Choosy Chicks Choose Chicklets Blog Hop!

The amazingly talented and incredibly kind Rita of Toltec Jewels (for Jewel School Friends) is hosting a blog hop today using none other than my flower chicklet beads!  I am very excited to see what you all made with the beads!  Here are some things I have made with them, some are repeats from yesterday and some are not.

I want to thank Rita for contacting me about this blog hop- she constantly surprises me with the variety and skill with which she makes jewelry, and her constant support and enthusiasm for bead artists and jewelry designers is amazing!  Please check out what everyone else made with their chicklet beads!

Just so you know, I will be visiting each and every one of your blogs, but I have two other blog hops to visit as well, so please be patient with me!  I appreciate all of you!

ARTISTS:

Guest of Honor
& Featured Artist:
  Susan Kennedy
Sue Kennedy’s
blogs:                               SueBeads…A Beady Girl’s blog
                 
                                             Art Jewelry
Elements
Sue Kennedy’s
website                            SueBeads
SueBeads Art
Beads                                SueBeads
Hostess:
Toltec Jewels                                           http://www.JewelSchoolFriends.com
Artists:

Linda Anderson                              
        http://fromthebeadboard.blogspot.com/
Jennifer Reno                                        
  http://jenrenjewelry.blogspot.com/
Shirley Moore                                        
 http://beadsandbread.blogspot.com/
Kristen Stevens                                      
 http://kristen-beadjourney.blogspot.com

Marybeth Rich                                         http://forestofjewels.blogspot.com
Jael Thorp                                              
 http://jaelsjewels.blogspot.com/
Melissa Trudinger                                     http://Beadrecipes.wordpress.com
Andrea Glick                                          
 http://zenithjade.blogspot.com/
Nan Smith                                              
 http://wirednan.blogspot.com
Blanca Medina                                         www.peru-medesigns.com
Shai Williams                                          
 http://shaihasramblings.blogspot.com
Carolyn Lawson                                       http://Carolynscreationswa.blogspot.com
Rana Wilson                                          
  http://Ranaleadesigns.blogspot.com
Robin Reed                                            
 http://willowdragon.blogspot.com
Robin Showstack                                     http://heartsdesiresjewelryforyou.blogspot.com/
Sheila Prosterman                                     http://catswithbeads.blogspot.com
Karla Morgan                                          http://Texaspepperjams.blogspot.com
Kari Asbury                                          
  http://hippiechickdesign.blogspot.com
Kelly Rodgers                                        
 https://www.facebook.com/BeadinBlackBlue
Jayne Capps                                          
 https://mamasgottodoodle.blogspot.com/
Mischelle Andrade Fanucchi                    https://micheladasmusings.blogspot.com/
Heather Richter                                       http://desertjewelrydesigns.blogspot.com
Chris Eisenberg                                       www.wanderware.blogspot.com
Kathleen Breeding                                   http://www.zibbet.com/99BottlesofBeadsontheWall
Linda Landig                                        
  http://lindalandig.wordpress.com
Crystal Thain                                        
  http://beaddragons.blogspot.com/
Cheri Reed                                            
 http://creativedesignsbycheri.blogspot.com
Heather d-Entremont                               http://frugalmadougall.wordpress.com/
Dini Bruinsma                                        
 http://angazabychanges.blogspot.com/
Lori Schneider                                      
  http://www.beadaddicted.blogspot.com/

Tammy Adams              
                         http://www.paisleylizard.com/blog.html
Melinda Orr                                          
 http://bandanagirl.indiemade.com/blog
Lennis Carrier                                      
  http://windbent.wordpress.com/
Cynthia Machata                                     http://antiquitytravelers.blogspot.com
Elizabeth Hodges                                    http://thewhisperingseas.blogspot.com
Debbie Rasmussen                                  http://kepirasmussen.blogspot.com/
Tanya McGuire                                       http://tanyamcguire.blogspot.com/
Charlie Jacka                                        
 http://clay-space.com/blog/
Ev Shelby                                               http://raindropcreationsbyevelyn.blogspot.com/
Sharyl McMillian-Nelson                        http://sharylsjewelry.blogspot.com/
Jasvanti Patel                                        http://jewelrybyjasvanti.blogspot.com

Color Of Dreams Blog Hop

The lovely Rita of Toltec Jewels is hosting a blog hop today, The Color of Dreams, and Patricia Handschuh of The Color of Dreams on etsy provided the beads!

