Hello and welcome to my blog! My name is Karen Snyder and I've been a crafter for about as long as I can remember. I am a stay-at-home-Mama of two beautiful children with a husband who makes my dreams possible.

This blog is about all sorts of crafting. I am a paper-crafter from early days, a jewelry-maker with an unending obsession for chain maille. I make chain maille purses, many of which will be chronicled in this blog as their future owners await their completion. I love metalsmithing. I am an indifferent beader and don't get me anywhere near seed beads... they scatter, screaming to get away from me. I love to try new things, have a short attention span so if its a long-term project... I'm probably not doing it LOL.

If you have questions, ask. If you have tips, share. Same with suggestions - share! I want this to be a great forum for people to brainstorm and problem-solve with a good attitude. Crabby Apples need not respond, this is a feel-good kind of blog :)

Thursday, September 16, 2010

900 Facebook Fans!

900 Fans!  Who would have ever thought that I'd be back here so quickly to announce the drawing for 900 Fans?  I am so proud and thrilled to be giving away another prize - two in one week! 

This prize is a pendant and a new skill that I've been working on diligently - wire coiling and wrapping.  This free form chunk of green aventurine has been in my bead stash for a very long time.  After seeing a tutorial from my friend Amanda at Pallina Designs, I decided to give the technique a shot.  I used bright copper wire in 3 different gauges to wrap the pendant, then used more to wrap nine, 4mm tourmaline beads onto the piece to commemorate the achievment of 900 fans.  The piece includes a copper chain and pendant bracket.  All of the copper has been sealed with Renaissance wax to keep it bright and shiny!

To win, simply leave a comment with this post and include your name and email address.  Winner will be announced Sunday night, September 19 at 8 PM CST.  Thank you to everyone who has participated, shared my page and invited their friends to my page.  It is all of you who make it possible for me to do what I love :)


  1. Oh I REALLY want to win this piece! Gorgeous and just my colors. Congrats on reaching 900!
    (Meredith Tilley--tilleyjewels(at)gmail(dot)com

  2. you just continue to blow me away Karen! this is just beautiful!

    congratulations on the 900, 1000 isnt too far away sweets!

    Carla - dascar@xtra.co.nz

  3. Thank you so much Meredith! I love these colors too and I'm just so tickled with my new skill LOL! You are entered :)

  4. Wow Awesome!!!

    Cushla Bidgood

  5. Thank you Carla :) You have done so much to help me reach this point and it's been such an exciting, rewarding journey for me! You are entered :)

  6. Thank you so much Cushla! You are entered :)

  7. Oooh yes please I would love a chance to win this beautiful pendant :)

    Bobbie Pene

  8. Hey congrats on 900 and soon its going be a 1000 :)
    Princess Mia

  9. Congratulations on reaching 900 fans, a great benchmark! :)
    I would be honored to win and wear such a beautiful piece!
    Don't give up on seed beads, they are fun with a bead spinner!
    Best wishes to all contestants, this is my first time ever doing anything like this
    & I hope I did it all right!
    Look forward to seeing more wire wrapping as it is new to me! =)
    I am like you with a great passion for many crafts and sometimes have many
    Projects going at the same time!
    Best of luck to all contestants!
    Melissa @ jewelsbymel@aol.com
    If I am the Lucky winner please message me on facebook as I rarely have time to get to my email!
    Thank you! :)

  10. Bobbie, Mia and Melissa, you are all entered! Thank you all for being a part of helping me reach this wonderful milestone!

  11. I love the way the green gem and the cooper match
    Greg Hinze

  12. Thank you for the wonderful compliment Greg, you are entered!

  13. Karen, each time I look at a new piece of yours and think you couldn't make anything more beautiful, you find a way of blowing me away again! Wonderful work and congrats on 900~! Maria Sylentskye@gmail.com

  14. What a beautiful pendant Karen! Very nice work!

  15. Love the GREEN!! WTG!! flowerskissing@aol.com

  16. Absolutely gorgeous! You have beautiful work! Congratulations on reaching 900 FB fans, 1000 isn't far off! :)


  17. Thank you Maria, Kim, Amanda and Crafty! You are all entered to win :)

  18. Thank you so much Elaine - you are entered :)

  19. This is a beautiful piece. You are a natural talent!!

    Congrats on 900 Fans (I know I'm one of them)


  20. Congrats on the milestone, not long till 1000 now!

    Atoxim at gmail dot com

  21. How nice that you made that for me! I love big, pink, and green. The wire wrapping is also divine. Can't wait until I win. ;)
    ~Suzanne with FortunesFavorites.com

  22. What can I say that everyone else hasn't......
    Your work is awesome!!

    victoria@victoriadanvers.com (Pantyhose Art)

  23. Gorgeous pendant and a great milestone! Congrats!!

  24. Penny, Claire, Suzanne, Victoria and Lili - thank you all for the wonderful comments and compliments! You are each entered to win :)

  25. 900 likers WOW! You will be hitting the big 1000, in no time!

    Love your designs/work. Just like Pallina Designs, your creations also appeal to my 'magpie' eyes lol.



  26. Karen, another beautiful creation and a Big Congradulations on "900" you have come along way scence I became a fan of yours...Keep it up girl !! Hugs,


  27. Gosh, that's beautiful! You veered a little away from the pink by adding the green!! Congrats on the 900! I just barely hit 500! Good job!!

  28. Me me!!!! Pleaseeee!
    Ashlie Maxwell Jamphotography2004@gmail.com

  29. Wow congratulations!!! Good luck to all who enter! :)


  30. Awesome!!! 900 Fans...Many blessing and good wishes your next 900 appear as quickly...Love the pendant...Amazing creativity!!! Laura


  31. Congrats on 900! The pendant is fabulous :)

  32. Cori, Ashlie, Junie, Laura and Averilpam - thank you so much for the congrats and the wonderful compliments. You are each entered!

  33. Thank you Karley and Dora -- you are both entered as well :)

  34. This entry is for Elissa Meyers Weeks - elmweeks@aol.com. She was having fits trying to get a comment to post so I'm entering this one for her :)

  35. Congrats on reaching that milestone! As my son would say; "Thats a big one!" hope you are well and busy creating those lovely things that you do! Xo

  36. Congratulations on 900 fans. Amazing effort. Loving your piece!

  37. Thank you so much Tracey and Michelle! You are both entered :)

  38. Wow Gorgeous. Congrats on all your fans.

  39. fh9247@comcast says this is beautiful and Congrats on #900 to a very creative and deserving person. How beautiful all of your pieces are. Each one a master piece. From Faith in Sunny Florida. Congrats to whom ever wins.