Posts Tagged ‘lampwork beads’

OK, I’ll admit it…. I love the challenges run by the AJE group, they are so much fun to participate in. I really enjoy rising to the challenge of a never-ending supply of ideas and themes, from the talented group of ladies that make up this team.

This months theme is just magical too, and I couldn’t wait to get started and create something that hopefully reflects  just a little of the magic of fireflies.

Though I currently reside in the UK, I have lived in several other countries and love to travel with my family.  Travel allows us to experience the wonder of other cultures, customs and the beauty of nature and animals that exist  in other parts of the world, in person, rather than viewed through a television screen, laptop or cinema.

For me, the memories and experience of travel continue to shape and influence my life and this months theme took me right back to the yard in Naperville IL, where I saw my first firefly with my young children. My neighbour Jul, showed us how to catch them gently with butterfly nets and pop them into jam jars to observe for a while, before setting them free. They are truly amazing little insects and provided a lot of joy and wonderment to my boys in their younger years. Fireflies, cicadas, chipmunks and raccoons are all fond memories of my time in midwest.

Like a packet of childhood sweets, or my mothers Welsh cakes, those little fireflies trigger a whole host of happy family memories of my time in America.

So to celebrate the wonder of these little creatures and the beauty of nature I give to you my firefly muse.


          Firefly sprites 

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Firefly   headpins  

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   Fireflies amongst the rushes

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 Firefly      Goddess of the forest 

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Now to see what others have made for this challenge: –


Guest Designers:
Melissa Trudinger – https://beadrecipes.wordpress.com/
Mary Detray – http://www.brassrabbitstudio.com/blog

Keren Panthaki – https://vasdea.wordpress.com
Tammy Adams – http://www.paisleylizard.com/
Veralynne Malone – www.veradesigns.blogspot.com
Terri Del Signore – http://artisticaos.blogspot.com/
Heather Powers – http://www.humblebeads.blogspot.com
Susan Delphine Delaney – https://susandolphindelaney.wordpress.com


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This month I have decided to join in with the AJE theme challenge of March Hares,  and the reveal day is today, yay!

The idea, is primarily to have fun, whilst creating some sort of jewellery element or piece that fits within the Hare theme, chosen by the talented pool of artists within the AJE team. I find that challenges are a great way to nudge your creative muse into shape, taking you out of the comfort zone you are currently residing in. This is one of the reasons I like them so much,  but I also really enjoy the reveal date. Seeing what other artists have created from the same seed of an idea, and how that has been interpreted is always a bit of a treat.

I thought that I would create some Hare beads of my own rather than make a piece of jewellery or use another artists art bead to fulfill the remit of this challenge.

Up until now, I have not made a hare or rabbit bead out of glass. I am not sure why, I do indeed own a rabbit, Jim, our family pet. Jim is also a girl and not a boy ( long story involving two vets to confirm the he/she bit). Jim is our rescue rabbit and not only did they get the girl/ boy thing wrong when we adopted her, but they forgot to tell us that she would indeed one day be rather large.. . She is a cross between a Rex and a Giant rabbit, utterly adorable , daft and quite a character. And although she is not a Hare, she was quite handy to take some sketches from.

As a result of my live inspiration, there is a little piece of Jim in each of the following beads I am about to show you.

Firstly,  I made a few beads with the Hares Moon gazing upwards, as so often depicted in books and other artists impressions of these animals.

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Then I made a few more Hare beads, slightly smaller, crouching down but still gazing up, I played around with a few different shades and colours of glass.

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Next,  I thought it would be a bit of fun to make a Hare sculpted head bead with Jim in mind. She has enormous ears and they can often be seen pointed in opposing directions, usually when we are chasing her around the garden trying to encourage her to go back into her cage so that Foxy Loxy doesn’t make a meal out of her.

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And finally I created few Hare sketched beads, these were definitely the most challenging, but the end result was worth it.

