Beads, Blog Hops and Challenges

21 again—Seasons Blog Hop

Today is the reveal date for the Seasons Blog Hop, a challenge put together by Lisa Lodge of Pine Ridge Treasures and the blog A Grateful Artist. Lisa’s blog hops start with a kit especially created by Lisa containing unique combinations of beads, findings, pendants and art beads.

In this blog hop, Lisa asked us to create jewellery that fits one of these two themes:

A season of the year—Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall

A season in your life—for example, first love, collage days, and so on.

My kit was lovely, with a couple of filigree components and bead caps painted a deep, almost iridescent blue by Sharyl McMillian-Nelson, and some coordinating beads in blues and creams, as well as a couple of small silver keys.


The keys made me think of turning 21, a rite of passage into adulthood for my generation here in Australia that these days has largely been replaced by the 18th birthday celebrations. The keys are significant—symbolising opening the door into your future as an adult.

My own 21st, back in the late 1980s, came at a turning point in my life. I was in my last year of my undergraduate university degree (molecular and cell biology, in case you’re wondering), and applying for graduate school positions in the USA, where I moved a little more than a year later.

To celebrate my 21st birthday, I had a lovely big party with all of my friends and family around me. Here’s a picture of me, I look so young!!


But my jewellery, well, that was less than inspired. It looks like I am wearing a chain with a small charm on it—if memory serves me rightly, it’s a pair of theatrical masks. The earrings are a bit better—moonstones set in silver dangles (I still have them although they need a good clean!). The bracelet was a present from family friends, a gorgeous silver bangle that I wore frequently for many years.

So with my blog hop kit I made some earrings and a necklace to wear with that lovely blue dress!


I used almost all of the beads that Lisa sent me. I wanted to use the filigree bead caps but I couldn’t get them to work properly with my design. And the silver tubes didn’t get used. I had a bead mix which contained the same blues as the cubes and big bead in my kit, so they filled out the necklace. I added some silver bead caps and textured silver chain to finish off the necklace.

Thank you Lisa, for such a fun challenge!  And please take some time to have a look at the other blogs, there are some really lovely pieces!

Hostess: Lisa Lodge, 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
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
Toltec Jewels, Toltec Jewels for Jewel School Friends

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 <<– YOU ARE HERE
Shirley Jones Moore, Beads and Bread
Dawn Horner, Northern Adornments

Charlene Bausinger Jacka, Clay Space
Tara Plote, The Newbie Beader’s Blog
Candida Elkins Castleberry, Spun Sugar Beadworks
Miranda Ackerley, Daze and Days

16 thoughts on “21 again—Seasons Blog Hop”

  1. Oooh, wouldn’t your younger self have loved wearing these, Melissa? I agree turning 21 seems almost an afterthought to the youth of today (I think they are officially adult at 14, at least in their own minds). Your designs have a wonderful “young at heart” vibe!

  2. I love your necklace and earrings, Melissa! I would wear them a lot. I enjoyed your story as well. The keys in front of the filigree looks great. Thanks again for participating in the hop!

  3. That’s an awesome inspiration. Thank you for sharing that; of course it wasn’t that brave because you look awesome. Pulling out a picture of me in the 80’s is super embarrassing with my so cool perm!

  4. What a lovely tradition! I love the simplicity of your whole outfit. I know from looking back at other pictures from the same period that simplicity wasn’t always in style. Your designs do perfectly with that dress and give it a bit of modern flair. Lovely!

  5. Ah! To be 21 again! Your necklace would be a chic accessory at any age. Love the burst of AB cubes in the wake of soft blues. Radiant!

  6. Melissa, this jewelry would look great with your dress, and just as good with things you wear now I imagine! I’m impressed with how you used the blue dangles! May I pin your photo to my Pinterest board?

    Feel free to leave me a message on Facebook if that would be okay with you! Thanks for the lovely story to go with your creation! –Sharyl

  7. I know that blue gemstone bead, Melissa! It’s an agate barrel from me, and my gem shop, ta-da, Toltec Jewels 🙂 You created a gorgeous necklace for it!! Oh my, I’m breath-taken, it’s so pretty! I love this jewelry collection immensely. The rich blues, the patterning of beads, the pearls, ornate silver rondelles and chain are exquisite! Beautiful necklace — I’m so inspired. I have yet to create with the blue barrel agates I have — now I can’t wait!

    I also love the pretty sapphire blue filigree, and the earrings you created are lovely. To open the doors at 21 — what a beautiful memory shared and season of your life. It’s cool that you’ve created jewelry art now for your pretty blue dress! Love the idea of recreating and remembering.

    Gorgeous and inspiring jewelry and post!


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