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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal 8

Well it's finally here the 8th annual Bead Soup Blog Party. This year my partner was Dawn Williams of Sadie Jewelry Design.
Please visit her web site to see what she has created.  She sent me this lovely bead soup for my challenge.

 I made several pieces.

I used the focal and clasp in an offset necklace. I made earrings to match,

The remainder of the soup I made into another necklace
 and two bracelets.

I enjoyed creating these pieces. Please visit for list of participants

Saturday, March 15, 2014

8th BSBP Bead Partner

It's that time of year again for bead soup.......yum. This will be the 8th Bead Soup Blog Party! My bead soup partner this time around is Dawn Williams of  
 See some of her amazing jewelry here.
This will be her first Bead Soup Party! The beads I have selected for her are on their way. Just a teaser of what I'm sending.

 As soon as Dawn gets her beads I will post what I sent her.
I can't wait to see what I get in return. So excited.


Saturday, March 1, 2014

Out of my hole

Wow, I must have fell down a rabbit hole. It's been almost 8 months since that last time I wrote anything.
 When my camera broke, I stopped writing. I had no way to post any pictures and my jewelry making seemed to come to a screeching halt. I just didn't realize how much of a halt.  I am working my way back out of my state of funk and have started looking for that perfect camera for me.
 I've bought more beads to get my creative juices flowing again. The days are starting to warm up some and I'm not sitting curled up by the stove shivering. While we didn't get the snow most of the country has had, the temperatures have been brutal on the bones.
I was disappointed in myself not keeping up with my year of jewelry challenge and had hope to participate in this years, but I just couldn't motivate myself and again no camera. 
I have how ever joined the 8th annual bead soup blog party! I am so excited to find out who will be my partner this year. Hopefully in the next day or two I will. So here's to dusting off myself.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Bead Hoarders Blog Hop

I joined this blog hop not because I had any special beads in particular. I joined because I had many beads that I just didn't know what to do with. So they've laid around....for a very long time. This seemed like a perfect opportunity to use some of those really ugly beads that I just didn't want to throw away. 

These green glass cubes have been around forever, I just didn't know what to do with them. They are very pretty and are one of the beads I can say I felt were too pretty to use. The rose quartz worked very well with them. I like how it turned out.

The two pictures below are actually the same pair of earrings. The stripes don't go all away around. They came out nicer then I thought they would. I've had these beads for as long as I've had beads. I never really liked them because the design didn't seem finished. Now that they are made, I like them a lot.

 This is a bead I have had forever because it was just so ugly. The cable I strung it on was part of a lawn mower throttle cable I found laying outside in the driveway. The hook closure I made out an old rusted wire. It came out great and is my favorite.

I had other beads but I just couldn't seem to come up with anything I liked. I guess I'll hang on to them until I'm inspired to make something with them, or another blog hop comes around.

List of participants for Bead Hoarders Blog Hop

1.  Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
2. Nancy Dale, NEDBeads
3. Roxanne Mendoza, Roxi Designs
4.  Melissa Trudinger, beadrecipes
5.  Rana Lea, Rana Lea Designs
6.  Perri Jackson, Shaktipaj Designs
7.  Rita Avila, Jewel School Friends
8.  Linda Anderson, From the Bead Board
  10.  Erin Guest, Renlish

11.  Joan Williams, lilruby jewelry
12. Diane Hawkey, Diane Hawkey
13.  Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
14.  Sue Kennedy, SueBeads
15.  Lisa Cone, Inspired Adornments
16.  Kari Asbury, Hippie Chick Design
17.  Nichole Byers, Nichole Byers
18.  Lori Jean Poppe, Adventures in Creativity
19.  Linda Landig, Linda's Bead Blog and Meanderings
20.  Lori Schneider, Bead Addict

21.  Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
22. Cece Cormier, The Beading Yogini
23.  Niki Sayers, Silver Nik Nats
24.  Elsie Deliz-Fonseca, Eliz-Eliz and All That Craft
25.  Amber Dawn, Inventive Soul
26.  Heather Powers, Humblebeads
27.  Sarah Goode, Pookledo
28.  Monique Urquhart, A Half-Baked Notion
29.  JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
30.  Cheri Reed, Creative Designs by Cheri

31.  Robyn, Museiddity
32.  Catherine King, Catherine's Musings
33.  Jacquie, Bead Gypsy
34.  Janet McDonald, Singing Woods
35. Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreations
36.  Tanty Sri Hartanti, TJewellicious by Tanti
37.  Hannah Rosner, Good River Valley
38.  Rochelle Brisson, A Creative Chelle
39.  Nelly May, Smelly Nelly
40.  Skylar Bre'z, Brising Beads

