Showing posts with label Blog Party. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Blog Party. Show all posts

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Gemstone & Metal Blog Hop

Today's the day for the Pine Ridge Treasures Gemstone & Metal Blog Hop! All participants were send a kit containing a semi-precious gemstone in different shapes and sizes and a variety of plated metal.

                                                           My kit contained Green Line Jasper and brass                              

I was having a hard time deciding what to make - tried a few designs ...... nothing that I liked. So I woke up this morning and started working again - this is what I came up with ......

I used a green line jasper coin bead, a couple of brass barrels and the toggle from my kit, then added some small beads and crystals from my stash.

Please check out all of the fabulous designers jewelry in this fun hop! Thank you Lisa Lodge for putting this together!!

Your hostess:  Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist

Kim Dworak, Cianci Blue

Karen Grosset Grange, Ginkgo et Coquelicot

Veralynne Malone, Designed by Vera

Katrina Taylor, I Wanna Go Out

Ann Schroeder, Bead Love

Terri Wlaschin, Dances in Fog

Margaret Pelech, Big Margaret

Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation

Kathy Zeigler Lindemer, Bay Moon Design

Heather Richter, Desert Jewelry Designs

Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations

Toltec  Jewels, Jewel School Friends

Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes

Shaiha Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings

Chris Eisenberg, Wanderware (May be delayed a few days)

Eleanor Burian Moore, The Charmed Life

Robin Reed, Artistry HCBD

Laurie Vyselaar, Lefthand Jewelry

Cassi Renee Paslick, Beads: Rolling Downhill

Crystal Thain, Here Bead Dragons

Alicia Marinache, All the Pretty Things (May be delayed a few days)

Marde Lowe, FanciMarDesigns

Linda Anderson, From the Bead Board

Leithleach Alainn Seodra, Alainn Jewelry
Lisa E. Prewitt Knappenberger, LiRaysa Designs
Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs

Monday, April 7, 2014

Meet My BSBP Partner, Christina Miles !

I want to introduce you to a fabulous artist, my new friend, Christina Miles of Wings and Scales! Chris started out painting beautiful paintings and, now, makes sweet fairy and mermaid dolls, designs jewelry, is a ZnetShows design team member and has recently started painting lovely little cabachons - I'm the lucky recipient of two of her creations!! She is also the mother of 2 wonderful young men, lives in Northern California, likes the beach and to travel whenever she can.

This is what I received from Chris - her handmade pendants are gorgeous and the copper clasp and connectors that she made are perfect!! The wood beads, orange beads, bead strands and recycled sari silk will go great with the pendants!

               Chris, also, sent me a bag full of vintage pendants and teardrops - so many little pretties to play with !!

You can find more of Chris' amazing creations on her Etsy shop and more of her beautiful artwork and jewelry can be found on her Flickr page.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Into the Forest Blog Hop Reveal

The lovely, Lisa Lodge, of Pine Ridge Treasures had a sign-up for another of her fun blog hops - this one with the "Forest" theme.  We were sent a bead kit and were asked to use beads from our own stash and asked not to go out and buy additional beads.

                                                                           I received the Tiger Eye kit

When I decided to sit down and get to work on my kit, I remembered that I had recently bought a pendant that would go perfectly with my beads. It's a dark brown metal puff bead that has a great texture and is very light-weight.

I strung most of the bigger beads with the metal pendant and added some of my beautiful green recycled sari silk.

The toggle I used has a texture that reminds me of bark.

This morning, I thought I'd make the earrings I had in mind - I love how they turned out! The teardrop and gold beads are from my kit and I added the silver disc from my stash.

Thank you for stopping by! Please hop over to all of the other jewelry designers to see their beautiful creations!

Your hostess:  Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist
Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes
Kathy Zeigler Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Eleanor Burian Moore, The Charmed Life
Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
Chris Eisenberg, Wanderware
Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations
Janine Lucas, Esfera Travel Blog
Jasvanti Patel, Jewelry by Jasvanti
Shaiha Williams,   Shaiha's Ramblings
Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreationz
Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
Veralynne Malone, Designed by Vera
Toltec  Jewels, Jewel School Friends
Christie Searle Murrow, Charis Designs Jewelry
Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
Monique Urquhart, A Half-Baked Notion
Janet Bocciardi, Honey from the Bee
Dini Bruinsma, Angaza by Changes
Heather Richter, Desert Jewelry Designs
Christina Miles, Wings n Scales
Elizabeth Engriser, Bead Contagion
Alice Peterson, Alice Dreaming
Alicia Marinache, All the Pretty Things
Kay Mallery,TBD
Catherine Yvonne King, Catherine's Musings
Alice Craddick, Alice's Beads and Baubles
Ema Kilroy, Ema K Designs

Saturday, December 7, 2013

I Love Clay Blog Hop

When Lisa Lodge of Pine Ridge Treasures put out the call for sign-ups for the 'I Love Clay Blog Hop', I didn't realize life would be as busy as it is right now!! But, I always love joining Lisa's blog hops because they are always fun and make me stretch my design abilities.

