Oct 27, 2013

Second Annual October Fest Blog Hop And Dia De Los Muertos Blog Hop

Welcome to the Second Annual Octoberfest!
 I've posted together both reveals for
my annual  Toltec Jewels' Octoberfest blog hop 
Suburban Girl Studio's 
Dia De Los Muertos blog hop 
Today and tomorrow I'm celebrating all I love about fall with the coolest group of artists! Welcome to the second annual Octoberfest sharing jewelry and beads, as well as recipes, memories, crafts, decorations for our home, fun with our family, celebrations & traditions & all things autumn! 

Since the 27th is Octoberfest and the 28th is my 47th birthday, as well as Suburban Girl Studio Halloween - Day of the Dead blog hop,  I'm posting everything in celebration of autumn fun here together! 

I LOVE autumn, my magical birthday time, the fun of Halloween & especially as a Mexican-American, my beautiful culture's way of honoring and including death openly as part of life. 


The air is cooler & crisper, 
the turning trees dance in the wind. 

Beautiful handcrafted leaves by Leah Curtis of Beady Eyed Bunny

There is a new magic in the angle of day light,
nights smell delicious, earthy & spicy. The crackle of leaves against earth outside and the aroma of warm homemade 
bread & cookies & chilli drift from inside cozy homes.

Costumes are chosen, what we want be comes true, with happiness and anticipation of treats and fun. A special time to transform fear: strangers now become neighbors as children & parents go from house to house, meeting, trick or treating. 

Pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins! By Andrea Glick of Zenith Jade
Pumpkins are custom made for me to become Halloween jewelry
 for little ones, my grandchildren -- 
and kids at heart too, myself & my daughters :) 
Thank you Andrea! xxoo

  Autumn brings nesting and nurturing, 
friendship & transformation.

Happy Halloween Cats by Andrea Glick of  Zenith Jade Creations,
 pastel lampwork beads by Jodie Marshall.
Green garnet, brass discs by Sharyl McMillan,
lampwork by Maryse of Glass Bead Art Lampwork

Czech ametrine glass, brass leaves Olla Podrida, lampwork by Glass Bead Art Lampwork

Ceramic drops by Scorched Earth, lampwork by the super talented Valerie O'Neal

Lampwork by Crazy Lady Glass and ceramics by Grubbi

Day of the Dead

Sue Beads Skullies with black crystal.

Blu Mudd Sugar Skull owl with brass tree by Andrew Thornton,
 brass chainmaille, copper sugar skulls, Sue Beads enamel leaves, copper branches & ribbon.

Sue Beads Enamel leaves! 

Fab, colorful paper beads by Gillian McMurray
I thought maybe a necklace, or another set for earrings, or maybe
crazy fun mix-matched Halloween earrings? :) 

Czech flowers, Skullies with Bows  Zenith Jade Creations, satin  lampwork Sue Beads.

In process: beadwork diamond abstract autumn leaves
 inspired by Shirley Moore's beadwork component (at front left).

Blu Mudd ceramic Sugar Skull, Czech flowers, leaves, rondelles
 anodized aluminum & niobium chainmaille bracelet.

Ceramic bird skull by Scorched Earth, ceramic disc by Naos Glass 

Czech's newest daggers in copper & iris brown! 

Scorched Earth ceramic bird skull, Czech daggers, copper & Vintaj chain

Birthday Fun Starts & My Thanks :) 

love that topping it all off 
with thanks, feasts, family & love! 

A beautiful woods lamp from my daughter Sarah & family! I love it! 
A beautiful bouquet from my daughter Colene & family!  Pumpkin vase too! 

And...Arrr you curious for the best of all?
A Halloween Pirate!

Halloween - Day of the Dead artists, Happy Halloween!
Octoberfest artists, Come back on Halloween
for trick or treating!
 There are Beadaholique & Lima Beads Gift certificates,
artisan lampwork, ceramics & more for all artists who joined in.
You'll find sneak peeks back at the Octoberfest Sign-Up post :)

Enjoy your visit to amazing artists 
for both
my annual Toltec Jewels' Octoberfest blog hop 
Suburban Girl Studio's 
Dia De Los Muertos blog hop

All links are listed below 
Fly WELL! 