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It was fun taking part in this challenge, thanks for visiting my blog, I hope you enjoyed my creative Hare journey, now I am off to see what the others have made in the March Hare AJE challenge.

AJE Team
Heather – Hidden Ridge Studio
Keren Panthaki   YOU ARE HERE
Karin Grosset Grange – Ginko et Coquelicot
Michelle McEnroe ( 4 pieces pinned on  the AJE Pinterest page)

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Happy New Year to you all.

This year I am toasting 15 years of creating with glass.

I am looking forward to spending more time torching, forging, enamelling and jewellery making. I do a lot of this already, but could do better at getting myself  ‘out there’ especially online.

My Etsy shop is being updated this month and will be filled with a selection of my jewellery. My web site is going to be tackled too.

I have made a promise to myself to just ‘post’, so instead of boring you all to tears with a lot of verbal drivel… here are a couple of items to brighten the New Year.


                                             All that Glistens 


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I have also been making more of my signature headpins


                                       Spring Birds and Buds



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Keren xx

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Summer is now upon us and the schools are due to break up in the next couple of weeks.

I look forward to this part of the year. I get to spend more time with the boys, enjoy our family summer holiday and can take full advantage of the long days and light evenings.

We have a wish list of family things to do this summer. All beginning with the letter F = fun! Ranging from: sleepovers, classic car shows, go-kart racing and popping into a few exhibitions that are currently running in London and other parts of the UK.

Talking of exhibitions, one that stands out for me this year is being held at the Broadfield House Glass Museum.

A lampwork necklace of mine has been selected and is featured in the exhibition called A String of Beads .

It runs from May 10th – Sept 14th 2014 inclusive.

For those of you that can’t make it, here is my necklace that is currently on display at the museum.

I created the focal and accent beads (lamp work) and then designed the necklace using semi-precious stones and my own Sterling Silver hand-forged clasp and findings.


                   Watercolour Tulips  –  Keren Panthaki 


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I can’t believe how fast the reveal date has come around, it seems like only yesterday that I signed up to participate in Lori Anderson’s 8th Bead Soup Blog Party.

My partner this year is Susanna Lehto and here is quick reminder of the bead soup that she kindly sent to me.


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They have such a lovely earthy rustic feel to them and one of the focal beads was really quite unusual, such pretty artisan beads.

The first thing I did was to create some lampwork beads and findings to complement the whole soup in contrasting tonal colours.

I wasn’t sure at this stage how I was going to use the beads and buttons, and what exactly I was going to create.  I then added some beads from my own collection too, including some silk, leather and my own hand-forged copper accents.

I played around with a few ideas over the next couple of weeks, and finally came up with these designs based around the cool Baltic pine forests of the Northern Hemisphere.

When scrolling down through the images you may click on them to enlarge the detail if you would like to.


I have called my little collection     The Baltic bird forest   or   Baltian lintu metsä   (Finnish)



Bird Forest Necklace



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I love the focal bead in this necklace it is so unusual, I can see mountain tops carved into the glaze of the bead, with birds, leaves of the forest and copper curls to emulate the many layers of bark peeling off the trees. Can you spot the two birdies?



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I made my own clasp for this necklace from hand forged  copper wire.



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 My aim was to create a necklace that was full of intrigue, using different colours, textures and components, including the beads that Susanna had given me to work with.

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Bird Forest Bracelet



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This is the first time I have used a button as a clasp. I created a silk tassel flower as the centre piece of the bracelet that also doubles up as a clasp.  I used the ceramic disc that Susanna gave me, and placed it between the button and the tassel flower. The ceramic beads had quite large holes, this enabled me to use some pretty silver grey leather cord. I then added some copper bark curls, little birdies and leaves to link it to the collection. Again,  lots of pretty little accents running in the same theme as the necklace.



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Bird Forest Earrings



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The earrings are hand forged copper bark curls, with my own lampwork birdies perched upon them. They are nesting on grey silk, the same silk that is in the necklace, all finished off with Sterling silver ear wires.  I am really pleased with how all the pieces came together, especially these little earrings.


