Monday, January 31, 2011

One World One Heart 2011

One World One Heart! A post to participate in one of the biggest blog hops around! This post will tell you a little bit about me, and at the end there is a giveaway!

Hello and welcome to my blog! My name is Amy and I live in a town outside of Annapolis, Maryland which is also situated somewhat between Washington D.C. and Baltimore. I am a mom to a 9 year old boy. My husband and I were married 2 years ago, after meeting on eHarmony a few years before (yes - it really works!). With my marriage, I also gained two stepdaughters (18 and 21). My blog is primarily about my passion, which is bead work but I've found over the last year that many other subjects of my life find a way of slipping in!! I've been beading for over 16 years. I really do love all beads, but seed beads and beadweaving are definitely my favorite.

I aim someday to make my beaded jewelry business my career, but for now, any sales I make sustain the hobby. I also participate in lots of competitions and challenges. I've also been experimenting with resin in the last few months and am looking forward to exploring this craft further and continuing to incorporate it into my beadwork.

I am also a huge lover of other crafts. I own the entire Martha Stewart glitter collection and feel that glitter is a fine addition to many things. I love working with pretty papers and wood, together or separately. Last year I took a class in magazine paper collage. This has been one of my favorite mediums (other than beads) :

Since I am still fine-tuning a way to make a living with my craft, I work full time doing freelance work for festivals, special events and weddings. Most of my work in this field is event planning and management, social media management and consulting, and various other project management. I also am a part-time dog walker! :)
(these dogs should be arrested for being criminally cute!)

I love to hike, camp, kayak and just be outside and close to nature. My son's cub scout camping outings have turned out to rank high in my list of favorite past times.

I have a thing for birds (which was evident when I reviewed my honeymoon pictures and it looked something like this)

(there was over 70% more pics of birds than anything else!)

As part of the hopping around for One World One Heart, I am offering this necklace as a giveaway. I made it last week for a color challenge.

All you have to do is leave a comment, and on February 17th I will draw a winner!

Thanks for stopping by my blog and for hopping around to all the other One World One Heart participants!


  1. This is a great look into you! Thanks for sharing this. I am on a bead diet too buttt....

  2. Nice to know more about you! I love birds, too, so enjoyed these photos.

  3. You picked an awesome piece for a giveaway--I enjoyed looking at all of your pictures Amy
    Lori (outoftheflames)

  4. Someone, somewhere is going to be very happy with your beautiful give-away... I can only dream it's me! :)

    This OWOH trip around the (blog)world is great, thanks!

    Sweet greetings from Belgium,
    Saskia :)

  5. It is beautiful! Love the colors! Please enter me in your give away! I am also participating in OWOH :)

  6. i'd love to win your beautiful necklace! visit me at #49...lori diane

  7. Thanks for the drawing. This necklace is lovely. Please feel free to enter my drawing, as well. avennett AT verizon DOT net

  8. ¨¨¨¨°º©©º°¨¨¨¨¨¨°º©©º°¨¨¨¨¨¨°º©©º°¨¨¨¨¨°º©©º°¨
    How lovely! I would love to win it!
    Please come to my Blog to win a real crystal ball!
    Be well & wish well,

  9. your jewelry is so sweet, and I do know how much work it is to do this. I like the natural look of your give away.

    It has been an amazing visit to your blog, thank you so much for giving us this peek into your world we are now blessed.

    Heidi #259

  10. Thank you for taking the time to offer this lovely gift and thank you for the opportunity to win!

  11. What pretty gifts! I enjoyed visiting your blog, and I hope you will visit mine, too (#307).

  12. Wonderful necklace. I'm giving one away also. Please enter my OWOH at

  13. Cute dogs, lots of glitter, you are my kind of girl! Hailing you from sunny Arizona. I've enjoyed visiting your blog and learning about you and your art. I hope you’ll visit my blog and signup to win my prizes. Laura

  14. Oh that necklace is beautiful!

    It was fun meeting you and your family!


  15. Greetings!...So pleased to visit your lovely blog. I am a Canadian Mixed Media and Digital Artist and look forward to meeting a new friend. I hope you will visit my blog as well. or #230 on the OWOH list.