I received some adorable clay beads made by Tori Sophia Designs.

I decided to use some of my beautiful seaglass beads from ZnetShows and went to work! I wire wrapped the seaglass beads with copper wire and attached them to antique copper double spiral links. I attached the cute fish pendant with Irish waxed linen, added copper chain and a little "fish-hook" toggle.

Please check out all of the lovely designers and their designs. I will be going through the hop on Monday since I'm meeting my sisters in NYC this weekend! Enjoy the hop!!

Your hostess:  Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist
Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes
Kathy Zeigler Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Eleanor Burian Moore, The Charmed Life
Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
Chris Eisenberg, Wanderware
Carolyn Lawson, Carolyns Creations
Bonnie Coursolle, Jasper's Gems
Dolores Raml, Crafty D's Creations
Therese Frank, Therese's Treasures
Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations
Mowse Doyle, Mowse Made This

Janine Lucas, Esfera Travel Blog
Karin Grosset Grange, Ginkgo et Coquelicot
Kelli Nelson, Zenith Jade Creations
Ann Schroeder, Bead Love
Jasvanti Patel, Jewelry by Jasvanti
Candida Castleberry, Sugar Spun Beadworks
Robin Reed, Artistry HCBD
Katrina Taylor, I Wanna Go Out

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Seasons Blog Hop Reveal

When Lisa Lodge of A Grateful Artist-Pine Ridge Treasures announced her Seasons Blog Hop way back in February, I thought it would be a fun hop to join!! Her idea was to send out beads and then the participants would 1/ Create jewelry that represents one of the four seasons or 2/ Create jewelry that represents a "season" in your life. Thank you, Lisa, for this fun, inspiring hop!!

When I received my beautiful selection of beads, I kept thinking spring, renewal, soft rains and new beginnings. I love the soft rains and pastel colors of the first blooms of spring - these beads represent that, to me.

I chose the biggest lampwork bead as the focal and started adding beads around it to make a bracelet. All of the round beads are from Lisa and the flower beads are from my stash.

                                                    I think I'll keep this one!! I love the sweet, little butterflies!!

I found this wonderful poem by Alice C. Batemam 

The Renewal of Spring

The tiny tender shoots of green  
Reminding us that this is spring  
The cold dark winter left behind  
The summer sun now on our mind

The feeling that all will be well 
We leave behind our winter shell  
To go explore a warmer world 
To watch the buds as they unfurl 

To smell the earth, damp from its rest  
To feel inside we've passed a test  
We've made it through another year 
To watch new life as it appears

We take long walks, inhaling deep  
The rich new smells from after sleep  
The earth awakening again  
Shaking off the winter's pain

Drinking in the fragile sun 
Showing us that we have won  
Another round of cold and frost  
We've paid the price of winter's cost

We are renewed, as is the earth  
We are enhanced to see the birth  
Of all the green and growing shoots  
With fragile stems and fragile roots

If they can make it through the cold
We know that we can then be bold
Enough to feel our own release
And give our souls much-needed peace

Thank you for stopping by - please check out all of the beautiful designs!!

Hostess: Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist
Kathy Zeigler Lindemer, Bay Moon Design

Cassi Paslick, Beads: Rolling Downhill

Stephanie Sanner Haussler, PixyBug Designs

Leah Mifflin Tees, My Beady Little Eyes

Karin Slaton, BackStory Beads

Audrey Belanger, Dreams of an Absolution

Lori Jean Poppe, Lorillijean Creative Corner

Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams

Christine Stonefield, Sweet Girl Design     ---- you are here ----

Eleanor Burian-Mohr, The Charmed Life

Alicia Marinache,  All the Pretty Things

Veralynne Malone, Designed by Vera

Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreationz

Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs

Lennis Carrier, Windbent

Erin Kenny, Beadifultherapy

Tanya Goodwin, A Work in Progress

Cilla Watkins, Tell Your Girlfriends

Renetha Williams Stanziano, Lamplight Crafts

Christie Searle Murrow, Charis Designs Jewelry

Sierra Barrett, Giraffe Can Has

Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes

Shirley Jones Moore, Beads and Bread

Dawn Horner, Northern Adornments

Charlene Bausinger Jacka, Clay Space

Candida Elkins Castleberry, Spun Sugar Beadworks

Miranda Ackerley, Daze and Days

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Bead Soup Blog Party 3rd Reveal

Soup's on for the third reveal of the Bead Soup Blog Party!! I want to start out by thanking our leader, Lori Anderson of Pretty Things, who came up the this amazing party - you can read more about it here. This year, there are 541 participants - 200 jewelry designers are in this reveal!!

My partner is the very talented, Christine Hansen of Intuitive Sparks. She sent me the most amazing soup with a gorgeous lampwork pendant and spacers that she made along with many beautiful beads to complement them. It was so fun playing with all of these ingredients - thanks, Chris!!

I love the vibrant blue of the lampwork focal and spacers, so I decided to make a necklace that really let them stand out and shine.

