Tuesday, December 25, 2012


I wish all of you a wonderful and amazing Christmas!  I pray that God blesses each and every one of you today, and in the New Year!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Holiday Bling 2 Blog Hop


I am once again participating in the Holiday Bling Blog Hop hosted by Shelley Graham Turner and Marlene Cupo

This time I was paired with the extremely talented Debbie Rasmussen.  She makes stunning bead woven items so I knew that I would receive something really great from her.  We exchanged some emails and got to know each other a bit.  I learned that she really likes copper and warm tones.  I also do some bead weaving so I did not want to send her something that I felt she could make herself.  So I went about creating a necklace, bracelet, and earring set using copper.  I made an asymmetrical necklace using some of my enamel beads and copper chain.  I made a bracelet with lots of dangles (one of my favorite styles) also used some of my enamel beads and them some earrings to match.  The necklace clasp is made with a S hook and is adjustable.
I really hope she likes these.  I had fun making them.

Here is the amazing bracelet and earrings that Debbie sent me.  I love them!
They are a beautiful silver/gray color.  The color in my picture is off, sorry.  They came packaged in this cute little purse wrapping.
I will be wearing the bracelet and earrings Debbie made for me on my cruise this week.  If you are reading this on the 15th I will be sailing the seas!  I will visit all the participants when I return.  Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all.  I wish each and every one of you and wonderful and prosperous New Year!
Please visit all the other participants in this blog hop and see what wonderful Holiday Bling they created!
Shirley Moorehttp://www.beadsandbread.blogspot.com
Lori Bowring Michaudhttp://artfullyornamental.blogspot.com
Catherine Kinghttp://catherines-musings.blogspot.com
Dyanne Cantrell http://deelitefuljewelrycreations.blogspot.com
Sonya Stillehttp://dreaminofbeads.blogspot.com
Elaine Rayhttp://elaineray.blogspot.com
Gina Hocketthttp://freestyleelements.blogspot.com
Jo-Ann Woolvertonhttp://itsabeadifulcreation.blogspot.ca
Debbie Rasmussenhttp://kepirasmussen.blogspot.com
Renetha Stanzianohttp://lamplightcrafts.blogspot.com
Ginger Bishophttp://lilmummylikes.blogspot.com
Miranda Ackerleyhttp://mirandack.com/category/thoughts
Sandra McGriffhttp://skyescreativechaos.blogspot.ca
Tammie Everlyhttp://ttedesigns.blogspot.com
Alicia Marinachehttp://www.allprettythings.ca
Melinda Abrahamsonhttp://www.firstreetcrafts.com
Rita/ Toltec Jewelshttp://www.jewelschoolfriends.com
Chandra Merodhttp://www.junipergoods.blogspot.com
Mary Govaarshttp://www.mlhjewelrydesigns.com
Kelley Fogelhttp://www.mylifeonebeadatatime.blogspot.com
Tiffany Goff Smithhttp://www.southerngalsdesign.blogspot.com
Heather Rats Ottohttp://www.thecrafthopper.com
Anitra Gordy Boyerswww.leelucreations.blogspot.com
Marlene Cupohttp://amazingdesigns-marlene.blogspot.com
Shelley Graham Turnerwww.shelleygrahamturner.blogspot.com

Friday, December 14, 2012

Head to Head December Update

I am doing a Head to Head Challenge with my good friend Sweet Freedom.  For all the details go here and here.  Well the good news is not only have I selected beads but I have started stitching!!!! Progress from last month.  This is amazing for a procrastinator like me.  Come back in a month and see my finished piece!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Echo Creative Club November Reveal

I once again have the privilege of having a guest spot in Jeannie's Echo Creative Club.  Jeannie makes such beautiful and amazing creations using polymer clay and you can find them her in her  shop.  In her Echo Creative Club she sends you a piece and you then use it to design something.  I received this beautiful pink Gin Blossom.  I LOVE it!
I wanted to keep the design fairly simple so as not to take too much away from the focal piece.  I decided to do a Russian spiral weave.  I also stitched the toggle clasp and added a bit of fringe. 


