Tuesday, April 18, 2017

A Blog Hop, A Key and A Ladybug Walk Into a Craft Room.....

Hey everyone, thanks for stopping by this week.  I appreciate your comments and your visits.  I have a lot to cover so I will try to make it short.  This week I am excited to post my finished pieces from the Bead Peeps Swap N' Hop!  I am running late so please forgive me.

A Swap N' Hop means that we get a partner and swap beads and then hop to everyone's blogs and check out what they make.  My partner is Becky Pancake.  She has amazing taste in beads and is super generous with her sends.  See what she sent me.


 AMAZING!!! WOW!!!  I think I spend a few days just drooling over these beads.  Do you see that amazing pendant in the middle?  It is so beautiful.


I was so overwhelmed by the beads that it took me some time to get myself together and make something beautiful with them.  I mean, when you are given something special you want to make sure that you make something special with it, right?  Right!

Here is what I came up with.  I took some of my 15's and made a herringbone necklace for that beautiful pendant.  I used one of my clasps.


The rest of those beads just would not talk to me.  I had an idea to bead around a few of the beads.  But that was really all I could think of.  Then it hit me, instead of making another bracelet why not make something that I don't have a lot of.  Pendants!

Once that was settled I got to work on the beads.  I started out using Becky's 2 colors of delicas that she sent me and added a grey to that and made a peyote tube.  The rest just fell into place


I added the 8's as a bail and the lampwork bead at the top.  The fire polished beads dangle from the tube with sea glass drop beads at the bottom.  2 of which have been embellished with the 8's and 11's.  Here it is hanging from my necklace.


I love how this one looks.  I am going to keep the rest of the beads close to me on my craft table to see if they speak to me again so I can make something with them.  Thanks again Becky, it was great getting to know you.

Now, over to Every Inchie Monday the theme is Bug/Lady beetle.  So this is my ladybug.  She is a bit bigger than most of the ladybugs I normally see but I think that is ok lol.


This week over at 2x2x2 the theme is Keys.  I took this opportunity to design some vintage ornate keys.  This pattern feeds my design OCD.  I love it!


Now, lastly I beaded up another animal for the Seed Beads and More Zoo Spotlight.  This is one of my patterns and I call him Owliver.  He is dressed up as a proper gentleman!  Isn't he cute?!?


Phew! So much to have gotten through and I DID IT!  LOL. Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to fly on over to EIM and 2x2x2 to check out the artwork and maybe join in!  Below is a list of all of the Swap N' Hop blogs so fly on over and check those out. Have a blessed and creative week my friends!

Non-Seed Beaders
Linda Anderson   http://fromTheBeadBoard.blogspot.com
Christina Hickman http://www.vintagetreasuresjewelry.blogspot.com

Catherine LaVite http://drygulchbeadsandjewelry.blogspot.com/
Barbara Price   http://www.instagram.com/colorcopiajewelrydesigns/

Kathy Lindemer https://bay-moon-design.blogspot.com/
Linda Raggo http://www.instagram.com/linda_raggo_

Marianne Baxter http://simplyseablimejewelry.blogspot.com
Rachelle Walker http://www.chellerydesigns.net/blog

Gloria Allen http://wingsandbeads.blogspot.com
Ally Asato https://instagram.com/purplemosspal

Robin Lynne Showstack http://heartsdesiresjewelryforyou.blogspot.com/
Naomi Knafla     https://www.instagram.com/naomiknafla/

Maria Rosa Sharrow http://willowstreetshops.blogspot.com
Dana Phillips   http://www.neverwinterdesigns.blogspot.com

Michelle McCarthy http://www.fireflydesignstudio.blogspot.com
Beth Blanc       https://www.instagram.com/beth.blanc.designs.jewelry/

Hope Smitherman http://CraftyHope.com
Kari Asbury   https://www.instagram.com/kariasburyjewelry/

Shai Williams http://www.shaihasramblings.com/
Betony Maiden http://beadwenches.blogspot.com

Inge van Roos     http://ingetraud.wordpress.com
Kelly Hosford Patterson https://www.instagram.com/pyxeestyx/

Kristina Peck http://tealeavesandtinyhats.blogspot.com/
Lori Schneider http://beadaddicted.blogspot.com

Rosantia Petkova   http://bairozan.blogspot.bg/
Erika Price     http://erikaprice.co.uk

Claire Fabian http://saraccino.blogspot.de/
Rachel Mallis http://www.sharpthingsblog.com

