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I just realized my last couple posts have been about the Artists for Animals Auction, and this one will be (partially) as well. I’ll get back to posting about other things soon. But I can’t pass up the opportunity to advertise the event to raise money for the animals. My auctions will go to supporting Madison Cat Project.

Also, this coming week will be difficult for many people in the U.S. (and elsewhere), so that auction, plus The Great Bead Extravaganza are two things that can be a positive and fun alternative to over-indulging in stressful news. It’s important to be informed, but it is also important to have balance as much as possible and care for yourself.

Header for The Great Bead Extravaganza shows various beads in the background with the event name, dates of November 6 - 8, 2020, live on Facebook. It also says, "Expect live demonstrations from your favorite jewelry-making artists, giveaways, spectacular offers and more!"

The Great Bead Extravaganza is a free event on Facebook featuring projects, giveaways, demonstrations and more special content over two days by multiple artists and bead shops. You have to join the group to see the presentations (most or all of which will be recorded and available after the live presentations) but you can see what it is all about in this preview video! I was already totally sold on the idea, and the preview video got me even more excited as there are several projects I want to do. So that will be a lovely weekend to look forward to. I only wish I could take that Friday off work!

Meanwhile, the Artists for Animals Auction start tomorrow! I’ve shown quite a few of the pieces I have for it already, but I’ll just highlight a couple.

I had quite a bit of fun making a bracelet stack for myself from a tutorial by Fanciful Devices, so I decided to make a little stack for the auction.

Stack of three beaded bangle bracelets with various beads, one primarily white, one primarily black and one featuring metallics and sparkle, tied together with a lace ribbon.

I made one of my classic knotted bead necklaces with vintage glass and an Artisticaos ceramic beetle pendant.

Necklace with stylized ceramic beetle pendant and tortoise brown and solid black beads knotted on linen.

One more picture of a favorite pair of earrings for the auction: distressed red tin with tinwork and ceramic headpins by Crows Cache Supplies.

Earrings with distressed round red tin and textured tin and red and white ceramic dangle headpins with silver ear wires.

I hope you can tune in to both events and have a bit of fun over the next week. Enjoy!