Oct 26, 2014

Welcome to the Third Annual Octoberfest Blog Hop

Welcome to my Third Annual
Octoberfest Celebration! 

Autumn is my favorite time of year -- the crisp air, cozy fall decor, Halloween, and time of thanks all come together to create magic! 

For Octoberfest this year, I had purchased a fabulous owl kit and tutorial by my friend, the talented Sherri Stokey of Knot Just Macrame. But BOOM-VOOM! Like a fire or disaster, our home attic fell in and our roof fell apart. We had an emergency move.
 My sweet owl waits for me, but I know it will be a hoot to make. This owl is a photo of the kit I purchased in coral. Although I've never made macrame, I can't wait to learn :) 

OWLS from Knot Just Macrame -- purchase the bead kits & instructions at Etsy

Besides tutorials and kits at Etsy, you can also take classes with Sherri online at CraftArtEDU

Enjoy a FREE macrame course & create gorgeous jewelry from the BEST teacher

So, my post is simple this autumn: 
Let's Trick or Treat for Unicef! :) 

Celebrating the splendor of autumn is a joy, and sharing "trick or treat" prizes for all in our Octoberfest blog hop is always blast for me! I love the magic of Halloween, and the magic of being what we wish, and the wonder of dreams coming true.

This year, I created a Unicef Trick or Treat page! I may make it a tradition each October. It was easy to make a donation page. And so, if you can, please take a moment to check it out and  trick or treat for Unicef online at our Octoberfest fundraiser page:)

Click here to trick or treat for Unicef for Octoberfest! :)

I have it all set up through the Unicef official website, where you can donate a little to make children's wishes come true. Look at all the good we could do! $1 will give a child clean drinking water for 40 days. $10 provides vaccinations for 280 children! Amazing.

 Or, if you like, you can also visit the Unicef page to set up your own fundraising page or download a printable Unicef label for your kids and grandkids to use while they are trick or treating. 

Get printableUnicef  labels for Halloween

Thank you for making the lives of children around the world better, and thank you for joining in Octoberfest! 

Please check back on Halloween for treats and giveaways!

Octoberfest ARTISTS

Toltec Jewels                            Jewel School Friends (hostess)

Dini Bruinsma                           http://www.angazabychanges.blogspot.nl/

Marybeth Rich                          http:/forestofjewels.blogspot.com/

Mary Govaars                           http://www.mlhjewelrydesigns.com/

Mischelle Andrade-Fanucchi     http://micheladasmusings.blogspot.com

Karin Grosset Grange               http://ginkgoetcoquelicot.blogspot.fr

Andrea Zenith Glick                  http://zenithjade.blogspot.com/

Nan Smith                                http://wirednan.blogspot.com

Linda Anderson                        http://CherryOnTopDesign.Co

Becky Pancake                        http://beckypancakebeaddesigns.blogspot.com

Melissa Trudinger                     http://beadrecipes.wordpress.com/

Lennis Carrier                          http://windbent.wordpress.com/

Sue Kennedy                           http://suebeads.blogspot.com/

Kim Dworak                            http://www.cianciblue.blogspot.com/

Jo-Ann Woolverton                  http://itsabeadifulcreation.blogspot.ca

Jennifer Reno                           http://jenrenjewelry.blogspot.com/

Veralynne Malone                    http://veradesigns.blogspot.com 

Lori Schneider                          http://beadaddicted.blogspot.com/

Shaiha Williams                        http://shaihasramblings.blogspot.com/

Alisa Siceloff                            http://armoredmermaid.blogspot.com

Pam Traub                               http://www.klassyjoolz.blogspot.com/

Cryss Thain                              http://beaddragons.blogspot.com/

Maria Lourdes Rios                 http://mlourdes24.blogspot.com

Kathy Lindemer                       http://bay-moon-design.blogspot.com/

Carolyn Lawson                      http://Carolynscreationswa.blogspot.com

Blanca Medina                        http://www.peru-medesigns.com/

Debbie Rasmussen                  www.Kepirasmussen.blogspot.ca

Heather Richter                       http://desertjewelrydesigns.blogspot.com/

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

Carol Dillman                          http://dillmansdallies.blogspot.com/

Chris Eisenberg                       www.wanderware.blogspot.com

Rebecca Sirevaag                    www.godsartistinresidence.blogspot.com

Sam Waghorn                          http://palemooncreation.blogspot.co.uk

Sherri Stokey                           www.KnotJustMacrame.com

Gina Hockett                           www.freestyleelements.blogspot.com

Michelle McCarthy                  http://fireflydesignstudio.blogspot.com

Michelle Buettner                     http://www.MiShelDesigns.blogspot.com

Dana Hickey                            http://magpieapproved.blogspot.com

Claire Fabian                            http://saraccino.blogspot.com 

Cynthia Abner                          http://createdtreasures.blogspot.com

Renetha Stanziano                    http://lamplightcrafts.blogspot.com

Jami Shipp                               http://CelebratingLifewithDaMamaShipp.blogspot.com

Charlie                                     http://505indiechic.blogspot.com

Gloria Allen                             http://www.wingsandbeads.blogspot.com/

Lisa Johnson                             http://spudandmrsbutters.blogspot.com

Marde Lowe                            http://fancimardesigns.blogspot.com

Jill Bradley                                http://chat2jill.blogspot.com

Toni Gifford                              https://plus.google.com/+ToniG28

Shawnda D'Arcy                      https://www.facebook.com/JewelryByShawnda

RaMona Woolson                    http://jerseygirlsbeadwork.blogspot.com

Esterina Jagiella                        http://ekleijar.blogspot.com

Sandra McGriff                        http://skyescreativechaos.blogspot.com

Mary McGraw                         http://mkaymac.blogspot.com

Alenka Obid                            http://pepita-handmade.blogspot.com

Marianne Baxter                      http://simplyseablimejewelry.blogspot.com

Ann Schroeder                        www.beadlove.wordpress.com

Inge von Roos                          http://ingetraud.wordpress.com

Robin Reed                              http://willowdragon.blogspot.com

Suzanne Berk                           https://www.facebook.com/IRescueJewelryDesign