41.  Beti Horvath, Stringing Fool
42.  Christie Murrow, Charis Designs
43.  Leanne Loftus, First Impression Design
44.  Valerie Norton, Hot Art
45.  Judy Riggs, Rigglettes
46.  Crystal Thain, Here Bead Dragons
47.  Terry Carter,  Tapping Flamingo
48.  Sue, Mid-Life Great Expectations
49.  Nan Smith, Wired Nan
50.  Miranda Ackerley, MirandAck Arts

51.  Marie Covert, Creating Interest
52.  D'Arsie Manzella, This Here Now, Mamacita
53.  Stephanie Haussler, Pixybug Designs
54.  Lori Bergmann, Lori Bergmann Design
55.  Johanna Nunez, The Lovely One Design
56.  Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
57.  Becky Pancake, Becky Pancake Bead Designs
58.  Alicia Marinache, All the Pretty Things
59.  Debbie Rasmussen, A Little of This, A Little of That
60.  Nat, Grubbi Ceramics

61.  Marjorie Savill Linthwaite, Bennu Bird Rising
62.  Cheryl McCloud, One Thing Leads to Another
63.  Heather Otto, The Crafthopper
64.  Candida Castleberry, Spun Sugar Beadworks
65.  Tracie Dean, Dean Designs
66.  JuLee Wolfe, The Polymer Penguin
67.  Ginger Bishop, Lil Mummy Likes
68.  Karen Mitchell, Over the Moon Design
69.  Jeannie Dukic, Jeannie's Blog
70.  Dini Bruinsma, Angaza by Changes

71.  Birgitta Lejonklou, Create With Spirit
72.  Shalini Austin, Jewellery by Shalini
73.  Jayne Capps, Mama's Got to Doodle
74.  Ile Ruzza, Ilenia's Unique Beaded Jewelry
76.  Annita Wilson, AW Jewelry 
77.  Sherri Stokey, Knot Just Macrame
78.  Hannah Trost, PZ Designs
79.  Linda Inhelder, Must Haves Jewelry
80.  Miri Agassi, Beadwork

81.  Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
82.  Dyanne Cantrell, Dee-Liteful Jewelry Creations
83.  Susan Bowie, Susan Nelson Bowie
84.  Megan Milliken, MaeMaeMills
85.  Menka Gupta, Menka's Jewelry
86.  Ambra Gostoli, Chic and Frog
87.  Lori Lochner, Bloghner
88.  Gerda Jurimae, Gerda's Crafts Blog
89.  Susan, Mistheword
90.  MaryLou Holvenstot, MaryLou's time2cre8

91.  Mary Shannon Hicks, falling into the sky
92.  Karin King, The Sparklie Things Blog
93.  Christa Murphy, Adventures of One Beady Woman
94.  Jenny Davie-Reazor, Jenny Davies-Reazor
95.  Donetta Farrington, Simply Gorgeous
96.  Mallory Hoffman, Rosebud 101 - For the Love of Beads
97.  Danielle Kelley, Imbue the Muse
98.  Kym Hunter, Kym Hunter Designs
99.  Dolores Rami, CraftyD's Creations
100.  Marcia Dunne, 13 Alternatives

101.  Marlene Cupo, Amazing Designs
102.  Emma Todd, A Polymer Penchant
103.  Wendy Holder, Jewelry by WendyLea
104.  Michelle Escano, The Cabby Crafter
105.  Louise Glazier, Lily and Jasmine Treasures
106.  Dana Hickey, Wind Dancer Studios
107.  Lennis Carter, windbent
108.  Anne Betenson, Crystal River Beads
109.  Audrey Belanger,  Dreams of an Absolution
110.  Lisa Stukel, Carefree Jewelry by Lisa

111.  Janine Lucas, Travel Stories
112.  Claire Lockwood, Something to Do With Your Hands
113.  Kathy Engstrom, Catherine's Dreams
114.  Paula Hisel, Simply Beadiful
115.  Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
116.  Mischelle Fanucchi, Micheladas Musings
117.  Kim, Cianci Blue
118.  Linda Sadler, Ida Louise Jewelry
119.  Karen, Spokalulu
120.  Jennifer LaVite, Dry Gulch Bead and Jewelry

121.  Andrea Glick-Zenith, ZenithJade Creations
122.  Karen Martinez, Fairies Market
123.  Robin Reed, Artistry HCBD
124.  Amy Bright, LABweorc
125.  Jasvanti Patel, Jewels by Jasvanti
126.  Tammie Everly, TTE Designs
127.  Karin Slaton, Backstory Beads
128.  Natalie Moten, Running Out of Thread
129.  Sharyl McMillian-Nelson, Sharyl's Jewelry & Reflections
130.  Jenny Kyrlach, Wonder and Whimsy