If you hadn’t gathered by now, I am a total bird freak and love to feature them in my designs. I have really enjoyed participating in this years Bead Soup Blog party – can you tell?  So, for all the wonderful beads that I recieved,  I say kiitos to Susanna Lehto.


Now, I am off to see what Susanna has created and the all other participants who have signed up for the party.


Thank you so much Lori Anderson for organising this wonderful event  – long may it continue.


Love & light to all.



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The birdies made me do it…..

I am a self confessed artisan bead bird freak ( try saying that after a G & T)!

I love to find ways of including them into my artwork, they do look so very cute – nestled amongst other art beads, or just as a focal point in a necklace or a pair of earrings. The ABS March inspirational challenge is to create a piece of jewellery with hand made artisan beads, and inspirational ideas based around the painting below.  I have created some cute birdie earrings, Spring Chicks – complete with my own handmade copper artisan discs and Sterling silver ear wires.



 Birds on Riser – 1944

by Adolf Dietrich






Spring Chick Artisan earrings with art beads and copper accents by Keren Panthaki

You can find out more about the ABS Blog here

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Finally the day has arrived for the 3rd Reveal –  in the 7th Bead Soup Blog Party.

Here is the Soup that Alison sent me, it was a pretty colour palette that I found easy to work with. The focal bead was made from polymer clay, as were two matching smaller beads ; also included were some blue polymer birdies, wooden beads, a mix of metal hoops and enamelled coils. Alison also sent me some lightweight copper chain and some pretty blue / green sari silk.


 Here is the hand made  Bead Soup mix I sent to Alison, I wonder how she got on? 


I started off by making some earrings,   I wanted to keep things quite simple in design, the idea is that you could wear these with both the necklace and bracelet without the whole ensemble being a bit over the top.

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Next came the bracelet, lots of interest, but again not too clunky as the components are quite light.  I find heavy bracelets quite annoying to wear so the polymer and lightweight mixed metals really helped keep it all nice and light. For a splash more colour I also added a few of my own lampwork beads.

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And  finally  the necklace, this piece really pulls the whole set together, I drilled another hole in the pendant to make it into a focal connector.   Then I added my own handmade lampwork and copper clasp to balance the piece,  and included some more of my lampwork beads and headpins to add weight and texture.  Can you spot the baby birdie ?  it is my personal little ` Ode to Spring ‘ and goes along with the woodland them of the collection.

Ode to Spring necklace


And now it is time to visit some of the other participants to see the delights that they have created.

