Friday, January 23, 2009


Ruth and I will be signing copies of our book, A Charming Exchange in the F&W Publishing Booth at CHA in Anaheim this Sunday, January 25th, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

And we'll be doing some of the techniques from the book.

If you are attending CHA, please be sure to stop by. We'd love to meet you and sign a copy of the book for you.

Also, on Sunday, Ruth will be working on some art quilting at the Stampington and Company Booth from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. She'll be back there again on Monday the 26th from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m and then from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

And you can find me throughout the day on Sunday (except when I am at the F&W booth) at the Streuter Technologies booth. Bernie Berlin, Rebecca Peck, and I will be getting grungy making transfers, creating colorful creations, and foiling it all up with Streuter products. So be sure to stop by and make something with us!

Monday, January 19, 2009

One World One Heart

Work is love made visible. —Kahlil Gibran


Ruth and I are very happy to share the love and participate in the One World One Heart event this year with our blog for A Charming Exchange. This event is a wonderful way for artists around the world to meet one another, find inspiration, and gain new friendships. And that is also what we talk about in A Charming Exchange. Our book focuses on collaboration between artists to boost creativity, learn new jewelry construction techniques, and gain inspiration. If you haven't picked up a copy yet, please do!

And what better way to celebrate the OWOH event than to offer you a chance to win a piece of jewelry made by Ruth or a piece of jewelry made by me, Kelly. We will draw two names. One will win Ruth's piece and one will win my piece. Here are the pretty prizes:

Of The Earth
a bracelet by Ruth Rae

Ruth has created a copper etched heart which hangs on a silver wrapped bracelet. The stones are turquoise, petrified walrus tusk, yellow topaz, faceted smokey topaz, sponge coral, Peruvian opal, brown chert, and faceted garnet. I'm only sorry I can't leave a comment to win this one myself! It's beautiful, Ruth!

Lucky You
a found object necklace
by Kelly Snelling

This piece started out with a large tin box that I've had for a few years now. It had the words Lucky You on it. And as I was thinking about a prize for this post it shouted pick me, pick me! So I did. It also has turquoise, bone, chrysacolla, and an old lock plate.

It's a fun, funky piece that you, too, can learn to make when you pick up A Charming Exchange (hee. have i promoted the book enough yet? :0)

In order to be eligible for these prizes, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post. One comment per person, please. And, please do not put advertisements in your comment or it will be deleted.

When posting, be sure to include your email address on the form or in the body of your comment. If you are the winner but we can't contact you, then someone else's name will be drawn and the prize goes to that person.

The contest ends on February 11th at 9:00 p.m. Pacific time. All comments will be closed at that time. The winners will be announced on February 12th.

Also, if you are going to be attending CHA in Anaheim next week, please stop by the F&W Publishing book on Sunday, the 25th. Ruth and I will be signing copies of the book and we would love to meet you!

Lastly, thank you, thank you to Lisa Oceandreamer Swifka for hosting this fantastic event!