Beads, Blog Hops and Challenges

Buried treasure — AJE January Challenge

I have a lot of buried treasure, aka my bead stash. Thankfully, Art Jewelry Elements is encouraging me to delve deep and dig out some of those little treasures for their first blog hop of the year, whimsically called the Buried Treasure challenge.

Like most beaders, I have a pretty good stash. Like most beaders, I’m not always good at using the beautiful beads in my stash. So challenges like this are great for making me dig for inspiration.

Anyway, I thought I would make some earrings. First off the ranks uses some of my very carefully hoarded Elaine Ray ceramic beads. Elaine no longer makes beads, so these are seriously precious. Most of them I got via a friend in the US who went to one of her trunk shows for me (thank you Diana K).

I paired these lovely little charms, which are dark blue which turns lighter blue as the glaze breaks over the stamped flower, with dark blue Czech beads, knotted together with chocolate brown waxed linen.

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The second treasure I pulled from my stash was a pair of copper charms from Kristi Bowman Design with a hole through the middle of the bead. These took a bit of thought about how to attach them to earwires as the distance from the hole in the centre to the edge was too far for a jump ring. In the end I used waxed linen again to wrap a jump ring to the top of the charm. I also created a tassel of sorts with some pretty aqua silk ribbon I got at a local bead show last year.

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Thanks AJE for the push I needed to go look through my buried treasure! This is a blog hop … go visit the other beady blogs that are participating to see what they pulled from their stash!

AJE team:

Melissa – Bead Recipes <– YOU ARE HERE
Sarajo – SJ Designs
Samantha – Wescott Jewelry
Mona – Bijoux Gem
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