They Arrived!

Remember in my Challenge of Travel post, I mentioned that what I had ordered from Japan did not arrive in time to make my planned project? Well, they came!  They arrived on Wednesday!  Can you tell from this first photo what they are?

Probably not, I did that on purpose!  But can you tell from this second photo what they are?

They look like bezels.  That’s what I thought when I saw them!  They are actually vintage Japanese door pull handles!  I found them at VintageFromJapan on etsy.  I hope to be able to get to them soon, and I’ll be sure to show you what I make!

Patti and the Bracelets!

Patti Vanderbloemen, of My Addictions, was asked by 7000 Bracelets to donate a bracelet for their gala happening this month.(If you don’t know about Global Genes or 7000 Bracelets, click the above link to learn!).  Patti, in the ultimate act of generosity, decided to doate 75 bracelets instead!  And she asked ME to make a huge amount of beads for her to use in her bracelets!  She’s just the most wonderfully generous person, I had to share some of the designs she made!  You can see more on her blog – she’s doing a series of posts to show you what she made!  Please check them out, and give her some love!

This Bead…

I just thought I’d show you a photo of this bead, and what I made with it! I actually made it quite a while ago!  I forgot all about it.

Then, the other day, my mom had it on!  When I saw it I said, Oh, I love that bead! 

I totally forgot what I made you with it!  I think I’ll have to make some more of these!

So, sometime soon, look for some more of these cheery beads!

More Bead Fest Loot!

Some more of my trades and/or purchases!

Traded eggs for these with Jan Onipenco, one of the East Coast Bead Mafia girls!  Her store is Molten Mayhem on etsy and she makes amazing seascape beads!

Traded enamel leaves with Amy of Xaz Beads from Utah – this raku is amazing!

Visited the Ornamentea booth and saw Elaine Ray!  She’s a wonderful woman and I got these great beads while I was chatting with her!

My booth buddies to my left were the girls behind Banyan Bay Studio in Miami.  They were incredibly nice and funny!  We had a blast with them!  These beads are made from wood!  It’s pressed, colored, and hand-shaped by Katherine Worthington!  She was at Bead and Button and you may see her again this year!  Her web site is under construction right now, but if you want to get some for yourself, you can email them at and please tell her I sent you!

Finally, I got some of these sea urchin spines from Theodora’s.  Miss Stacy Louise was the one who introduced them to me!  I have plans to make small window wind chimes from these and some of my large focal beads!  I love the tinkly noise they make!  LOL!

More Bead Fest!

Better late than never! Two weeks after Bead Fest was over, I’m just posting some photos for your enjoyment!  This sign was what greeted all the Bead Festers when we got off at the Expo exit!  I had to take a photo of it!

This is the me, the first morning.  We set up on Thursday, and went to have an AMAZING dinner at Creed’s Restaurant!  It was great – I highly recommend it if you are travelling to Oaks PA for any reason!

The lovely Stacy Louise came and visited my booth on Friday – she brought us all little gifties!  I picked this!
 While at Bead Fest, on Saturday, Diana hosted a Bead Swap (see my earlier post) and a giveaway!  I actually won the very last prize – lucky me! – and THIS is what I won!  I was quite excited!  I have purchased several of Lisa’s colored metal sheets and now I get to color metal sheet all by myself!  

So when I visited her at her booth, I had to purchase a little something to color – this is what I got!

My booth buddy to my left was the amazing, super-talented, artistic, amazing (did I say that?) Jenny Davies-Reazor.  The first time I met her was at ArtBLISS and I really didn’t get to spend much time with her, as she’s a Sally-ite and I didn’t take any of his classes.  We did have a trunk show and I purchased a few of her pieces.  I’ve known her on blogland, but this was the first time I got to spend some real quality time with her and let me tell you, she is SUPER!  Super-generous, super-nice, super-talented.  Don’t think I can say enough about her.  Here’s what I got in a trade with Jenny!

Don’t you just love that man?  Jenny and I traded beads, because some of our beads were just meant to be together, and at a later date we’re going to do a little collaboration with our pieces – I’ll be sure to let you know!

Well, this post was long enough for today!  I give you the scoop on the rest of my loot tomorrow.  In the meantime, you can visit all these places by clicking on my links!  Give the girls some love!

Challenge of Travel – Japan

Today is the reveal day for Erin’s Challenge of Travel Blog Hop! I was happy to participate and chose the country Japan.  As you may know, Japan is an island nation located in the Pacific Ocean – it’s made up of 6,852 islands actually!  The characters that make up the name Japan (kanji characters are the Japanese alphabet like ours are greco-roman) mean “sun-origin” and thus Japan is known as the Land of the Rising Sun.  The Japanese name for Japan is actually Nippon.  Japan has a population of about 127 million.  You can learn more about Japan by using this wiki link!

