November 15, 2013

Art Charm Exchange 2013 Reveal and Auction!!!

  It's finally time for the reveal of all the art charms made by 38 participants for the 2013 Art Charm Exchange benefiting Beads of Courage and hosted by Jennifer Cameron of Glass Addictions.

  Let me give you some information about the event, first. Each participant had to make 10 charms +1 (total of 11 charms). The theme for this charm swap was “love”. It didn’t have to say the word love or have a heart, it just needed to represent something that means love to us.

 Every participant has received one of her own charms back, plus 9 charms of the other participants, randomly chosen by Jennifer. 

   The extra charm (the +1) of each participant is auctioned to benefit Beads of Courage - starting from today!!! 

  All the ideas that came to my mind when thinking about what to do, were heart shaped, so I had no choice, but creating a heart. a little bit of gold, a little bit of red and a little bit of shine ... here's my art charm (made from polymer clay with a swarovski crystal):

  I've named the charms FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART - Love has the magic to find the shining in every human being ... When you let the outer shell of your heart open, there's the shining inner part that gives and accepts love unconditionally.


  Do you want to see what was in the package I've received back? I'm sure you do, so let me show you! I'll let the pictures speak by themselves. 

  At the bottom of this post you can find the list of the blogs of all the participants and learn more about the creative process or meaning of each charm. I just can't wait to see all the others I've not received!!!


 And NOW just go HERE and bid!!! These charms make GREAT gifts for Christmas, Hanukkah, hostesses, birthdays, etc.

The complete list of participants in this year's Art charm exchange is just below. 
Don't forget - you have the opportunity to own one or more of the charms you've seen here or on the other blogs and at the same time contribute for a very good cause - because every penny bid goes to Beads of Courage Programme for children with serious illness!!!

Caroline Dewison:

Charlene Bausinger Jacka:

Be happy and bid a lot!


NEDbeads said...

Such a beautiful thought, and a lovely charm! I think the outer 'wrapping' just makes the perfect touch! :)

AutEv said...

What a beautiful story behind your charms! It makes me love the one I got even more. Thank you, Alenka! - Julie

Susan Delaney said...

Splendid charm! I've enjoyed getting to know you as we bead artists prepared for this day, the reveal.

Susan Delphine Delaney

MLBetterly said...

I was lucky enough to receive one of your charms. Love it!

Karin G said...

Your charms are beautiful, so colorful!

Jacquie said...

Oh what a very nice story behind your charm! I received one and my first thought was this makes me happy! Just very sweet and sentimental thought! I was also happ to receive a charm from a place sooo far away. We all come together for good right? Thank you again!

Jennifer Cameron said...

I loe your charm more each time I look at it. It's just stunning! Thanks so much for participating in the swap and helping to raise money for the Beads of Courage

Cassi Renee said...

I really love your hearts --I love the way you "wrapped" them, it's so unique. I'm hoping to win your charm :-)

Monique (A Half-Baked Notion) said...

I love the reflection that inspired your design, Alenka, and your charms are beautiful!

Perri said...

I love your charms! Your concept of unwrapping your heart is so moving. But I need to tell you something kind of funny - the first impression I had when I saw them was a piece of LOVE PIE or Tart - which is almost as sweet and tasty as your charms!

Alicia said...

Your idea of unwrapping the heart's layers is so beautiful - and so is your charm! Perfect for the theme :)

Anonymous said...

That is a lovely sentiment! Thank you for sharing your feelings about your charm.

Cory Tompkins said...

It's not always easy to open our hearts but, you're right, when we do the love shines through! I like how the outer shell of your adorable heart is made like that of a yummy handmade pie!

Caroline Dewison said...

I love the story behind your charms... they're perfect!

AntiquityTravelers said...

Love your beads for the swap! And such a wonderful collection you got back. So many lovely charms to work with!