Past blog hops and challenges

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Melissa Meman Earring Giveaway!!

Melissa Meman is recreating the earrings she made for her Bead Soup challenge and is giving them away.  Aren't they lovely!  Would certainly like to win them.

You can enter the giveaway by visiting the Earrings Everyday blog and leaving a comment.
Thanks for stopping by.  Hope to see you again soon.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Heather Powell Nature-themed Retreat and Giveaway!!!!

Heather Powell is having a weekend retreat inspired by nature this October 26-28.  It will be held at a location along the Black River in South Haven, Michigan. 
It includes three classes: Resin Forest Treasures, Leaves & Berries, Metal Sketches, Birch Trees Duo, and Beaded Flora.  Erin Prais-Hintz is the guest instructor and will offer design principles to breathe life into old jewelry.
All materials for the classes are included in the price of the retreat along with your meals. Lodging is not included in the price of the retreat. Check out the link above for more information.  This sounds like it will be a fun get-together.  Just wish I could be going. 

To give you a head start on your creativity, Lori Anderson has a giveaway from Heather for a $30 gift certificate to Heather's shop.
Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Challenge of Travel blog hop

I received notice on Wednesday that I am one of the bloggers in the Challenge of Travel blog hop that Erin Prais-Hintz of Tesori Trovati Jewelry and Marcie Abney Carroll of La Bella Joya are putting on.  We were given the opportunity to choose a continent and a country on that continent or to be assigned a country to make an accessory that represents that country.  I chose the Asia continent but asked them to assign me a country.  I had second thoughts about that but did not pull out of the surprise element. 

I found out today that I was assigned the country of South Korea.  First thing I thought about was the TV series MASH!.  My friend, Evelyn, and I listen to the DVDs while we bead.  I also have two co-workers that are from South Korea who I can probably interview.  I might have lucked out on this choice.  I will have to wait and see.

I hope to begin posting about my country starting next week.  I have family here this week that will keep me pretty busy.  Probably not much beading to be done either.

Thanks for stopping by.  Please come back again next week when I will start blogging about South Korea.


Friday, August 3, 2012

Beads Direct bead giveaway

The very generous Lori Anderson of Pretty Things and Bead Soup Blog Party fame is giving away some beads that she was sent from the British bead firm of Beads Direct.  Lori was given these beads so that she could use them and then review the quality of them.  Lori made a couple of bracelets and had beads left over, so she is very generously having a giveaway. 

Here is a link to Lori's post:  The winner will receive three large-hole wood beads and two magnetic clasps along with some braided leather and several different types of dyed wood beads.  The only thing that you need to do is makie something from the beads and review it linking to Beads Direct's website.

I would love to try to make something out of the braided leather.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to stop by Lori's blog to enter her giveaway.


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

After the Bead Soup Blog Hop reveal

It has been several days since the big Bead Soup Blog Hop reveal date number 1 for the blog hop that Lori Anderson of Pretty Things hosted this past Saturday.  I was part of this reveal with 100 other beaders.  I have visited a few of the other bloggers that made something this reveal and everyone did a super, super job.

Here is a link to my bead swap partner's blog, the Stringing Fool, so you can see what she made from the beads that I sent.

I also want to thank everyone for their generous comments regarding my designs and especially the jasper donut.  The making of the pendant was something that I thought about and played around with.  I am glad that it turned out so well.  Thank you again for your wonderful comments.

Thanks for stopping by.