I ADORE this necklace and know that I will wear it often.  Thanks to Jeannie for allowing me to showcase one of her wonderful creations.  Please visit Jeannie and all the other participants.

Charlie Jacka http://clay-space.com
Cindy Cima Edwards http://www.cindycima.com
Donna Martin Bradley http://strandedbeads.blogspot.com

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Head to Head Challenge November Update

Remember from this post I am doing a Head to Head Challenge with my good friend Sweet Freedom.  We decided that we would do a monthly update until the reveal date.  Well..... I have gone so far as select some beads that go with my triangle bead.

Please come back next month to see what progress I have made.  And be sure to see how far Sweet Freedom has gotten with her head to head challenge piece.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Ears to You blog hop

I first must apologize that this post is late.  When I join a blog hop I always make sure that my post is ready and I schedule it to post at 12:30 am the day it is due.  Well.....life got in the way!  Thursday and Friday I had a sick and cranky 2 year old and then yesterday with his fever it was a REALLY CRANKY day and with Mom not feeling so hot herself it was not a good day!  So anyway her is my post....better late than never I say.

Amy of http://copperdiem.blogspot.com/ is our wonderful hostess and found this awesome organization Ears to You .  They provide free earrings to women undergoing chemotherapy for cancer.  She decided that since this was such a giving and easy way to brighten a woman's day why not ask some of her like minded friends to help out and make some earrings.   Her rule was for us to make 3-5 pairs or more of earrings to send to the organization and share with each other what we made. 

Here are my earrings.

If you would like to donate just go to http://www.earstoyou.org/ and you too and make a woman's day!

Please visit the other wonderful participants to see what they created for this amazing cause.

Copper Diem
My Addictions
Beads, Tea and Sweets
Juls Beads
Fabric of my Life
Blogging Business Artisans
Jeannie's Blog
Lorelei's Blog
One Kiss Creations
Backstory Beads
According to Katie
Cherish Designs
Beads: Rolling Downhill
Falling Into The Sky
Garden Path Beads
Antiquity Travelers
Sissy and Jacks
Erin Siegel Jewelry/Art Bead Scene
Northwood Creative Studio
SilverRose Designs
Dreamin of Beads/SAS Jewelry Design  *** you are here
Cabe Woman
Summers Studio
Honey from the Bee
Shaiha's Ramblings
Mama's Got to Doodle
Beads for Busy Gals
Tanya McGuire
Creative Atelier

Sunday, October 28, 2012

October Fest Blog Hop

Tolec Jewels is hosting a October Fest blog hop. 

Tolec Jewels wanted to celebrate Autumn in all its splendor and glory.  She asked that participants create just about anything (did not have to be just jewelry) to celebrate Autumn!   I love the change of seasons and I did celebrate Autumn.  

I made a fall inspired leaf necklace. The center part is cubic right angle weave and then I added the leaves and Czech beads.  I used some beautiful jasper roundel beads, two beads I enameled and copper chain.  I really like the way this necklace turned out.

I did some chocolate candy molds.  I do these for just about all of the holidays. 

 Chocolate covered Oreos!  Oh so delicious!  Even though some of my chocolate went into the outer cavities.


My Sister and I carved pumpkins with my 5 year old Jacob. 

This was the first time I let Jacob carve alone, he was soooo excited!

We roasted the pumpkin seeds.  This was a first for me and they were good, taste like popcorn.

My boys at Crooked Pines Farm.



 My big boy in the pumpkin patch!

 Some of my Fall decorations.

Please visit the other participants and see the way they celebrate Autumn.

And last but certainly not least.....