Adlinah Kamsir http://www.dreamstruckdesigns.blogspot.com
Agi Kiss http://moonsafaribeads.blogspot.com
Alenka Obid http://www.pepita-handmade.blogspot.com
Alison Sachs http://www.beadsbyearthtones.blogspot.com
Amanda Tibbetts http://www.amandamade.com/blog
Amy Sims http://www.amysimsdesigns.com
Ana Cravidao http://acbeads.blogspot.com
Andra Marasteanu http://bijouxdemonange.blogspot.com
Andria Poole http://www.Jewelleryartiste.blogspot.com
Angela Perkins http://jeweledinspirations.blogspot.com
Anja Schultz http://anjas-perlenwelt.blogspot.de
Ann Sherwood http://ann-sherwood.blogspot.com
Anna Nordeman http://annas-adornments.blogspot.com
Annita Wilson http://awjewelryandbeadwork.blogspot.com
Arlene Dean http://aglassbash.blogspot.com
Astrid Boyce http://astridboyce.blogspot.com
Barb Fernald http://barbarasfernald.com
Betty James Hoppensteadt http://www.tybetastidbits.blogspot.com
Birgit Klughardt http://www.gitesbeads-gite.blogspot.com
Bonnie Coursolle http://jaspersgems.blogspot.ca
Brandy Thomason McNair http://www.bellavitajewelry.blogspot.com
Brenda Sigafoos http://brenda-sigafoos.blogspot.com
Carmen Lau http://littlemake.blogspot.com
Carol Wilson http://jetadorn.blogspot.com
Caroline Dewison http://www.blueberribeads.co.uk
Cassie Donlen http://www.cassiedonlen.blogspot.com
Catharine Temaluru http://ienmaginationsjewelry.wordpress.com
Catherine Turrell http://fairysketches.blogspot.co.uk
Cheri Reed http://www.creativedesignsbycheri.blogspot.com
Cherrie Warzocha http://colorsofshae.blogspot.com
Christa Murphy http://adventuresofwonebeadywoman.blogspot.com
Christina Hickman http://vintagetreasuresjewelry.blogspot.com
Christina Stofmeel http://www.fengbeads.com
Christine Hansen http://intuitivesparks.blogspot.com
Christine Stonefield http://www.sweetgirldesign.blogspot.com
Cilla Watkins http://www.tellyourgirlfriends.com
Cindy Cima Edwards http://www.cindycima.com
Claire Lockwood http://www.somethingtodowithyourhands.com
Colleen Vinthagen http://www.thewireworkshop.com/blog
Dagmar Liebisch http://kokopellidesign.blogspot.de
Dana Fowler http://www.blogjunepur.blogspot.com
Danielle Kelley http://imbuethemuse.blogspot.com
Deb Fortin http://www.studiok24.blogspot.ca
Dee Elgie http://cherryobsidia.blogspot.co.uk
Denise Milward http://milwardstorysofar.wordpress.com
Diah Anggreni http://pernik-manik.blogspot.com
Diana Gonzalez http://www.arteypoemas.com
Diane Valasek http://dragonflyclose.blogspot.com
Dita Basu http://www.alankarshilpa.blogspot.com
Donetta Farrington http://simplygorgeous-donetta.blogspot.com
Doris Stumpf http://glaszwerg.blogspot.de
Elizabeth Bunn http://elizabethbeads.blogspot.com
Elizabeth Drake http://mutteringsofacrone.wordpress.com
Elizabeth Jones http://www.eyekandyjewellery.com
Elizabeth Stolarczyk http://elizabethsart.blogspot.co.uk
Ema Kilroy http://www.emakdesigns.com/blog
Erin Kenny http://beadifultherapy.blogspot.ca
Evelyn Duberry Www.ShebaMakeda.com
Fay Wolfenden http://www.torchfairy.blogspot.com
Francesca Watson http://francescawatson.com
Gen Smith http://gennysworld.blogspot.com
Ginger Davis Allman http://www.thebluebottletree.com
Giorgia Rossini http://www.joyblonde.blogspot.com
Hannah Annear http://www.quirkyhannah.wordpress.com
Heather Otto http://www.thecrafthopper.com
Heidi Kingman http://www.Heidikingman.blogspot.com
Ildiko Jarai http://www.sviroalkotasai.blogspot.hu
Iveth Caruso http://www.CreativeAtelier.net
Jackie Locantore http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/blog/MorningStarSanctuaryStudio
Jacqueline Keller http://www.creartelier.blogspot.com
Jane Pranata Lim http://cherryeve.blogspot.com
Jennifer Davis http://jennifersjewelsandjunk.blogspot.com

