August 14, 2009

A New Challenge

I've said it before and I will say it again. I love the Marie Antoinette Mail Art Group. I am amazed with the types of projects I have taken on since joining. My newest is a round robin charm bracelet swap. There are two groups and nine participants in my group. I adore charm bracelets and to take on the art of creating my own is fantastic.

I am really nervous about doing a good job, but I am proud of what I have done so far. I went shopping for parts and went crazy. I even stopped by my local library and checked out some great books. I love that I can look up books online and then the library will gather them all up for me and all I have to do is go in and swipe my card.

Below is my starter bracelet. I used two lengths of chain and attached them to the clasp so that everyone would have lots of room to add as many charms as they wanted. You can never have too many in my opinion. Behind my bracelet is the inspiration picture. Everyone has the color of bracelet they want (silver, gold, bronze, etc.) but we keep our charms in the same color scheme.



I never knew how complicated it could be to thread beads on a pin and wrap the wire around to form a loop. I am anal about the appearance of my charms and it has to be just so or I have an OCD fit (and I'm not joking either). But the more I practice, the better. And hopefully everyone will love what I add on to their bracelets.



I also made this tag "book" so that contributors could add their personal info and info about the charms that they added. I am really excited about how it turns out and my oldest is excited about me making more bracelets for her.



Here are some previous posts that I have done about my charm bracelets. Below is a link to my post on my French charm bracelets which has actually grown since I wrote it:

http://rhondamum.blogspot.com/2009/02/blog-post.html

A post about the bracelet I made in honor of my Gma Betty, whom I was very close to is here:

http://rhondamum.blogspot.com/2007/11/in-honor-of-g-ma.html

And one of my first blog posts ever is here:

http://rhondamum.blogspot.com/2007/11/tradition-of-charm-bracelets.html\


Today is the official last day of summer for me. My oldest goes back to school on Monday. Where did the summer go? I am a little sad, but also excited because I will have more "me" time and will be able to get back into my art more as well as blog more and visit my blogging friends. I still feel way behind.

Enjoy the last days of summer and feel free to leave me your comments and constructive criticisms!



8 comments:

My Crafty Little Page said...

Hi Rhonda - what a wonderful group - is it a Round Robin charm bracelet? Love alll your MA stuff. Did you get my email? I have a finished RR book to mail out. HaVE a wonderful day....xoxoNancy

Terri Gordon said...

Rhonda, I love your bracelet and tag book, it is lovely. Thank you for visiting my blog. I have really enjoyed ready your blog, it's wonderful. Terri

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

delightful bracelet - and the little book is charming!

Bryanna Lenan said...

I love your bracelet... it is so nice... I am like you, too, and get a little OCD about it... I am so happy to be part of the Marie group, as you are, it is such an honor. Your blog is really nice and so well maintained! Thank you for sharing all your items!
XO
Bryanna

roc said...

congratulations on being one of cassandra's design team members. i'll be looking forward to seeing what you create!

Martha's Favorites said...

Wow! I can not wait to see what you make. You are so talented. No wonder they picked you for this group. Good job! Martha

kanishk said...

I love your bracelet and tag book, it is lovely. Thank you for visiting my blog.


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jelly girl said...

Ooh la la! I'll head right on over to the Marie Antoinette site. I love your stuff & I, too, love all things French :) I'd love to have you over for a visit....
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Kim