branches.  I can lay there studying those branches forever!  It's a happy place for me!!

The season here in Canada is fall and these particular beads are inspired by beautiful coloured trees of fall!  The pendants are made from porcelain, textured and hand painted by me.  Thank you for stopping by!!  Here are all the others that are included in the challange. 

AJE Team

Jennifer Stout Cameron

Lesley Watt

Jenny Davies-Reazor

Laney Mead

Niky Sayers

Cooky Schock

Cathy Spivey Mendola

Caroline Dewison


Brooke Bock

Karin Grosset Grange

Merja Sundström

Cindy Martin Shaw

Allison L Norfleet Bruenger

Melissa Trudinger
Kathy Lindemer

Gloria Allen

Shai Williams

Tammy Adams

Mona Arnott

Terri Del Signore

Monday, 29 June 2015

AJE Fitefly blog hop

When I read Jen Cameron's (from AJE) post about fireflies, I totally wanted to jump on board!!
 For a few reasons.  Like Jen, I too assumed fireflies were everywhere, until I moved to areas that did not have any! I really have missed those majestic insects!!  I was excited to join in this blog hop!  Plus the top rule was to have fun!  This was my kind of rule!

I wanted to come up with a ceramic pendant centered around my childhood memory.  As a child, we would find fireflies so fascinating that our curiosity would have us trap them in jars and stare at them in awe. Trying to understand how a tiny bug could shine so bright!  We would always let them free of course - because this insect had gained much more respect than most other insect species!! Especially the mosquito!!
"those summer nights"

I made my little firefly filled glass jar with stoneware clay, painted it with underglaze, then glazed it with clear glaze, and gave it a large wire loop to mimic a jar handle.  I decided to continue on and turn my pendant into a necklace.  A jar of flies is a bit different to use as a jewelry component, but I like different!  So my theme centered around summer nights.  Within this necklace are some glass beads, a brass bead, and a paper bead that all represent various patio lanterns.  You will also see the little night owl:) I scored the batik ribbon from a destash of Mary Delray-I just love this stuff and suppose it could represent a summer dress. I wore this necklace while camping and it was a perfect fit!
Thanks Jen and AJE - I did have fun!!

Check out the others who joined the blog hop!  Thanks for having a peek!

Guest Designers:
Melissa Trudinger -
Mary Detray -