Beading Around a Cabochon Challenge – Sally Russick

Today is the reveal for the Beading Around a Cabochon Challenge hosted by Sally Russick!  She not only hosted the hop, but she provided video tutorials for us newbies!  She is so incredibly generous and I can’t thank her enough for doing this!  I make cabs, but never beaded one and I’m so excited to have finished it!  Here’s a link to the cabochon section in my etsy store!

I started out by using one of my own cabs that I really love – it’s made with pale aqua glass, silver foil and frit.  I have a lot of fun making cabs because you have to get them just right on the mandrel and it’s a very zen sort of thing for me to do.


I am really happy with my choice of beads, and how it turned out! I’m going to either use a blue suede cord to hang it on, or a chain – I can’t decide yet, I think the blue suede would be best.  I can’t bead a rope yet, but hopefully I’ll learn that someday!

I already started working on another for my mom!

Please check out everyone else’s blog to see what they made!  I know I can’t wait.  And thanks again, Sally!

Your Host:  Sally Russick
D Lynne  Bowland
Alicia Marinache           

Lynn  Jobber           

Jenny Davies-Reazor           
Jo-Ann 
Woolverton
           

Marde Lowe           
Dawn Doucette           
Mary
K McGraw
           
Gloria Allen           

Cheri  Reed           
Sonya Stille           
Elizabeth Owens Dwy           
Veralynne   Malone           

Tania Hagen           
Lynsey  Brooks           

Christina Miles           
Holly  Westfall           

Kathy  Lindemer           

Patti
Vanderbloemen
           

Therese Frank           
Adrienne Berry           
Liz   E 

Tanty  Sri Hartanti           

Ginger Bishop
Renetha Stanziano           

Marlene  Cupo           
Sandi Volpe           
Sharyl McMillian-Nelson           
Niky  Sayers

Mischelle Fanucchi           
Tracy  Stillman           

Skylar Bre’z           
Ann Schroeder           
Paula Kramer
Jess Green           
Susan Kennedy         YOU ARE HERE!  
Stacie  Florer           

Cathie  Carroll           

Susan F.  

Michelle Caballero       
Sabine Dittrich           
Kristina Johansson           
Kimberly Sturrup-Roberts           
Melissa  Meman           

Cheryl McCloud         
Michelle  Timms           

Cindy  Pack           
Lynda  Carson

Cynthia  Machata           

Julia  Harris           
Karin  Slaton
Ingrid  Anderson           

Karin Grosset Grange
Jasvanti  Patel  
Inge  von Roos
Molly Alexander

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Wonky Bead Blog Hop – Kristi Bowman

Today is the reveal for Kristi Bowman’s Wonky Bead Blog Hop.

We purchased sets of polymer clay beads at a discounted price, and were challenged to make something wonderful with them!  They are very cool beads, btw!  Below is the group shot of the color palette I chose – I actually received the set second from the left.

Initially I thought chunky bracelet would be the way to go.  And then I thought that maybe it would be too predictable, so I decided to go with a wire-wrapped looooooong necklace.  I started looking for beads that I had made that would work with the colors.  On hand, the only ones I could come up with are these red transparent ones, and they just really didn’t go.

I went through my stash of gems and found these cappucino jasper beads that I thought might work.  I tried setting them up in an assymetrical pattern with Kristi’s beads, but it just wasn’t happening.

I did find these red vintage lucite beads in my stash and they went perfectly.  So I patinaed my copper wire with liver of sulpher because shiny wasn’t going to work with these beads.  Then I got to wrapping.

I am just totally not feeling this look.  I actually decided to just stop, because I couldn’t see wasting any more wire or time on something that totally wasn’t going to work.  I now have a new idea in my head.

I think I’m going to try stringing multiple strands of seed beads with Kristi’s beads, in matte shades of ivory, brown and turquoise. I’d really like to try and incorporate some of my own beads in the mix, but I’m not sure if they will work.  I’m very much interested in seeing what everyone else did with their beads!  Please visit Kristi’s blog for links to everyone else.  A big sorry to Kristi for my big fail, and thanks as well for offering your beads at a discounted price for this hop.  When I do get the design finished, I will re-post.  Have to go order those beads now!

Ears to You!

Amy Taylor Freeland is hosting a blog hop – linkup for a charity called Ears to You.   They are especially looking for earrings for tween/teen patients.  Here’s what I made!

If you wish to donate to this worthy cause, please see below!  And please check out Amy’s blog to see who all made what!!!

 This is from their web site:

Ears
To You® is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation and our mission is to
provide hope and joy through the donation and distribution of beautiful
earrings to women and girls with cancer of any type. 

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These earrings:

  • brighten a patient’s day with a little bling when she needs a little lift
  • create a distraction from the IV’s, worries and fears and allow her to do something fun  
  • help women and girls feel more “normal” and beautiful at a time when they are adjusting to hair loss
     
  • provide hope and help her think positively  
  • give encouragement from a survivor       
     
  • are provided at no cost to the patient