    Thank you for including me in your wonderful gift draw.

    Hugs, Gayle
    my blog:

  16. Thank you for being apart of the OWOH journey!

  17. Ooh, nice necklace! G'Day from Brisbane! Poppin' in from OWOH.

    homemakerhoney@ gmail .com

    My OWOH giveaway:

  18. What a terrific prize you are giving away! Please enter me in your draw. I really enjoyed looking around your blog!
    connie from kauai, hawaii

  19. Hello,
    I'm hopping around the world tanks to OWOH !!!
    Love your prize, and I would looooove to win.
    Thanks for the chance.
    Lots of greetings from Belgium.

  20. Great giveaway! Please count me in!

  21. Your jewelry is just lovely! I, too, make jewelry and beadweaving is my favorite thing to do. Please check out my giveaway to see the beadwoven necklace I am offering as my prize. Glad I stopped by.

    Jeanie Callaghan
    I am #249 on the OWOH list.

  22. What a great giveaway!
    Please include me in the drawing.
    Thank you.

  23. I love the gorgeous giveaway gift!! You are very talented.(and the dogs are very cute!!!)
    I am interested in card making and decorating boxes - but sadly found out about OWOH too late to participate.

    I have two blogs - come & see me sometime

  24. nice to meet you! We sound a lot alike - esp with the bird fascination... :)
    love the jewelry, now following you...

    visit me at #336 - shimmer and tulle

  25. Hope you have oodles of fun during OWOH. I've enjoyed it so much over the years. What a great post and photos. Thanks for your generosity and participation in the event. Count me in please.
    visionquest2020 AT msn DOT com

  26. I love that color!
    Stop by and enter my OWOH! I'm #50!

  27. Hello from Germany. It’s nice to meet you. Your door prize is great. Thanks for entering me in your contest. Please visit my Blog too. I’m #116 on the flying wings

  28. Hi there, so nice to meet you!
    Your giveaway is wonderful and gorgeous, would love to be in with a chance to win!

    Greetings from bonny Scotland.

    PS. If you have a minute please come and visit mine too:o)

  29. So many creative blogs! WoW! Count me in your OWOH Door Prize Please! Thanks,Tee

  30. Happy OWOH! Nice to meet you :)

  31. Yea! So glad to be here. You have an awesome blog! Come check mine out sometime. Thanks for entering me!

  32. Great giveaways! Glad to have found your blog. Please enter me in your drawing, and if you'd like check out my world at #521!

  33. Greetings from Fresno, California :-)
    Please enter me in your drawing for your lovely give-away gift.
    ~Cheryl over @ Artsy Fartsy

  34. I can't help but think that that would go perfectly with my eyes!

    Please stop by my blog and enter my OWOH giveaway also! I'm #590.

    hoerauf at comcast dot net


  35. lovely necklace, love the color. I love birds too, I have 5 here at home with me, please visit my blog to see my giveaway

  36. Hi! Your beadweaving is lovely. I was drawn over to your etsy site to have a little look around. I love the green and pink piece in your header, too. Wow. But the giveaway necklace is just my color (and length, too!) Thanks for the chance to win! I am keeping my fingers crossed!

  37. Hi Amy, love your blog and your bead weaving is fantastic. I have done a bit of beadweaving, but would love to learn more about it. Please also visit my OWOH blog #639. Enjoy the journey. Joyce

  38. What lovely beadweavings. Please add my name to your draw. Your side bar flowers are so realistic I feel as though I could pick them! I'm at number 92.

  39. You do beautiful work, and I would love to win that necklace!
    Please visit my Irish Giveaway at:

  40. Gorgeous pop over to visit me at
    email :
    French greetings.

  41. What a great give away You have !

    Thanks for participating in
    One World One Heart

    check out my blog

  42. Oh Amy I love your work. We also enjoy the outdoor and all it has to offer. Please visit dreamchallenge if you have time. Knitting is my love. Blessings. Jan.

