December 31, 2014

Pretty Palettes December Challenge

My apologies for the late post. A lot of things to take care of before we ring in the New Year.  The Pretty Palettes challenges are hosted by Erin Prais-Hintz and Halcraft.

Here are the beads I chose to go with the inspiration photo:

My Halstead Bead Gallery Selections

Here are my designs:

Memory Wire Bracelet

Starry Night Earrings
Mixed Metal Curvy Link Bracelet

Mixed metals indeed.  Once again this was a fun challenge.  Thanks to the hosts!

Happy New Year Everyone!


December 18, 2014

Michael's Challenge Reveal!

I didn't use all of the beads, but I really love the rustic look of those brown ceramic beads.  The focal I chose is a ceramic piece made by Pat Antonick of Heliotrope Bead Studio in Dayton, Ohio.  I love visiting her shop.  It's small, but her workroom is enormous.  She is an artist, beader, and quilter.  I am lucky her shop is close by.  The twisted looking ceramic beads were made by Pat as well.

Thank you for stopping by, and here is the link to other participants of this challenge:

Also thank you Heather Powers and Lorelei Eurto for hosting the challenge and providing the inspiration!

December 15, 2014

Challenge Alert! Michael's Beading Challenge Blog Hop with a Twist

Heather Powers and Lorelei Eurto are hosting another Michael's Beading Challenge! Check this link for more information!    TWIST?   The reveal is this Thursday, Dec. 18th!  I managed to get all of the beads for the challenge, except for the crackle rock crystal.  So I will use a substitute--White Quartzite stone, 8mm.  The beads go with this beautiful winter palette:

 Winter Palette

The beads.

What's the twist?  Support small businesses this holiday season!  So don't forget to stop by on December 18 for the Revel as well as a link to others who participate in the challenge.

November 26, 2014

November Pretty Palettes Challenge

I decided to play along in this month's Halcraft Pretty Palettes Challenge with Erin Prais-Hintz.  I love challenges.  The inspiration is from Design Seeds.  It's so rustic and colorful at the same time.  The challenge is to select beads (no, they don't necessarily don't have to be Halcraft beads) and create a jewelry design based on the palette.  Easy, right?

November inspiration is the perfect shade for fall: ORANGE!
                               From Design Seeds
To go with the palette, I chose red-dyed quartz (Halcraft), gray agates, and agates that have all the colors in the palette.

These beads are 14mm and a little heavy, so I went with making bracelets and earrings.

That was a lot of fun! Thank you for stopping by to see what I created for this challenge.  Have I said that I love challenges?  Well I do!


November 25, 2014

2014 Art Charm Exchange, Blog Hop and Beads of Courage Auction Reveal!

It is once again time for Jen Cameron's Art Bead Exchange.  Several jewelry designers and bead artists signed up to create and swap charms with participants.  A charm from each participant is then auctioned off, and the proceeds (100%) go to Beads of Courage!  Here are the charms I received.


I sent out charms similar to the one above.
  Lampwork by Agate68, EBAY

2014 Art Charm Exchange Participants

Jenny Davies-Reazor:
Lennis Carrier:
Vanessa Gilkes:
Elizabeth Auld:

Thanks for stopping by.  Now onto the next challenge!


November 19, 2014

Black & White Photo Challenge: Day 5!

Day 5 is here and the photo challenge is now over (for me anyway).  Now here is the last picture.

The skylight is located on our roof.  I sat on the floor to get this shot of the melting snow.

Now my journey is complete.  Thank you Donna Millard for the inspiration.  Have I said that I love challenges?  Well I do!

Until the next challenge......


November 18, 2014

Black & White Photo Challenge: Day 4

Now it's time to get creative.  What should I photograph now?  I've been outside, but today it is about 13 F and feels more like -2 F because of the wind chill.  Brrrrrr.  So indoor photos today.  I am glad I decided to play along side Day 4 of Donna Millard's original B&W photo challenge.