Octoberfest Artists

Caroline                                       http:// Carolynscreationswa.blogspot.com
Andrea Glick-Zenith                     http://zenithjade.blogspot.com/
Dolores Raml                               http://craftydscreations.wordpress.com/
Karla Morgan                               http://TexasPepperJams.blogspot.com
Susie Harris                                 http://jewelleryjunkie.blogspot.com/
Susan                                          http://libellulajewelry.com
Mischelle                                      http://micheladasmusings.blogspot.com/
Billi                                               http://billi-rs-rothove.blogspot.com/
Kay Thomerson                           http://kayzkreationz.blogspot.com/
Jean Yates                                  http://prettykittydogmoonjewelry.blogspot.com/
Kelly Hosford Patterson               http://travelingsideshow.blogspot.com
Kathy Lindemer                           http://bay-moon-design.blogspot.com
Liz E                                            http://beadcontagion.blogspot.com
Jasvanti Patel                              http://jewelrybyjasvanti.blogspot.com
Christie Murrow                           www.charisdesignsjewelry.blogspot.com
Jodie Marshall                             http://marshalljodie.blogspot.com/
Andrea Trank                              http://heavenlanecreations.com/
Dini Bruinsma                              http://angazabychanges.blogspot.nl
Elsie Deliz Fonseca                     http://ladelizchica.blogspot.com/
Pepita                                         www.pepita-handmade.blogspot.com
Karla Morgan                              http://texaspepperjams.blogspot.com/
Kathleen                                     http://99bobotw.blogspot.com/
Vera Lynn                                   http://veradesigns.blogspot.com/
Rana Wilson                               http://ranaleadesigns.blogspot.com/
Catherine King                           http://catherines-musings.blogspot.com/
Lily Vincent                                 http://thecreativeklutz.blogspot.co.uk/
Janice Hidey (Janimar)               http://drawingthelinesomewhere.com/
Cory Tompkins                           http://TealwaterDesigns.blogspot.com
Candida Castleberry                  www.spunsugarbeadworks.blogspot.com
Cynthia Kent Machata                http://antiquitytravelers.blogspot.com/
Alicia Marinache                         http://www.allprettythings.ca
Linda Anderson                          http://fromTheBeadBoard.blogspot.com
Leah Curtis                                 http://beadyeyedbunny.blogspot.com/
Jennifer Reno (JenRen)              http://jenrenjewelry.blogspot.com/
Robin Reed                                 http://willowdragon.blogspot.com/
Tanty Sri Hartanti                        www.tjewellicious.blogspot.com
Lisa Lodge                                  http://gratefulartist.blogspot.com/
Ingrid A.                                      http://lilisgems.wordpress.com/
Judy Turner                                www.silver-rains.blogspot.com
Gina Hockett                               http://freestyleelements.blogspot.com/
Nelly May                                    www.smellynelly.blogspot.com
Tanya McGuire                           http://tanyamcguire.blogspot.com/
Ahowin                                        http://www.blog.ahowinjewelry.com
Sonya Stille                                 http://dreaminofbeads.blogspot.com
Pam                                            http://www.klassyjoolz.blogspot.com
Carol D.                                      http://dillmansdallies.blogspot.com/
Asri Wahyuningsih                      http://asribeadwork.blogspot.com/
Ginger Bishop                             http://lilmummylikes.blogspot.com
Janine                                         http://www.esfera.me/travel/blog/travel-stories
Shaiha Williams                          http://shaihasramblings.blogspot.com/
Toltec Jewels (Rita, your hostess)  www.JewelSchoolFriends.com

Day of the Dead Artists

Kathleen Breeding  http://99bobotw.blogspot.com

Dianne Miller  http://www.artbydianne.blogspot.com

Lisa Liddy  http://www.lisaliddy.wordpress.com

Toltec Jewels  http://www.JewelSchoolFriends.com

Laura Medeiros  http://Www.zoeowyn.blogspot.com

Veralynne Malone  http://www.veradesigns.blogspot.com

Jenny Davies-Reazor  http://jdaviesreazor.com/blog

Stephanie LaRosa  http://Www.stringaholic.blogspot.com

Nicole Valentine Rimmer  http://www.nvalentine.blogspot.com

Sarajo Wentling  http://www.sjdesignsjewelry.blogspot.com

Dawn M. Gallop  http://www.flipflopsandpoptarts.com


  1. Well Happy Birthday Rita! Thank you for hosting the hop. I love that you put two hops together to enjoy your birthday. I hope you have a great one. Oh and I LOVE the sugar skull bracelet.

  2. Have a super Happy Birthday tomorrow, sweet Rita! Thanks for hosting this fun hop. You make the most beautiful jewelry. I was "oohing" and "aahing" all the way down the page!

  3. The Octoberfest hop was so fun to follow. Thanks for hosting! I love all your pieces - especially the skull and daggers necklace. That is really beautiful. Now I will go hop around to see other Day of the Dead participants!

  4. You can't go wrong with skullies, BluMudd and Scorched Earth! I have those kitties made by Andrea too! No surprise I would wear all these pieces. Happy Birthday and have a lovely holiday week.

  5. i Rita,
    Wow, so many lovely art bead designs. I love all the Day of the Dead sugar skulls in the different colors and textures. October is my favorite time of year too. Cheers!
    Lori in Atlanta

  6. What fun. Those leaves are gorgeous. I love the fall colors. Just getting started hopping for all the Octoberfest blogs. Looks like it's going to be lots of fun.