  43. So beautiful giveaway, hope I get it!
    Nice to meet you,
    greetings from Finland;-))m
    *451* OWOH

    leikkaan AT

  44. Hallo , nice to meet you.
    Thank you for giving us the chance to win your great doorprice.
    This is really beautiful.
    I would love to win that.
    Please count me in.
    Come visit me on my blog,I join the OWOH- event too.
    Regards from Germany and happy OWOH

  45. Hi Amy, so lovely to meet you! Please add my name for your giveaway, I would so love to win your gorgeous necklace:-)

    Make sure you come by and enter my own giveaway if you haven’t done so already!!

    Hugs, PEA from Canada xox

  46. beautiful.....
    I'm OWOH #502 on the list..

  47. Ciao! I am so happy to meet you today on the wings of OWOH! Thanks for a chance to win your wonderful giveaway - your necklace is beautiful!!
    Hugs, ♥ ♥ ♥ Antonella ♥ ♥ ♥
    wing stop #153, snowy New Jersey
    Please stop by #153 for a chance to win my giveaway!

  48. So very nice to meet you... I am having so much fun reading all the wonderful blogs..

    Please enter my name in your lovely drawing
    Bonnie in Florida
    Blogs Southern Style #566 and Nanbon's Corner #567 USA

  49. The necklace is gorgeous...just what I LOVE to wear! Enjoyed seeing your bird photos, too! I take a few here in Florida! Thank you! ♥ Visit me soon! I'm # 389 ! ♥

  50. Prettiest necklace I've seen yet!
    goodasgoldie at yahoo dot com

  51. What a beautiful necklace. I would love to win.

  52. gorgeous please throw my name in! love the color you chose!

  53. Oh please enter me in your OWOH Giveaway! If I am the winner, you can contact me at Take a moment to visit my blog and enter my OWOH Giveaway at


  54. Greetings from Louisville, KY - USA
    Nice to meet you and visit your blog.
    Winning your give away would be awesome!
    Thanks for including me in your drawing..Come visit me, I am playing too.

  55. Your post was really fun, Amy! I liked getting to know you. The necklace is really pretty! I hope you have a chance to stop by my blog & enter my giveaway, too! #331

  56. Oh what a great blog and an awesome giveaway! Please enter me in your drawing.

    I am also joining in the fun. Be sure to stop by and say hi. I am number 650.


  57. I love your bead weaving. I sure am curious how one learns to do it! I've visited your etsy shop too :-)

    Thanks for the gift you're offering for OWOH. Nice to meet you!

    thecreatorspalette at gmail dot com
    #14 "Melanie's Journey

  58. Hi Amy! Your jewelry is great!! I am familiar to your area, my sister lives near there too
    cathyguitarteacer-77 at

  59. Great photos, I Love birds too, and such a beautiful necklace, Please enter me and stop on by my giveaway #65 on the list

  60. Lovely necklace. I'm happy to meet you. I'm from Singapore.

  61. Wonderful necklace Amy! Nice to "Meet" you!
    Caryl OWOH #270

  62. It was nice to get to know you! Love the area you are from. The necklace for your giveaway is so classy and pretty.
    Please enter me in your draw and come on over to my blog #348 and toss your name in the hat if you wish. Thanks!

  63. Your giveaway is so beautiful!!! I would love to win something so special! your bead work is really AMAZING!
    Thanks for the chance to win :D

    Come to enter my giveaway if you have time!

    Hugs !!

  64. I am totally impressed with your work. Love what you have chosen for us, too. I'm number 11 and hope you drop by.

  65. Love the earthy green of the necklace
    binafan at hotmail dot com

  66. Hi Amy it is good to see you again. Your blog looks fantastic as does your beadwork.
    Please count me in on your prize.

  67. so pretty and creative. so nice to meet you through this event. please stop by for a visit on my blog too if you'd like.

  68. Flying in from One World One Heart! :)

    Those dogs are criminally cute! lol Your beadwork is fantastic and resin is fun to play with, isn't it? :D Great to meet you!

    If you haven't already, you're welcome to visit my OWOH post anytime!

    Happy Blog Discovery!

  69. Hi Amy,

    Now that's what I call a lovely introduction! It has been really great to swap howdies with you.

