Saturday, October 24, 2009

Pendant by Shari Beaubien

All the auctions for A Charming Exchange are ending within the next three hours or so. Please come over and bid on some beautiful pieces. We still have one piece that has no bids! You can walk away with a gorgeous piece of jewelry and help raise money for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Click this link to go straight there.

Pendant by Katie Kendrick

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Final Lots Up for Auction

Cover for A Charming Exchange_file

The final items from A Charming Exchange for the charity auction going to Susan G. Komen for The Cure have been added at Ebay. This last lot includes the very special bracelet which graces the book's cover.

Cover bracelet worn 

 It is a replica of the one designed for me by my precious friend, Ruth Rae, and more loving friends when I was diagnosed with cancer. It is really such a gorgeous piece.

Cover bracelet_charm details

 It has so many unique and amazing charms hanging from it's soft suede, pearl, and ribbon base. There's a tiny, tiny key that belonged to my grandfather. There's a miniscule light bulb shining with the word Life. There's a fine silver charm with an art tree cut into it. It is simply the most pretty bracelet you could ever have. And, if you win it you should know that this bracelet carries with it much love, blessing and light.

Cover bracelet_fabric holder

It will arrive in this beautiful fabric case made by Ruth.

Thank you all so much for your support in this endeavor. I've learned more about having a charity auction than you can imagine. I'll be much more informed next time around after many a hair-pulling hour. But, it has all been worth it. We've worked on this book for such a long time, with so many truly amazing artists. To be able to use the talents and gifts of us all together for good, is such a blessing.

Pillow person details 001

I was thinking last night about cancer. I was thinking about how once you have breast cancer your life is changed forever in so many different ways. In some ways, it is an upside down blessing because you learn so quickly to value every second that you have. And, it seems to me to be of the utmost importance to try in every way, big and small, to help other women from ever having to fight breast cancer.

Pillow person details 002

Did you know that 85% of the women who get breast cancer have No Family History of the disease? So, if you are like me, and your mom didn't have it, and your sister didn't have it, don't think that you will never get it. You don't have to be afraid but you do have to be proactive. Get screened. The mammogram is currently the best test we have to detect breast cancer. But, know that I found my cancer on my own before every having a mammogram. They're your boobs. Protect them. And the rest of your body, as well. Do self-exams, get your yearly mammogram and live your life to the fullest.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Auction Update

Braided bird_on book

Many items are closing in mere hours. If you are bidding or want to be bidding, jump on over via this link.


Secret sky ruth, lou, catherine

Once there you can sign up for a feed so that you can be notified as soon as new items are posting. I added several pieces yesterday and seven more this morning. So do your holiday shopping early and get a little something for your own stocking. 100% goes to Susan G. Komen for the Cure!!

Forest Floor_pendant detail front on crystal vase

Please, help me to spread the word on the auction. We've been working up to this day for the last two years and really appreciate your support all along the way. Help us to raise funds to stop breast cancer from affecting our mothers, our sisters, our grandmothers, our friends, our selves.

Thank YOU!

Friday, October 9, 2009

New Auction Items Just Added

I've just added several new listings for A Charming Exchange Auction for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Click on the pictures to go directly to each listing.

Nature's Gift in belle amoire

Nature's Gift

Green victorian dream on manni

Green Victorian Dream


Eye of God Talisman

Button bracelet

Button Bracelet

Time flies II

Time Flies II



Fifties Delight on books

Thank you so much to everyone who has been bidding and spreading the word about the auction! We really appreciate your support!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

The Auction Has Begun


After many problems with software and computers, the auction has begun! I am keeping my fingers crossed that the listings are all correct and make sense. I tell you, it was downright nutty with me using two different computers (the one with all photos and descriptions that keeps bombing unexpectedly and frequently) and up to three different programs at the same time to make it happen.

Lorraine_talisman on manni

There is still something odd going on though. If you search via my Ebay seller name (english_dixie) or A Charming Exchange (which is in the title of every listing I've added) nothing comes up! Yet, the listings are in My Ebay for selling and I have the item numbers. You can click on these links to see the first five pieces.

You will be able to see a slide show of all listings at each individual listing. So as I add more, they'll show up on each page as well.

Any help you can offer to spread the word and to bid is GREATLY appreciated!!!

Thank you!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Update on the Auction

Forest Floor_pendant detail front on crystal vase

It was my goal to launch the auction on October 1st, which was yesterday. But, due to life, my computer shutting down constantly while I am writing, and various other time-sucking things that I had to learn about having an auction for charity, the auction of beautiful, gorgeous jewelry from A Charming Exchange to raise money for Susan G. Komen for the Cure will go live this Sunday, October 4th.

Button stack and pearls_free detail

Ruth and I both think it is best to have the listings close on a weekend when folks have more time to pay attention to such things. So several of the pieces will go up on Sunday with a few more coming the following Saturday.

Fan Dance figure detail

To everyone who has battled cancer, currently is fighting it, or stood by while someone you love has struggled through it, please join us in supporting breast cancer research. No matter whether you bid on a piece in this auction or run in a race or make pillows for patients, thank you, thank you, thank you!

We can all make a difference. We can all be a hero. We can all help to find a cure.

Grow_pendant detail 2

Thursday, September 24, 2009

A Charming Exchange Auction Preview - Part Two

Cover for A Charming Exchange_file

Here's Part II of the preview of pieces from A Charming Exchange that we will auction in October. Remember, all proceeds from the auctions will go to Susan G. Komen for The Cure.

Lace buckle bracelet Jennifer Judy Joanna Ruth Liz

Leather and Lace

Forest Floor

Judy Scott, Martha Brown, Ruth Rae, and Kelly Snelling

KELLY 002 copy

I must confess that this is one of my favorite pieces in the book. It has the most enormous, exquisite stones. It is beyond beyond!

Traveling Nest ruth, cece, joanna

Traveling Nest

Ruth Rae, Joanna Pierotti, Cece Grimes

Button bracelet

Button Bracelet

Ruth Rae, Lelainia Lloyd, Jessica Moreau-Berry, Lou McCulloch, Cece Grimes, Jennifer Rowland, Martha Brown, Maija Lepore

FLY clay pendant with large pearl necklace


Shari Beaubian, Ruth Rae, Jennifer Rowland, Catherine Witherell

FLY worn

Tire Swing Babies

Lou McCulloch, Ruth Rae, Kelly Snelling

Traveling nest



Ruth Rae, Kelly Snelling, Shari Beaubien, Maija Lepore, Sally Turlington

Gothic memories

Veiled Gothic Memories

Kelly Snelling and Crystal Neubauer

Hammered copper kelly, judy, ruth, joanna necklace

Sweet Refuge

Joanna Pierotti, Judy Scott, Ruth Rae, and Kelly Snelling

Braided Bird ruth and mija

Braided Bird

Mija Andrade and Ruth Rae

Pink pom pom bracelet

Little Darlings

Fiona Mortimore, Maija Lepore, Ruth Rae, Kelly Snelling, Kathy Wasilewski, Debra Cooper

Metal Lace ruth, joanna, and holly

Metal Lace

Ruth Rae, Joanna Pierotti, Holly Stinnett

Katie's pillow person necklace

Pillow Person

Katie Kendrick, Kelly Snelling, Ruth Rae

Victorian Green Dream

Green Victorian Dream

Ruth Rae, Crystal Neubauer, Liz Smith, Dawn Supina

Time flies

Time Flies II

Cece Grimes, Jess Berry, Kelly Snelling, Ruth Rae

I think this is everything but it is possible that I have missed something. So be sure to stay tuned for all the gorgeous pieces to go on sale via auction at Ebay October 1!