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

Heather Otto                        http://www.thecrafthopper.com
Mischelle Fanucchi           http://www.micheladasmusings.blogspot.com
Marlene Cupo                      http://amazingdesigns-marlene.blogspot.com
Shaiha Williams                   http://shaihasramblings.blogspot.com ;
Shelly Graham Turner     
http://shelleygrahamturner.blogspot.com/ ;
Shelly Joyce                        

Charlie Jacka                       http://clay-space.com/blog/
Pam Sears                              http://crazycreativecorner.blogspot.com/
Margareta Saari                  http://magsinhelmet.blogspot.com/
Marita Suominen               http://momentofjewelry.blogspot.fi/
Lisa Posthumus                  https://www.facebook.com/lisa.posthumusharper
Jeannie Dukic                     
Cheri Reed                            http://creativedesignsbycheri.blogspot.com/
Arlene Dean                         http://aglassbash.blogspot.com/
Duffy Blevins                       http://bubbasjewels1.blogspot.com/
Susan Kennedy                   http://suebeads.blogspot.com/
Dita Basu                               http://www.alankarshilpa.blogspot.com/
Sonya Ann Stille                http://dreaminofbeads.blogspot.com/        ****You are here

Audrey Allen                      https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wrapped-Up-In-Magic/145456948869148
Kashmira Patel                   http://sadafulee.blogspot.com/
Kathy Lindemer                 http://bay-moon-design.blogspot.com/
Kris Mattingly                     https://www.facebook.com/kris.h.mattingly
Lennis Carrier                     http://www.windbent.net/
Shannon Hicks                    http://uptwnsh-fallingintothesky.blogspot.com/
Paula Hisel                        
Karin Slaton                        http://backstorybeads.blogspot.com/
Shirley Moore                    http://www.beadsandbread.blogspot.com/
Alicia Marinache              http://www.allprettythings.ca/
Valeria G. Rome                http://fancysphynxdesigns.blogspot.com/
Lo                                            http://thecreativeklutz.blogspot.com/
Zoe Marcin                          http://beadsteaandsweets.blogspot.com/
Carolyn Lawson                http://carolynscreationswa.blogspot.com
Kimberly Booth                 http://thepinkmartiniboutique.blogspot.com/
Sherri Stokey                      http://www.knotjustmacrame.com
Tanya McGuire                  http://www.tanyamcguire.blogspot.com/ ;
Debbie Rasmussen          
Christine Stonefield         http://sweetgirldesign.blogspot.com/

Tanty Sri Hartani      http://tjewellicious.blogspot.com/
Sandra McGriff                   http://skyescreativechaos.blogspot.com/
Renetha Stanziano           http://lamplightcrafts.blogspot.com/
Evelyn Shelby                    http://raindropcreationsbyevelyn.blogspot.com/

Colene Waltermire           https://www.facebook.com/groups/426147797447039/?fref=ts
Lee Nova                             

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

A Time to Stitch 2 Hop

It is time for me to reveal another blog hop....this one is hosted by Therese Frank and Christine Altmiller.  This is A Time to Stitch 2 hop and it features Right Angle Weave and St. Petersburg Chain.  The rules are pretty simple:  make something using Right Angle Weave or make something using St. Petersburg Stitch. 
I did a basic right angle weave base and added a layer of fringe that is right angle weave too and added the daggers for more drama. To make this elegant evening necklace I used black Czech firepolish beads, size 11 seed beads and black daggers.  I am going on a cruise in December and think this will be perfect for one of my dresses. 

I also did a lariat that used several stitches.  St. Petersburg stitch and a chevron stitch make up the main parts of the lariat and they are joined together using a ladder stitch, the pieces that make the three inside fringe portions use right angle weave and straight fringe. The beads on the end of my fringe are enamel beads I made.  For the clasp I used circular peyote stitch.  This is a design by Kelley Wiese and she called it Royal Chains Lariat.  It was in Bead Work magazine issue Oct/Nov 2009.   I have wanted to do this necklace since I first saw the pattern way back when but I did  not know how to do St. Petersburg or Chevron stitch.  This was my first time doing the Chevron stitch, really easy and stitches up fast.  I really love the way this piece turned out.  I think I will do it again in lighter colors.


Unfortunately I had difficulties and could not get the list of the other participants to copy with links so I am asking you to please go to their blogs by visiting our hostesses  Therese and Christine.  Thanks so much!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Jumped the Gun....

