Aug 16, 2012


Looking for the BSBP6 Reveal? Here it is! :)

Heather Powers, author and jewelry designer, will host the 2nd annual jewelry makers retreat October 26-28 in South Haven, Michigan. Participants will spend 3 days relaxing, renewing, and creating in a woodland lodge on the scenic Black River. 

The Autumn beauty will inspire and nourish you with fresh ideas and techniques for jewelry design: create treasures from the forest floor with resin in a new patina system; make felted and bead embroidered Fall leaves; and spend a day forming birch bark, lace and pine components on metal blanks with a hammer. 

October 26th - 28th
Three days of classes and beading fun!
  A picturesque woodland setting for a creative retreat to renew your spirit.

The retreat includes three classes and supplies, a U.F.O Party with guest instructor Erin Prais-Hintz, a gift bag with nature themed treats, lodging and all your meals.

For more information on classes, lodging, shuttles from the airport,  what to bring, and registration, visit the Inspired By Nature Retreat Blog. Registration opened Saturday, August 11th. 

Give-A-Way Bonus: 
Last year, Heather Powers published her book "Jewelry Designs from Nature" and she is also a contributor to Lori Anderson's upcoming book, "Bead Soup" due to be released this September/ October ( visit "Pretty Things" now to preorder your signed copy of "Bead Soup" and you'll receive free tutorials and free shipping).

To celebrate, Heather Powers has a give-a-way at Lori Anderson's blog, "Pretty Things"! Heather Powers is sharing a $30 gift certificate to her shop. Check out Lori's blog to enter the give-a-way. The winner will be announced on Monday, August 20th.

Big Hugs, TJ 

Toltec Jewels is an author by day and jewelry artist by night. Her literary work is housed by the San Fransisco MOMA in a permanent collection of mixed media art and is published internationally in popular magazines, literary quarterlies, and university publications. She has won a number of awards for both her literary and jewelry art. A gemstone collector and jewelry lover, she makes handcrafted jewelry with her entire family. Her store offers small gemstone bead mixes for complimenting art bead jewelry.

She is also the creator of Jewel School Friends, a community of expert and new jewelry artisans taking inspiration from each other, Jewel School, and jewelry art culture. Jewel School Friends features jewelry designers and bead artists, supports entrepreneurship for independent artisans, and hosts community events, challenges, and fundraisers. Join her at Jewel School Friends on Facebook artist features, youtube tutorials, networking, sales & coupons, blog hops, give-a-ways and of course, beautiful jewelry!

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