Act Of Courage Beads

I just got this in my mail today.  I have been taking a break from lampwork bead making but this will motivate me to get back on the torch.  Everytime I take a break, I get nervous lighting my torch. It’s just getting back to the routine of playing with fire I guess. If you want to participate, visit Beads Of Courage – It’s a wonderful cause!


The Global Genes Project 7,000 Bracelets For Hope

The Global Genes Project  volunteer team continues to collect blue jean/denim inspired bracelets for families living with rare disease, the campaign is called 7,000 Bracelets for Hope.”

To help raise awareness they are asking 7,000 jewelry designers, volunteers from the craft community and various artists to donate one bracelet to this campaign to show their support for kids living with rare disease, disorders or conditions. These bracelets will then be distributed to participating families.


As February 29, marks  the fifth international Rare Disease Day, I thought I would make a few more bracelets:

I found this nice painted ceramic focal at my local craft store. I added some vintage glass beads I found at an antique store a while back:

I also found these nice ceramic beads at my local craft store – I liked the feel of the chunky beads. The bracelet is finished off with seed bead/ceramic button clasp:

This bracelet is made of a lucite flower with CZ center, and cut glass beads:

Here is a charm bracelet, ready for some personal photos to be inserted into the small frames:

A delicate memory wire bracelet with vintage glass flower bead dangles:

Another memory wire bracelet.  This time with Asian ceramic beads that I got many years ago when we lived in Australia:

And finally, a lampwork focal with flowers that I made:

If you would like to participate and make a bracelet, go to 7,000 Bracelets For Hope.

Little Houses Project By Jojoebi Designs

I do my share of looking around the blog world, and recently came across Jojoebi Designs and her Little Houses Project.  My family came from Japan, so I found her blog, a western woman married and living in Japan blogging about life there very interesting.  You can go to Jojoebi Designs blog to get the details of the Little Houses Project.  In a nutshell, it is to make and send a small handmade house as a gift of encouragement to the survivors of the Tohoku Disaster:

Since I still have my sewing machine out from the time I started making my daughter her Homecoming dress, it was fun and easy to do.  The dress on the other hand may make it for Winter Formal, or perhaps the Prom… Anyway, here is the house I made:

I added a frog for luck, and gave him my handmade lampwork lily flower and pad.  If you would like to participate and make a house, go to Jojoebi Designs.

Digital Scrapbook Kit “Vintage Valentine” Freebie

I have been busy CT’ing for Created By Jill, GDS, and NDISB making layouts.  It is a lot of fun but I also wanted to try my hand at designing.  So when I saw this adorable vintage Valentine at our local antique shop, I decided to design a kit around it:

I took photos of items from my various collections, the plants and flowers in my garden, and added some CU elements from The Scrappin Cop.   And here is the kit:

And here is a layout I made (QP included in kit):

Photo: 123RF Stock Photography

And here are the downloads (in three parts). Please note that this kit is for personal use only (PU Only).  Enjoy!