Sunday, October 26, 2014

OctoberFest Blog Hop!

Welcome to October Fest! Our fearless leader is indeed fearless, having just endured an impromptu yet necessary household move. I do hope our autumnal offerings brighten her spirits and yours as we hop this weekend. Thank you Rita for hosting and for the opportunity to stretch my creativity.

As I type this our local Fall Fest is underway, I may have to swing by later if I still have time! The theme for the hop is October fest, anything goes as long as the inspiration is autumnal. Living on top of a hill in the River Valley my favorite thing in the fall is watching the leaves turn, it can be the most gorgeous thing, to see the trees in their splendor across the valley, along the bayou, and up along the mountain ridges. The Ozarks to the North and the Ouachitahs to the south makes for some pretty gorgeous views out my window. It's early yet and we're only just starting to pick up some yellows so my thoughts of inspiration turned to the harvest and cornucopias otherwise known as horns of plenty.

OctoberFest Inspiration found on Pinterest
I just happened to have this sweet little pumpkin from BonEcho lamp works out of Canada and as much as I loved this little guy I really hadn't any idea what to do with him, until now. He became my centerpiece for the entire design and in the spirit of a cornucopia I filled the spaces with  happiness and thoughts of prosperity. The leaves are from one of my favorite Etsy sellers, the crystals come from House of Gems, the tiny Tohos from Lima beads and those sweet little roses were fabricated by me.

Cornucopia Inspired Necklace

I played with a little bit of filigree and some of my copper to create the bail and added some reclaimed vintage beads to finish the look.

Well then, there's mine now lets go peek at everyone else's!

Rita is Our Hostess over at Toltec Jewels

and the rest of the hop can be found here.....

Toltec Jewels                            Jewel School Friends (hostess)

Dini Bruinsma                 

Marybeth Rich                          http:/

Mary Govaars                 

Mischelle Andrade-Fanucchi

Karin Grosset Grange     

Andrea Zenith Glick        

Nan Smith                      

Linda Anderson                        http://CherryOnTopDesign.Co

Becky Pancake              

Melissa Trudinger           

Lennis Carrier                

Sue Kennedy                 

Kim Dworak                  

Jo-Ann Woolverton        

Jennifer Reno                 

Veralynne Malone           

Lori Schneider                

Shaiha Williams              

Alisa Siceloff                  

Pam Traub                     

Cryss Thain                    

Maria Lourdes Rios       

Kathy Lindemer             

Carolyn Lawson            

Blanca Medina              

Debbie Rasmussen        

Heather Richter             

Kathleen Breeding         

Carol Dillman                

Chris Eisenberg             

Rebecca Sirevaag          

Sam Waghorn                

Sherri Stokey                 

Gina Hockett                 

Michelle McCarthy        

Michelle Buettner           

Dana Hickey                            You are HERE!! **waves!**

Claire Fabian                   

Cynthia Abner                

Renetha Stanziano          

Jami Shipp                     


Gloria Allen                   

Lisa Johnson                   

Marde Lowe                  

Jill Bradley                      

Toni Gifford                    

Shawnda D'Arcy            

RaMona Woolson          

Esterina Jagiella              

Sandra McGriff              

Mary McGraw               

Alenka Obid                  

Marianne Baxter            

Ann Schroeder              

Inge von Roos                

Robin Reed                    

Suzanne Berk                 

Mowse Doyle                

Diana Miglionico Shiraishi


Andrea Rivers                

Janine Lucas                  

Tanya McGuire              

Anindita Basu                

Mitzie Crider                 

Deb Fortin                     

Cynthia Kent Machata   

Cheri Reed                    

Laurel Hanson               

Ingrid Anderson            

Karla Morgan                

Lori Anderson               

Louise Mccormick-Glazier

Jasvanti Patel                

Susan Kelly                  

Lee Koopman              

Carol Briody                

Kathy Lindemer          

Renetha Stanziano      

Divya N                     

Thanks so much for stopping by!
I'll see you hopping around, I hope!


  1. Your collages are beautiful, I love the colors and the abundance, which are totally reproduced in your bracelet, the wirework is amazing!

    1. Thank you so much Karin! I LOVE your necklace too :D Just gorgeous!

  2. Ohhhh wow, that necklace is just brilliant!!

  3. I love that necklace and your collages are beautiful!

    1. Thank you Kim! I love Pinterest, it's a wonderful place for inspiration!

  4. Hi Dana, your necklace is AWESOME. There is so much visual appeal and interesting texture. I really like the cornucopia idea. It really says fall.

  5. Beautiful (rich in colours) picture collages with flowers, fruit and jewellery... It all comes together in the idea of the cornucopia inspired necklace! Very very ♥pretty♥!

  6. Your picture Collages are just pretty and inviting! Happy Fall to you!

  7. Great pics but what really steals the show is your incredible focal! It is totally unique and perfect for this hop

  8. beautiful necklace and just perfect for the season!

  9. Great translation of your inspiration boards - it looks so beautiful and bountiful

  10. What a wonderful piece. You took your inspiration to the limits.

    1. Thank you! This was a fun piece to design!

  11. Oh my gosh, what a fabulous design!! I love your roses and the way you've nestled the pumpkin in there. So pretty!

  12. Brilliant, the pumpkin just set off the pendant so perfectly. Love love the design!

  13. Your sweet pumpkin is perfect for the focal that you created. Well done!

  14. Wonderful horn of plenty! would like to see the whole necklace. Did you get the pumpkin near Bon Echo Park in Ontario? I spent a week this summer around the corner from the park....great place!

    1. Thank you Nan! You are seeing pretty much the whole necklace, just about 10 inches or so of bare leather and a simple hook clasp left. Bon Echo is the name of her studio, without hunting down my receipt I'd say there's a real good chance she's from the area :) The hubs and I both have family in Canada and would love to visit but as yet, I've never been. Furthest north I've made it is Wyoming and the Grand Tetons.

  15. Oh how I love the cornucopia! You have truly captured the essence of it in your piece. It just put a smile on my face looking at all the detail. But as detailed as it maybe it's beautifully balanced with that sweet little pumpkin in there with a pop of color. Simply beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing.

    1. Thank you for stopping by, I'm so glad you like it!

  16. Great design!! love the necklace so much! not only the focal, but the whole necklace is a fine art!

  17. love the photos and your cornucopia necklace is a beautiful interpretation

  18. I really love your cornucopia! You did such an awesome job, so creative and such lovely craftsmanship. Bravo!

  19. I really love your cornucopia! You did such an awesome job, so creative and such lovely craftsmanship. Bravo!

    1. I don't know how or why you got double posted but I'm happy to thank you doubly! Thank you Thank you!

  20. I love the idea and the execution of your cornucopia necklace. Great!

  21. I like the focal on the necklace. I also like all of your fall photos.

    1. Thank you Renetha! Pinterest is a wonderful place for finding inspiration :)