Monday, October 28, 2013

Hoppy Halloween! Halloween Art Bead Blog Hop

Halloween is almost here and I've joined forces with some very talented bead and jewelry designers to celebrate.  There's enough eye candy for all so grab your little plastic pumpkin candy bucket and settle in.  As a special treat ( no tricks) log on to my website and enter coupon code 15BOO! for automatic 15% off Halloween jewelry.
A few of my Halloween goodies using my handmade porcelain beads.

For more Halloween fun please visit the following blogs

And don't forget Kim Van Antwerp still has a few of our blog kits left.
Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Dreaming of Beads

Big news!  I have had two submissions accepted to "Bead Dreams 2013"  in the handmade bead and button category.  Beads will be on display during the Bead & Button show.  Winners will be announce during the show.  This is my third Bead Dreams.  My "Mermaids and Sea Creatures" beads took first place category in 2007 and my "Bountiful Harvest" buttons were second place category in 2010.  Winning ribbons is nice but the real honor is sharing those awesome glass cases with such inspirational bead artists.  I will be exhibiting at the Bead Marketplace at Bead and Button Show , June 6-9, 2013 booth#1017.  I will again be sharing with Patti Cahill  .  Hope to see you in Milwaukee!
"Robot Party" 2013 Bead Dreams submission
"Dragonflies" 2013 Bead Dreams submission
"Mermaid and Sea Creatures" 1st Place category Bead Dreams 2007
"Bountiful Harvest" 2nd Place category Bead Dreams 2010

Wish me luck for this year!

Friday, April 5, 2013

First Friday Art Walk

At the urging of Marsha Neal , clay artist and marketer extraordinaire, I have joined the "1st Friday Art Walk"  Etsy team.  Just getting the hang of this so bear with.  To celebrate my first Art Walk I am offering a 15% discount in my Etsy Shop  during Art Walk( April 5-7) Use Coupon Code FFAWAPRIL13.  Enjoy all the treasures this team has to offer.  

Every month the AWETeam (Art Walk Etsy Team) hosts
First Friday Art Walk on

This is a blog hop type event where shops selling items on can show off their new work.
There are three hops on First Friday, all with their own blog post so you can cruise your interest in the order that you want. 

1.  AWEeam Memebers (You are here!)

This post focuses on the work of individual shop members from our Art Walk Etsy Team.
Click HERE to see our April 5-7, 2013 First Friday Art Walk thread where you can scroll and see lots of new work from our shops!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Not Much Time For Blogging Lately

As usual I have kind of dropped the ball on blogging.  Sorry Kimmie!  I had a successful trip back up North to PA to do the Berks Bead Bazaar where I also wear my promoter/floor manager hat.  Had a great time seeing family and friends and had a very profitable weekend.  Other than the 20 hour drive each way, can't beat that! If you'd like to know a little about the history of the BBB please visit "Love My Art Jewelry" and look for the March 16 post( I guest authored.)  I never did get to making jewelry with my Winter Kit and now that Spring is almost here I am totally uninspired to work with snowflakes and icicles even thought they're gorgeous. Oh well, I'll have it for next year. Beads don't go bad or in this case MELT.  I still have lots on my plate.  Entries for 1000 Bead Lark Book and Interweave's Beads 2013 issue are in. Wish me luck.  I have my Bead Dreams submission due March 26.  I know what beads I want to make I just have to buckle down and get them done for the deadline.  Planning on two sets but if I get one set done I will be happy.  Orders stacked up a bit while I was at shows( Berks was preceded by Ft. Myers Show and followed quickly by Tampa Show for Down the Street Bead Shows.) Among my orders is 70 face beads for Diane Fitzgerald's "Fingers in My Pocket Doll Pendant" class at Bead & Button. Class is sold out! Congrats Diane :)  My Etsy shop hasn't quite fallen by the wayside yet.  Still some new offerings including my new robot pendants and my re-visited bug pins(these were a favorite in my older jewelry line.)  Oh, and I crossed that line into seed beading at the Tampa show.  Jenny Shibona was my neighbor and she taught me to make the seed bead collars for my dolls.  I know super simple but now I look at bead weaving and I am tempted instead of running away screaming. I can't promise that I'll be a better blogger but I will promise that the excuses will be worthwhile.