Past blog hops and challenges

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Art Jewelry Elements Componet of the Month for May

Today is the reveal day for the Art Jewelry Elements Component of the Month and I am one of the lucky ones that was chosen to participate.  May's Component of the Month was made by Susan Kennedy of Sue's Beads.  We were given either a set of three pressed flower beads, or 1 pressed flower cabochon.  I was given the first set of pressed flower beads shown in this picture. 

Many ideas ran through my mind about how to use the beads and what to make.

Do I use dark green beads?

Do I use light colored beads?

Do I use light colored beads with light blue and dark blue beads?

After deciding which beads to use, I then had to decide how I wanted to use the beads.  Do I use them in a horizontal row or do I use them in a vertical row?

I made the decision to use them in a vertical row but I did this in a different manner than what you might expect.

I added small lobster claw clasps to two of the beads and to the bail that the beads will hang from.  You can hang them in a variety of designs.  You can hang one bead, two beads or all three beads.

I decided to string the light colored beads with small accent beads with gold spacers.  I used a bail that I attached a small lobster claw clasp to so that the Component of the Month could be added.

Here is the finished necklace with the Component of the Month attached.  I also made matching earrings.

Here are a couple of pictures to show how the Component can be changed.

One bead

Two of the beads
All three beads

Thanks for stopping by.  Be sure to visit the Art Jewelry Elements blog to see what the other participants did with their components.


Saturday, May 24, 2014

Waxed Linen Jewelry Blog Hop Reveal

Today is the day for the reveal for Diana of Suburban Girl Studio's Waxed Linen Blog Hop.  Our mission was to create an item of jewelry with waxed linen cording.  I was interested in this blog hop as I have received some of this cording in some destashes that I had purchased or that was gifted to me.  I had never used this before but had seen some designs that other jewelry makers had done. 

The latest cording that I had received was from the Deep Water Challenge that Andrew Thornton had put on. 

I did not get the chance to use the cording for that challenge but I decided to make a pair of earrings using the cording and beads that I had left over.  I used a rondele bead and a round bead in similar colors and knotted the ends of the cord and added a loop at the center of the cording and added that to the ear wire.

I am undecided on whether to leave the tails on the cording, to feather it (unravel it), or to cut it off.  What do you think?

The next item I found to make was an earring kit that included all the necessary material.  As I was making the earrings I realized that I did not have enough spacers to add to the dangles.  Spacers that I did have, I thought were too big compared to the original spacers.

Original spacers are the three mid-left of the picture.  Others that are similar in shape are the four silver to the upper right and the four gold to the lower right of the picture.  A similar size but different shape are the three gold rounds in the lower left.  Will have to make up my mind about which one to use.  Which do you recommend?

Here are the earrings waiting to be finished.

I loved working with the linen cording and can see myself making other earrings with it and possibly making some necklaces as others have done.

Here is a list of the other participants.  Please drop by and visit them.

Diana Ptaszynski Our hostess!
Kelsy Vincent
Susan Kennedy
Linda Landig
Kashmira Patel
Jenny Davies-Reazor
Vanessa Gilkes
Sandy Huntress
Kay Thomerson
Sarajo Wentling
Kari Asbury
Rebecca Anderson
Melissa Trudinger
Ann Schroeder
Shai Williams
Blanca Medina
Cheryl Brown
Johana Nunez Rivera
Lori Bowring Michaud
Kelly Morgan
Barbara Bechtel
Kristen Stevens
Heather Boardman
Janet Bocciardi
Kathy Lindemer
Lesley Watt
Susan Kolovson
Jayne Capps
Michelle McCarthy
Cynthia Deis Enter to win a kit from Ornamentea!
Karla Morgan
Erin Siegel
Becky Pancake
Kelly Hosford Patterson
Sharyl McMillian-Nelson
Inge von Roos
Carolyn Lawson  You are here.
Linda Younkman
Sandi Volpe
Toltec Jewels
Michelle Mach
Jen Cameron
Dorothy Winchell
Darlene Mansue

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

MiShel's Pearl Challenge

Michelle of MiShel Designs is having a blog hop using pearls.  I participated in her pearl blog hop last year (2013 pearl blog hop) and had such a good time.  I plan to particpate again this year.

You can signup through this Saturday, May 24, 2014, and the reveal will be Sunday, June 29, 2014.  Here is a link to her blogpost announcing the the blog hop if you are interested in signing up: 

Be sure to mark June 29th on your calendar and stop by to see what I have created.

Thanks for stopping by.


Monday, May 19, 2014

The Gossping Goddess is having a giveaway

One of the blogs that I follow, The Gossiping Goddess, is having a giveaway.  Leslie is trying to build a mailing list of followers so that she can notify them of upcoming sales, new product releases, and special events that she is participating in. 

