Monday, February 12, 2018

And away she goes...

Can you guess what it is?  I sent my bead selection off to my partner in the swap and hop being hosted by Linda Anderson of Cherry On Top Design Co..  I really hope that Terry over at Tapping Flamingo is happy and challenged by what I selected.  I chose a focal from an artist that I love and the rest of the beads came from my own stash. Whenever I've done these swap and hops, I always look at what I put together for my partner and think, why didn't you ever put this stuff together and make something with it yourself. I guess that's when you know you've made good choices about what to send to your partner.  When you can see the possibilities and want to keep it for yourself, it's time to send it on to your partner.

I think Terry is really going to be challenged by the color palette that I went with, but I know she is up for it.  Hopefully she will find it a fun, carefree and springy combination.  I better not say anything more than that.  Now I just have to wait on pins and needles for my package to arrive from Terry.

Tomorrow it's back to work for me, so always remember...



Saturday, February 3, 2018

It's Never Too Late...

Wow! I didn't realize it had been so long since I had been here.  You know what they say though, it's never too late to start again.

I'm participating in a bead swap and hop, hosted by Linda Anderson from Cherry On Top Design. Co.  Basically, you sign up to be partnered up with another bead lover, follow the rules for picking beads, swap beads with your partner and write up a big reveal of what you made with what your partner sent you.  Easy as pie! I was matched up with my partner on Tuesday and would like to introduce you to:  Terry of Tapping Flamingo fame.  I am super excited to get back in the swap and hop game. 

In parting, always remember...

Love Ya!

Friday, August 1, 2014


I didn't win the Round Rabbit Extra pendants.  Congrats to the winner, I'm sure she will enjoy using them to create something beautiful.

Today, Lorelei is giving away a whole box of goodies, so go and check out what she is so generously offering and follow the instructions for several chances to win.

Good luck to all.


Thursday, July 31, 2014

Hoping to Win...

One of my very favorite jewelry designers, Lorelei Eutro, is having a week of give aways on her blog and, as much as I have loved everything she has given away so far, I really want what she is giving away today. She is giving away THREE Round Rabbit Extra pendants, and I have a serious hankering to win.

If you would like to win Lorelei's give away today, go visit her blog and check out the pendants. But be warned, I plan on being stiff competition!

Happy day to you all!


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Earrings, earrings and more earrings...

I figured I better post something, since I've gone almost two months without saying "boo" around here.  Like most of the world, work seems to take up so much of my time that there is little remaining for jewelry making.  My niece, her husband and their new baby visited from Florida over the Forth of July. It was so great to see them and kiss that new baby.  In the last nine months, I've had two great-nephews and one great niece born.  Two of them I get to see all the time, so it was a great treat to see baby Sawyer (and him mom and dad, too).

I have been in the work room making jewelry; earrings, bracelets and necklaces, oh, my!  I've also been playing around with photo collage making, so here are some results.

And a banner....

Clearly, I need more practice.  I also need better photos.  Oh, look, more work to do.  I guess it keeps me from roaming the streets.

Happy Creating, peeps...


Friday, May 30, 2014


I was bee-bopin' through the interwebs a few weeks ago and I visited Lorelei Eurto's blog. I was lucky enough to visit when she was announcing a bead challenge. I do love a good challenge. The beads for this challenge were offered through Stinky Dog Beads, here's a picture of what we had to work with:

I love each of these beads, which is why I decided to join this challenge.  However, I haven't risen to the challenge as much as I should have.  I did create one piece from the challenge ingredients, and I have a couple of ideals for other pieces, but that is for another day.

Here is the necklace that I made with the English cut beads:

I've had the ceramic fish pendant for two years now, but I haven't been able to find something to use it with.  When I saw the English cut beads, I knew I had the perfect bead in the perfect color.  I bought the pendant from Firefly Design Studio.  I love Michelle's ceramics so much.  I also used irregular fresh water pearls, assorted small faceted Czech beads and silver toned roundels.  The odd shaped clear "bubble" was an extra that someone gave me when I ordered some other hand made glass beads.

So, there you have it, my entry for the Stinky Dog Bead Challenge.  Thank you Lorelei and Stinky Dog Beads for the opportunity to play along.  Please visit Lorelei's blog for a full list of the other participants, and thanks for visiting here.  I can't wait to visit the blogs of the other participants to see what they have created.

In other news, I did another bead charm bracelet and earring set for a coworkers daughter.  I was told it was to be a birthday gift, so I can't show pictures until after the big day, but, think shades of pink.

Have a wonderful weekend and happy creating....


Saturday, May 10, 2014

Welcome to my table...please enjoy my Soup

Welcome, welcome, welcome.  Thank you for stopping by for the Bead Soup Blog Party, hosted by Lori Anderson and enjoyed by many from around the world.  I won't go into all the details, I'm assuming if you are visiting this blog today, you already know what's going on.  This is my third bead soup and I have enjoyed each and every one that I have participated in.

This time around my partner is Linda Anderson.  She is a great jewelry designer and I have had so much fun getting to know her.  For the first time I have actually gotten to know my partner and I hope we can remain friends after this blog party.

Here is a reminder of what she sent me to work with:

Linda also sent some other beads after I had taken this photo, and I had already used those beads before I took a picture of them, so I only have pictures of them in my jewelry designs.  This is what I created with the extra beads that she sent: 

She sent the blue and green round beads and the small blue/green Czech flowers.  I choose to use the clasp that she sent in the bracelet, it acts as a really great focal element with a small group of flowers as an accent.  I also used some of my own Czech glass in the bracelet and earrings.

I made a necklace with the focal and some of the other beads that she sent.  I added some more Czech beads from my own hoard.  This necklace is pretty long, but I like that because it has a great casual feel that would work with breezy summer outfits.

I just realized that I didn't take a picture of the whole necklace, but there are small dangles of coordinating faceted Czech glass beads, spaced along the chain.  I didn't add a lot of dangles like on a charm bracelet, it is a very airy sort of necklace.

When I saw the pink, green and blue poke-a-dot beads I knew that I was going to make earrings with them.  When I designed the first pair I loved the look so much that I went ahead and made them all the same way.  Normally, I wouldn't copy a design over and over, but I really liked the look of the earrings. 

I also created some earrings to go with the long focal necklace.

Linda sent the faceted orange rondels and I added small yellow faceted rondels that I had.  They mimic the dangles that are on the necklace, only a little bigger.

You might be wondering about the large orange crackle and clear round beads.  I have used them, but I haven't finished the piece.  I got to playing around with my polymer clay and made a really neat focal piece, that worked really well with the orange crackle beads, but it is still a work in progress.  Really, it's more like housework got in the way of finishing the piece, but real life has a bad habit of intruding on what I really want to be doing.  Showing off that piece will have to be another post for another day.  I haven't used the silver rounds, yet, but they will get used one of these days.

Here is a reminder of what I sent to Linda; stop on over and see what she created with her soup ingredients.

And here is a short cut to a list of all the participants in the Bead Soup Blog Party.  Please go and enjoy as many of the blogs as you can.

Thank you for stopping by and a HUGE thank you and a hug to my partner, Linda.

Happy hopping to you all,