Beads, Blog Hops and Challenges

Ceramic Blog Hop

Ceramic Blog Hop

It’s been a while since I did one of Lisa Lodge’s blog hops, but recently I signed up to be a part of her Ceramic Blog Hop. Lisa put together a pretty ceramic focal bead by Gaea with a selection of purple impression jasper and some silver-toned elements including charms, spacers, chain and a clasp to make a fun little kit for me.

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While the jasper coordinated with the focal quite well, it was too dark to use without something in a contrasting colour. I dug around in my bead boxes until I found some pretty matte green glass ovals that were big enough to work with the other beads. With a few spacers and the tree of life charms used as connectors to the chain and clasp I had myself a pretty little necklace. The owl charms made a sweet little pair of earrings, with a single pale green rondelle and earring wires featuring a little Bali-style flower that kind of reminds me of the silver spacers in the kit.

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Thank you Lisa for the opportunity to be part of this blog hop (and apologies for being a day late, I’ve been travelling). The other participants include:

Your hostess: Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist

Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn’s Creations

Kim Dworak, Cianci Blue

Shaiha Williams, Shaiha’s Ramblings

Veralynne Malone, Designed by Vera

Kari Asbury, Hippie Chick Design

Chris Eisenberg, Wanderware

Gloria Allen, Gloria Allen Designs

Saundra Farren, Something by Saundra

Ann Schroeder, Bead Love

Christine Stonefield, Sweet Girl Design

Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes <– YOU ARE HERE

 

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Beads, Blog Hops and Challenges

Green with a hint of sparkle

I’m taking part in today’s Winter Sparkle challenge and blog hop hosted by Lisa Lodge of Pine Ridge Treasures, despite the fact that it is still (for another week) summer here in Australia. Although this week we have had our first taste of autumn, with cool damp weather (hopefully tomorrow will be warmer).

My kit this time contained a variety of green beads, ranging from large faceted ovals, to tiny sparkly crystal rondelles and seed beads. I decided to make a 2-strand necklace, using as many beads as I could. The only beads I didn’t use from the kit were the bugle beads. And I have to apologize for the fact that although this necklace is “finished” it’s not finished to my satisfaction—at some point I will probably redo it, as I am not quite happy with it (there are a few mistakes and I haven’t got any crimp covers, it bothers me LOL).

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Lisa also included a couple of sparkly clear faceted drops, which will become earrings one of these days.

Thank you again for a wonderful kit, Lisa. Please take some time to see what everyone else made!

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

Toltec  Jewels, Jewel School Friends

Christie Searle Murrow, Charis Designs Jewelry

Heather Richter, Desert Jewelry Designs

Ev Shelby, Raindrop Creations 

Dolores Raml, CraftyD’s Creations

Kim Dworak, Cianci Blue

Cassi Renee Paslick, Beads: Rolling Downhill

Annette Rivers, Mama Owl’s Mess

Tammie Tusher Everly, TTE Designs

Crystal Thain, Here Bead Dragons

Marybeth Rich, A Few Words from within the Pines

Norbel Marolla, She Flies Again Jewelry

Karen Burg, KEB Designs

Karin Grosset Grange, Ginkgo et Coquelicot

Jasvanti Patel, Jewels by Jasvanti

Beads, Blog Hops and Challenges

Summer Color Surprise Blog Hop

Some months ago, Lisa Lodge announced another one of her fun challenges and blog hops, the Summer Color Surprise Blog Hop. Lisa’s challenges involve purchasing a kit from her, containing a selection of beads for creating something. In this challenge, we didn’t get to pick the colour of the bead selection, hence the surprise.
The bead kit I received was green. It contained a round Marsha Neal Studio pendant with a spiral design in a pretty shade of green, a handful of large round yellow turquoise beads and some tiny olivine Swarovski bicones.
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While I was tempted to keep to greens alone, I decided the beads needed a pop of colour to pull the three shades of green together, I added some green and orange bi-coloured glass nuggets and some oval antiqued copper chain. Apparently I’m on a long necklace kick at the moment, because this one is about 30 inches long.
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With some of the left-over Swarovski crystals and a couple more of the bi-coloured nuggets, I whipped up a pair of earrings too.
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Thanks for the opportunity to create something with these beautiful beads Lisa! I’m looking forward to the next challenge in November. Now, go and check out what other people have made. We all got different packs, so there’ll be a great variety!
Your Hostess: Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist
Chris Eisenberg, Wander Ware Audrey Belanger, Dreams of an Absolution
Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes <– You are here!
Monique Urquhart, A Half-Baked Notion
Beti Horvath, Stringing Fool
Charlene Bausinger Jacka, Clay Space
Renetha Williams Stanziano, Lamplight Crafts
Leah Mifflin Tees, My Beady Little Eyes
Kathy Zeigler Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
Alicia Marinache, All the Pretty Things
Laurie Vyselaar, Lefthand Jewelry
Eleanor Burian-Mohr, The Charmed Life
Julie Lockhart, Copar Aingeal
Dolores Rami, CraftyD’s Creations
Elizabeth Bunn, Elizabeth Beads
Mowse Doyle, Mowse Made This
Veralynne Malone, Designed by Vera
Candida Elkins Castleberry, Spun Sugar Beadworks
Shaiha Williams, Shaiha’s Ramblings
Christie Searle Murrow, Charis Designs Jewelry
Andrea Glick-Zenith, ZenithJade Creations
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.

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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!!

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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!

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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