From The Gossiping Goddess website

To win £30 GBP and free shipping to spend in either of her shops THEA Elements or THEA Jewellery follow this link to her blog post: and follow the directions.  You just have to sign up for the mailing list and then comment on her blog.  She makes the most beautiful pieces to use to make jewelry as you can see from the picture shown above.  She also sells finished jewelry.

Drawing will be on June 1.

Also, I will be participating in the Waxed Linen Blog Hop on Saturday.  Be sure to stop by and see what I have made.

Thanks for stopping by. 


Monday, May 12, 2014

Post Bead Soup Blog Hop

Hope everyone had a beautiful Mother's Day.  It was nice and sunny here in Western Washington.  Sun was out all day and nary a raindrop was to be seen.  I got a delicious Mother's Day gift from my daughter and her family:

Best chocolate-covered strawberries ever.  Sweet Berries in San Diego.  Yummmm!!!!

Thanks to those ladies that stopped by and made a comment on my bead soup creations.  Have seen a few myself and need to get back to blog hopping.

Thanks for stopping by.


Saturday, May 10, 2014

Bead Soup Blog Hop reveal

Today is the day for the reveal of the 8th Bead Soup Blog Hop.  I think this is my third time particpating in this annual event.  I always look forward to it as it stretches my creativity.

Lori Anderson puts on the Bead Soup Blog Hop each year.  There was a one day sign-up this year and approximately 500 people signed up.  Over the next several weeks Lori matches up two beaders and emails them with the other's contact information.  The two beaders get to know each other and exchange soup ingredients.

My bead soup partner is Billie R.S. Rothove and you can find her blog here:  Artist at Work  Be sure to visit her blog to see what she has made from the bead soup that I sent her.

Here is what Billi sent me to work with:

Hematite shapes

Hematite rounds and spacers

Painted wooden beads

Wooden spacers

Antique trade beads
Billi also included the following:

Copper findings and chain

Cloisonne beads

I decided to use the hematite beads, the painted wooden beads, the wooden spacers and the antique trading beads in one necklace.

I did some wrapped loops (I need more practice on making these)  to join the wood beads and the hematite triangles together.   I then strung the hematite rounds with the wooden spacers and the hematite spacers with the antique trade beads.

Here is a picture of the complete set that I made

Here is a close up of the spacers that I used from the bead soup mix.

Close up of the clasp from my stash.

For the next piece that I did, I used the copper findings and cloisonne beads.  I strung the cloisonne beads on beading wire and then added chain to make a necklace.

Here is a picture of the clasp that Billi sent and I used at the front of the necklace.

I still have some soup ingredients that I will be using in the next couple of weeks.  I will come back and add them to this post but will also create a new post to showcase them.

Thanks for coming by.  Be sure to visit the other 499 participants.  I have seen some of the soup pieces and they are scrumptious looking.  Here is a link to the list of participants:

Here is a list of the participants if you would rather work from a list:

Lori Anderson, Hostess

Tina Bosh                        
Kristina Hahn Eleniak       
Kari Asbury                     
Kris Binsfield                   
Cheryl Gangle                  
Amber Dawn                   
Michelle Wigginton           
Kayla Potega                    
Becky Pancake                 

Debbie Rogers                   
Jenny Kyrlach                   
Genea Crivello-Knable       
Deborah Read                   
Julianna Cannon                
Lisa Liddy                        
Debbie Rasmussen            
Iveth Caruso                     
Rana Wilson                     
Corrie Williams                 

Linda Anderson                
Miranda Ackerley             
Andra Weber                   
Loretta Carstensen            
Penny Houghton               
Tania Hagen                     
Robin Reed                      
Laurie Vyselaar                 
Rachel Baron                    
Erin Guest                         

Emma Todd                                  
Kelly Schermerhorn                  
Dana Hickey                                  
Rebecca Ednie                             
Marybeth Rich                             
Sherri Levinton                            
RaMona Woolson                      
Jo-Ann Woolverton                   
Audrey Belanger                        
Candida Castleberry                  

Renetha Stanziano                    
Carolyn Chenault                        
Toltec  Jewels                              
Diana Welte                                  
Jean A. Wells                                
Bev Breisinger                             
Autumn Adams                           
DiYana Alcalde                             
Patty Gasparino                          
Karen Mitchell                             

Regina Santerre                          
Dhea Powers                               
Jayne Capps                                 
Keri Lee Sereika                          
Melissa Trudinger                      
Elsie Deliz-Fonseca                    
Jeanne Steck                                
Carolyn Lawson                (You are here)
Kay Thomerson                           