Deb Fortin   http://mhotistudio.blogspot.ca
Nicole Rennell http://nicolerennell.com

Joanne Bell https://joannetinks.wordpress.com/
Johana Nunez http://www.artincendi.com

Sam Waghorn     http://palemooncreation.blogspot.co.uk
Natalie Davidson http://www.northshoredays.com/

Robin Reed   http://www.willowdragon.blogspot.com
Faye Wolfenden http://torchfairy.blogspot.com

Karin King http://maverickbeads.blogspot.ca
Divya     http://www.jewelsofsayuri.com

Rebecca White http://morganafeycreations.wordpress.com
Palak Udeshi http://kalaabhushan.blogspot.in

Seed Beaders
Rebecca White http://morganafeycreations.wordpress.com
Palak Udeshi http://kalaabhushan.blogspot.in

Penny Houghton http://smellynelly.blogspot.com.au
Krafty Max   http://www.kraftymax.net/blogposts/

Heather Canepa http://www.desertjewelrydesigns.com
Ginger Bishop http://lilmummylikes.blogspot.com

Katy Heider     http://onthepondcreations.blogspot.com/
Renetha Stanziano http://lamplightcrafts.blogspot.com/

Becky Pancake http://beckypancakebeaddesigns.blogspot.com/
Tina Pawass https://freebirdsinnovations.blogspot.com

Mowse Doyle http://www.midnight-leopard.com/
Tami Norris https://www.instagram.com/taminorris79/

Minnette Miller   https://www.instagram.com/minnettemiller/
Veralynne Malone http://www.veradesigns.blogspot.com


Monday, April 10, 2017

All Caught Up!

Hey everyone, thanks for stopping by! I am BACK!  LOL not like I was really gone but something about the seasons changing and the time change messes with me.  I spend about a week unable to do much of anything.  I am so tired and worn out.  But this weekend I made up for it!  I. MADE. UP. FOR. IT!!!!  YAY!  lol

Before I get to last weeks pieces I want to get to this weeks pieces.  Over at Every Inchie Monday the theme is an awesome one, Crow.  If you think I am a bit excited then you are right!  Everyone knows I love hockey, and one of my favorite hockey players is nicknamed "Crow".  His name is Corey Crawford.  So I used his number as my inchie.


Honestly, any chance that I can mix hockey and beading together is a goal!  (see what I did there!)


I mean check him out!  Goalies get all the cool equipment!  #crOwMG

Also this week I made time to do a cute little beaded robin in honor of my Mom; who would have been 81 last month.   I made it as part of the monthly challenge over at the Facebook group Seed Beads and More.  She is not my own pattern, she was designed by Pauline_eline, I do love how she came out and the fact that she was dimensional peyote stitch.  It has been a while since I did that.  Check her out. Isn't she cute?


So thats it for this weeks pieces and here is the real pieces from last week.  Over at EIM the theme was parrot and here he is.  This is a bit of a blurry picture but I like the colors of him.  


Over at 2x2x2 the theme was coin and I hate to say it but my pattern picture was so much better than the finished product.  I used 2 colors of grey but they are hard to tell apart and the 2 colors of gold coins are hard to tell apart as well.  But maybe if you squint real hard you can tell the difference.  lol


Also, I joined a bead swap over at the Facebook group Bead Peeps, but with the issues I had recently I am running late one it and have only had time to make 1 item so I am hoping to finish the rest of my pieces this week.  

That is it for me this week everyone.  Don't forget to fly on over to EIM and 2x2x2 to check out the art and upcoming word prompts so you can join in!  Have a blessed and creative week my friends.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

A Cheat Week

Hey everyone, I hate to admit that I am calling it in this week.  There has been a lot going on with me this last week.  I have not been able to bead at all this last week.  But I did not want to miss Every Inchie Monday or 2x2x2.  So because of that I am posting the patterns that I have and not the actual beadwork.

For EIM the theme is Parrot.  What a beautiful bird!  The colors are so vibrant and rainbowy!  Here is my parrot.  What do you think?



Also over at 2x2x2 the theme is coin.  How is the world am I going to do that in beads?  Pretty much everything I can think about is not working and then it comes to me!  How about a pot of gold?  They are all coins aren't they?  So that is what I did.  Check it out.  What do you think?


Well, that is it for me.  I do hope that I can get out of this funk and get back to my beads.  Until then don't forget to fly on over to EIM and 2x2x2 to check out the great art over there.