Beads, Blog Hops and Challenges

I Love Clay blog hop

We are well and truly in the middle of what we call the silly season here in Australia: the school year finishes in two weeks, we have daycare, kinder and school events to go to, a ballet school concert of epic proportions, catch-ups with friends, birthday parties for TWO of my kids, and more. In the midst of all of that madness, I am trying to sneak off to do the Christmas shopping, make presents for teachers and family, and all the rest of it! As I said, we call it the silly season and for good reason!

So, I guess I’m trying to say I haven’t done as much as I’d like for this blog hop, the latest in a series organised and hosted by Lisa Lodge. As is usual in Lisa’s blog hops, a kit was purchased, with the idea of using as much of it as possible. Given the title of the blog hop, the kit consisted of clay beads, and in my case the beads came from Elaine Ray, a wonderful bead artist from North Carolina.

I forgot to take a photo of all the beads together, sigh. But here are most of them, and you’ll see the other ones if you keep reading. The beads are glazed with a deep dark navy blue glaze with a light biscuit brown clay background. The pendant is cute with its little victory salute, it makes me think of hippies.


I did a bit of thinking about what colour to put the navy beads with, and was inspired by the current Art Bead Scene painting by Wassily Kandinsky, which features a lot of navy blue and a deep rosy pink, among other colours. So I paired the diamond-shaped frame beads with tiny pink Czech glass rounds in raspberry pink to make a sweet little pair of earrings.


I’m still contemplating what to do with the remaining beads, and I hope that I can make something else with them all soon. In the mean time, thank you for a fun kit and hop, Lisa. And please check out the other participants in this blog hop:

Your hostess:  Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist
Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes <– YOU ARE HERE
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
Therese Frank, Therese’s Treasures
Christine Stonefield, Sweet Girl Design
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

12 thoughts on “I Love Clay blog hop”

  1. Hi Melissa,
    The earrings are so pretty I love the pink with the beautiful cobalt blue of the clay diamonds.

  2. Very pretty earrings! I like that you were inspired by the Art Bead Scene painting – it has multiple uses! I’ll be interested to see the other beads pop up in things you’ve made.

  3. Melissa, I am not a fan of pink. But it looks great with the deep blue of the diamond frames. Look forward to seeing what you create with the remaining beads.

  4. I love the earrings and could wear these every day. Love the combo of pink and blue. I can’t wait to see what you make with the rest of the beads.

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