    Thanks for the chance to win such a wonderful necklace -- and, hey, it's green (one of my favorite colors)!

    Greetings from Germany,
    # 66

  70. Such a pretty piece. Would like to be entered to win it. Thanks for the chance.

  71. Oh you have such a wonderful blog and great give away! I shall have to keep my fingers crossed! Visit me too #220 needlewings at

  72. lovely necklace and beads! come visit me if you have time!

  73. Gorgeous work, I haven't the patience :( but am blown away you do WOW!!! By the way I'm pleased to meet you (I'm Shelle from Sunshine Coast Australia) If you have time I'd love you to come on over check out my giveaways & comment at my OWOH post too :) oh & please feel free to drop in now and then after OWOH if you're in the bloggersphere :)

  74. Curious how you got started bead-weaving? I bought a seed-bead loom at a garage sale, and it has been sitting on a shelf whispering my name for a year or so...I might have to give in soon and get to know it! :o)

    Love the necklace!

    Carolyn Kight from Michigan, USA


    Another email: (I like this one the best.)

  75. Beautiful work! So nice to see you and your blog on my journey around OWOH 2011. Enjoy the rest of OWOH. Kim (No. 724)

  76. Hi Amy, your necklace is beautiful!
    I hope you'll stop by and see my giveaways too on my blog.

    Sherry from England, UK

  77. Hello from Canada, what a pretty blog you have. I love seeing the vast arrays of your talents-you have the ENTIRE COLLECTION of glitter? Hah! Can I come and play? tee hee

    I hope you can stop by and say Hi-

  78. Great give away! Please include my name.
    Warm regards,
    Sonja (#785)

  79. your blog is beautiful .please visit mine #425
    my giveaway is a ooak polymer bunting baby

  80. Hello from Navada! I love your giveaway! Please count me in! Thank you!!

    ¸.•´¸.•*´¨) ¸.•*´¨)
    (¸.•´ (¸.•´Keisha

  81. Greetings from the Philippines, Amy! That is so amusing, that you had so many pictures of birds during your honeymoon! Unusual colors in those beads! Do come by and see if you'd like to win my prize if you haven't already! Patsy.paterno (at) from

  82. You are a wonderful jewelry artist. I absolutely love your pieces.
    Please include me in your giveaway.
    Come visit me at

    Thanks Teri

  83. Hello from wonderful wild Wyoming. I certainly enjoyed visiting your blog and learning a little about you. Love your giveaway...the necklace is just lovely. Please enter me.
    (stampgram AT yahoo DOT com )
    If you have a moment stop by and enter my giveaways too.
    # 385
    # 132

  84. Isn’t this fun? I just love OWOH! Thank you for participating… please count me in for your terrific giveaway. If you get a chance, I hope you’ll visit me too (if you haven’t already).

    Beckie =)
    artbeckons at hotmail dot com
    San Diego, California, USA

    OWOH #119
    OWOH #132

  85. Love the necklace! I have a thing for ceramic beads;~) To be honest I think I have a thing for BEADS period.

  86. I would be honored to win!

    isastephanie at yahoo dot com

    I invite you to stop by my blog and enter my giveaway:


  87. It is so wonderful to meet you and visit your little part of Blogland. I absolutely adore your giveaway and would love the opportunity to be a part of it. Happy OWOH. Please do drop in during your journey.
    Wishes and Whimsy
    Wendy from Wonderland

  88. Well, hello there from snowy Arkansas! Please enter me in your fantastic giveaway and if you haven't already, be sure to stop by my blog and enter my giveaway, too. #215 on the list.

    Warmest regards,

    Wanda Eash
    Two Crafty Mules

  89. Thank you for for offering this beautiful gift and thank you for the chance to win. Your hard work really shows!

  90. Wow what a lovely giveaway! Please add me to the list !Thank you for the opportunity to win!

  91. Amy, you certainly DO bead!! Happy OWOH to you!

    If you get the chance, stop by and say hi--I'm OWOHing, too!

    trishatoo at hotmail dot com

  92. what a lovely giveaway

    chocolate and croissants at yahoo .com

    Please stop by California.

  93. hello from Thailand! It's nice to get to know you, AMy. You're very talented!

