August 31, 2012

Pay It Forward~~Handmade

While perusing the latest posts for some of my favorite blogs, I came across a really great idea from Over the Moon Designs~~Pay It Foward:  Handmade.  Karen Mitchell read this concept and signed up on  Maša’s blog, HEARTing Handmade :3.  

Here’s How It Works (I borrowed this part from Karen's blog)

I’ll send a surprise gift to the first three commenters on this blog post. The gift will be a handmade surprise by me and will be sent to you some time in the next 365 days (yep, mystery gift at a mystery time).

Here’s what you need to do, leave me a comment and make sure you include your email address (if your profile doesn’t include it). I’ll email you for your snail mail address and a ask a few questions (likes/dislikes, favourite colours, sizes general stuff like that). In case your wondering, I’m happy to sent gifts overseas :)

To complete signing up you MUST play along too. To do this you must blog a similar post and pledge to make a surprise gift for the first three people who comment on it.

So, do you want to play? Comment below and I’ll sent a thoughtful handmade gift to the first three people who do.

This is so exciting!

August 28, 2012

New at Stash!

I think this new bracelet by Carole Ohl might go viral soon!  It's gorgeous and so easy to make.  Just imagine this done with orange and black rondelles for Halloween.  Or even red and green velvet rondelles for the Christmas holidays.  The possibilities are endless.

Stash: More Jump Ring Play: Playing with jump rings and the beautiful Czech rondelles...

August 25, 2012

Bead Soup Blog Party 3rd Reveal!

I was part of the first reveal, but now it is time for the 3rd BSBP Reveal!  Visit Lori Anderson's blog, Pretty Things to see what she cooked up and be sure to stop by all the other participant's blogs to view some wonderful designs!  Below are links to the participants.  Thank you Lori, for hosting the party and I am looking foward to the next one!

Hostess, Lori Anderson, Pretty Things

Agi Kiss, Moonsafari Beads
Alice Peterson, Alice Dreaming
Alison Sachs, Beads by Earthtones
Amanda Dittloff, Passion Smashin'
Andra Marasteanu, Bijoux de Monanage
Angie Szlovak, SweetBeads
Anitra Gordy, Leelu Creations
Ann Sherwood, Ann's Blog
Arlene Dean, A Glass Bash
Audrey Belanger, Dreams of an Absolution
Barb Solem, Vivi Magoo Presents
Barbara Blaszczyk, laboratorim Flory
Bianca Odenthal, Zydies Glasperlen
Birgit Klughardt, GitesBeads
Bobbie Rafferty, Beadsong Jewelry
Bonnie Coursolle, Jasper Gems
Cece Cormier, The Beading Yogini
Charlene Jacka, Clay Space
Cherrie Fick, En La Lumie're
Cheryl Foiles, Get Your Bead On
Christie Murrow, Charis Designs Jewelry

Christina Miles, Wings n Scales
Christina Stofmeel, Feng Beads
Christine Stonefield, Sweet Girl Design
Cindy Cima Edwards, Live to Design
CJ Bauschka, 4 His Glory Creations
Claire Smith, Embergrass Jewelry
Cynthia Riggs, Cynth's Blog
Dana Fowler, Trunk Full of Treasure
Dawn Pierro, Turtle Moon Designs
Dee Elgie, Cherry Obsidia
Donetta Farrington, Simply Gorgeous
Dot Lewallwn, Speedie Beadie

Eileen Snyder, Dorset Hill Beads
Elizabeth Bunn, Elizabeth Beads
Eva Kovacs, Ewa gyongyos vilaga!
Evelyn Duberry, Sheba Makeda
Fay Wolfenden, Torch Fairy
Fen Li, Bead Flora Jewels
Gail Zwang, Angel Moose Enterprises
Geneva Collins, Torque Story
Grace Dorsey, Fan of the Flame
Gretchen Nation, Art Food Lodging
Hannah Annear, Squintessential

Hajer Waheed, My Beaded World
Heather Goldsmith, As I Bead It
Heather Otto, The Craft Hopper
Heidi Kingman, My Bead Therapy
Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
Isolina Perez, Isolina Perez
Jacqueline Keller, CreARTelier
Jane Haag, Did You Make Something Today?
Janeen Sorensen, Wild Vanilla Designs
Jean Peter, Jean P. Designs
Jennifer Judd, Jen Judd Rocks
Jennifer L Justman, Soul's Fire Designs
Joanna Matuszczyk, Bizuteria z filcu
Joanne Brown, Jo's Jewels

Joanne Lockwood, Jo Bunkum
Joyce Becker, Joyce's Joyful Gems
Judy Riley, Three Red Beads
Karen Mitchell, Over the Moon Design
Karen Williams, Baublicious
Karin von Hoeren, Creative Ideen
Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
Kashmira Patel, Sadafule .. always in bloom!
Kate Richbourg, We Can Make That at Home
Katrin Lembke, AllesPerle
Kathy Combs, Torched in Texas

Kathy Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreationz
Kelley Fogle, My Life, One Bead at at Time
Kelly Hosford Patterson, Traveling Side Show
Klaudette Koon, Only Road
Lara Lutrick, Lampwork Beads by Lara
Laura Guenther, Blue Antiquities
Laurie Lalonde, Simply Mod Jewelry
Lilik Kristiani, Soul of My Embodiment
Linda Younkman, Lindy's Designs
Lisa Chapman, Beach Cat Beads
Lisa Lodge, Pine Ridge Treasures

