Greetings from the Blizzard Capital

by Cindy on December 19, 2009

Hello Friends

I’m writing in the midst of a blizzard warning here in the DC area!  This a lot of snow for us! Looks like we’re going to have a white Christmas this year!   Good thing I went out and finished up my Christmas shopping yesterday, even missing the big Intergem bead show to do so.    Today we’ll make Christmas cookies (the dough is in the fridge chilling), make ornaments, and finish up my (yikes!) Christmas cards.  Everyone’s been out in the snow for as long as they could last.

Have you heard the word about an upcoming online digital workshop?  I love the idea of online classes (with 4 little ones, there’s practically no way for me to travel and get to workshops….but I’ll be sure to make it to Bead Fest Wire!).   If you are looking for ways to enhance your photographs and learn some amazing techniques, then be sure to check out DJ Pettitt’s upcoming Image Editing Workshop!


DJ is an amazing artist who teaches workshops from California to Australia.   She is known for her incredible mixed media paintings and art journals.   If you’re like me and live no where near these areas, now you can take one of her classes!  DJ describes her class, Memories and Manipulations,  as a “collaboration between photography and graphic design”.  Oh, and if you sign up for the class or simply visit her blog and leave a comment,  DJ will be giving away a few collage art pieces! Sounds good to me!

Every day  more participants in Molly’s Secret Santa Exchange are receiving their necklaces.  Today my recipient received hers!  I was as excited for her to receive it as she may have been to open it!  Would she like it?  I think she did!  I was so happy to discover Carolyn Mallin’s blog through this exchange and hope to visit often.   I created a copper and lampwork super long (35″) necklace that can even be worn doubled.   In her write-up, Carolyn mentioned she liked eclectic (captured by the various wire links used) and well as bright (represented by the colorful lampwork beads by Moon Stumpp).




And lastly, I received a sweet “Christmas Blogger Award”, just something to pass along to our blog friends this holiday season.  I received the award from Kinga Albert, an incredibly talented  university student who lives a world away in Hungary.  If you take a peek at her blog, you’ll see her beautiful, intricate beadwork throughout the posts.  I’d like to share this award, more like a holiday hug, to these friends who have recently shared their Christmas decorations on their blogs.  Please stop by and say hello to Judy, Lori and Leslie!  There are no”rules” with this award, just sending along a hello to you and you can pass it along if  you’d like.

Hopefully you’re staying warm today…’til next time!


{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Moon December 19, 2009 at 4:22 pm

Hot diggy dog…that necklace is lovely….it’s off the scale when it comes to drama, kewlness, and wearablity. Impressive work GF!

Kerry Bogert December 19, 2009 at 7:02 pm

I hope y’all are having fun in the snow!! How much has fallen?!?

Shelby December 19, 2009 at 8:07 pm

We have received our first snow fall of the season also…but only a dusting so far, but the kiddies are SO excited none the less!

Love the necklace you made for your Secret Santa exchange!! So beautiful!

Congrats on the Christmas Award!

Kinga ALBERT December 19, 2009 at 8:09 pm

Whoa, thanks for calling me talented:))…You see I don’t really feel like one:D…I’m almost about to blush:D…
That’s a really nice necklace…of course she liked it:)

Molly Alexander December 19, 2009 at 10:47 pm

Hi Cindy –

I just posted pictures of your necklace on my blog, and I am still as awed by it as when you first sent them to me. You are so very talented! Thanks again for participating in the swap!

As far as the snow goes, it was a beautiful 71 degrees out here in Arizona today…if you get sick of the snow, you know where to come!

🙂 Molly

Erin Prais-Hintz December 19, 2009 at 11:10 pm

Stay warm and toasty my friend!
What a wonderful gift you gave. That secret santa exchange has been so much fun to watch!
Enjoy the {snow} day!

Sharon P. December 20, 2009 at 12:38 am

You really created a beauty, and such a versatile length! Bundle up and stay warm and watch out for ice, my husband’s cousin (New Jersey) slipped on the ice and broke his femur, poor guy.

sharon December 20, 2009 at 1:49 am

The necklace you created was stunning Cindy!! Simply gorgeous!!

Only a small amount of snow here today, and that’s o.k. with me! Lots of baking to do tomorrow…like you! Hav a great weekend and play in the snow!!

Renate December 20, 2009 at 2:02 am

Stay warm, safe and cozy! Just how much snow are you getting? We have had a very cold night (-14°), by Sunday evening the temps will be going up and we will probably have more snow. For Christmas, it will be gone and there will be rain.
Gorgeous necklace you made for the exchange!!! Love all those beautiful links!
Enjoy your Christmas preparations, sweet Cindy!

Cindy December 20, 2009 at 2:22 am

Thanks for visiting everyone…we have around 2 feet of snow here now I believe. It snowed all day continually. They are calling it the Snowpocalypse!

mary jane dodd December 20, 2009 at 10:17 am

we are in the same boat! digging out today – and i had my first ‘oh yeah’ moment this morning when i remembered that you have to have the dryer empty on a snow day! hard to do with 5 people, but i did it…
the necklace is beautiful and i think online classes are great too… traveling for me is almost a moot point…
have fun today – and enjoy nature’s imposed break…

Laura Hunter December 20, 2009 at 12:30 pm

Love the colours of the necklace, very nice!

Riki Schumacher December 20, 2009 at 1:47 pm

Cindy you did an amazing job on your necklace! Way to go, I’m sure she will LOVE it! Just fabulous, and I can tell you put so much time and love into it. Take care, Merry Christmas! Riki

Janet McDonald December 20, 2009 at 2:15 pm

Thats a really super wonderful necklace Cindy! Snow… my brother in Charlottesville said they got 23 inches overnight! Wow …I miss the snow alot!

Judy Glende December 20, 2009 at 7:19 pm

Wow…Wow….Wow….Cindy you totally outdid yourself! That necklace is just BEAUTIFUL!! The beads are so vibrant and your wirework perfection and so artistic.

Enjoy all of your snow! I am sure the kids are having a blast.

veronique December 21, 2009 at 11:12 am

Cindy, this necklace is “incroyablement beau”, incredibly beautiful ! So colorfull, and the wonderful links you made, are just perfect. Bravo to you.
Hope the guys enjoy the snow, it’s easier for Father Christmas to come with his sleigh…;-)
Merry Christmas to you and your family dear Cindy.

Jolene December 21, 2009 at 6:08 pm

Beautiful necklace! You can keep the snow LOLOL. I hate winter & all the icky stuff related to it:) *hugs* Hope you have loads of food in the house, stay warm!

Kayla December 21, 2009 at 8:18 pm

As I type, we are expecting another big storm here in IL. All I can say is UGH!
Hopefully you are all safe and warm up there 🙂

That necklace is absolutely stunning-I was just going to say if she didn’t like that, then she is a crazy person!! Lol Just gorgeous(I would be only lucky to create something as beautiful as that).

Congrats on your award 😀

Maria December 22, 2009 at 2:52 pm

By the way, I LOVE your wire and lampwork jewelry!!!

Leslie December 23, 2009 at 2:18 am

Burr! We all need a nice cup of hot cocoa to deal with this crazy weather. Thanks for the info on the photography class. Looks interesting and you can’t beat taking classes online. Thank you for the sweet award! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Leslie December 23, 2009 at 2:20 am

Oh, I forgot. Your necklace for the Secret Santa is AWESOME! Man, that wire work is crazy good. You are so talented, Cindy!

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