Creative Minds for Charity Challenge Giveaway

On, the site where I have my jewelry shop, some members have opted to join Street Teams, groups of like-minded artists who have banded together network, share ideas, and promote their shops. Over the past month three of the teams have joined forces for the Creative Minds for Charity Challenge Giveaway, a jewelry design challenge and charity event. The Creative Glass Guild of Etsy (CGGE) provided the handmade beads, etsyBEAD members designed and made the finished jewelry, and all of the the collaborations were donated to the Etsy shop run by HOST – the Helping Others Street Team – to help raise money for Etsians in need.

Today, April 23rd, is the big day. It’s time for Etsians to choose which design wins the challenge. The pieces are listed on the Creative Minds for Charity blog, there is one choice per Etsy member, and the poll runs today only from 12:00 noon to 11:59 PM EST. Random names will be drawn from the poll-takers to receive prizes. Click here to get started.

The piece shown with this post is entered in the Challenge; it is called “Something Blue”. It was designed by me, Glamorosi, with a gorgeous hand blown Italian Murano glass vessel by Studio Marcy. I was fortunate to have Marcy as my partner – she is a lampwork artist and teacher who is well known for her whimsical beads, and also elegant beads including seashells, etched sea glass, and the occasional vessel bead. I am in love with her work, and I know once you stop by the Studio Marcy shop you will be too.

In case you haven’t seen a vessel like this before, they are widely used for aromatherapy – you can put your favorite fragrance inside – others use them for tiny treasures. The vessel is hung from a handcrafted beaded chain composed of vintage milk glass beads with light blue sapphire and dyed blue quartz accents. Each bead is hand-wrapped with sterling silver wire, and the chain closes with a sterling “S” clasp that mimics the swirl designs on the vessel.

All of the pieces in the challenge are fantastic – have fun choosing just one.


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