Jennifer Tough http://jenniferbeads.blogspot.ca
Jenny Vidberg http://shymessmycken.blogspot.se
Jessica Klaaren Http://cellardoorjewelry.blogspot.com
Joanna Matuszczyk http://filcowe.blogspot.com
Joyce Becker http://www.joycesjoyfulgems.blogspot.com
Judith Johnston http://www.lampworkbeadlounge.com
Judy Riley http://www.threeredbeads.blogspot.com
JuLee Wolfe http://www.thepolymerpenguin.blogspot.com
June Butt http://www.onewhiteswan.blogspot.co.nz
Karen Mitchell http://www.overthemoon-design.com
Kari Asbury http://hippiechickdesign.blogspot.com
Karin King http://www.maverickbeads.blogspot.ca
Karin von Hoeren http://www.creativeideen.de
Karla Morgan http://texaspepperjams.blogspot.com
Kathrin Lembke http://allesperle.blogspot.de
Kathy Stemke http://vintagememoriesjewelry.blogspot.com
Katja Benevol Gabrijelcic http://slovoni.blogspot.com
Katy Heider http://onthepondcreations.blogspot.com
Kay Thomerson http://KayzKreationz.blogspot.com
Kelley Fogle http://www.mylifeonebeadatatime.blogspot.com
Keren Panthaki https://vasdea.wordpress.com
Kimberly Idalski http://www.Kimisjewelryandgifts.blogspot.com
Kirsi Loponen http://peikkonen.blogspot.com
Klaudia Tóth http://www.klaudiabizsu.hu
Krista Quantrill http://www.cornucopiaofcrafts.blogspot.ca
Kristina Hahn Eleniak http://www.peacockandlime.wordpress.com
Kristina Johansson http://www.wildrosesandblackberries.blogspot.com
Laney Mead http://laney-izzybeads.blogspot.co.uk
Lara Lutrick http://www.lutrick.blogspot.com
Laura Guenther http://www.blueantiquities.blogspot.com
Lauren Potts http://www.lpsjewelry.blogspot.com
Laurie Vyselaar http://www.Lefthandjewelry.wordpress.com
Leah Tees http://www.mybeadylittleeyes.blogspot.ca
Lena Adams http://mommaslilbirdiesblog.blogspot.com
Lesley Watt http://www.thegossipinggoddess.blogspot.com
Leslie Wayment http://www.aabeadsonline.com/blog
LiliKrist http://pcbylik.blogspot.com
Linda Kropp http://lindasartbarn.blogspot.com
Linda Newnham http://www.earth-shine.co.uk
Linda Younkman http://www.lindysdesigns.blogspot.com
Lisa Boucher http://lisasclayhappenings.blogspot.com
Lizzie Clarke http://www.theneedtobead.blogspot.com
Lora Bright http://fandangling.wordpress.com
Lorelle McIntyre http://beadyart.blogspot.com.au
Lori Anderson http://www.PrettyThingsBlog.com
Lori Finney http://lori-finney.blogspot.ca
Lucie Bouvier http://www.carlosbeadstore.com/blog
Malin de Koning http://beadingbymalindekoning.blogspot.se
Marina Dobrynina http://savonfeutre.blogspot.fr
Marina Kosovic http://machoopko-design.blogspot.com
Marion Simmons http://www.shadetreejewelry.com/blog.html
Marita Suominen http://momentofjewelry.blogspot.fi
Marjolein Trewavas http://roomforchangemeuk.blogspot.co.uk
Marsela Schroth http://www.marselita.de
Martha Aleo http://www.ornamento.wordpress.com
Mary Govaars http://www.mlhjewelrydesigns.com
Mary K McGraw http://mkaymac.blogspot.com
Maybeline Tay http://thejewelrylarder.blogspot.sg
Mea-B. Uebler http://www.glasorakel.blogspot.com
Melissa Trudinger http://www.beadrecipes.wordpress.com
Menka Gupta http://menkag.blogspot.com
Merja Sundström http://suntsan.blogspot.fi
Merja Syrjämäki http://helmiriippuvuus.blogspot.fi
Michelle Buettner http://www.MiShelDesigns.blogspot.com
Michelle Escano http://www.cabbycraft.blogspot.com
Michelle Wigginton http://adornedonadelaide.blogspot.ca
Milla Hope http://www.Lbcreativeart.com
Miranda Ackerley http://www.mirandack.com