Maybeline Tay                             
Jackie Locantore                         
D'Arsie Manzella                         
Jacqueline Marchant                
Beccy Peterson                           
Katie Nielson-Nunez                 
Heidi Kingman                             
Andrea Glick                                 
Rose Johnson                              

Nicole Demore                            
Marti Conrad                                
Marianna Boylan                        
Mitzie Crider                                
Christa Murphy                           
Alisa Siceloff                                 
Maria Rios                                     
Tracy Martin                                 
Nan Emmett                                 
Jelveh Jafarian                                

Ali McCarthy                                 
Jennifer LaVite                            
Dolores Raml                                
Valerie Kravette                         
Bobbie Rafferty                          
Kathleen Breeding                     
Kristi Brokaw                                
Lisa Suver                                      
Natalie Moten                             
Jami Shipp                                     

Diana Shiraishi                             
Heather Otto                               
Ghislaine Kruse-van Erp          
Lisa Knappenberger                  
Charlene Jacka                            
Patty Miller                                   
Sandi James                                  
Marianne Hurley                        
Cris Peacock                                 
Andrea Rivers                              

Gloria Allen                                   
Kandice Seeber                           
Janine Lucas                                 
Sandy Richardson                       
Hajer Waheed                             
Cynthia Abner                             
Peggy Johnson                            
Tina Holden                                   
Julie Bowen                                  
Heather Richter                          

Sarah Strover                               
Kimberly Idalski                           
Sandi Volpe                                  
Tandra Boyer                               
Klaudete Koon                            
Michaela Pabeschitz                 
Mea-B. Uebler                            
Mandi Effron                                
Evelyn Shelby                              
Shai Williams                                

Natalie Davidson                        
Evelyn Duberry                           
Eszter Czibulyas                          
Sylvia Lupberger                         
Divya N                                           
Blanca Medina                             
Ginger Davis Allman                  
Chris Eisenberg                           

Katja Benevol Gabrrijelcic       
Jodie Marshall                             
Margareta Saari                          
Menka Gupta                              
Dian Hierschel                              
Kashmira Patel                            
Christina Miles                             
Inge von Roos                              
Sam Siegel                                     
Gina Hockett                                

Linda Newnham                         
Enikö Fabian                                 
Dorota Żerańska                         
Shalini Austin                               
Maryse Fritzsch-Thillens          
Silke Groeber                               
Birgit Klughardt                           
Rebecca Anderson                    
Niky Sayers                                   
Stefanie Teufel                           

Rosantia Petkova                       
Alenka Obid                                           Pepita Handmade
Jacqueline Keller                        
Sam Waghorn                              
Jackie Ryan                                   
Kumi Fisher                                   
Joan Williams                               
Stephanie Weiss                         
Elsbeth Fuchs                               
Johanna Nash                              

Natascha Marty                          
Sarah Goode                                
Agata Grygiel                               
Jeannine Vetsch-Bokstaller        
Rebecca Sirevaag                       
Magdalena Sikora                      
Ana Krepel                                    
Saskia Letta                                   
Beth Emery                                   
Lizzie Clarke                                  

Evie and Beth McCord              
Marcia Dunne                              
Agi Kiss                                           
Esterina Jagiella                           
Judith Johnston                          
Jenny Vidberg                             
Klaudia Toth                                 
Merja Sundström                       
Colleen Vinthagen                     
Leah Curtis                                    

Giorgia Rossini                             
Sandra Wollberg                         ‎
Annica Larsson                            
Johana Nunez                              
Krafty Max                                    
Lori Schneider                              
Mary Govaars                              
Mischelle Andrade Fanucchi  
Maddison Langford                   
Ginger Bishop                              

Birgitta Lejonklou                       
Lesley Watt                                   
Doris Stumpf                                
Marjolein Trewavas                  
Silvia Sernicola                             
Roxanne Blanc                             
Wendy Chamberlain                 
Siobhán Keogh                            
Claire Fabian                                 
Katrin Fenzke                               

Eva Wills                                         
Kathy Lindemer                          
Bridget Torres                              
Marina Passarella                       
Christina Hickman                      
Tammie Everly                             
Ana Cravidao                                
Keren Panthaki                           
Jennifer VaBenschoten           

Solange Collin                              
Marina Kosović                            
Michelle Tucker                          
Sue Rennie                                   
Claire Lockwood                                   Something to Do With Your Hands
Barb Solem                                   
Caroline Dewison                       
Noemi Baena Roman                
Marsela Schroth                         