I made a bail so the focal could hang down a bit from the chain and put it on a headpin with silver wavy discs at each end. I used the very cool Tierra Cast toggle clasp in my soup and four of the lovely lampwork spacers.

I made earrings with the remaining two blue spacers. I wrapped the beads with bead caps and Swarovski bicones, then added a short chain and some of the detailed base metal spacers for a bit of movement.

I made these earrings with two of the purplish Chinese rondelles - when the light catches these beads, they are so beautiful! I made a bail with a small piece of wire, hammered the ends and hung them from ear wires with a flat coil that I'd just received from Auntie's Beads.

I made another pair of earrings using the Hematite rondelles. I cut different lengths of headpins and hung them from a silver circle in my stash.

The last pair of earrings I made are with two of the beautiful green lampwork glass beads. I added copper spacers, then I took Vintaj filigree diamonds, folded them in half and used my sons Dremel to make a small hole in the center of the filigree for the headpins.

Next up is the bracelet. I used a lampwork bead from Jane Perala Designs as the focal because it went so well with the beads in my soup. I wrapped the blue Czech bead with a pink Druzy and the purplish Chinese crystal with a fuschia bead with gold dots - it's from a strand that I had bought at Allegory Gallery last summer. I used some of the thrifted chain and pewter spacers and connected it together with square wire jump rings.

For the next necklace, I wrapped the deep plum Czech faceted beads with brass bead caps and connected them with twisted brass jump rings.

The focal has black faceted crystals in the center that just sparkle. I bought it at a small bead store in Dayton (for $1 !!) - I knew it would work perfectly with the plum and green!

I hung different lengths of chain from the brass flower and added flowers and leaves for movement. The purple flowers and leaves are from my first BSBP and I bought the pale turquoise flowers at my local bead store, Gahanna Bead Studio. I had the flower toggle in my stash and wove the deep green recycled sari silk through brass chain.

Lastly, I made this necklace with strawberry quartz, Hematite rondelles, base metal spacers and Swarovski bicones. I added them to black leather lace with a simple lobster claw toggle.

I had the best time creating with my soup and getting to know my partner! I hope you head over to Christine Hansen's blog to see what loveliness she created with her soup!

Thank you for stopping by!! I will definitely get to each blog on the list to drool over each design - life often gets in the way of beautiful jewelry!! Thanks for understanding!  :)

Take some time to check out all of the fabulous jewelry designers - here's the link to the list of all of the blog partier's of the 3rd Reveal!!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

My Bead Soup !!

My Bead Soup Blog Party partner, Christine Hansen, sent me the most wonderful soup! Chris is a lampwork glass artist who creates beautiful pendants and beads!

                                                 The pendant and spacer beads she created are awe-inspiring!!

                                          I love both sides of the pendant! You can find more of her lovely work here.

To go along with her lovely lampwork pendant and spacer beads, Chris also sent me an amazing collection of beads! They include beautiful green and blue sari silk ribbons, a thrifted base metal chain (love that she's a thrifty gal, too!), pewter spacers that fit over the chain, base metal spacers, Hematite rondelles, grey with blue Chinese crystal rondelles, deep plum Czech faceted beads, a Tierra Cast toggle clasp and blue Czeh faceted beads.

                     I love my soup and am so grateful that I was able to meet Chris and get to know her through this party!

                               Please check back on Saturday, April 27th for the 3rd Reveal of the Bead Soup Blog Party!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Let Me Introduce You to Christine Hansen

My Bead Soup Blog Party #7 partner is the amazing, talented and funny, Christine Hansen!! Chris is a lampwork glass artist, maker of mixed-media art charms and author.

She makes the most incredible calla lily and glass focal beads - you should really check out her etsy shop, ChristineHansenGlass, and see all of the loveliness that she's creating now!

Chris has a wonderful blog, Intuitive Sparks, where she's been sharing her lampwork beads, jewelry and life since 2006.

I've learned a lot about Chris since meeting her through this hop and I'm happy to call her a friend!
Here's what she told me:

I've had a lifelong fascination with glass, especially molten glass. I love the concept of making a tiny piece of art that one can carry, or wear, and that can (with a little luck) last for thousands of years. As a child, I drew, colored, painted, and made books. When I got older, I took every art class offered by my high school, as well as metal shop and wood shop. I've continued my learning adventure by taking many classes including photography, chain maille, precious metal clay (PMC), metal-smithing for jewelers, beaded embroidery, and lampwork bead-making. I've also taken advantage of the many wonderful books and videos available to further my education. Jewelry-making has been just one part on my life-long artistic journey. About 20 years ago, I made earrings and sold them to friends at work. A few years later, when I had my two children, I found myself making more mixed-media art and less jewelry. About 8 years ago, the mixed media art jewelry came together, and I began making jewelry again.

Besides writing Making Mixed-Media Art Charms & Jewelry with her good friend, Peggy Krzyzewski, Chris has also written close to 400 non-fiction articles for a wide variety of print and online publications, including the Flow and Glassline magazines. Her Field of Tulips beads were featured in the April 2012 issue of Stringing magazine.