A Small Contribution

Yesterday I had the honor of attending a silent auction called The Silent Samaritan Luncheon where I donated a necklace and earring set. The silent auction was hosted by the Samaritan Counseling Center of Albuquerque. This was a fundraising event to help women with limited resources receive access to counseling services. The event was sold out and had surpassed the number of attendants from last year’s fundraising events. There were a lot of small businesses in the Albuquerque area that donated their products, services, and time to the auction. Those proceeds will be turned over to cover the cost of counseling services for women who can’t afford it.

The set I donated received many compliments and five bids. It was a beaded piece with a glass teardrop detail and matching earrings.

I won a beautiful bouquet of flowers that served as the centerpiece at the table I sat at. The flowers were donated by the Flower Gallery in Albuquerque.

My beautiful flowers! Click to enlarge.

You can read more about the Samaritan Counseling Center here. Below is the jewelry set I donated.

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Beaded, freshwater pearl necklace with a drop focal bead.

A few weeks ago I added a post about the beads that people find and give to me, Beads I get from others. My intention was to do follow up posts showcasing how I’ve used these little gifts to make necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings.

Below are some pictures of a beaded necklace I’ve managed to complete.

 

My brother bestowed the focal bead to me; a really cool, multi-colored, pressed glass bead. It even has some sparkle in it. I stowed it away for weeks not sure what I wanted to do with it. The bead is a large drop bead, so I knew it had to be a focal piece.

I thought about what colors I should use to help it stand out. Did I want to use light greens to add attention to the darker greens in the bead? No, too much green. Did I want to go avant garde with some vibrant oranges and dark blues? No, the bead also has some rose-colored hues in it, which would pair well with orange, but with the greens and blues might be a little like a drunken clown at your local town fair. Nothing against clowns, folks; just a little scary when they’re drunk is all I’m saying.  Continue reading