Thursday, October 20, 2011

Allow me to introduce the lovely Cindy Wimmer!

We're with the talented Cindy Wimmer at Stop #13 on the Virtual Book Tour for "Torch-Fired Enamel Jewelry: a Workshop in Painting with Fire." But before I introduce Cindy, I want to announce that

has won the enamel bead giveaway by Lisa Crone at  

 I met Cindy in March 2010 at a Painting with Fire Workshop that she and Jeanette Ryan hosted in Reston, VA.  What I lacked in experience as a teacher, I made up with enthusiasm.  It was only the second time I had taught the workshop, but I don't think anyone knew it. Well, lets put it like this, I didn't advertise it. :-)    We had 15 people ... quite a crowd.  Everything was so well thought out and planned.  Cindy baked goodies.  We dined on yummy sandwiches by lakeside.  It was unseasonably warm for March 5, with temperatures in the 70's.

I was on top of the world!  Jeanette and Cindy had primed the audience, so to speak.  I met so many enthusiastic and talented students that day.  I was then and still am so grateful to have had that experience.  It really helped to cement me as a teacher ... at least in my mind!  Here we are, a year and a half later and I find I'll be teaching four workshops at Bead and Button this year ... but we'll talk more about that later.  

So, what does a talent like Cindy do with a couple of beads ... look for yourself! These would look great with the shirt I'm wearing right now!  But some lucky reader will be winning these and the decal pendant. 

Cindy's rendition of "Cattywampus" earrings

I'm going to leave Cindy's creation as a surprise for you ... so you'll have to visit her blog.  But we all know what to expect of Cindy ... nothing but the most gorgeous, detailed, and feminine work possible!  Wearable shabby chic that shows off Cindy's way with wire! 

Remember, you're at the Virtual Book Tour for this book!

So you don't miss out on any of the blog posts, here is the list of hosts for you to follow:

October 6, Mary Jane Dodd,
October 7, Gaea Cannaday,
October 8, Linda Larsen,
October 10, Andrew Thornton,
October 11, Lori Plyler,
October 12, Diane Cook,
October 13, Lori Anderson,
October 14, LeAnn Weih,
October 15, Jen Judd Velasquez,
October 17, Melissa Meman,
October 18, Lisa Crone,
October 19, Shannon LeVart,
October 20, Cindy Wimmer,
October 21, Laura Twiford,
October 22, Erin Prais-Hintz,
October 24, Jennifer Cameron,
October 25, Sharilyn Miller,

To thank you for following along, we will have a BONUS PRIZE at the end of the book tour! All of the entries will be included in the drawing for a kit containing all the elements of "Floral Cascade," one of the projects in the book. You'll receive everything you need to make the necklace, including the chain, jump rings, clasp, enamel beads, and head pins!

But that's not all! Really? Seriously? Seriously.

For a chance to win the Grand Prize - a Torch-Firing Kit (or $110 shopping experience - please leave a review at by November 24. Remember, leave an honest review... the book must stand on its own.

Thanks for playing along! This is going to be a lot of fun!

P.S. Unfortunately, we have to restrict the giveaways to U.S. residents. Winners should contact me with their name and address through my author website: so that you can receive your prizes!


Alice said...

I love reading Cindy's blog and drooling over her beautiful creations. I would dearly love to meet Cindy and secretly want to travel with her on one of her wonderful getaways.

I know she has created something amazing for this tour, and can't wait to see what it is.

Alice said...

I am a follower of both your blog and Cindy's blog.

Shirley said...

I'm with Alice! I would dearly love to hang out with you and Cindy and just soak up the experience. I'm very excited to see her post for your book. And I am a follower of yours and hers. :)

Cinder says said...

Your classes sound like a lot of fun.
I'd like to join in someday!

Cindy's earrings are so cheerful.
Pretty enamel beads!

Cynthia said...

I'm running out of things to say. Cindy wrote a great review of your book. I'm a follower of both blogs, and would love to win either prize.

KayzKreationz said...

I love reading Cindy's blog and seeing her creations. I wish I was able to go to Bead and Button, but it's too far away for me. Off to check her blog.
I follow yours.

Diane said...

Cindy is such a sweetie and so is both those ladies so much! xo

moonlitfantaseas said...

I a on my way to visit Cindy's blog right now!

LindaK said...

You are a great teacher! You hooked me with one workshop! You book and arranging this wonderful tour are also examples of a someone who loves to share information and ideas! Than you!

Rosalynn said...

What fun it was to see what Cindy designed with your components. Both pieces were lovely, but the necklace was divine. They definitely had Cindy's touch. I am so thrilled you will be teaching at Bead & Button this year. I know you will have full classes, hopefully at least one will have me in it. Fingers crossed.
I am a follower of your blog.

JuLee said...

Thanks again for this book tour. I am being introduced to such great new blogs that I never would have seen otherwise

Stephanie Gentry said...

Great stuff! Really enjoying this blog tour!

Carole said...

Everything is getting more and more impressive. I love seeing what all of the bloggers have done with the pieces. I am following both your and Cindy's blogs.

Cindy said...

Barbara, you completely flatter me and I thank you for all of the kind words you have shared about me (blushing). I have really enjoyed this book tour and really stand behind all that I wrote - I absolutely love your book It is by my side now and I can't resist opening it again and again. Makes me want to jump up and make jewelry....although it's super late! :-)