Sep 3, 2013

Octoberfest: A Home & Hearth Blog Hop Celebrating Autumn's Splendor with Beads, Jewelry, Home Decor, Food, Friends & Family!

Welcome to the Second Annual Octoberfest!
A Home & Hearth Celebration of Autumn's Splendor featuring handcrafted jewelry, artisan beads, home decor, food, friends & family.

Let's celebrate fall! 

October magic. 

Glowing embers fill the sky.

 Color abounds. 

Harvest, bounty, gratitude.

Traditions & Treats. 

Candy Apples

Candy Corn

Carved Pumpkins

Drilled Pumpkins
From "How to Drill Pumpkins" 

Hand Blown Pumpkins

My pumpkins ;)

Family and Friends' Pumpkins

Purr-fect Pumpkins

The Great Pumpkin

Pumpkins all in a Row

A Welcome Home

A Happy Home

A Forever Home

  Celebrate Octoberfest!

 Create an Autumn Inspired Treat!

*Design Autumnal jewelry
*Design Halloween jewelry
*decorate your home or yard
*decorate your fur-family

*Decorate your kids, grandkids, your spouse!
Marlene Cupo's hubby goes PINK for Lori Anderson! 

* Make a Fall craft
* Make a cool bead   
 *write a poem, dance or sing

* share a recipe, share baking tricks or treats; 
celebrate and brew up something fantastic!


Share your Autumn inspired jewelry, beads, recipes,
treats, poems, pictures, crafts and boo-ti-ful creations 
on your blog or FB page on October 27th, 2013.

Fly by everyone's creations to comment & share the love!

Enjoy Autumn Prizes & Treats!
Winners may receive art beads, ceramics, gift certificates,  lampwork, or a rock  -- a gemstone rock that is ;)  No tricks, just treats. 

Check back on Halloween, October 31, 2013 
to see if you've won in the random drawings!
You could win any of the following (including art beads photos to come for Tori Sophia, Lea Avroch, & more Blu Mudd):


Jodie Marshall Lampwork

Tori Sophia

Metal Me This Etched Discs

beadfreaky ceramics

Toltec Jewels "I Got A Rock" 
Gemstone Bead Mixes

Southern Gals Designs

$10 Gift Certificates to Lima Beads

$10 Gift Certificates to Art Beads

 $10 Gift Certificates to Fire Mountain

A New Sears Kenmore Refrigerator
      Not! LOL. Just tricking ... 
but only this once really 
         all the rest are treats, I promise :) 

To participate, please leave a comment on this post with your email and blog info or please email me  (toltecjewels (at) aol (dot) com) with your name and your blog url (or your facebook page url) and the subject line "Octoberfest 13" 
This year's event is limited to 40 participants 
ok we hit pretty fast, so 50 participants! 

Our blog button for this year's celebration is below. Please link back to this post, if you are able. 


Toltec Jewels is an author by day, jewelry maker by night. Her literary work is housed by the San Francisco MOMA and is published internationally in popular magazines, literary quarterlies, and university publications. She has won a number of awards for literary and jewelry arts. She is happiest making handcrafted jewelry with her entire family, snuggling with her doggies and grandkids, sewing, singing, reading, and learning jewelry techniques. She is the host of Jewel School Friends, a community of expert and emerging artisans taking inspiration from each other and Jewel School. Join her on Facebook for networking, fundraising for Beads of Courage, jewelry making challenges, and of course, cool beads and jewelry!


  1. Sounds like a lot of fun, Rita! I'm in. Libellulajewelry (at) yahoo (dot) com

  2. Oh I would not miss this for the world.. I had alot of fun last year :) Can't wait

  3. This sounds like fun. I think I'd like to give it a try. Thanks

  4. This sounds like fun! Count me in.

    Caio, Billi

  5. I will love this, Rita! Thank you!


  6. Oh yes - please sign me up
    Kelly Hosford Patterson

  7. Rita,
    You are a temptress! I've been trying to not sign up for blog hops (for a little while), but yours I CANNOT RESIST. Please, count me in :-)

  8. I am very interested.
    Jasvanti Patel

  9. I would love to play :) Christie Murrow

  10. Fall is my favorite time of year! I would love to join your hop!

  11. Sounds like fun. I would love to be included. Is yoga part of your life?

  12. I will ♥love to play too Rita, please count me in! Thanx so much!

    Dini Bruinsma

  13. I'd love to participate - sounds fun!!!
    pepita.handmade (at)

  14. Rita, This sounds like fun! Autumn is one of my four favorite seasons :) I rank them & re-rank them regularly according to life :))) But Autumn usually ranks high as my anniversary and my daughter's anniversary are in Oct. Please count me in if at all possible. Many thanks, Karla

  15. I'm in for some Fun-to-ber crafts.

  16. Sounds great to me! I am in.

  17. I'd like to play! Thank you!

  18. Even though Florida does not have an home still looks as if it is North Carolina........I would love to play.

  19. Can I try again this year?? Got a great design idea with polyclay and this time a shiny new oven that isn't trying to kill me lol ;)
    Email's and blog's at

  20. I would love to join.

    jhidey at aol dot com

  21. I would love to join your party!
    Blog - TealwaterDesigns.blogspot{dot}com

    email - TealwaterDesigns{at}


  22. I'd love to join as well!!



  23. Holy Cats! great post! and LOVE these artisans!!!! whoa-who .... a chance to win some of their beads? you had me at hello!

  24. In, in, please - pretty please!
    Alicia Marinache @ :)

    It's a lovely event, and I'm looking forward to it!

  25. Would LOVE to do this!

    Linda Anderson

  26. I would love to join in! The Autumn is my favorite season. I'm inspired already! Thanks for hosting this great hop and for the prizes. Can't wait!

  27. I'm in!

    My blog:

    My email:
    jenrenblog at gmail dot com

  28. Hi Rita, I hope you have room for me this sounds like a blast!!!

  29. I would love to join...thx
    Email :
    Blog :

  30. Andrea Glick

    This looks like TONS of fun!

  31. Sounds like fun! Would love to join.
    Ingrid A.

  32. Oh yes I would like to do this Rita, Sounds like fun! and

  33. If you have room, I would love to join the blog. Love your post, so descriptive and creative--just like you! Thank you.

    Gina Hockett

  34. Oh this is perfect! I have got a project in my notebook inspired by autumn that I've been thinking about for months! Well, since our Autumn which was a few months back! Spring is just about springing here at the moment but my heart will forever be in the northern hemisphere.

    nelly dot may at gmx dot com

  35. Hi Rita, I would love to join in the fun for the Octoberfest 13 bloghop if you still have room.

  36. This was such a fun hop last year I would love to play along again this year.

  37. I would like to join if not to late. I love so much this season.

  38. Did this last year, I would love to join in the fun again.
    Sonya Stille

  39. What a wonderful post! I would love to join in.

    Smiles, Pam

  40. This sounds like fun. Please count me in. csdillman at gmail dot com

  41. I would like to join please...

  42. After so many of the participants of the cabochon blog hop had your gorgeous button I had to check it out. I'd love to participate. okililmummy (at) gmail (dot) com

  43. Me! and

  44. If there is still a spot left...I'm in. Discovered blog hopping this year and my, it is addictive!!!

    My blog:

  45. Sounds like fun and I'm moored in one place for a few more weeks so if there is room I'd love to join in.

    my blog:


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