Loretta Carstensen, Designs by Loretta
Lori Bergmann, Lori Bergmann Design
Lori Dorrington, Lori's Adventures in Etsy Land
Lupe Meter, Gem's PC Corner
Lynn Davis, LLYYNN
Malin de Koning, Beading by Malin
Mandi Effron, Craft-o-licious
Mandy Williamson, Mimi's Beading
Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter
Maria Rosa Sharrow, Willow Street Shops

Marianne Baxter, Simply Seablime Jewelry
Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre
Marjolein Trewavas, Room for Change
Marelene Cupo, Amazing Designs
Marsha Neal, Marsha Neal Studio
Marta Kaczerowska, uhuhu
Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes
Menka Gupta, Menka's Jewelry Blog
Michelle Burnett, Reverie and Revival
Michelle Escano-Caballero, The Cabby Crafter
Miko Wiropati, Uniquely Yunikua
Milla Hope, LB Creative Arts and Crafts

Mimi Gardner, Other Curiosities
Miranda Ackerley, MirandackArts
Natalie McKenna, grubbi
Noemi Baena, fuego, metal, y color
Pam Ferrari, Ferrari Originals
Pam Sears, Crazy Creative Corner
Penny Neville, Copper Penny
Rachel Baron, R. Baron Designs
Rachel Myers, Rockabead Jewelry
Rana Wilson, Definitive Designs by R. Wilson
Rebecca Anderson, Song Beads
Rebecca Sirevaag, Becca's Place
Riki Schumacher, Riki Jewelry
Rose Binoya, Ahtee's Blog

Rossana De Gaspari, Rdegas Blog
Sandi James, Do Be Do Bead Do
Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe
Sandra Wollberg, City of Brass Stories
Sarah Goode, Pookledo
Sarah Small, blog by salla
Shai Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings
Shawn Mills, Shawn Marie Designs with Bent Wire
Sheila Davis, Stone Designs by Sheila
Sheryl Stephens, Babble Bead
Shiraz Biggie, Secret Song Designs
Solange Collin, Ahowin Handcrafted Jewelry
Sonya Stille, Dreamin' of Beads
Stephanie Dixon, The Dixon Chick

Susan Kennedy, Sue Beads
Susan Sheehan, Strands of Thought
Suzann Sladcik Wilson, Beadphoria
Sweet Freedom, Sweet Freedom Designs
Tabatha Dinger, Modernly Created
Tania Hagen, Pelima Jewellery Design
Tanya Boden, Fusion Muse
Terri Gauthier, Blooming Ideas
Terry Carter, Tapping Flamingo
Tracy Stillman, Tracy Stillman Designs

August 6, 2012

August 4, 2012

We Can Make That at Home: Win A Torch!

We Can Make That at Home: Win My Favorite Torch!: August marks my 20th Anniversary as a Jewelry Educator and in celebration I am hosting a giveaway every Friday this month. It's just a lit...

Beady Eyed Bunny: Thrift Store Blog hop - Reveal!

Beady Eyed Bunny: Thrift Store Blog hop - Reveal!: With everything going on - the BSBP, the Olympics, the fleeting summer, life in general - it seemed like I joined this hop ages ago. And in ...

August 3, 2012

Pretty Things Giveaway with Beads Direct UK

Yet another bead giveaway!  If you want a chance to win these beads, visit Lori Anderson's blog, Pretty Things:

If you do win these beads, you have to make something and blog about it!


Lorelei's Blog: Stamped Metal Jewelry: A Giveaway!

Lorelei's Blog: Stamped Metal Jewelry: A Giveaway!: HAPPY FRIDAY! Celebrating the weekend with a giveaway- I knew you'd be psyched! Beaducation donated a copy of Lisa Niven Kelly's boo...

August 1, 2012

Beads of Clay Blog: August Giveaway

Beads of Clay Blog: August Giveaway: Welcome to our Monthly PROFESSIONAL ARTISAN TEAM Giveaway Once a month, on the first Wednesday, We will give away some beautiful c...

These Very Generous Donations are From:
(Left to right and top to bottom)
Lisa Nilsen - Trollsmed
Diana Ptaszynski - Suburban Girl Beads
Vladislav Ivanov - Golem Studio
Mary Harding - Mary Harding Jewelry
Lisa Boucher - ClayworksNH
Joan Miller - Joan Miller Porcelain

"Summer Lovin" Challenge Reveal!

Hello beaders.  My name is Renetha, and I am addicted to bead challenges.  Amy of the Amybeads blog is hosting a "Summer Lovin" bead challenge.  Visit her blog for more details.  The inspiration colors are so pretty!

I love pearls!
Here is what I ended up with.  I added some gray ribbon and linen strands.

Thank you Amy (Amybeads blog) for hosting and providing the wonderful inspiration focal and beads!  Below are the participants in the Summer Luvin' Challenge/Blog Hop!  Happy hopping.

Renetha (You are here, Thanks for stopping by!)
Lori B. (no blog as of the time of this post)
Lucy K. (Visit Amybeads blog to view her design!)
Debbie Beechy Beetique