Aug 20, 2014

Falling on the Edge of October Design Challenge

Falling on the Edge of October
Design Challenge & Blog Hop
Featuring the lampwork art of
Maryse Fritzsch-Thillens


When Maryse created her popular "sparkling rocks"in autumn shades, I fell in love! I knew immediately I wanted to share her beautiful beads and hostess a fall design challenge:

Create autumnal jewelry representing October, Halloween, Thanksgiving --
whatever you wish - with SPARKLING ROCKS! Your design should reflect elements of the season: turning leaves, apples and berries, pumpkins, vines ...

Themes of giving thanks, abundance, appreciation, 
bounty, changes, transformation and pathways...

 An autumnal colorway for the harvest, fall foliage, changing leaves...

Each participating artist will receive one sparkling rock art bead.
On Sunday, October 5th, we will reveal our designs and blog hop. 
All artists will be entered to win a $25 GC to Glass Bead Art Lampwork.

 Artists are welcome to purchase additional Glass Bead Art lampwork for designs. 
Maryse is generously offering a coupon for Falling on the Edge of October participants. 
Artists may email me ( for the code. 

Maryse creates sparkling rocks in a variety of colors, and other gorgeous beads!

To participate, please email your artist's name, along with your blog name and blog url, as well as your  mailing address -- with the subject line "sparkling rocks" to toltecjewels(at)

Our blog hop button/badge:

The design challenge is limited to 35 artists. 

I am happy to also provide free shipping; however, if you would like your sparkling rock mailed sooner, you can send along $2 shipping via Paypal and I'll send your bead out now. 
Email me at toltecjewels(at) for Paypal info/arrangements.
 Free shipping will take place in early September. 

Below are the participating artists thus far -- I'm excited and honored to have you all join in! 
Spaces are filling quickly :) When the max artists have joined the challenge, sign ups will close. 

Falling on the Edge of October Participating Artists

Featured Artist: Maryse Fritzsch-Thillens
Maryse's blog: Glass Bead Art
Maryse's shop: Glass Bead Art Lampwork

Toltec Jewels  (hostess)            Jewel School Friends
Shai Williams                           Shaiha's Ramblings
Sherri Stokey                          Knot Just Macrame
Lindsay Starr                           Phantasm Creations
Kelly Rogers                           Beadin' Black & Blue
Jennifer Reno                          Musings of a Crafty Jenny
Melissa Trudinger                    Beadrecipes
Marybeth Rich                        A Few Words from Within the Pines
Andrea Frank                         Andrea Creates Jewelry & More
Sondra Jackson                      Sondra Jackson
Robin Reed                             Artistry HCBD
Kathleen Breeding                   99 Bottles of Beads on the Wall
Heather Richter                       Desert Jewelry Designs
Gina Hockett                           Freestyle Elements
Mindy Shell                             Kitty's Cache Beading Blog
Debbie Rasmussen                  A little of this, a little of that
Tammy Adams                        Paisley Lizard
Carolyn Lawson                      Carolyn's Creations
Nan Smith                               Nanmade Handmade Jewelry
Evelyn Shelby                          Raindrop Creations Jewelry by Evelyn
Jasvanti Patel                           Jewelry by Jasvanti
Linda Anderson                       From the Bead Board
Dini Bruinsma                          Angaza by Changes
Margareta Saari                       Mags~koruja
Lori Schneider                         Bead Addict
Robin Showstack                    The Crazy Bead Hoarder
Karin Grosset Grange             Ginkgo et Coquelicot
Chris Eisenberg                       Wanderware
Heather d-Entremont              Frugal MacDougall
Linda Younkman                     Lindy's Designs
Janine Lucas                            Esfera Jewelry
Sheila Prosterman                    Cheap Charms
Veralynne Malone                    Designed by Vera
Kelly Hosford Patterson           The Traveling Side Show
Divya N                                    Jewels of Sayuri
Deb Fortin                                Studio 24
Klaudete Koon                         Only Road
Carol Briody                            A Bead's Life

The SPARKLING ROCK FOCAL I asked Maryse to make me.
Click the link to see Maryse's post about them, or custom order one too :) 

 ~ Thank you! ~ 

You will be receiving a group email this week (by Aug. 24) 
If you don't receive a group email message, or if your name & blog aren't listed correctly (or not at all) 
please email me ( and I will make corrections or add you to the group emails.

I'm honored to co-create with you all & look forward to seeing your jewelry art and designs!



  1. Please count me in Rita!!! My FB site is acting up and I can not get a message to you from there so I hope this works! I think I have become addicted to all of these challenges and hops and such and so have sworn them off . . . except for just this one that I can not resist!!! My son is getting married in September, we are selling our house and I have the retreat that I am hosting in October BUT I need this for a bit of sanity!!! Thank you! If you could share the information on the retreat with your group of friends I would really appreciate it. The site address is: Thanks for your help!!!

  2. Wonderful colours, pictures and a wonderful blog! I sent you an email, would love to participate! ((♥))

  3. I'd be so happy to join this party, Rita ;-D So great you make it this year, too!
    I just happen to own Maryse's sparkling rocks in many colors, so do not send me any!

  4. Hmmm...this might show up twice. I am really looking forward to this hop and have been haunting Maryse's shop but haven't seen anymore of this particular style. And it is soooo gorgeous.

    1. Maryse might create some custom sparkling rocks for you -- they sell out so quickly! She made the sparkling rocks focal for me for this challenge, and I'm so excited to design with it!! I've wanted one for a while. Happy dancing!

  5. Fantastic beads! Looking forward to seeing everyone's designs...


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