Secret Santas at AJE!

Back in December, all of us at AJE got together and facilitated by Lesley Watt, did a Secret Santa exchange!  It was fun – we only knew who we were sending to (of course) but not who was sending to us!  My partner to send to was Jennifer Cameron!  Here’s what I sent her:

 I knew she liked the beaded beads because she traded with me at Bead Fest for beaded beads! 

 I also knew she liked the ornaments I made this year because she commented on a photo I shared – this is my ornament of the year for the Sally Russick Ornament Swap.

 I also wanted to send her a surprise so I made these earrings from a tutorial that I got from Around The Beading Table.

And these amazing earrings were what I received from Francesca Watson.  Even before I knew her at AJE, my boyfriend had purchased earrings from her etsy store for me (at my hint lol).  AND I actually won an amazing prong set necklace she had as a giveaway on her blog.  So I am no stranger to Francesca’s work.

I love the color of the stones and the bezel settings are perfect – of course!  You can find Francesca’s work here.

Thanks for stopping by!

AJE July Component of the Month – Francesca Watson

Today is the day for another reveal for the AJE Component of the Month!  This month, Francesca Watson provided us with her wonderful dichroic glass cabochons.  She gave us the choice of having them in cabochon form, or drilled.  Here are the very tempting choices she gave us!

I chose the blue cabochon on to top second to the right.  I decided to keep mine a cabochon. 

 It is really hard to photogragh all the gorgeous dichroic colors that are in this cabochon.  My first idea was for me to do a beaded bezel with it.  Between visiting my 92 year old grandfather in Florida for a week, and a quick little getaway to Baltimore with my boyfriend, and Bead Fest prep, it just did not happen.

My second idea, then, was put a bail on this cab, and do a beaded necklace.  Not too fancy, just a wire wrapped one with my own lampwork beads as accents.  That did not happen either.  I wasn’t at all happy with that idea, and just about gave up.  It just wasn’t going to do the cab justice.

 Finally I got the brainstorm to do a kumihimo necklace and I am very very happy I did!  I think it matches the cab really well and doesn’t take away from it either. 

Nothing like last minute for me!  Thank you, Francesca, for providing us with the beautiful glass cabs and also for your patience in waiting for me to get this done!!!!  Please check out what our guests and other members made with Francesca’s cabs too!

Guest Designers

Deb Fortin – www.studiok24.blogspot.ca
Toltec Jewels – www.JewelSchoolFriends.com
Carol Briody – cbriody.blogspot.com


The AJE Team
Caroline Dewison – blueberribeads.blogspot.co.uk
Susan Kennedy – www.suebeads.blogspot.com
Melissa Meman – melissameman.blogspot.com
Jenny Davies-Reazor – www.jdaviesreazor.com/blog
Francesca Watson – OUR HOST – www.francescawatson.com