Bathroom Window
When we first moved into our house, I was so excited to decorate!  I found this metal sculpture ginkgo tree in a catalog.  So I bought it, and then couldn't find a wall I wanted to put it on.  Then inspiration hit me!  A little bending, and voila!  It fit perfectly in the window sill.  A little feather covered styrofoam bird was added a few years later.

Only one more day to go for this challenge.  I am having so much fun looking for things to photograph.  Have I said I love challenges?  Well I do.

Keeping Warm,

November 17, 2014

Black & White: Day 3

I went a little crazy today, as it was our first "big snow," and took several pictures around our house.  Snow day for my two youngsters.  My oldest son just left for his college work-study job.  It was a lot of fun trudging through the snow and breathing the fresh air.  Enjoy day 3 of my personal B&W photo challenge. Thank you Donna Millard for the inspiration.

Main Road Near Home

Deer Tracks

Trees Over the Creek

Snowy Creek Peek
Do you like challenges?  Well I do.


Black & White: Day 2

The snow has just started, after a wet and sleety start.  But I have a feeling that in the morning it will be icy roads and school closings.  I will be up early to watch the news.  Possibility of 3-5 inches by noon.

I sneaked out for a few minutes shortly before midnight to take the picture below.  I had fun trying to get my camera to take pictures at night using the macro lens, but no luck.  After removing the macro lens, I was able to get this shot of the fire bush in my front yard.

Fire Bush at Night
LOL!  I renamed the picture, but forgot to save it in color.  Oh well.

Have I mentioned that I love challenges?  Even if it is just for me?  Well I do.

B&W Photo Challenge Day 2.  Check.


November 16, 2014

Black & White: Day 1

A Facebook friend and awesome lampwork artist, Donna Millard, was called out by one of her friends to a 5 Day B&W photo challenge.  Her picture is just beautiful.  Her challenge inspired me to give it a try. We are expecting snow tonight, so I might sneak out and take some more pictures. Keep in mind, I am am not a professional photographer. Here is my photo.


I am not officially a part of the challenge, but thought this would be something fun to do for the next few days.  Inspiration can hit at any moment, and this moment was in my own backyard.

Have I said that I love challenges?  Well I do.

Keep Warm,

November 14, 2014

Art Charm Exchange & Auction for Beads of Courage!

Button Created by Lennis Carrier
It is once again time for Jen Cameron's Art Bead Exchange.  Several jewelry designers and bead artists signed up to create and swap charms with participants.  A charm from each participant is then auctioned off, and the proceeds (100%) go to Beads of Courage!  This year's theme:  SOAR!  Stay tuned as we reveal our charms on November 25, 2014.

October 26, 2014

Third Annual Octoberfest Blog Hop Reveal

Today my boys baked bread using the bread machine!  I watched the last half of the Cleveland Browns game (they won!).  I had a pretty quiet day and almost forgot about the blog hop, I was so relaxed.  So I took a few minutes to make a couple of pairs of howlite skull ear rings.

The ruffled lampwork disks are from Modern Trails; however, her Etsy shop seems to have disappeared.

Click on the Octoberfest Banner to visit other participants in this wonderful fall challenge.  Thank you Toltec Jewels for hosting the challenge and hop!

October 18, 2014

8th Do Over Challenge Reveal

Details, Details
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Jeannie (JKD Studio), sends challenge participants a piece of her jewelry for free.  Our challenge is to repurpose the jewelry into something beautiful and amazing.  Each participant receives a bracelet or a necklace.  I asked for 2 pieces to work with.  The participants don't know what they will end up with or even if they will like what they receive. Here are the pieces I received:
One necklace made with peridot chips, silver spiral pendant, and turquoise accent beads, and one bracelet made with red rounds, crystals, and gold seed beads.
The necklace reminds me of spring, but since it is now fall, here are the beads I decided to possibly use in my design or designs.
I didn't get as much done as I had planned to, but here are my "done over" jewelry designs.