Mowse Doyle                          http://mowsemadethis.blogspot.com

Diana Miglionico Shiraishi         http://jasmineteadesigns.blogspot.com

RanaLea                                  http://ranaleadesigns.blogspot.com

Andrea Rivers                          http://turtlesoupcreative.blogspot.com

Janine Lucas                            http://esfera.me/travel/blog/travel-stories

Tanya McGuire                        http://tanyamcguire.blogspot.com

Anindita Basu                          http://alankarshilpa.blogspot.com

Mitzie Crider                           http://needfulluxuries.blogspot.com

Deb Fortin                               http://studiok24.blogspot.ca

Cynthia Kent Machata             http://antiquitytravelers.blogspot.com

Cheri Reed                              http://creativedesignsbycheri.blogspot.com

Laurel Hanson                         http://stonewingdesigns.com/blogs/stonewingdesignsblog

Ingrid Anderson                      http://lilisgems.wordpress.com/

Karla Morgan                          http://Texaspepperjams.blogspot.com

Lori Anderson                         www.PrettyThings.com

Louise Mccormick-Glazier       http://lilyandjasmine.blogspot.com/

Jasvanti Patel                          http://jewelrybyjasvanti.blogspot.com

Susan Kelly                            http://midlifegreaterexpectations.blogspot.com/

Lee Koopman                        http://stregajewellry.wordpress.com/

Carol Briody                          http://cbriody.blogspot.com/

Kathy Lindemer                    http://bay-moon-design.blogspot.com/

Renetha Stanziano                http://lamplightcrafts.blogspot.com/

Divya N                               http://www.jewelsofsayuri.com/


  1. Dear Rita, Unicef does a great job, worldwide... Of course I will support them now too, doing that already a few times a year! Your owl will fly back to you when it is the right time for it... Thanks for the Hop and everything you do for 'us' and wishing ♥you all the luck in the world in your new Home with your family.

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  3. Hi Rita, I am sorry to hear of your roof disaster. I hope all goes well with the repair and you can get back to normal life soon. The owl is really cute. Thanx for hosting this fun hop.

  4. What a great hop, Rita! You put so much positive light into the world. Best wishes in your new home!

  5. You have quite a list of people hopping today! and love that owl kit! so much fun. I really need to give that micro macrame a try - love how it looks. Thank you for hosting!

  6. Hi Rita, thank you so much for hosting the October fest. Especially at a time which I can imagine must be very stressful for you and your family. I hope the new home is wonderful and that you have settled in.

  7. Thank you so much for hosting. I hope we were able to give you a little respite from the move, related expenses and getting set back up. I know what work that can be. I normally try to donate to the local food bank this time of year, as well as to the teddy bear drive, I'll get your page put on my list. Don't forget to sit down and take time for your owl. Thank you again Rita!

  8. Thank you so much for hosting this with everything that you have going on right now. And what a great cause to support.

  9. Thank you for such a fun Blog Hop again! Hope you are getting settled into your new home. Happy Fall/Halloween!

  10. Wow! What a chain of events! I'm glad you are safe!
    I've always been fascinated by macrame and your kit looks "owelsome"... ;) probably too much a stretch for a pun? I can't resist. Thanks for hosting such a fun Hop. Since the weather is being autumn typical today- it's perfect timing- I'm looking forward to hopping!

  11. Hi Honey, I can't wait to see what you do with your owl. After all you've been through I find it amazing that you even had the time /energy to write this post. I always give to UNICEF and will add to your fund raiser this year. thanks again for this fab blog hop!

  12. Thank you Rita for this wonderful hop, I hope you will soon find time to make that lovely owl in your new home.

  13. Can't wait to see your finished owl, he is adorable. Hopefully you are settled in your new home and all is well. Thanks for hosting this great hop! You,re amazing.

  14. Hi Rita, thank you for hosting this wonderful hop. The kit looks great and i look forward to seeing the finished Owl.
    Hope all goes well with the new Home too.xx

  15. That's a cute owl project. All the best in your new home.

  16. Wow - your owl is looking awesome! Your knots are very even & straight & spacing is perfect. You really are multi-talented! Thanks for hosting another fun hop!!

  17. Thank you so much for this hop and making it easy to donate to Unicef! I wish you wonderful things in your new home and look forward to seeing your finished owl. My hopping has been delayed, but I look forward to seeing what everyone made in the days ahead!

  18. Rita, the owl project is perfect for you. What speaks more volumes of your character and heart is your trick or treat for UNICEF. Yes we will help. We do it too :) You sure now how to bring in the harvest of blessings amidst the chaos. Blessings to you dear one. <3

  19. I hope things are settling down for all of you in your new home. My family participates in Trick or Treat for Unicef every year. It is a great charity! Do something special to treat yourself this year too!

  20. Linda got her post up -

    http://fromthebeadboard.blogspot.com/2014/10/octoberfest-post.html - slacking again - I'm sorry *hanging head in shame*

  21. Rita, I admire your tenacity, bravely carrying on after your "natural disaster" and all the repercussions. This is a wonderful blog hop and so much fun to put together. I am sure to join you next year.
    I do love that little owl kit. I have not done much macramé since my "hippie days" but I am sorely tempted by that kit. Thanks for sharing that.
    And UNICEF: I didn't realize they still did that. Thanks for sharing that also.


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