131.  LiliKrist, Handmade by LilK
132.  Jessica Klaaren, The Truth Space
133.  Cynthia Abner, Created Treasures
134.  Beth Emery, Stories by Indigo Heart
135.  Heather Davis, Blissful Garden Beads
136.  Jeanne, Gems by Jeanne Marie
137.  Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe
138.  Laren Dee Barton, Laren Dee Designs
139.  Steph, Confessions of a Bead Hoarder
140.  Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations

141.  B. R. Kuhlman, Mixed Mayhem
142.  Patty Miller, Cabari Beads
143.  Elizabeth Bunn, Elizabeth Beads
144.  Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things
145.  Lizzie Clarke, The Need to Bead
146.  Christina Miles, Wings 'n' Scales
147.  Patricia, The Color of Dreams
148.  Marde Lowe, Fancimar
149.  Ev Shelby, Raindrop Creations
150.  Sarah Small, By Salla

151.  Perri Jackson, Shaktipaj Designs
152.  Laurie Vyselaar, Lefthand Jewelry
153.  Pam Traub, Klassy Joolz
154.  Lisa Harrison, Daisy Meadow Studio
155.  Anzia Parks, Anzi-Panzi's Work Shoppe
156.  Ingrid, Lilisgems Handcrafted Jewelry Inspirations
157.  Andra Weber, Andra's Joyful Journey
158.  Kelly Hosford Patterson, The Traveling Side Show
159.  Adlinah Kamsir, Dreamstruck Designs
160.  Marci, That Nothing Be Wasted

161.  Kris Lanae Binsfield,  Cherish Designs
162.  Stephanie Perry, Mustard Bead
163.  Birgit Klughardt, Gites Beads
164.  Inge von Roos, Inge's Blog
165.  Rebecca Sirevaag, Becca's Place
166.  Sandy Markley, Gypsy Spirit Designs
167.  Elena Adams, Lena's Beady Blog

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

A Year in Jewelry Week 26; Childhood Memories

Week 26 in A Year of Jewelry is Childhood Memories.
I always loved stuff animals, So I made this anklet with a cute teddy bear charm.

 See what everyone else is making here

A Year of Jewelry: Week 25; Solstice

 Week 25 for A Year in Jewelry is Solstice
The sun is what summer's is all about
This necklace is my interpretation of the first day of Summer.


Check out what everyone else did, HERE

Monday, July 1, 2013

Week 24 - Commitment

For week 24 the theme was Commitment. I made  it simple. A ring, a key and a heart. To me, these are symbols of commitment.


You'll find when everyone else made here

A year in Jewelry - Week 23

I'm going to be playing catch up with my Year in Jewelry Project. I borrowed my husband's camera. I don't know when I will be able to afford to buy another. Week 23's theme was twins, so I made this cute little glass and resin earrings. Just perfect for a fun summer's eve.

You can find week 23 here

A year in Jewelry - Week 22

My camera bit the dust for week 22 so this came off my cell phone camera. Not good quality at all.
Week 22- is Circles, Squares, Triangles

This piece is made of dyed mother-of-pearl and hardware washers. I really like how it came out.

To see what everyone else made for this week visit here

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Bead Horders Blog Hop Coming July 20th

  Time to use some beads that I have been saving forever. They are not necessarily the prettiest beads ever. Some are actually pretty ugly. These are the beads I've been saving and hoping that someday I would have some inspiration to use them. That time is now.
There are a few that I have saved that I just kept just because.

So Lori Anderson came up with this great idea. Sign ups close June 28th

July 20th will be the reveal of mine and many other bead hoarders. 

Monday, June 3, 2013

Saturday, June 1, 2013

A Year in Jewelry: Week 21- Cuffs for All

Well I'm a week behind on my year of jewelry and quickly coming up on two weeks behind. I am a persistent person so I will catch up. I've been using a lot of my "spare" time writing on my other blog "The Sock Zone" Check it out , you may learn something about me. 

So here is week 21 of the year in jewelry "Cuffs for All" This is my very first wire woven cuff. It's got a lot of dings but I like how it turned out. I made it from the tutorial by Nancy Wickman.

Go here to see what was made for this weeks challenge.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

A Year in Jewelry Week 20: Made in 10 minutes

I made theses cute little swinging pewter moon earrings in less than 10 minutes for this weeks challenge. Ovals are blue mother of pearl. Ear wires are hand formed gunmetal. 

To see what everyone else made for this week, visit here

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Year in Jewelry Project-Week 19, My Favorite Flower

Week 19 of A Year in Jewelry Project. This week its My Favorite Flower.
 I really don't have a favorite flower, I love them all. This bracelet is made of glass roses and polymer clay periwinkles. A lovely touch for this Spring.

To see what everyone else made for this week go here