Friday, February 29, 2008

Newest mixed media necklaces


These are a couple of mixed media necklaces I made recently, featuring some of my lampwork beads. I donated the green and brown earth-tone necklace to an auction to help our local veggie farmers who were flooded out this past December, and I’m still trying to decide whether I should keep the crimson and black necklace, or sell it to buy more glass! : )

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Fire Necklace/other mixed media necklaces too


This is a necklace I made with some of my first lampwork beads and with a couple of felted beaded beads too - I finished this and decided it should go to my Aunt Irene for her birthday; Irene has unfailingly encouraged me in my artistic endeavours.

I'm working on another similar one in purples for my mom, one in browns and earth tones for a benefit for some of our local family farms that were flooded out in December, and one in blues and purples for my sweet mother-in-law.
Here's a couple of links to information regarding the farm benefit:


Peace out,
Chris

Petition to Presidential Candidates

The upcoming presidential election is a terrific opportunity for the American people to come together on issues that affect us all.

Avaaz.org is gathering signatures on a petition entreating the leading presidential candidates to address the following issues:

1. Help the world stop global warming
2. Respect universal human rights
3. Use diplomacy to prevent war and resolve conflict

The goal is to get 100,000 signatures on the petition in the next week. To sign the petition, click here:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/us_change_course/8.php

ABOUT AVAAZ
Avaaz.org is an independent, not-for-profit global campaigning organization that works to ensure that the views and values of the world's people inform global decision-making. (Avaaz means "voice" in many languages.) Avaaz receives no money from governments or corporations, and is staffed by a global team based in London, Rio de Janeiro, New York, Paris, Washington DC, and Geneva.

Peace out,
Chris

Answered Prayers: A Book Review

If you only read/buy/borrow ONE book this year, make it Answered Prayers; Love Letters From the Divine, by Julia Cameron (ISBN: 1585423513).

Don't feel like you have oodles of spare time to read? Fear not - This small book is written in a series of very short "letters" - half of one page, and half of the next. Pick up the book and open it to any page and start reading, then flip through a couple of other pages, and you'll see what I mean.

Answered Prayers is uplifting, loving, inspiring, and comforting.

Answered Prayers is NOT fire and brimstone.

I recommend this book to EVERYONE - it's not "religious" per se, and it's non-denominational - it's more of a personal conversation between you and the Divine, whatever you believe the Divine to be.

Julia Cameron is an inspirational writer, and one of my very favorite authors. You can learn more about her and her work at http://www.theartistsway.com/?

Peace out,
Chris