Monday, July 28, 2014

Bid and Win Dreamkeeper Jewelry at CRICKFEST!

You may win these lovely Summer Nights Celebration earrings.
I am smack in the middle of summer and have finally finished preparing for the CRICKFEST silent auction! 

CRICKFEST is a fun time for kids of all ages with great music, pony rides, a petting zoo, delicious local foods, an up-close and personal visit with Mike Dupuy and one of his beautiful hawks (for the past two years), plus some of his great stories! This year we get to see a representative from Shaver's Creek!

Mike and one of his glorious hawk friends! (Image courtesy of Mike's public Facebook page)
CrickFest benefits the Penns Valley Conversation Association Educational Programs so it's really cool to come out and have a good time and maybe take home a little prize, knowing that your investment helps support a great cause. Remember to bring your water shoes so you can dip your toesies in the cool, cool water of the crick. 

The first time I attended CRICKFEST they had a fundraiser where I bought a little yellow rubber duckie for five bucks so he could join the fundraising race, wherein they dump hundreds of little yellow duckies that others have bought for however much they'd like to invest, into the crick and they bounce and bob their way to the finish line, several yards from the spot where they were released. I've never seen anything like it. 

I don't know which is more fun to watch, the bobbing rubber duckies or the people lined up along the banks of the stream, hooting and hollering, shouting encouragement and waving their arms. I have to confess, the suspense as the duckies came around the bend was awesome, and I felt verrry special when my duckie won and I got to pick out a prize. I chose to commemorate his adventure with a very tiny replica of him, The Fastest Bouncing, Bobbing Duckie of them all.

My souvenir has a place of honor in my studio, too fun!
I love to contribute a few pieces to the silent auction every year alongside many other wonderful artists, and here are some photos of what you get to bid on this year. Check my Etsy site at Dreamkeeper Creations for approximate retail value, or bid as high as you like to contribute to PVCA.

Starburst Dichroic Cabochon Statement Necklace
This is a really special piece, bid high : ) This style takes about 30-40 hours to make, and includes a gorgeous sterling and silver-filled clasp.  The focal bead is a handmade dichroic glass cabochon surrounded with a border of glass seed beads in the peyote stitch technique using magical FireLine thread, which is very strong and "wirey" enough to scrunch up so that the fringe curls a bit. It's perfectly okay to touch and play with the fringe, as I do knot my work at the top of each strand so it's very secure. This necklace is about 24 inches long and the pendant is about 3-4 inches long, so it sits right at the heart of your chest, like a protective, celebratory shield. 

Here's a photo of the back, showing the soft ultrasuede that finishes it.

The soft ultrasuede backing.
Sterling and silver filled cones and lobster clasp.
  If you like to wear a lot of black and white and want some fun, but somewhat conservative, classy earrings, these will be available -
Black and white with a twirly twist!
These earrings are handmade glass pillow beads, accented with banded agate and jasper, with silver filled ear wires. 
Mid-summer celebration earrings
The earrings above are also handmade glass pillow beads, and trust me, finding affordable artists who really have a knack for color and expression and design with these is quite the challenge. They're accented with jasper and green glass beads AND look below, there's the sweeeeetest necklace to go with them!
Darling sweet necklace to go with mid-summer earrings
Just pick up this necklace and you might fall in love. It feels good in your hand, and around your neck is perfectly delightful. It's made with a silver-plated bail, accent beads of jasper and beautiful green glass, with a silver-filled lobster clasp. Necklace length is about 16 inches (strung on AccuFlex wire for durability), pendant is about 2 inches. Clasp includes wire guards and crimp beads - very good quality all around.

Here's a picture of the clasp - 
Quality ROCKS!
Next we have pure magic with this gorgeous pendant.

A little bit of pure magic
This pendant is so wonderful I must make one similar for myself. The focal bead is handmade glass accented with an agate gemstone bead, and the tails include a glass Czech dagger bead, Swarovski crystal, and sterling leaf charm. It's all about sweet Nature. Strung on black leather with silver plated and silver filled lobster clasp that's glued for durability.

Quality ROCKS!

And for the wrist, a set of FIVE cloisonne bracelets, which are my top selling items in my Etsy store, Dreamkeeper Creations. Lucky you, fight to win the bid on these and go to Dreamkeeper Creations to get some more. I sometimes wear 12 of these at a time depending on my mood. It's becoming quite the challenge to get these beads, so snap them up while you have the chance! They match positively everything and don't mess with the keyboard when you're typing.

These lovely jewelies should bring in about $300 or more for PVCA. Bid happy and wear them with joy!

Thank you for supporting handmade arts as well as PVCA!



  1. Beautiful jewelry. I'm sure your will raise a good amount for a good cause. thre is a fundraiser in South Bend Indiana that puts rubber ducks in the St. Joseph River. You actually have a chance to win a million dollars if you have the right duck and he reaches the finish line first. It has been going on for about 20 years and no one has ever won the million but its a great time anyway.