Well I must apologize to Therese Frank and Christine Altmiller....I was so excited that I jumped the gun!  I posted my blog about the  Time to Stitch 2 blog a day early.  As I was sitting in the car line this morning waiting to go on a school field trip with my son, I realized that I did it for the 24th and not the 25th of October! 

Guess you can just call me an eager beaver!

I have removed the post and rescheduled it for the morning.
So please come back tomorrow and see my creations!  Thanks!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Head to Head Challenge

My friend Sweet Freedom and I have decided to do a head to head challenge.  We each start with the same bead and the only hard and fast rule is that it must contain some free form peyote.  This is perfect for me since I just did this stitch for the first time and really want to try it again.  We will do a monthly blog update on the 14th.  Our finished pieces will be revealed on January 14th 2013. 

We are the only participants in this head to had and we worked together to find one or more matching beads that we would both be happy to create a design from.  We had an entire bead mat full of matching beads and eliminated down to the following really cool ceramic triangle bead.  I am really into the fall colors right now and this is just the perfect color, it is a beautiful reddish orange color. 
Both of these pictures were taken from  Sweet Freedom's blog.
Ever since I joined the first BSBP #5 I have been hooked on blog challenges.  They have really made  me grow as a designer and I just LOVE them so this is perfect for me.  We often joke and I call my  friend  a Jedi Master and I am her apprentice. 

I must say that we are both much more attractive than these two....LOL!

Over the years of our friendship I have learned a great deal from her and I am honored that she wants to do this challenge with me.  I am excited to see what we each create. 
So be sure to return on the 14th of November and December to see our updates and January 14th for the final reveal.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

"My Bead Table Blog Hop"

Lisa Lodge of Pine Ridge Treasures is hosting this blog hop. She sent each of the participants a group of beads from her bead table and we were required to use as many of them as we could and supplement with beads that were on our bead table.  We were not to go out and purchase any new beads. 

These are the beads Lisa sent me.  An eclectic mix of pinks and greens (which I love) and a few others. 

I admit I was really stumped.  What to make?!?  I thought and thought and just could not figure out what to do.  Luckily I love to work with seed beads and I had some on my workbench, I usually do!  I finally decided that the best way for me to design a piece was to do some free form peyote.  I had never done free form before so that also was a challenge.  I did a necklace and feel like I did justice to using as many of Lisa's beads as I could.  The only thing of mine that I added were the seed beads.  Lisa did send me some size 6 seed beads and I used them as well. I finished the back with one of the beaded pink beads and a peyote loop. I am not really pleased with how the necklace turned out, and I would never wear it,  but for my first time doing free form peyote I can say that it is a fun and very versatile stitch and I will do it again.  The thing that I love most about challenges was accomplished, I learned something new, worked outside of my comfort zone and grew as a designer.

Please visit the other participants and see what Lisa sent them and what they created. 
Your Host: Lisa Lodge  
Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
Audrey Belanger, Dreams of an Absolution
Ginger Bishop, lilmummy likes... 
Tanya Boden, Fusion Muse
Michelle Buettner, Mishel Designs
Eleanor Burian-Mohr, The Charmed Life
Mikala Coates, Maybe Just Perhaps
Marlene Cupo, Amazing Designs
Kathleen Douglas, Washoe Kat's
Mary Anne Klinglesmith Flesch, Hand Crafted Serenity
Therese Frank, Therese's Treasures
Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
Tanya Goodwin, A Work in Progress
Tina Holden, Polymer Clay Bytes!
Shelly Joyce, Au jour le jour
Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations
Kathy Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Susan Lloyd, Designs by Susan
Cynthia Machata, Antiquity Travelers
Inge von Roos, Inge's Blog
Kristen Stevens, My Bead Journey
Sonya Stille, Dreamin' of Beads
Christine Stonefield, Sweet Girl Design
Toltec Jewels, Jewel School Friends
Norma Turvey, Moonlit Fantaseas
Sandra Wollberg, City of Brass Stories

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Holiday Bling Blog Hop

Shelley Graham Turner and Marlene Cupo decided to get a jump start on the holidays and host a Holiday based blog hop.  We were partnered with someone and we decided what sort of holiday item we wanted to exchange.  I was partnered with the very sweet Lennnis Carrier you can also check out her facebook page.

