On the 8th Day of Christmas I will be at my favorite bead shop, STASH for some much needed downtime beading, eating, talking, beading, eating talking, and gazing at the bead wall. But most of all spending time with friends. HAPPY NEW YEAR!
On the 5th day of Christmas Kathleen Lange Klik sent to me: One Leaf Pendant and 5 Polymer Clay Rondelles! Group 1 Participants : #1 Lorelei Eurto http://Lorelei1141.blogspot.com #2 Marcy Lamberson http://www.StudioMarcy.blogspot.com #3 Donna Millard http://fyrebeadz.blogspot.com/ #4 Pam Ferrari http://ferrarioriginalsyahoocom.blogspot.com/ #5 Kathleen Lange Klik http://www.ModernNatureStudio.blogspot.com #6 Kristi Bowman http://dreamsomedesigns.blogspot.com/ #7 Carolyn Chenault http://carolynchenault.wordpress.com #8 Renetha Stanziano http://lamplightcrafts.blogspot.com #9 Karen Totten http://www.starryroadstudio.blogspot.com/ #10 Cheri Reed http://creativedesignsbycheri.blogspot.com/ #11 Francesca Watson http://www.francescawatson.com #12 Inge von Roos http://www.ingetraud.wordpress.com
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I joined a new group on Facebook: The Year of Jewelry Project, 2013 . As a member, you are supposed to create a piece of jewelry a week. As you work within the weekly timeframe, you create designs you may like, or not like. Sometimes you will feel like making jewelry sometimes you won't. But the goal is to see how much you have grown as a jewelry designer at the end of the year. There are weekly themes for those of us (me) who can't concentrate and lose focus often. The first week's theme for the New Year is RENEWAL. Renewal: It makes me think about the snow and how it covers everything throughout the winter. The pic above only gives a glimpse of the snow outside our window this morning. Then comes spring with the melting of the snow, and trees start showing buds on once bare limbs. Cliche, I know. I took a burnished leaf from my Holiday Bling II swap stash and used patinas to match it closer to the fire agate beads. I have fallen in love with faceted a
On the 3rd day of Christmas Donna Millard sent to me: One European Style Lampwork Charm! Group 1 Participants : #1 Lorelei Eurto http://Lorelei1141.blogspot.com #2 Marcy Lamberson http://www.StudioMarcy.blogspot.com #3 Donna Millard http://fyrebeadz.blogspot.com/ #4 Pam Ferrari http://ferrarioriginalsyahoocom.blogspot.com/ #5 Kathleen Lange Klik http://www.ModernNatureStudio.blogspot.com #6 Kristi Bowman http://dreamsomedesigns.blogspot.com/ #7 Carolyn Chenault http://carolynchenault.wordpress.com #8 Renetha Stanziano http://lamplightcrafts.blogspot.com #9 Karen Totten http://www.starryroadstudio.blogspot.com/ #10 Cheri Reed http://creativedesignsbycheri.blogspot.com/ #11 Francesca Watson http://www.francescawatson.com #12 Inge von Roos http://www.ingetraud.wordpress.com
The Challenge, hosted by Lorelei Eurto: Group #1 was for Components/Pendants/Beads - Participants will create by hand (no store bought beads/components please) 11 beads or components and for 11 days, then we open each component, and chronicle gifted beads on our blogs. Group #2 was for G eneral G ifts- Since we all love handmade gifts, Lorelei suggest participants make these gifts by hand, but they can be in any genre you like. Ornaments, Jewelry, prints, potholders, whatever you desire! Be creative and give gifts that you would love to receive yourself. Eleven (11) people (per group) were randomly chosen to participate and Lorelei Eurto , is in each group. Low and behold, my name came up for Group 1! Now I have to make handmade beads or components for 11 people. What was I thinking? I love challenges? I visited the blogs of my fellow Group 1 members, and wouldn't you know, most of them make gorgeous lamp work, ceramic, metal clay, jewelry and components. I now
Rebekah of Tree Wings Studio had one last giveaway for the year. Her beads are so pretty and I love her little critters. Stop by Art Jewelry Elements for Rebekah's Winter Inspiration pallet design. Without further ado, the winners are: Racing Ponies goes to… Renetha! Colors in the Woods goes to… Skye! Blue Roses and a Bluebird goes to… Claire! And finally, Red Roses goes to… Leigh Thow! Congratulations Everyone (myself included)! Thank you Rebekah for sharing your beautiful bead creations with us.
The Gossiping Goddess: Double Celebration - Double Giveaway...! : In celebration of reaching 1000 sales in her Etsy Shop THEA Too, Lesley Watt is having a giveaway! Be sure to stop by her blog for details.
Marlene Cupo and Shelley Graham Turner host a group on Facebook called MarShellSwaps. This group is for beaders who enjoy swaps, hops, and challenges. I missed the first Holiday Bling swap, but happily signed up for the Holiday Bling II swap and hop! Thank you Shelley for keeping us on task. I was partnered with Dyanne Everett-Cantrell, Dee-Liteful Jewelry Creations . I had a lot of fun sneaking around the internet to find out what types of "bling" my partner likes. N ow here is my bling from Dyanne. Oops! In my haste to post before the deadline, I forgot the beautiful mismatched earrings Dyanne made for me. One is blue and one is a deep red and both have other colors swirling throught. I wear them often, because they go with just about everything in my wardrobe. Stop by Dyanne's blog and view the full picture of her Holiday Bling! Thank you Dyanne for the wonderful gifts. Sneak Peak of What I sent to Dyanne HOLIDAY BLING II PARTICIP
I was catching up with a few of my favorite blogs and came across Lori Anderson's blog, Pretty Things . Her posts can be funny, joyful, and thought provoking. Today, she posted about her son's desire for an Elf (you know the one featured in the movie, Elf on the Shelf). Her post made me remember when my son Victor, at 4 years old, wanted a "Barbie" for Christmas. Yep, a "Barbie" doll. Victor really wanted a Barbie, and asked for one constantly. Well as you can guess, this did not bode will with DH (DaHusband). He couldn't figure out why his tough as nails son wants a "girl toy." He pretty much said that "we" are not getting a Barbie for our son. One afternoon, Victor and AJ were with me in a local thrift store. The boys went right to the toy section while I looked at getting some clothing for them. Lo and behold, the 4 year old zeroes in on the one lonely African American Barbie left on a shelf dressed in her finest pin
Lesley Watt, The Gossiping Goddess, received a huge stash beads from a friend, Kaz Baildon , who just happened to be destashing. After playing with the beads, Lesley decided to share the stash. Ten lucky people will receive a bead or two or three. If your name is chosen from the blog draw, you get free beads! But what are good are free beads without a challenge? The challenge is to make something from the beads you receive and post your creations. My name was drawn and I received these lovely beads. My favorite color combination. I made earrings with the wavy purple lampwork discs with the green center. I decided to string chain through the disks to make some earrings with movement. And boy do they swing. The green lampwork bead seemed like a focal bead to me so I decided to make a simple slip-on silver chain (say that 10 times fast) necklace. I added some lampies from Anne Miller , and some ceramic beads from Caroline of Blueberri Beads . I love it!