Hoops Challenge Reveal Day

I was lucky enough to be chosen by the lovely Lorelei Eurto to participate in her Hoops Challenge! Today is the reveal day! She chose 6 people to make something with these gorgeous hoops from Karen Totten of Starry Road Studio!  I had the pleasure of meeting both of them at Bead Fest Philly this year, and they are really some lovely people!

These are the hoops we were sent.  The challenge was to really go outside the box and make anything our heart desired. 

I really really wanted to make myself a necklace with these – I had them laying on my counter for a week in the design that I wanted to make.  But – I also wanted to do something different, to show you how flexible Karen’s components are!  So!  I made ornaments!  I was looking at another piece I made at ArtBLISS two years ago, and had a vision for how I wanted these ornaments to be!  I really like the vintage feel of these hoops – not only in the shape, but in the color as well.  I used brass because I felt it went well with the Victorian feel I was looking for.

This one is made with chain, a handmade hanger, and two pearls separated by a rondelle spacer.  I really like it!

This one was made with one of my own sugar beads, a handmade hanger, and a plumb bob that to me looks kind of like a Christmas tree. 

Finally this pink one has a sugar bead, a handmade hanger, and three dangles – a heart charm, a bird, and a pearl.  I also used victorian/vintage looking bead caps on the lampwork bead, and I think they go very well with the theme I was trying to accomplish!

See the list of participants below, give them some love, and then go to Karen’s shop to give her some love as well!  Thanks for stopping by!


Octoberfest Reveal!

The lovely Rita, from Jewel School Friends, is hosting a blog hop today!  The theme is Octoberfest, and we were supposed to show something we have created related to the current them of Autumn.  I made this beaded – yes, BEADED! – box a long time ago, when I was still doing cross-stitch!  But it’s so appropriate that it is BEADED, because as you know, I am hopelessly addicted to all things beads!  I was going to make a bracelet for me from beads I just received from Nan Emmett, but didn’t have time. Maybe I’ll have time to add the photo later!  In the meantime, enjoy all the Octoberfest-ive creations from everyone else:

Host Toltec Jewels          http://www.JewelSchoolFriends.com
Heather Otto         



   http://shaihasramblings.blogspot.com ;

Shelly Graham
Turner      http://shelleygrahamturner.blogspot.com/ ;

Joyce                   http://www.aujourlejour-shelly.blogspot.com/

Charlie Jacka                  http://clay-space.com/blog/
Pam Sears                     http://crazycreativecorner.blogspot.com/
Saari              http://magsinhelmet.blogspot.com/

Marita Suominen          

Posthumus              https://www.facebook.com/lisa.posthumusharper


Cheri Reed                    

Dean                   http://aglassbash.blogspot.com/

Blevins                  http://bubbasjewels1.blogspot.com/

Kennedy             http://suebeads.blogspot.com/ ————————–> YOU ARE HERE!

Basu                      http://www.alankarshilpa.blogspot.com/

Sonya Ann
Stille            http://dreaminofbeads.blogspot.com/

Allen                  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wrapped-Up-In-Magic/145456948869148

Patel               http://sadafulee.blogspot.com/

Kathy Lindemer             

Mattingly                 https://www.facebook.com/kris.h.mattingly

Carrier                 http://www.windbent.net/

Shannon Hicks               http://uptwnsh-fallingintothesky.blogspot.com/
Karin Slaton                   http://backstorybeads.blogspot.com/
Moore                 http://www.beadsandbread.blogspot.com/

Marinache             http://www.allprettythings.ca/

Valeria G. Rome            

Lo                                  http://thecreativeklutz.blogspot.com/
Marcin                     http://beadsteaandsweets.blogspot.com/


Kimberly Booth               http://thepinkmartiniboutique.blogspot.com/
Stokey                  http://www.knotjustmacrame.com

Tanya McGuire               
http://www.tanyamcguire.blogspot.com/ ;