Lennis celebrates  the Winter Solstice or Yule, this is traditionally recognized by Wiccans and Germanic Neopagans on December 21st or 22nd.  Customs include burning a Yule log, Yule singing and a Yule pig; so a roaring fire, caroling and a pork roast. Winter Solstice is observed to celebrate the return of the sun (as this is the shortest day of the year so the daylight hours start to get longer again.) It's just a time to thank the Goddess for having enough food to survive the winter. Some pagans celebrate one night, others 12 days.

Lennis studied Medieval history and her favorite holiday song is Coventry Carol.If you click the link you can hear it done by an all male choir, another of her favorites. This was the first time I have ever heard this song and I liked it. Her favorite holiday movie is Tim Burton's A Nightmare Before Christmas.

Lennis and I decided to exchange holiday jewelry.  This is what she made for me.

I love angels so the focal on this necklace is perfect!  I love that this piece is unlike anything I already have.  Lennis asked me if I like tin art and I honestly did not know what it was, and if this a representation of it then I guess I like it. :)  She also made really cute earrings for me.  I love the glitter in the dangles of the necklace and the earrings.

I made her a set of red and green holiday colored jewelry. I bead wove a Russian spiral choker necklace, a spiral bracelet and some Swarovski dangle earrings.

I hope you will take the time to visit not only Lennis but all the other participants.  No matter how you  celebrate your holidays I hope you really enjoy them !

Michelle Fanucchi  http://micheladasmusings.blogspot.com
 Monique Urquhart  http://ahalfbakednotion.blogspot.com
Therese Frank   http://theresestreasures59.blogspot.com
Heather Otto   http://www.thecrafthopper.com
Jo-Ann Woolverton http://itsabeadifulcreation.blogspot.com
Linda Florian   http://lilysofthevalleyjewelry.blogspot.com
Debbie Rasmussen   http://kepirasmussen.blogspot.com
Alicia Marinache   http://www.allprettythings.ca
Ginger Bishop   http://lilmummylikes.blogspot.com
Lo/  Lynn Jobber http://thecreativeklutz.blogspot.com
Leanne Loftus   http://firstimpressiondesign.blogspot.com
Rita/Toltec Jewels   http://www.toltecjewels.blogspot.com
Shelly Joyce   http://www.aujourlejour-shelly.blogspot.com
Shai Williams    http://shaihasramblings.blogspot.com
Lori Bowring Michaud   http://artfullyornamental.blogspot.com
Lennis Carrier   http://www.windbent.net
Marla Gibson    http://spiceboxdesigns.blogspot.com
Mary Howell Govaars   http://mlhjewelrydesigns.com
Linda Younkmannwww.lindysdesigns.blogspot.com
Shirley Jones Moorehttp://​www.beadsandbread.blo​gspot.com
Melinda Orr   http://www.orrtec.blogspot.com
Marlene Cupo  http://amazingdesigns-marlene.blogspot.com
Shelley Graham Turner   http://shelleygrahamturner.blogspot.com
Sonya Stille http://dreaminofbeads.blogspot.com
Dyanne Cantrell    http://deelitefuljewelrycreations.blogspot.com
Anindita Basu    http://www.alankarshilpa.blogspot.com
Dee Elgie http://cherryobsidia.blogspot.com
Gina Hockett    http://freestyleelements.blogspot.com
Lori Jean Poppe   http://lorillijeanscreativecorner.blogspot.com
Charlie Jacka    http://clay-space.com/blog
Stephanie Stamper (Woods)    http://skwds.blogspot.com
Mary Hicks, Shannon Hicks    http://uptwnsh-fallingintothesky.blogspot.com