Renetha Stanziano:  Hello and thanks for stopping by my blog.  Comments are welcome, and don't forget there is more to see at each participant's blog!

Jeannie K Dukic:  Our Hostess

October 10, 2014

The Gossiping Goddess: A Very Late Bead Fest Giveaway....

The Gossiping Goddess: A Very Late Bead Fest Giveaway....:  I personally believe that it is never too late for a giveaway.  Click on the link above to see some of the most gorgeous beads and inspiration pack.

September 9, 2014

Art Charm Swap/Beads of Courage Fund Raiser

2013 Theme:  Love

It's time for the annual Art Charm Exchange/Swap and Beads of Courage fundraiser!  Our host Jennifer Cameron is looking for more people to join in the fun.  This year's theme is "Soar."  Link here.

September 7, 2014

Anchors Aweigh Design Challenge & Blog Hop!

Challenge Host:  Toltec Jewels.  

The art beads for this challenge were provided by:

Featured artist: Diana Ptaszynski of Suburban Girl Studio
SGS on Facebook: Suburban Girl Studio, LLC 
SGS blogs: Suburban Girl Studio
                                                                             Art Jewelry Elements

The title/theme of this challenge is Anchors Aweigh!  Here is a link to the art beads each designer was sent to work with:  SGS.

As I continue to learn all I can about beading, I have discovered that I love to make earrings.  So that is what I made for this challenge.

SGS Anchor Bead, cultured sea glass accent, twisted jumprings.  Sea
glass from ZnetShows.

Other Participants:

Bobbie Rafferty                        Beadsong Jewelry

Chris Eisenberg                        Wanderware

Heather Richter                         Desert Jewelry Designs

Michelle McCarthy                    Firefly Design Studio

Kathy Lindemer                        Bay Moon Design

Dini Bruinsma                           Angaza by Changes

Cynthia Machata                       Antiquity Travelers

Kathleen Breeding                     99 Bottles of Beads on the Wall

Linda Younkman                       Lindy's Designs

Robin Reed                              Artistry HCBD

Marla Gibson                            Spice Box Designs

Gina Hockett                            Freestyle Elements

Renetha Stanziano                     Lamplight Crafts

Marianne Baxter                       Simply Seablime Jewelry           

Christina Miles                         Wings N Scales

Marybeth Rich                         A Few Words from Within the Pines

Shai Williams                           Shaiha's Ramblings

Cheri Reed                               Creative Designs by Cheri

Monique Urguhart                     A Half-Baked Notion

Jennifer Reno                           Musings of a Crafty Jenny

Shirley Moore                           Beads and Bread

Tammy Adams                         Paisley Lizard

Melissa Trudinger                     Bead Recipes

Jill Bradley                                  JillyBeads

Thank you all for stopping by and comments are welcome.  Stay tuned for more challenges in the near future.

August 24, 2014

14th Blogger/Non-Blogger Twice as Nice Holiday in July Challenge

Our Host: Toltec Jewels

For the 14th round of the BNB challenge, we were tasked to create 1 or 2 designs inspired by either or both of the inspiration pictures or colorways:  Woodland Creatures and/or Sparkling Holiday.

Here are my designs:

Links to participants:

You can also view the Facebook Album:

Renetha Stanziano -

Dini Bruinsma -

Tammy Adams -

Blanca Medina -

Chris Eisenberg -

Krafty Max -

Robin Kae Reed

Kathy Lindemer - Bay Moon Design

Marde Lowe -

Andrea Glick-

Lee Koopman

Natalie Davidson --

LiliKrist -

Lori Anderson

Tami Norris

Klaudete Koon

Kathleen A Breeding

Veralynne Malone

Shalini Austin -

Gloria Allen Designs

Sheila Prose

Cheri Reed

Kelly Hosford Patterson

Divya N -

My apologies for not having this up earlier, but I set it for 2pm instead of 2am. However, thank you for stopping by my blog.  Comments are welcome!

Have I said that I love challenges?  Well I do!