Beads of Courage Charm Swap!

UPDATED to add:  There’s a small hitch with the eBay auction, new details will be posted as soon as available.

Today is the reveal for the Beads of Courage Charm Swap and Auction, once again hosted by Jennifer Stout Cameron.  This year the theme was Fairy Tales.  This was a bit of a challenge for me.  Until I got this in the mail:

I don’t even think this is the one I ordered, but I wasn’t going to send it back to the UK and exchange it, so I kept it.  I immediately thought “pot of gold” when I saw that one roller section.

So, I looked up the leprechaun and pot of gold legend and the rest, as they say, is history.

First, here are my charms:

And now, the story of the leprechaun and the “Pot O’ Gold”

Fairy Tale: Leprechaun
The Leprechaun is a type of fairy in Irish folklore.  They are depicted as tiny, solitary, bearded
men who cause mischief.  According to
legend, they spend their time making and mending shoes and have a hidden pot of
gold at the end of the rainbow.  If
captured by a human, they will grant them three wishes to obtain their freedom.

My charm is a pot of gold, with the gold being a gold bead on top of the pot, and then a Celtic charm hanging from it.


And these are the charms I received!

From top, left to right:  Melissa Trudinger, Caroline Dewison, Jenny Davies-Reazor, Lesley Watt, Cate Van Alphen

Second Row, left to right:  Terri DelSignore, Cassi Paslick, Patty Miller, Brooke Bock, Marianne Baxter

List of Participants:

And here’s a link to the auctions!  Remember, bid early and often!!!!

Beads of Courage Charm Swap Auction on eBay

Inspired by Reading Book Club Blog Hop

Andrew Thornton hosts a monthly book club called Inspired by Reading.  He picks books and we read the section and create based on our reading!  Although I’ve been able to read only one book (and it was good) so far, this time Andrew was nice and provided me with a selection from this month’s book, “My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales”, edited by Kate Bernheimer – basically adult fairy tales!

 The story I chose was First Day of Snow by Naoko Awa, a Japanese fairy tale that borrows elements from folktales about disappearance. This story is about a girl who finds a mysterious round hopscotch trail and takes it for what seems like miles and miles.  She finally sees snow and hears a rhyme; it’s the bunny rabbits, appearing as snow to take her away from the world and turn her into a chunk of snow.  The only way she can get back is by chanting a rhyme about spring and a mugwort leaf.

My idea for the necklace was a white bunny bead I had from LeAnn Weih (Summers Studio) and a round handmade chain (engagement ring) taken from Cindy Wimmer’s new book, The Missing Link. The design calls for dead soft wire, which I did not have.  I used 18g copper wire, in a spool, and have no idea where I even got it.  It’s not even round, it’s sort of square.  Let me tell you, you need the dead soft wire.  The links just do not work right if you don’t use dead soft.  So while I didn’t finish the necklace, I did make 7 links to show you what the idea was!

Here’s the link chain I made; I used copper, patinaed it in LOS, and tumbled it for a while.

As I mentioned, the bunny bead is from LeAnn and fits perfectly with the story.

It will dangle from the middle of the chain.  I was thinking of adding white beads to the chain, to show the snow.  I also wanted to add one large green bead, to show spring.

I’ll probably make this necklace eventually!  But I did want to show you my process and that this time, I actually got farther in the process! 

Please visit Andrew’s blog for the complete list of participants and see what funky jewelry they made from these interesting fairy tales!