    Count me in your giveaway!

    Here's my OWOH post..please click here.. :)

    laetriciajaniel (at) gmail (dot) com

  94. Greetings from Massachusetts! Love your blog! Awesome prize! Thanks for the chance to win.

    I hope you will come and visit my OWOH post and check out my blog!

    illtemperedink AT msn DOT com

  95. I love beads! Stop by my blog when you can!
    :-) Gina #299

  96. I would love to be entered in your wonderful drawing, If you get a chance I am #809 on the OWOH tour.

  97. Thanks for such a thorough introduction! So pleased to make your acquaintance via OWOH :-)

  98. Your necklace is beautiful, love the color! Thanks for the chance!

  99. Wow! Gorgeous! Please count me in!
    Please come by my blog (#462) to check out my giveaways! Thank you!

  100. Fabulous Giveaway - please include me and do come and visit my blog and enter mine too –if you haven’t already – I am #139 - I will be back for a more leisurely look around your blog after the event :-) – Cheers Britt in Australia

  101. I hope you are having as much fun with One World One Heart as I am this year!
    Thanks for the opportunity to come and visit your blog
    If you get a chance stop by my blog and check out my giveaway
    I am number #25
    trinaxxl (at) yahoo (dot) com

  102. What a beautiful necklace. Thank you for sharing with all of us.

    Jules #511
    onebookshy at yahoo dot com

  103. I love the beautiful beads you have used for your giveaway necklace.
    What a talented bead artist you are- You create such intricate designs.
    Enjoy the festival- there are some wonderful blogs to visit. It is so inspiring to read other people's stories and ideas.
    Warmest regards from Western Canada,

  104. Hello, greetings from Malaysia. Happy OWOH to you.
    I'm also participating in OWOH 2011 and here is my link.
    Please come visit me too!

    whimsyloft [at] gmail [dot] com

  105. Hello from Iowa, it's nice to meet you. I enjoyed stopping by your blog and would love to be entered in your giveaway.

    ~Donna #792

  106. OK I green with envy I love your work I so wish I could do beading I'm all thumbs with beads. Thanks for letting me drop by.

  107. Count me in on the lovely giveaway.If I should be the lucky winner just email me through my blog.Warm Blessings!~Amy

  108. great post with some lovely projects you've made. thanks so much for the chance to win your lovely jewelry. i hope you can drop by my blog at (#544) and join my OWOH giveaway. blessings!

  109. Great Giveaway~Hello from Ontario Canada. Please count me in for your giveaway.

    Please visit my OWOH giveaway:

  110. Would love to win one of your lovely giveaways. Please put my name in the hat for a chance of winning.

  111. Your necklace is beautiful! I enjoyed seeing all of your pictures, too.
    I hope you will stop by my OWOH giveaway. I am #419.

  112. You have an awesome blog and giveaway- I am having so much fun checking out OWOH participant's blogs. Thanks for the opportunity to win

  113. an awesome piece from an amazing artist! please enter me in the drawing and stop by my blog and enter mine!

    thank you for the opportunity to get to know your work better and for the chance to own a little piece of your world through OWOH!

    joe in montana

  114. You look like you have a very full and active life. :) I love this beautiful necklace! Just my colors too. Thank you for including me in this fabulous giveaway! :)


  115. I'd love a chance to enter your wonderful giveaway!
    Thanks so much :)
    kimberlybreid at hotmail dot com

  116. I love your craft! Please count me in! #269

  117. From the Florida Gulf Coast
    I am entering for my daughter Melanie, she had wanted to participate in this year's event, but a fire changed her plans... I thought I would surprise her and do this for her..
    Visit the site I set up for her on my blog #579.. and enter her name in the contest, thank You


  118. Greetings from a fellow glitter fan in cold and snowy Ohio. Your giveaway necklace is fabulous....LOVE the beads. Thanks for the chance to win.