Mowse Doyle http://mowsemadethis.blogspot.com

Mrs M Makes http://www.mrsmmakes.wordpress.com
Nan Smith http://www.wirednan.blogspot.com
Natalie Davidson http://northshoredays.blogspot.co.nz
Natalie Moten http://runningoutofthread.blogspot.com
Natascha Marty http://www.sommerlicht.ch
Nikki Banham-Hall http://jewellerymakingblog.blogspot.co.uk
Noemi Baena http://blog.noemibaena.com
Norma Turvey http://moonlitfantaseas.blogspot.com
Pam DeBoer http://pamelas-studio.blogspot.com
Pam Hurst http://www.pamhurst.blogspot.com
Patti Pruhs http://threebeadsandastring.blogspot.com
Penny Houghton http://www.smellynelly.blogspot.com.au
Penny Mills http://www.cobblestone-lane.blogspot.com
Rachel Van-Walsh http://www.balancedcrafts.com/blog
Rebecca Sirevaag http://www.godsartistinresidence.blogspot.com
Regina Santerre http://reginaswritings.blogspot.com
Regina Wood http://www.gina-design.blogspot.com
Roberta Fauntroy http://www.thevirtualbeadsociety.wordpress.com
Rosanagh Watson http://ring-a-ring-a-rosie.blogspot.co.uk

  Rose Johnson http://swtrosethorn.blogspot.com

Rosemary Cheslock http://www.glasseyebutterfly.tumblr.com

Rossana De Gaspari http://rdegas.blogspot.com
Sabine Dittrich http://www.perlendschungel.blogspot.com
Sam Waghorn http://palemooncreations.tumblr.com
Sandi James http://www.dobedobeaddo.blogspot.com
Sandra McGriff http://skyescreativechaos.blogspot.ca
Sandra Wollberg http://city-of-brass-stories.blogspot.com
Sandra Young http://gypsyroadbeads.blogspot.ca
Shai Williams http://shaihasramblings.blogspot.com
Sharon Palac http://www.sharonsjewelrygarden.blogspot.com
Sierra Barrett http://giraffecanhas.wordpress.com
Silke Gröber http://just-beads.blogspot.com
Siobhán Keogh http://vovsjewellery.blogspot.ie
Stefanie Teufel http://stefaniessammelsurium.blogspot.com
Stephanie Stamper http://www.Skwds.blogspot.com
Sue Hamel http://cardandjewelrycorner.blogspot.com
Sue Rennie http://moonandsevenstars.blogspot.co.uk
Susan Kennedy http://www.suebeads.blogspot.com
Susan McClelland http://mistheword12.wordpress.com
Susanna Lehto http://othellehto.blogspot.fi
Suse Stelljes http://www.pearlify.blogspot.de
Susie Hibdon http://vintagesusieandwings.blogspot.com
Suzann Sladcik Wilson http://www.BeadphoriaBlog.com
Tara Plote http://newbiebeader.blogspot.com
Terri G. http://terrisbloomingideas.blogspot.com
Terry Carter http://tappingflamingo.blogspot.com
Terry Matuszyk http://pinkchapeau.wordpress.com
Theresa Frank http://www.theresestreasures59.blogspot.com
Tina Bosh http://bookbug-somanybookssolittletime.blogspot.com
Tina Noonan http://www.wingedimp.blogspot.com
Toltec Jewels http://www.JewelSchoolFriends.com

Facebook Participants

Audrey Allen https://www.facebook.com/adallen07
Cindy Wimmer Muse https://www.facebook.com/mritech813
Cynthia O’Toole https://www.facebook.com/cynthia.otoole
Deb Floros https://www.facebook.com/deb.floros
Debbie Jensen https://www.facebook.com/debbie.jensen.984
Erin Honeycutt https://www.facebook.com/erin.honeycutt1
Kaushambi Shah https://www.facebook.com/kaushambi.shah
Lisa Lloyd Harrison https://www.facebook.com/lisa.lloydharrison
Mary Jane Tanner https://www.facebook.com/mary.j.tanner
Valerie Tilghman https://www.facebook.com/valerie.tilghman

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