Sunday, October 27, 2013

Second Annual Octoberfest Blog Hop

How can it be the end of October already? That means *gulp* that December and the end of the year is much closer than it should be. On a personal note, I actually finished my very first 5K yesterday!! Woohoo! I still have a LONG ways to go because running the whole thing wasn't an option, but it was a fundraiser for a former teacher of my girls who is battling breast cancer. So I used the times I had to walk to pray for her and reminded myself of how blessed I am. I finished, but it wasn't pretty! lol.

My November is going to be very busy with three big jewelry events including (hurray, hurray) a trip to my sister's!! This will be my fourth annual jewelry show there and I love seeing repeat customers who've become friends along the way.

Autumn in Florida means that hopefully we're almost done with hurricane season. Our leaves don't change and we're expecting temperatures to drop to the high 70s this week. However, it also means that Pumpkin Pie Blizzards have arrived at Dairy Queen and there's Pumpkin Pie Spice creamer available at the grocery store :) If you're a pumpkin lover like I am, I have a Pumpkin Goodness board on (you guessed it) Pinterest! I love making pumpkin bread and muffins but may have to try the recipe for this pumpkin buckle sometime soon-
Pumpkin Buckle. The crust rises through the top during baking.
Pumpkin Buckle

If you read my last blog post, you'll know that I recently had a chance to meet Raida of Havana Beads and see/buy some of her lovely beads and focals. While I was there looking for some beads for the 6th Do Over Challenge, I decided to indulge in more for today's blog hop. She had a gorgeous focal ceramic leaf that shouted "Fall";  it became mine :) and soon morphed into this...
Autumn Splendor

Those funky brown spacers were so much fun to wire wrap onto beaten copper circles. I added just a touch of green crystal to bring out the green in the amazing pendant. I haven't decided if I want to add another bigger green crystal at the bottom of the leaf- for right now I like it as it is.

Here's a closer look at the earrings
The fact that they're not perfectly matched adds to the appeal for me- definitely handmade and unique!
And one more look at the necklace by itself.

Autumn Splendor

so here's to fall and all the changes it brings. If you're in or around the Okeechobee area, I'll have a booth at the Craft Fair in the Woods on November 9th and would love for you to stop by and say hello! They don't have a website but here's a link to their Facebook page.

There's a whole lot of other people participating in the Octoberfest Blog Hop so make sure you check out what they've posted too. Thanks again to Rita of Toltec Jewels for hosting this, and may your October end with splashes and dashes of grace and joy!

Caroline                                       http://
Andrea Glick-Zenith           
Dolores Raml                     
Karla Morgan                     
Susie Harris                       
Kay Thomerson                 
Jean Yates                        
Kelly Hosford Patterson     
Kathy Lindemer                 
Liz E                                  
Jasvanti Patel                    
Christie Murrow  (you're here)
Jodie Marshall                   
Andrea Trank                    
Dini Bruinsma                    
Elsie Deliz Fonseca           
Karla Morgan                    
Vera Lynn                         
Rana Wilson                     
Catherine King                 
Lily Vincent                       
Janice Hidey (Janimar)     
Cory Tompkins                 
Candida Castleberry        
Cynthia Kent Machata      
Alicia Marinache               
Linda Anderson                
Leah Curtis                       
Jennifer Reno (JenRen)    
Robin Reed                       
Tanty Sri Hartanti              
Lisa Lodge                        
Ingrid A.                            
Judy Turner                      
Gina Hockett                     
Nelly May                          
Tanya McGuire                 
Sonya Stille                       
Carol D.                            
Asri Wahyuningsih            
Ginger Bishop                   
Shaiha Williams                
Toltec Jewels (Rita, your hostess)


  1. Lovely necklace and the focal is lovely.......I am in Port St.Lucie not far from you. I'll see if I can head your way on the 8th...

    1. I would LOVE to meet you, Catherine- just head there on the 9th not the 8th :)

  2. Great pieces. I love the leave pendant! And I am learning that "wonky" is a good thing in jewelry. Who says everything has to aligned....And I so wish I could come to your booth in Nov. I live in Dunnellon and if I were closer...I would come! Have a great day and thanks for the post.

  3. Amazing focal and you have certainly done it justice, Christie!

  4. Congrats on your run! Just finishing it is quite the accomplishment in my book.

    I love necklace. It is one that I would reach for often to wear and I wouldn't change a thing about it.,

  5. I love the necklace and earrings. They are both well done. I wouldn't mind a piece of that pumpkin buckle. I love all things pumpkin.

  6. I love the set; nice colors and design with a lovely focal. I will blame you when I gain weight from all the recipes on your pinterest. I have to try those pumpkin scones now.

  7. Love your pieces--truly lovely! I enjoyed enlarging the pictures and really seeing the great detail, too! xox jean

  8. Oh that is such a lush focal! I would've snaffled that up too! Love what you've done with it. Divine!

  9. What a great set. I love the color, metal texture combination. Good luck at your craft fair in the woods. It sounds like fun.

  10. Beautiful necklace and earrings. Perfect for fall! And congrats on the 5K!

  11. Never heard of a 'pumpkin buckle'? but sounds good! LOVE your colors .... copper, browns .. yes and yes! beautiful!

  12. Congrats on finishing you first run! Pumpkin season is in full swing here, you made me so hungry. I will have to try Pumpkin Buckle as well. Your necklace and earrings are very pretty, I like it just like it is. Gina

  13. Love the asymmetry of your necklace and the colours are gorgeous! Well done!

  14. Love your jewelry design style. Wish I could make it to your Craft Fair.

  15. Gorgeous work....I love the leaf pendant!

  16. I love Raida's beads and focals. What a great pendant. And I like the necklace just the way it is. The necklace and earrings are both gorgeous. Very pretty. And the recipe for the Buckle sounds very interesting. Thanks for posting.

  17. Food & jewelry. What else does an artisan need?

  18. What a lovely necklace! Will have to check out your pumpkin pinterest board!
    Ingrid A.

  19. Yes, your jewellery IS definitely handmade and unique! Very sweet, the little petrol crystal beads in the earrings... ♥them!

  20. Congrats on your 5k! My first one was in February, and I'm totally addicted to running now. I love your pieces, they are so unique.

  21. Congrats on the 5K I couldn't even walk one so I have great respect for anyone who can finish in any way. Your jewelry pieces are lovely and I am sure the show will be a great success.

  22. I love how this set turned out, beautiful! Good news today. You won my headpin giveaway. Give me a call so I can get your address.