Tag: Beads for Wishes

100 Day Challenge: Day 16. Violet and purple crystal earrings

Since I love those violet crystals that I used yesterday and the day before, and I have some left over, I decided to do more with them!  These earrings are the same design as yesterday, with the trios of crystal bicones, but in today’s project, the middle crystal is a gorgeous, deep purple.  It’s fun to do different takes on an idea, and I think these work.  Which do you prefer – yesterday’s or today’s?

Also, these aren’t the only thing I made today.  I also put together another full set (necklace, bracelet, earrings) of our single-strand Vintage by Drakestail design, in black.  You may recall that I made a set as a donation for the silent auction at Tuesday’s Beads for Wishes gala.  Today’s set is also for the gala!  I mailed the completed set to the organizers a few weeks ago, expecting it would get to them in a day or two – it is, after all, in the same city.  However, Canada Post messed up.  Instead of sending the package to elsewhere in Ottawa, it sent it to BC.  So, while the package is on its way back to Ontario, it won’t get here in time for Tuesday’s event.  I whipped up a replacement.  I think the Children’s Wish Foundation is a great charity, and would be greatly disappointed if I couldn’t help support them.

If you’re free Tuesday night and are looking for a great way to celebrate Mardi Gras, you should go!  It will be a great night, and all in support of a great cause.


100 Day Challenge: Day 16
100 Day Challenge: Day 16. Violet and purple crystal earrings.

100 Day Challenge

I love reading creative people’s blogs. It’s a lot of fun to see other crafters at work, get a glimpse of their studios, or read about the other goings-on in their lives. One blog I recently came across announced a 100 Day Challenge.  Her plan was to create a new item every day (she was a knitter or crocheter) using only materials she already had on hand. I thought about the rather extensive stash in my studio, and how I could do the same. It is a great project for me: I am like a magpie in my obsession for collecting shiny things, and while I sometimes have a project in mind when I buy beads, I don’t always.  I have plenty of strands & parts that I love but don’t have a plan for. It’ll be a great opportunity to revisit some favourites that haven’t gotten the love they deserve.

The plan is this: Each day, I will make something.  It might be a necklace, earrings, a hair accessory, anything that moves me that day.  I’ll take a picture, and while they may not be the best photos, they’ll get the idea across.  I’ll do proper photos when time and weather allows.  I’ll also tell a story about the item, the components, and why I’ve been hanging onto them for so long.

Day One

My first day’s project is a familiar one: a full set of the Vintage by Drakestail single-strand jewellery, in black. I started here for a reason – I’ll be donating it as an auction prize for the Beads For Wishes event on March 4th.  It will be a great event, and it’s for a worthy cause, the Children’s Wish Foundation.  I have these Swarovski pearls and stardust beads on hand for Vintage orders, and they’re a recent part of my stash.


Vintage by Drakestail in black
Day 1: Vintage by Drakestail set in black Swarovski pearls. This will be a donation to Beads for Wishes.

Beads for Wishes

Drakestail Jewellery is proud to support Beads for Wishes, a Mardi Gras-themed fundraiser for the Children’s Wish Foundation.  This great event takes place on March 4th, 2014, at Algonquin College’s Restaurant International.

From their website:

Escape from the ordinary and enter the extraordinary on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 when Restaurant International at Algonquin College is transformed into the Big Easy. Join us for our “Beads For Wishes” fundraiser and celebrate Mardi Gras where you will be swept away to the streets of New Orleans. Experience the mystery of the French Quarter, tantalize your taste buds with our specially designed Cajun menu, discover your fortune, and much more.

Join us in helping the Children’s Wish Foundation through a fun New Orleans experience.  The menu looks divine, the music will swing, the silent auction has some great prizes, and it will be a night to remember!

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