  7. Holy Moly what a collection Rita! So much fun, and so seasonal! Thank you for hosting a fantastic Octoberfest celebration!

  8. Wow! Looks like you had fun creating! Thanks for joining in!

  9. Hope you have a GREAT birthday, Rita! I love how you've incorporated pieces from so many artists in your work and I particularly like the chain maille piece. You make it look so easy!

  10. Happy Birthday Month!!! :) Your posts are always filled with colorful lines that a paint a picture in one's mind - and this post proves it! My favorite line of yours is "There is a new magic in the angle of day light"! Everything on this page is beautiful - I LOVE what you did with Maryse's gorgeous lampwork!!! Happy October to you!

  11. Happy Cake Day Rita :) Hope you have a wonderful day. I really enjoyed the Octoberfest blog hop.. Need to finish hopping now. Then I will start with the day of the dead hop. I love all the skull goodies you posted :) Have a wonderful week..

  12. Wow! Very nice work, very beautiful final pieces.


  13. I love all the designs. Hope you had a wonderful Birthday! My post is in the works....sorry it will post late, things have been nuts!

  14. I like all of the jewelry you made. My favorite is the earrings made with orange skull beads.

  15. This has been such pleasure....to be in a hop with such amazing talents...thee earrings are marvelous!!! The doggie is precious love the sweater!!! Beautiful beautiful works of art! thanks so much for sharing, your pics are amazing! Enjoy your Birthday! Happy Birthday!
    Dawn Gallop

  16. I really enjoyed looking through all the fabulous components and jewelry! Happy Halloween!

  17. Happy Birthday & you have the best pirate ever!

  18. Happy Birthday! Scorpios really are my favorite peeps.

    I just love love everything that you put together. Those little sugar skulls are some of the more unique ones that I have ran across.

  19. Happy Birthday!! Beautiful jewelry you have made with a lot of great beads!!

  20. omg, all your pieces are fabulous :) And I envy your skull collection... those paper sugar skulls... never seen them before but now I want some! lol

  21. Wonderful work with wonderful beads. I like those lampwork pumpkins so much.

  22. So much eye candy!! I love this season as well!!! Happy Birthday too!

  23. Love everything, but my favorites are the purple pumpkin earrings and the Czech glass and brass leaves earrings! really beautiful photos as well!

  24. Happy Birthday! Wonderful pieces...everything is beautiful!

  25. WOW! That's a lot of eye candy to get through...each more delicious than the last! Gorgeous designs my friend!

  26. Awesome designs! Happy Birthday!

  27. Happy Birthday Lovely Rita!
    Beautiful post with such lush lovelies. What a talent you have! Thanks so much for hotsing xxxx

  28. Fantastic collection Rita, and the components you have collected are gorgeous! I really enjoyed reading your post and looking at your pics.

  29. Happy bIrthday and thank you for hosting this hop.
    You were very busy, I love the all the earrings.

  30. Thanks so much for hosting the OctoberFest blog hop. It has been a lot of fun and provided a lot of eye candy and jewelry design inspiration. Also happy birthday!

  31. Happy birthday! Thanks for hosting this great blog hop. Loved your post and seeing your creations. I think the earrings with GlassBeadArt's lanpwork are my favorite.

  32. First Happy Birthday! Second, I don't know how I missed this year? I need to get back into my beady world! I don't know how you have time to create all you do but they are all fabulous! I especially love your skully earrings!!!!

  33. Where to start!? I love the Sue Beads skull earrings. full stop, they are simple and perfect. I think my fav is the chain mail necklace with Andrew's bronze and that fab skull. Its just great!

  34. I am visiting from one of the hops Happy Birthday and Happy Autumn-October is my birthday month too and I love the season.
    your blog post is beautiful-I loved everything Kathy

  35. Happy birthday, Rita!!! And thank you for hosting this event! I'm still hoping and enjoying to read all the blog posts.
    Your pieces are beautiful, as always! I really love what you create!

  36. A belated Happy Birthday! Love all the wonderful creations you shared and thanks so much for hosting the October fest!!
    Ingrid A

  37. A little late in my October Fest hopping, just finishing the list now. What gorgeous leaves and pumpkins at the beginning of your post. Your jewelry is always a treat to see. I love them all. You make me want to start making art beads, just so if I come up with something interesting I could send it to you and see what you do with it! You use things I would definitely be very puzzled by. You use art beads in such a natural and graceful way they always get turned into attractive and very wearable jewelry. It's obvious you like beads, and I have to say that beads like you back! Thank you so much for taking the time to do blog hops. I always do enjoy being a part of them :-)

  38. Happy Birthday! Love all the art beads that you featured. You have quite the collection. My favorite piece are the earrings featuring the brass leaves from Olla Podrida and the lampwork by Glass Bead Art Lampwork. Thanks for hosting, I had a blast. :)


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