Here’s the bead I received – as usual, I didn’t take a photo of it before I made something!

 I was going to go for the obvious, which to me was to make a bracelet, but my imagination just wasn’t cooperating.  So I thought I’d make a key chain!  I wanted to use blue leather cord I had, but the hole in the bead was too small.  That’s ok – I used Beadalon and all went well! 

 I strung a random assortment of seed beads on the cord, and ended with a blue leaf.  The blue leaf because the design in the bead is leafy to me!

So, what are my dreams as of late?  I would have to say my business getting better and better, and being able to travel again.  My business getting better and better would be so great, because I have one child in college right now, and in two years, I’ll have 2!  So, if you’d like to help on that journey, I have some great beads listed in my etsy store, SueBeads etsy, and made to order on my web site, SueBeads

See what everyone else made!

Honorary
Artist: Patricia Handschuh

Patricia’s
blog:            The Color of
Dreams
        

Patricias
Etsy:             The Color of
Dreams

Hostess:
TJ                Jewel School
Friends

Kay
Thomerson           KayzKreationz
Audrey Belanger          Toki No
Hourousha

Alicia Marinache        
 All the Pretty
Things

Terry Carter                TappingFlamingo
Lori Schneider             Bead Addict
Jenny
Kyrlach             Wonder and
Whimsy

Asri Wahyuingsih         Asri’s
Beadwork

Dini Bruinsma              Angaza by
Changes

Karla Morgan              Texas Pepper
Jams

Debbie Rasmussen        A Little of This, A
Little of That

Veralynne Malone          Designed by
Vera

Kathy Stemke               Vintage
Memories Jewelry Design

Mowse Doyle               Mowse Made
This

Heather Richter             Desert Jewelry
Designs

Lori Poppe                   Adventures
in Creativity with LorilliJean

Jayne Capps              
 
Mama’s Got To
Doodle

Andrea
Glick                Zenith Jade
Creations

Kathleen Breeding         99 Bottles of Beads on the
Wall

Becky Pancake             Becky Pancake
Bead Designs

Karin Martinez              Fairies
Market

Miranda Ackerley          Mirandack

Penny Houghton           Smelly
Nelly

Carolyn Lawson           Carolyn’s
Creations

Chris Eisenberg            Wanderware
Christie
Murrow          Charis
Designs Jewelry

Monique Urquhart        A Half-Baked
Notion

Eve Shelby                  Raindrop
Creations Jewelry by Evelyn

Cryss Thain                 Here Bead
Dragons

Jasvanti Patel               Jewelry By
Jasvanti

Nan Smith                   NanMade Handmade
Jewelry

Sue Kennedy               SueBeads
Jean Yates  
                Snap Out of
It, Jean! There’s Beading to be Done!

Debbie Rogers             Debbies
Treasures

Marybeth Rich             A Few Words From Within
the Pines

Shirley Moore              Beads and
Bread

Shaia Williams             Shaiha’s
Ramblings

Kathy Lindemer           Bay Moon
Design

Melissa Trudinger        Beadrecipes
Linda
Anderson           From the Bead
Board

Judy Turner               Silver
Rains

Gloria Allen                Gloria Allen
Designs

Regina Wood              Ginas-Design
Robin
Reed                Artistry HCBD
Mary
Goovars            MLH Jewelry
Designs

Marlene Cupo             Amazing
Designs

CJ Bauschka              4 His Glory
Creations

Robin Showstack        The Crazy
Bead Hoarder

Cynthia O’Toole          Sparkles and Sweets

Jael Thorp              
  Jael’s Art
Jewels

Renetha                         Lamplight
Crafts

Inspired by Reading Book Club Blog Hop

Andrew Thornton hosts a monthly book club called Inspired by Reading.  He picks books and we read the section and create based on our reading!  Although I’ve been able to read only one book (and it was good) so far, this time Andrew was nice and provided me with a selection from this month’s book, “My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales”, edited by Kate Bernheimer – basically adult fairy tales!

