Saturday, April 20, 2013

Very Merry Unbirthday Party

Hello!  Ready to party ?   

This was a super fun project for me!  And it let me celebrate my birthday which is often overlooked during all the Thanksgiving festivities. 
My partner for the Very Merry UnBirthday Party is : Susan Bowie  
Susan creates the most wonderful jewelry !  

The postal system did it's darndest to irritate the heck out of us. Took forever for them to get her package to me and get it delivered properly. So glad it arrived !  My birthday is November 25th which makes my birthstone Topaz or Citirine.

Bet you want to see what was in it , don't you ?

How about a close up look at that intriguing focal bead ....

Susan tells me the focal is leather with silver, copper, & Citrine embedded in it .  Absolutely stunning !  The little transparent chips are Citrine and Carnelian. Also in the strand are Swarovski Golden Topas, vintage Black Onyx, and Czech  Glass Crystals. All in all a wonderful, uplifting sparkly ensemble !

I love it !  thank you so much Susan ! 

 When we made first contact Susan told me her birthday had just passed the week before . Very timely event to participate in for both of us.  The birth stone for March is Aquamarine. 

Meaning and Symbolism of the Aquamarine:
Faithfulness, courage and friendship
Awareness, quick response and easing communication problems.

Sure fits Susan !

When Susian checked out my Facebook page -
 She spotted a necklace I had collaborated  on with Sunrise Designs  . 
I love to work with objects I find on my strolls through nature.  Adding polymer clay to seashells has held a fascination for me for sometime. My stockpile of seashells with adornment was over running the bead area.  So I sent some to my friend to work with. This bead was among them ... 

Ann took this bead and created a necklace with it using Aquamarine, Amethyst, and Swarovski Crystals. The fabulous result was

Messages flew back and forth between all of us.  The necklace and matching components to make earrings were shipped to me quickly.  I worked up a pair of earrings, and off the package went to Susan.
Thank you so much Ann / Sunrise Designs
It has been so awesome doing collaborations with you !

*note - I failed to get a closeup picture of the earrings I designed. They can be seen at Susan's blog.

This has been a fantastic celebration !

LINK LIST for HBBH 3 1/2 - A Very Merry UnBirthday Party

Ali McCarthy

Alicia Marinache

Anzia Parks

Audrey Belanger

Cheri Reed

Cheryl Dunham

Chris Eisenberg

Christine Schlicht

Cynthia Machata

D Lynne Bowland

Dyanne Everett-Cantrell

Gina Hockett

Ginger Bishop

Gloria Allen

Janeen Burlingame

Joana Perez Stribel

Lori Schneider

Mary Govaars

Mischelle Fanucchi

Paula Gaskill

Renetha Stanziano

Robin Reed

Sherry Baun

Shirley Moore

Sierra Barrett

Susan Bowie

Susie Harris

Mowse Doyle

Cindy Muse

Ellie Grossman

Marlene Cupo

Shelley Graham Turner


  1. Mowse, glad you figured out what happened, so we could take a look at your beautiful creations. Just love the colors together on the aquamarine, and amethyst set.

  2. I love them both! That topaz is so pretty, and what a great focal! On both pieces!

  3. Mowse, just saw a post on FB about your wonderful sea shell pendants and it led me to this blog post. Sorry I haven't been back earlier to see your beautiful work. Am sure you are both thrilled with your "Unbirthday Presents" and glad you came to our party.

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