Rasmussen          http://kepirasmussen.blogspot.com/

Stonefield          http://sweetgirldesign.blogspot.com/

Sri Hartanti            

Sandra McGriff

Stanziano           http://lamplightcrafts.blogspot.com/

Evelyn Shelby

Colene Waltermire           

Blue Bracelet Blog Hop! November 25th

One of my donations to 7,000 Bracelets of Hope

Are you familiar with the 7,000 Bracelets for Hope campaign?  Many of us bead makers and jewelry designers are.  It’s a bracelet program for people or families who suffer rare genetic diseases.  Here’s a bit of information directly from their donation page:

“Cause bracelets have been available for breast cancer and heart
disease but there has never been a unifying symbol, color or bracelet
that represents the rare and genetic disease community.  That’s why we
started the 7,000 Bracelets for Hope™ campaign.

Since launching the campaign in 2010, Global Genes has received
thousands of unique blue themed bracelet designs made from everything
from cut strips of recycled denim to vintage blue glass to turquoise
stones. The creativity from our volunteers is truly inspiring!

The number 7,000 represents the 7,000 different rare diseases that
impact 1 in 10 people, 30 million Americans and 350 million globally. 
Each individual blue bracelet design we receive represents the
uniqueness of one of the 7,000 rare diseases and many of our volunteers
send in multiple copies of a single design.

Our goal is to continue to collect unique bracelets made by jewelry
designers, artists, crafters, church groups, girl scout troops and other
volunteers and distribute them to our families fighting rare and
genetic diseases. Adults receive handcrafted bracelets made by our
jewelry designers while children receive love friendship bracelets
filled with hope.”

I was just contacted by Lisa James (Manager of Community Development for Global Genes/Rare) and asked if I would host a blog hop, as they are in need of at least 40 bracelets right now!  I said YES!  While I’d love to get more than 40 participants, or 40 bracelets, let’s just do our best to get close to that number!

Here are the details:

1.  Sign up here on this blog post, until October 31.  Why that date?  I don’t know…it’s just a random date.  I’d like to be able to eventually publish a list of participants but I’ll take participants for the whole entire time!

2.  Go to their donation page so you can sign up, and get the address to send the bracelets too, and instructions!  The bracelet should be blue, and the clasp should be somewhat adjustable as you don’t know the wrist size of the person receiving your bracelet.

3.  Make a blue bracelet, and on November 25th we’ll have a blog hop and reveal the braclets we made!  Oh, and you CAN make more than one!  My friend Patti Vanderbloemen recently donated 75 bracelets to the annual Global Genes Gala in LA!  Talk about dedication!

So simple!  If you have any questions please ask me.  If I can’t direct you to the answer, I will direct you to Lisa James.   


Sometimes when I have mandrels that bend or get wonky, I make plant
pokes.  Here’s some flowers I made recently.  These were the first ones I
made – I made them quickly because I was afraid they would crack from
thermal shock, so they aren’t the greatest.  I wanted to get a feel for
how to make them!  But now that I do, I see myself making a lot more of
these! Cuz those 1/16″ mandrels don’t last all that long!

I was picked!

I was picked!  I’m super excited to say I was picked as one of the 6 lucky designers to participate in Lorelei’s next challenge!  Karen from Starry Road Studio graciously donated 6 sets of these hoops to see what can be done with them!  The reveal is October 30th!  Check back then to see what I came up with, and the 5 other lucky winners!

BTW – large hole beads are still available if anyone wants free shipping!

Large Hole Bead Sets

I have some large hole bead sets available right now! I made them for my “big” show that turned out to be a “big” bust – each set is $25.  If you buy them off my blog right now, I’ll throw in free no frills shipping!  Otherwise they will end up on etsy tomorrow!  Let me know what you want in comments and I’ll send you a paypal invoice!  Thanks!  There are multiples of the Christmas sets, and two each of the first set and the orange set.

SOLD – Thank you!