Anyway, I'm touching base with you all to let you know I'm participating in a blog party. It's called The Bead Soup Blog Party. About 500 people are participating this year. It should be a lot of fun. The reveal is in March, and I'll keep you posted.
How it works... Each participant sends a focal, a handmade clasp and some beads to their partner. Once received, the creativity begins. You don't have to use all of the beads, and you can add some of your own. It's your choice what you do with the soup you receive.
I'm looking forward to putting my soup together. I'm probably a bit behind. The past few days have been filled with B&O taxes. Not my favorite thing to do. Also, I'm participating in a benefit auction for Hearts & Hammers - an organization that does home repairs for people who are in financial need or don't have the physical means to do the project themselves. Here's a sneak peak at what I put together...
It's called a Hobbit House. It is made from metal clay (of course), and it's hollow. The piece I originally made for the auction had a door with hinges, but one of my hinges broke. So, back to the drawing board.
The Hobbit House hangs on a sterling silver rolo chain and is adorned with carnelian and african jade beads.
The back side of the Hobbit House has a little heart applique with a carved date and my initials. I thought it was a nice touch since it was made with love, for a good cause.
My husband and I have volunteered for Hearts & Hammers in the past. All the volunteers get together one day in early spring to work on the approved projects. It is a very rewarding day for all involved.
If you are interested in purchasing this pendant for this worthy cause, it is available at the Rob Schouten Gallery in Greenbank, WA.