Years ago – 2005 – I had the opportunity to visit Japan.  I was with a former partner who was on a business trip, and I had the awesome opportunity to go along for three weeks!  I was very nervous!  It took me days to get over my jetlag (Japan is 12 hours ahead of us!) and finally I became uncrabby and was able to enjoy my trip!  These are all photos I took while I was there (please do not share or copy them).  The post would be too long for me to describe or tell you the story about all of them for this post, so I’ll just caption!

Buddha at Kamakura

Shrine at Hasedera

Mt. Fuji and torii gate in Hakone

Golden Pavilion in Kyoto

Fushimi Shrine in Kyoto

Shrine in Kyoto

I really really really loved my trip to Japan.  There is not enough time in the day for me to share with you my photos and stories!  I love the dichotomy of the country – the mix of ancient and modern, weird and proper, loud and quiet.  I love how you can ride the fastest train and in a few minutes, you are in the country looking at rice paddies.  It’s really an amazing country and I hope everyone gets a chance to visit there someday! 

So, onto the jewelry.  This wasn’t actually the project I was going to make.  I ordered something from Japan and, alas, it did not make it here in time.  So I quick whipped this little project up late Friday afternoon.  It’s Japanese to me for the following reasons!

I used Japanese washi paper in the pendant – beautiful floral pattern that reminds me of a kimono.  I used pearls – everyone knows Mikimoto pearls right????  Well, these ain’t them!  But they are pretty and match the paper.  And finally, Japanese delica seed beads.  Of course you know Japan makes the most beautiful and precisely cut seed beads, right? 

If anyone has any suggestions on how to make this necklace even better, I would love to hear them.  And in the meantime, head over to Erin’s blog for the list of all the other participants!  Update – here’s a list of participants, courtesy of Erin!

Name Blog Region Chosen Inspiration Nation
Monique Urquhart Africa Burkina Faso
Niky Sayers Africa Egypt
Therese Frank Africa Kenya
Raychelle Heath Africa Lesotho
Joan Williams Africa Mauritania
Sherri Stokey Africa Senegal
Regina Santerre Africa Seychelles
Raida Disbrow Africa Tanzania
Kristi Wodek Africa Zimbabwe
Sally Russick Americas Brazil
Melissa Trudinger Americas Mexico
Tracy Stillman Americas USA
Sandra Wolberg Asia India
Tanya Goodwin Asia Japan
Susan Kennedy Asia Japan
Beth Emery Asia Japan
Lisa Cone Asia Japan
Tanya Boden Asia Japan
Inge von Roos Asia Laos
Erin Prais-Hintz Asia Nepal
Dee Elgie Asia Phillipines
Carolyn Lawson Asia South Korea
Lisa Stukel Asia Sri Lanka
Elly Snare Asia Thailand
Shelley Graham Turner Europe Austria
Mallory Hoffman Europe Bosnia Herzegovina
Paige Maxim Europe France
Jenny Davies-Reazor Europe Germany
Sharyl McMillian-Nelson Europe Greece
Evelyn Shelby Europe Iceland
Holly Westfall Europe Ireland
Rebecca Siervaag Europe Ireland
Toltec Jewels Europe Ireland
Lee Koopman Europe Ireland
Laren Dee Barton Europe Italy
Cindy Wilson Europe Norway
Kathleen Lange Klik Europe Poland
Shaiha Williams Europe Portugal
Jennifer Justman Europe Romania
Elsie Deliz-Fonseca Europe Spain
Lola Surwillo Europe Sweden
Kim Hora Europe Switzerland
Leanne Loftus Europe The Netherlands
Patti Vanderbloemen Europe The Netherlands
Marcie Carroll Europe Turkey
Marlene Cupo Oceania Federated States of Micronesia
Ine Vande Cappelle Oceania Fiji
Tammie Everly Oceania Guam
Alice Peterson Oceania Kiribati
Elisabeth Auld Oceania Nauru
Susan McClelland Oceania New Zealand
D Lynne Bowland Oceania New Zealand
Denielle Hagerman Oceania New Zeland
Rebecca Anderson Oceania Papua New Guinea
Mischelle Fanucchi Oceania Samoa
Kari Asbury Oceania Solomon Islands
Cece Cormier Oceania Tonga
Emma Todd Oceania Tuvalu
Debbie Price Oceania Vanuatu