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Friday, February 21, 2014

Winter Sparkle Blog Hop reveal

Welcome to the Winter Sparkle Blog Hop put on by Lisa Lodge of A Greateful Artist blog.  Lisa always has the best bead kits for her blog hops.  In fact I have several more of her blog hops that I will be doing.

Lisa advertised this particular blog hop last year and I hurriedly signed up as she has a limited number of kits.  I don't know if Lisa did it on purpose because she says that she sends the kits out blindly but I received a kit in my favorite shades of gold/topaz.

Beads included in kit.
 Here is a picture of the beads that were included in the kit:  two sizes of pearls, topaz-colored rondells, bicones and rounds, clear ovals, gold daisy spacers, gold seed beads, and two swarovski crystal pieces.

I did pretty good at using most of the beads in the kit.

Swarovski crystal earrings
Pearl and rounds earrings

Here are two other pair of earrings that I made using some of the pearls, topaz round beads, and lt. topaz rondells.

Memory wire bracelet
 I used the majority of the beads making this five strand memory wire bracelet. I used the smaller size pearls, the topaz bicones, rondells, and rounds along with the seed beads.  I also made about five different styles of dangles using the smaller beads.

The last of the beads were used to make this necklace.

Thanks for stopping by.  Be sure to visit the other bloggers to see what they have made.

Your hostess:  Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist

Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes

Kathy Zeigler Lindemer, Bay Moon Design

Eleanor Burian Moore, The Charmed Life 

Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation

Chris Eisenberg, Wanderware

Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations   You are here

Toltec  Jewels, Jewel School Friends

Christie Searle Murrow, Charis Designs Jewelry

Heather Richter, Desert Jewelry Designs

Ev Shelby, Raindrop Creations 

Dolores Raml, CraftyD's Creations

Kim Dworak, Cianci Blue

Cassi Renee Paslick, Beads: Rolling Downhill

Annette Rivers, Mama Owl's Mess

Tammie Tusher Everly, TTE Designs

Crystal Thain, Here Bead Dragons

Norbel Marolla, She Flies Again Jewelry

Karen Burg, KEB Designs

Karin Grosset Grange, Ginkgo et Coquelicot

Jasvanti Patel, Jewels by Jasvanti


See you next time.




  1. Those are beautiful colors, beautiful work and good job using so many of your beads. [I had a tough time using all mine].

  2. Always great to get to work in a favourite colour palette. Love the earring with the crystal leaves.

  3. I love your color palette also and you did such an artistic job incorporating your bead kit into finished and beautiful work. I love that you remembered to take a picture of all your beads before starting your projects . . . I always forget that step and it makes the end blog so much better. Thanks for sharing!!!

  4. Carolyn-I love that memory wire bracelet. The beads look great together in it. Well done! Enjoy the bling!

  5. Love those earrings with the Swarovski leaves. Those are a favorite of mine.They look gorgeous with the pearls.

  6. You did a great job of putting all the beads to use in a cohesive theme- very pretty pieces. Christie

  7. Oh my, you were so busy with all the beautiful jewelry you created. I absolutely adore every piece. The memory wire bracelet is my favorite.

  8. You received some lovely beads and created some fantastic pieces with them.
    Love the colors.


  9. Carolyn - I always love your creations because they are so elegant and classic. I would wear any of these pieces on a regular basis. Especially love the first pair of earrings. The kit assignment was totally random - I am glad you received your favorite color! Thanks for being in the hop!

  10. What beautiful colours and you used them so well :) Gorgeous designs, Carolyn!

  11. Very elegant, I love your pieces.

  12. Carolyn all of your pieces are lovely.

  13. Beautiful! So earthy and awesome designs. Thanks for the great post.

  14. Glad you got your favorite color too, you did an awesome job using the beads.

  15. Lovely pieces, the colors are so warm!