 The story I chose was First Day of Snow by Naoko Awa, a Japanese fairy tale that borrows elements from folktales about disappearance. This story is about a girl who finds a mysterious round hopscotch trail and takes it for what seems like miles and miles.  She finally sees snow and hears a rhyme; it’s the bunny rabbits, appearing as snow to take her away from the world and turn her into a chunk of snow.  The only way she can get back is by chanting a rhyme about spring and a mugwort leaf.

My idea for the necklace was a white bunny bead I had from LeAnn Weih (Summers Studio) and a round handmade chain (engagement ring) taken from Cindy Wimmer’s new book, The Missing Link. The design calls for dead soft wire, which I did not have.  I used 18g copper wire, in a spool, and have no idea where I even got it.  It’s not even round, it’s sort of square.  Let me tell you, you need the dead soft wire.  The links just do not work right if you don’t use dead soft.  So while I didn’t finish the necklace, I did make 7 links to show you what the idea was!

Here’s the link chain I made; I used copper, patinaed it in LOS, and tumbled it for a while.

As I mentioned, the bunny bead is from LeAnn and fits perfectly with the story.

It will dangle from the middle of the chain.  I was thinking of adding white beads to the chain, to show the snow.  I also wanted to add one large green bead, to show spring.

I’ll probably make this necklace eventually!  But I did want to show you my process and that this time, I actually got farther in the process! 

Please visit Andrew’s blog for the complete list of participants and see what funky jewelry they made from these interesting fairy tales!

AJE Earring Challenge Reveal #19, Weeks 39 & 40/52

Over at Art Jewelry Elements, we continue to have our twice monthly earring challenge reveal.  I have been a bit busy, under the weather, etc. to keep up, but this time I posted 4 pairs of earrings to our board!  Here they are!

These earrings are made with my own lampwork headpins, and pink quartz heishe.  I also made the niobium ear wires myself.  I was hoping they would solve my ear wire sensitivity issue, but they did not. I guess I’m just going to have to wear 14k gold.  Boo hoo!

These earrings were made form cute little charms by Mary Welsh Hubbard (White Clover Kiln – I love her beads!) and my own swirly lampwork beads.  Still not sure about the color combo – think I need to go with more pinky/purple than aqua.

More earrings with my own lampwork headpins and czech faceted rondelles!  I really like these!

Finally my own lampwork headpins with some beads that were called “titanium hematite” by the vendor from whom I purchased them at Bead Fest Philly.  I did not get their name and wish I would have bought more!  Does anyone know who they are or where you can get such beads?

Thanks for checking out my blog, please hop on over to the AJE Blog to check out the links for everyone else’s earrings!

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!

AJE Component of the Month – Melissa Meman

Today is the day for the Art Jewelry Elements Component of the Month Reveal!  This month, the lovely and talented Melissa Meman provided us with amazing pendants that she made; we had a choice of pendants, AND whether we wanted them with holes punched already or not.  I chose not, because I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to do. 

This is the pendant I chose.  When I received it, I knew what I wanted to do and punched the holes myself! 

I had some discs already made from Bead Fest, and knew I wanted to make the pendant using those.  I also knew I wanted it to be a long necklace that had dangles as well!

I used Indonesian glass beads I already had and “titanium hematite” beads I picked up from Bead Fest to make the dangles.

As you’ll notice, it’s not quite finished!  I did not have any olive green Indonesian glass in my stash, so had to order it!  It’s on it’s way, hopefully soon, so I can finish the necklace.