  119. Hey Amy, It's lovely to meet you. I've enjoyed visiting your blog. There's nothing quite like being outside. Lovely necklace. Please count me in. ~Michelle, OWOH #598

  120. Hi Amy, very nice beading work! Please count me in.

    Greetings from the Netherlands, Miriam #781

  121. This necklace is gorgeous! I'd love to win it :-) Please enter my name into your draw! And pop over to my blog and enter mine, too, if you haven't done so already!

    Greetings from Germany,
    Dagmar #88

  122. Hi Amy. Greetings from Virginia! I read that you had met your husband through eHarmony. How neat! I met my husband through the Yahoo personals 11 years ago... we have been married for 8 years now :) Sometimes these things really do work!
    I absolutely LOVE your jewelry. It is all so very beautiful. I have never tried my hand at beadweaving... I think I would get too confused, LOL.

    I would love for you to hop on over to my blog for a visit. I am #78 on the OWOH participant list.

  123. Hi, it's wonderful to meet you through this lovely event. I'd love for my name to be entered into your giveaway. Thank you in advance and have a wonderful day. :-) I'm off now to look at more of your blog!


  124. What lovely work you've done! I am thrilled to enter.
    Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge
    OWOH giveaway

  125. Hi Amy, I would love to win your beautifully handcrafted beaded necklace. How sweet! Please visit my blog, too. I am the author of "16 x MOM: A Mastery of Motherhood." I am giving away my book and a couple of laminated 4 leaf clovers.

  126. What a lovely necklace...please count me in on your giveaway! Great to meet you here through OWOH...Hope you get a chance to stop by my blog, too :-)


  127. A warm hello from Massachusetts. Amy, I am laughing about your honeymoon photos. I love birds too. One of my cousins met her husband on e-harmony. They have a wonderful marriage and he's the greatest guy. Congratulations to both of you. Your seed bead work is amazing. Blessings in the journey, Rebecca #393

  128. Hi Amy, nice to meet you! I love your bird pics, and I'm pretty sure I would not get so close to that big one on the beach! Your beadwork is beautiful.
    Stop by my blog if you get a chance :-))

  129. The beads in this necklace are gorgeous, I love that soft green. It is a lovely elegant piece of jewellery, quite timeless. Thank you for the chance of winning it. Liz (831)

  130. Hi Amy,
    greetings from Australia. Great to meet you and visit your blog. I would love to be the lucky winner of your lovely necklace. Please come by #9 and say hello.

  131. Hi Amy!
    I love the 'samples of...' photos - those puppies are so cute! And the bird photos in your honeymoon pictures... my trips tend to be like that, except I take random photos of flowers (or food) rather than what I'm actually experiencing! :)
    The necklace is really pretty - if my name were to be picked, I'd give it to my mum. She can pull off greens and natural colours like that a lot better than I can!
    Can you please enter me in the drawing for your great giveaway? Thank you so much!!
    You're more than welcome to visit my blog, where I'm also having a OWOH giveaway! I'm number 591...

    --Liv from Australia--

    gloomy_liv AT yahoo DOT com DOT au

  132. Hi Amy! I'm a birdwatcher from the Philippines! Lovely to meet you!

    Hope you can join in my goodie giveaways as well! :)


    calejbitsvyk at gmail dot com
    calej d'art

  133. ... amy.. this is ** bead-a-riffic** you are so talented.. awesome.. thanks for the opportunity at your give-a-way.. mitz_zee@yahoodotcom

  134. Thanks for the great giveaway. Best wishes...

    annabell_lee_dk (at)

  135. Love the pictures..I have a thing for birds too and own two of them....Love the necklace, my kinda colors...

  136. Lovely necklace!!!
    cal_rubies at yahoo dot es
    Greetings from Spain!!!

  137. Greetings from southern California. Love your amazing giveaway. Please add me to your hat. I'm flying in during the final hours of OWOH. Thank you and cheers!

  138. Amazing beadwork and great photos. Enjoyed your blog.

  139. Lovely art, Loving this OWOH and meeting everyone. Come by for a visit Leslie

  140. Hi Amy, I am a new follower, and have FAVed your etsy shoppe! I'm Susan from the NJ shore :)
    Lovely to meet you. I love your work, and the giveaway is lovely, please include me and please come visit #209
    Thanks, Susan
    (Pieces of Fate)


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