Friday, April 6, 2018

Bead Peeps Swap N Hop 2018

Welcome everyone and thanks for stopping by on your way through the Bead Peeps Swap N Hop. A big shout out to our hostess,  Linda Anderson. Without you, this project never would have taken off.  My partner of this adventure is Terry Jeanette Carter.  She provided all the inspiring elements for the jewelry that I created.  I would show you pictures of everything in the "raw" state, if I hadn't accidentally deleted them off my phone. Ever since 2018 began, I have been electronically challenged;  everything that can go wrong has and I am probably lucky that I haven't been electrocuted, so there you have it.

So, with that said, let me show you the pictures of what I created with the wonderful goodies that Terry sent.  Please remember the whole "electronically challenged" bit and forgive any blurry photos.

How about a wire wrapped sea shell for inspiration?


Or little sparkly/gold/coppery rounds?

Peachy sparkles:

Old guitar strings, anyone?

Pink and purple/blue Czech glass?

More shell action:

And, the cutest little pink and gray stones:

Now, I know that Terry is going, "But, wait, I sent you more than that."  And, it's true, she was even more generous than what I've shown here.  I just realized that I didn't take photos of the wire wrapped sea glass piece.  Forgive me, Terry.  I will add it at a later date, just remember the whole ELECTRONICALLY CHALLENGED, THING!!!  It's real, people, the struggle is REAL!

Here is a list of all the other participants, so get to hopping!!  Remember, Terry Jeanette Carter
is my partner, so stop there first. 

Linda Anderson

Linda Anderson (You Are Here)
Inge von Roos

Kari  Asbury
Nadine Edris

Kathy Lindemer
Hope Smitherman

Marde Lowe
Christina Hickman

Terry Jeanette Carter

Catherine La Vite
Joanne Bell       

Rosantia Petkova
Bonnie Robbins

Natalie Davidson
Robin Reed       

Karin King
Jenny Kyrlach

Erika Price
Sarah Reid

Divya N            
Lori Schneider

Robin Showstack
Nicole Rennell

Fay Wolfenden
Shai Williams    

andrea frank
Cheri Reed       

Seed Beaders
Deborah Apodaca

Penny Houghton
Paulina Russell         Http://

Heather Canepa
Tina Hemr       

Michelle Marson

REbecca White  
Laura Bosch

Kathleen Breeding
Becky Pancake

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....