When I do finish it, I’ll post a photo so you can see.  I really like this necklace and thanks so much to Melissa for providing the Component of the Month this time!  Please visit Art Jewelry Elements blog today to see what our other members and guest designers did with their pieces – I’m sure they are all amazing!

Alenka’s Blogoversary Challenge and Blog Hop!

I met Alenka (Pepita Handmade) through an earring swap.  She makes some really great polymer clay creations.  She was having her year blogoversary and asked for participants to create something with a random component she would send. She didn’t even know what she sent each participant, so the reveal was a surprise to hear too!  I received this bracelet bar:

Now, I had several ideas of what to make for the big reveal!  However, I did not have the right materials to make what was in my head.  And then when I decided to make something with parts I did have, it just didn’t turn out the way I wanted. 

I made this bracelet, so that I would have something for the reveal:

I used three different kinds of antiqued copper chain, and an antiqued copper clasp that mimicked the lines of the bracelet bar.

However, this is not what I wanted to make.  I have an idea, and hopefully after Bead Fest I will be able to make what I really wanted to make.  I will show you when it’s done!

Thank you so much to Alenka for providing us with the parts for this challenge!  Here’s a list of all the participants – please visit them and Alenka!

Ginger Bishop           
Susan Kennedy         
Becky Pancake          
Evelyn Shelby –> Ev received a broken piece, so I’ve sent to her another one. Hope it arrives in time.
 
Dini Bruinsma           
Penny May     
Carolyn Lawson       
Ana Cravidao                        
Dolores Raml                        
Cynthia
Machata –> Cynthia will use one of the components she won in my previous giveaway.

AJE Component of the Month – Diana Ptaszynski

This month over at Art Jewelry Elements, it’s Diana’s turn to provide the Component of the Month!  She sent us these cute floral pendants, and I chose pink! 

The reason I chose pink is because she had a pink one available, AND because right now it’s my mom’s favorite color.  So I thought I’d make her a necklace.
 

Usually I like to include my own lampworked or enameled beads in anything I make, but I just couldn’t do it this time!  I am so busy getting ready for BeadFest (Booth 463!!!!) that I didn’t have time to make custom beads.  But I still like this design.  I used 22 gauge sterling wire, swarovski elements crystals, and candy jade in pink.  I think it looks really sweet and I hope she likes it!

Hop on over to Art Jewelry Elements blog to see who the guest designers were and what everyone made!

Alenka’s Blogoversary and Blog Hop

I was lucky enough to be introduced to Alenka (Pepita Handmade) through an earring swap a few months ago!  She makes amazingly cool polymer clay creations.  She announced a giveaway and blog hop a few months ago, and I am in!  She selected some components, put them in envelopes, and mailed them off to us, not knowing who got what!  This is what I received!

Alenka didn’t even know what she sent me, so she’s surprised reading about this!  I have an idea already, incorporating my own lampwork beads!  I also know these colors happen to be Alenka’s favorite colors, so I think she’ll like what I make!

I have to say, I really love this global community of beaders we have all created!  Alenka is really such a sweet wonderful person and I would have never known her or her art if it wasn’t for facebook, blogs and blog hops!  It’s fun! 

Please stop back on August 11th to see what I have made!

Black and White Jewelry Design Challenge Blog Hop

Sally Russick is hosting a Black and White Jewelry Design Challenge!  Here’s my piece!

I used a black and white heart from Nancy Schindler, and I made some matching lampwork beads!  The beads were made with clear, coated in white enamel, and then striped with black!  They go great with Nancy’s heart focal!

Here’s a closeup – I am having a jump ring issue as you can see.  If anyone has a better idea of how I could attach the pendant to the bracelet, I’m all ears!  Right now it’s with two jump rings and I just don’t like it!

Here’s the rest of the participants – I hope you check out what they made too!  And thanks for hosting a blog hop Sally!