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Monday, January 26, 2015

Mimi's Monday Look at Pinterest

I've been "pinning" alot lately and actually doing some of the pins as well.  I thought I'd share a bit how that's been working out for me....





Saturday, December 6, 2014

Bead Hoarders Blog Hop

Welcome to the 2nd Annual Bead Hoarders Blog Hop hosted by the always gracious and wonderfully talented Lori Anderson of Pretty Things.  I did not participate in this last year (and almost didn't make it this year, lol), but am very happy to be a part of it today :) .  The premise of this hop is to gather those beads that you've been holding on to for a while - in some cases, years - and finally create something with them.  In other words, it's a swift kick in the butt the inspiration to design something using materials that you have on hand (and have had sitting around for a long time...).  After we share our creations today, we commence "hopping" and hope that you will join us (the list of participants is posted on Lori's blog (link above and below).  You will find some beautiful "pretties" and maybe some new favorite artisans as well!

First, the photo above shows my selected hoard of beads.  The green and white artisan lampwork beads I'm fairly certain are from Lori Robbins which means I've had them since 2007 (eek...).  I purchased the sparkly deep green artisan lampwork ones from DerondaDesigns not quite so long ago... 2008 (I know...).

Here is the bracelet I finally designed with these stunning lampwork beauties, combined with green aventurine, Swarovski pearls and crystals, and sterling silver rounds, findings, and clasp.

I know I'll be enjoying this special bracelet throughout the holidays this season and am so glad I finally got this kick inspiration to use these gorgeous beads!

Please join me in hopping through Lori's blog to see her incredible pretties and on to the other talented artisans in the list posted there - grab a cup of joe, cocoa, or if it's a little later and you're feeling so inclined.... - and settle in to see some beautiful jewelry and post some comments :)  Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, October 26, 2014

Octoberfest Blogfest 2014

Today is reveal day for the third annual Octoberfest Blogfest hosted by Toltec Jewels of Jewel School Friends.  While I'm a little late to the party today in posting ( if you know me, insert "chuckle" here), I am very excited to be a part of this hop, as autumn is hands down my favorite season.  The challenge was to find inspiration in and share creations from fall.  So, with my warm mug of cider at hand, I proceed.

Inspiration is never difficult this time of year, but my muse was especially delighted by a wonderful trip we took "Up North" a few weeks ago, where the trees, lakes, and vineyards were robed in their autumnal beauty.

When we returned, it didn't take me too long to find these gorgeous artisan lampwork beads, green with highlights of leafy brown, burnt orange, reds, to be the focals of this necklace and earring set.  The necklace also features carnelian, fancy jasper, and rainbow jasper nuggets with Swarovski crystals. Welcome fall! So happy to see you again!

Octoberfest Blog Hop 2014

Octoberfest Blogfest 2014

Please "hop" on over to our hostess, Toltec Jewels where you will find the list of all the Blogfest participants - so much awesome autumn inspiration and creations to discover! Happy hopping!


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Catching Up

May?  And now, it's almost September?  Really??  Yep.  That's what happens when this happens.

Add a lot of
, ~ a little and, unfortunately, a fair dose of
and wow, yep, it IS almost September!  I'm getting healthy and ready for fall - hope you are, too!  It will be a new season in many ways!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Welcome to Reveal Day!

Yes, it is finally "Reveal Day" for the 8th Bead Soup Blog Party - which means that today, almost 500 artisan bloggers around the WORLD will be showing you for the first time and telling you about what they created with the soups of beads received from their partners...including me and my awesome partner, Susan Walls of Susan's Art Circus.

First, a reminder of the incredible soup that Susan sent me - I had sooo much to "cook" with and had such a great time!

Filled with mother of pearl, shells, shades of blues and greens, sea charms, and a  beautiful Tribal silver starfish focal, this treasure box was a perfect match for my ocean "spirit" - and the timing was great as we were due to spend a week on the Gulf coast which was great for feeding my muse!

My first piece was a necklace to feature two of the focals - a mother of pearl piece and the silver starfish - and also use one of the clasps from the soup.  I added a "fun" silver turtle to the focal and then used the blue and green crackle glass beads along with more mother of pearl rounds, plus blue chalcedony, tropic jade, and rainbow jasper, all wired with sterling silver.

"Beach Dreams" Necklace


Of course, then it was natural for the "fun" turtle to get some "friends." 

I LOVE this set sooo much and have already worn it many times - it is definitely a keeper for me :)

With such a wonderful soup collection, my muse kept going but this time I moved to a different color inspiration while still following the ocean/beach theme.

"Sand Dunes" Set

Finally, I used the beautiful turquoise nuggets provided along with chips of amethyst, quartz,  and turquoise in a memory wrap bracelet with whimsical sea charms from the soup.

"Beach Wrap" Bracelet

I still have leftover soup, and in this case "leftovers" are great!  So, I'm sure I'll be adding to the "Beach Collection" in the near future.  It has been such fun getting to know a new super-talented friend, and I can't wait to see what Susan has created with the soup I sent her.  Be sure to "hop" over to Susan's Art Circus and see for yourself.  And then, check out all the other incredible creations and blogs today and this weekend - you can get the complete list from our fearless leader Lori Anderson at Pretty Things.  Have fun hopping!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Wordless Wednesday

Friday, May 2, 2014

Extra! Extra!

As in an "extra" week until the Bead Soup Blog Party reveal - Lori, our fearless (and I mean, fearless, bless her heart) leader, is facing extremely challenging health issues (please keep her in your thoughts and prayers) and has asked that we move the reveal date back one week.  So, if you stop by here tomorrow you won't see the incredible necklace, bracelet, and earrings that I can't wait to show you....

But since I now have an extra week....when you stop by NEXT Saturday, May 10th, you might possibly see that awesome necklace, bracelet, pair of earrings PLUS even more great items since the stash I received from my super soup partner is overflowing, and my creative juices have even more time to play! :)