Secret Santa is a Sweetie

by Cindy on December 16, 2009

Hello friends!

How are the holidays treating you?  I hope full of fun and anticipation.    One big bright spot in all of the business has been a Secret Santa jewelry exchange hosted by Molly Alexander of Beautifully Broken Me.  It seems like a while ago now that she invited me to participate along with 11 amazing artists, some familiar and some were new to me – an altogether impressive group of ladies.  We were given names drawn by random and were to create a necklace  based on a few questions that we answered in the beginning.  This week was the deadline (and it seemed so far off back then!).  My Secret Santa has been revealed…. I received a wonderful surprise from Beth Brickner of Vintage Sweets.


I was completely over the moon with my gorgeous necklace….I don’t know how Beth could have designed anything more perfect for me…it’s got the classic colors I love – sparkly Swarovski crystals mixed with a bit of rustic hand-stamped silver.  And look at those perfect fused fine silver rings!   How did she know how much I love charms…and long necklaces?  I especially love how she incorporated  the word {sweet} from both of our blog names.  She even created earrings to match.  Thank you dear Santa!!!


I’ll post some pictures soon of the necklace I created for my exchange recipient.  Just want to make sure she’s surprised too!  I’ll admit I’ve been hopping around the participant’s blogs trying to get a peek of the exchange necklaces….they are just starting to pop up.  Molly will be posting a compilation on her blog soon, I believe.

As always, I thank you for stopping by.  Enjoy the rest of your week!


{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

esther December 16, 2009 at 3:49 am

what a luky girl!! Molly did the perfect necklace for you!! it’s very YOU!! bravo!!

sissy sparrows December 16, 2009 at 7:25 am

Ummm…lets just say that we are very jealous! It is truly lovely. Love the charms and the links and the earrings are simply sweet.

Cindy December 16, 2009 at 8:01 am

Esther, this piece is actually done by Beth Bricker. If you visit Riki Schumaker’s blog, you can see Molly’s beautiful necklace…you have to check it out and see the great Bee pendant that she created!

Michelle December 16, 2009 at 8:20 am

What a great idea! Enjoy your new necklace.

Kerry Bogert December 16, 2009 at 9:24 am

simply stunning and so you… your such a lucky girl!!

diane cook December 16, 2009 at 9:24 am

Absolutely gorgeous necklace Cindy! Beth really did design the perfect necklace for you! I love the fused silver chain, and the SWEET charms! What a wonderful Christmas gift from a very talented Secret Santa =)

Judy Glende December 16, 2009 at 9:31 am

What a wonderful necklace! I love it and so perfect for you! I look forward to see the one you created, I am sure your recipient will be thrilled.
I hope your family is having fun getting ready for Santa.

Renate December 16, 2009 at 10:43 am

You lucky girl, Cindy!! What a lovely necklace! So sweet! Oh, you are going to look fantastic with that set, it will be perfect on you!

Molly Alexander December 16, 2009 at 10:51 am

What beautiful pieces – Beth did a fantastic job! I love the details she included, including the word ‘sweet’ from both your blogs. So fun! I can’t wait to see the piece you made for your ‘giftee’!

🙂 Molly

sandra December 16, 2009 at 1:19 pm

absolutely gorgeous, lucky, lucky girl!

cat kerr December 16, 2009 at 1:42 pm

Cindy,what a wonderful gift to receive in the mail.Bravo to the artist!!Warm Regards,Cat

Janet McDonald December 16, 2009 at 2:34 pm

That is pretty darn beautiful!!!!!

Carrie December 16, 2009 at 5:39 pm

What a wonderfully beautiful gift to receive…you must be over the moon.

Stay Cozy, Carrie

Kayla December 16, 2009 at 6:39 pm

How gorgeous!! Wow, I would be equally as excited and in love with that necklace as you are if I had gotten it-It’s just beautiful.
And it sounds like you had a wonderful Secret Santa experience 🙂

Beth Bricker December 16, 2009 at 6:45 pm

I’m glad you like the necklace. This has been an awesome experience the anticipation has been just the best! I have had such a wonderful time exploring your blog and trying to decide how I could possibly create something for such a talented artist as you. You definitely set the bar high, the cover of a magazine…… Have a Merry Christmas.

Jolene December 16, 2009 at 7:05 pm

Very very cute!

Pattie December 16, 2009 at 11:26 pm


I think Beth did her homework very well. She has done a wonderful job melding your two styles together to create a beautiful tribute to you! 🙂

Pattie 😉
Mazatlan Mx.

sharon December 17, 2009 at 1:30 am

This ia simply a gorgeous piece Cindy, how wonderful for you! You are always full of secrets!!

jeanette December 17, 2009 at 2:32 am

Cindy, the necklace is definitely you! It’s perfect and beautifully made. I know you will always cherish it. Can’t wait to see it in person!

Riki Schumacher December 17, 2009 at 2:43 am

Oh Cindy, that’s over the top. Well done Beth!!

Leslie December 17, 2009 at 10:34 am

Cindy, this seems like a perfect fit for you. Vintage look with charms and the word “Sweet”. I love the silver/gray with the black. What a beautiful piece!

Barbara Lewis December 17, 2009 at 11:00 am

Cindy: Gorgeous necklace … great design … and you know, it will look great with a pair of earrings from you know who!

Steph December 18, 2009 at 12:41 pm

Secret Santa spoiled you! 😉 Gorgeous necklace !

Lúcia December 18, 2009 at 6:11 pm

Hi Cindy,
You do have a lovely family. Congratulations.

Carolyn Mallin December 18, 2009 at 9:12 pm

The necklace that Beth made for you is lovely. She’s such a talented artist.
But I must say that the necklace that you made for me is so special. The warmth of the copper and the beautiful wire work and your choice of colors for me, all just perfect. Thank You Secret Santa for the great gift.
I’m enjoying reading your blog.

Riki Schumacher December 19, 2009 at 2:28 am

Hi Cindy, thanks for stopping by! That is czech glass on the earring. Love that stuff! Take care, Riki

robin December 19, 2009 at 2:44 am

Wow what a great piece! thanks for flying over to my nest….

Diane December 19, 2009 at 4:18 am

What a wonderful gift, I would wear that all the time!

Lori Anderson December 21, 2009 at 8:48 pm

I LOVE it! And you’re right, it’s SO you!

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