Sunday, October 26, 2014

Octoberfest 2014 Blog Hop

Living in sunny Southwest Florida, it barely seems like fall.  But go into any store, and you are reminded by all the Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas merchandise!  I grew up near Buffalo, New York, so the change in seasons is something that made my childhood special.  But with that comes snow....and that's a whole different blog post!
I have been playing with a new clay.  I call it chocolate clay, because that's what it reminds me of after being fired at cone 5.  Most of my beads are made from low fire white clay.  I like the bright colors I can achieve with that.  Normally my style is very whimsical.  But with this new clay, my work has taken on a more earthy and natural look.
For my autumn pair of earrings, I textured the chocolate clay with a floral design and cut 2 small squares.  I hand rolled two 10mm spacer balls for accents.  I chose an earthy brown glaze that highlights the texture.  I added 4 antique bronze saucers and 20mm wire to pull my design together.  I can't wait to wear them!
Visit my etsy shop at to see more of my ceramic beads.  Thank you to our blog hop hostess, Rita from Toltec Jewels!!  And please visit all the other blogs to see lots more lovely autumn jewelry designs!
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                  

Claire Fabian                   

Cynthia Abner                

Renetha Stanziano          

Jami Shipp                     


Gloria Allen                    

Lisa Johnson                   

Marde Lowe                  

Monique Urquhart          

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                            http://

Lee Koopman              

Carol Briody                

Kathy Lindemer          

Renetha Stanziano      


  1. Wonderful earrings! Love the little pumpkins too!

  2. Beautiful earrings - I love the results of you playing with the chocolate clay!

  3. Hi Michelle, your new natural color earrings are wonderful. Great job showing fall.
    P.S. I will be back to your etsy shop to but some of your lovely ceramics.

  4. Love those chocolate clay ♥ earrings, what a beautiful intense colour and a beautifully designed. Very elegant...

  5. Just love the earrings and the new muted look. It is so perfect for this time of the year.

  6. Gorgeous earrings! "Wear-with-everything!"

  7. Love these earrings. They are earthy and rustic, just my style. The colours are perfect for the autumn theme and your ceramic work is first rate!

  8. Beautiful earrings, I love the chocolate clay and the earthy aspect of it.

  9. Hello Buffalo......well, former Buffalo! I grew up in the Adirondacks on the Sacandage Lake. Your earrings remind me of hot chocolate on cold fall nights. I like that clay.

  10. I like the deeper clay color (although I'm still of fan of your brighter colors, too)!

  11. Beautiful earrings, love the color and the texture is awesome.

  12. You made some gorgeous earrings. I love the chocolate color.

  13. Pretty earrings. I like your beads.

  14. Yes! Something chocolaty is what came to mind when I first saw these. Reminds me of fine exquisite chocolates with a drizzle. How lovely are these?! So subtle but so beautiful. Thank you for sharing!

  15. Gorgeous earrings made from gorgeous beads. Great job!!

  16. Chocolate clay seems like a such a fun name - very cool

  17. I'm loving your chocolate clay! The earrings are beautiful.

  18. I do love earrings, and the pair you designed is no exception. Wonderful.