Amy Severino                              
Vonna Maslanka                         
Andra Marasteanu                    
Cherrie Warzocha                      
Amanda Wacasey                      
Marcy Lamberson                      
Lisa Johnson                                 
Gail Vanderster-Zwang            
Laurie Keefe-Cecere                 
Asri Wahyuningsih                     

Laurie Ament                               
Lilik Kristiani                                  
Stephanie Haussler                   
Deb Fortin                                     
Kelly Hosford Patterson          
Katy Heider                                   
Christine Stonefield                  
Dagmar Liebisch                          
Sandra McGriff                            

Sheila Daniels                               
Rossana De Gaspari                   
Cory Tompkins                            
Judy Riggs                                      
Lora Bright                                     
Tina Noonan                                 
Shawn Price                                  
April Grinaway                             
Cheryl Roe                                    

Pam Hurst                                     
Shirley Moore                              
Emmanuelle Roué                     
Tammy Adams                            
Kristin Oppold                              
Catie Doman                                
Sheila Prosterman                     
Cheryl Foiles                                 
Stephanie Perry                          
Barbara Fernald                          

Debi Dufrene                               
Kathy Stemke                              
Anne Betenson                           
Chris Haussler                              
Catherine King                             
Andria Poole                                
Sherri Stokey                               
Sharyl King                                    
Donna Millard                              
Gayle Dyck                                    

Gen Smith                                     
Deanna Cox                                  
Beti Horvath                                 
Rose Rushbrooke                       
Arlene Dean                                 
Maria Rosa Sharrow                  
Deborah Apodaca                      
Veralynne Malone                     
Stacy Alderson                            
Eva Sherman                                

Cassi Paslick                                  
Cindy Boissonneault                    
Linda Sadler                                  
Louise Glazier                              
Susan McClelland                       
Kathrin Lembke                          
Susanne Stelljes                          
Terry Jeanette Carter                  
Susan Kelly                                    

Kim Paige                                       
Dyanne Everett-Cantrell         
Annita Wilson                              
Tracey Leeder                              
Elizabeth Bunn                            
Allison Fitzpatrick                       
Tania Spivey                                 
Ilenia Ruzza                                   
Lauren Potts                                 
Lynn Jobber                                  

Lee Koopman                              
Carol Wilson                                 
Elizabeth Woodford                  
Rochelle Brisson                         
Shari Replogle                              
Janeen Sorensen                       
Kat Barron Miller                        
Elaine Robitaille                                     http:/
Darlene Fortier                            

Leslie Schenkel                            
Kym Hunter                                  
Leslie Wayment                          
Beckie Robison                            
Hannah Trost                               
Kim Hutchinson                           
Liz Engriser                                    
Diah Anggreni                              
Monique Urquhart                    
Kim Williams                                 

Theresa Buchle                           
Susan Bowie                                 
Pam DeBoer                                 
Skylar Bre'z                                   
Janet Loomis                                
Tari Kahrs                                       
Nancy Smith                                 
Erin Grant                                      
Barbara Mason                            
Karin King                                      

Mary K. McGraw                        
Mandi Ainsworth                       
Jasvanti Patel                               
Donna Conklin                             
Karen Jones                                  
Lori Finney                                    
Sheila Davis                                   
Sabine Dittrich                             

Nicole Valentine Rimmer        
Marge Beebe                               
Michelle McCarthy                    
Chandra Merod                          
Nancy Olliver                                
Alison Sachs                                  
Kay Mallery                                   
Beth Petricoin                              
Marta Grabalowska                   
Clare Etheridge                           

Heather Marston                       
Ann Rishell                                              Http://
Cece Cormier                               
Shannon German                       
Mary Ellen Merrigan                 
Cheryl Brown                               
Mary Hicks                                   
Judy Robinson                             
Danielle Kelley                             
Cate van Alphen                         

Patricia Buchanan                       
Billi R.S. Rothove                         
Laura Blanck                                 
Pam Traub                                     
Fay Wolfenden                           
Kristi Harrison                              
Karen Martinez                           
Sarah Singer                                 
Megan Tillery                               
Dana James                                  

Rachel Stewart                            
Valerie Cook                                 
Debra Gibson                               
Pat Haight                                      
Rachel Stanley                             
Sandra Pendragon                     
Anja Schultz                                  
Sharon Driscoll                             
Lecia Woessner                           
Kitty Durmaj                                 

Donetta Farrington                    
Bonnie Coursolle                        
Laurie Wirth                                  
Lori Callahan                                 
B.R. Kuhlman                               
Karin Grosset Grange               
Rebekah Payne                           
Lori Bowring Michaud               

Jael Thorp                                      
Patty Woodland                          
Eleanor Burian-Mohr                
Susanna Lehto                             
June Butt                                       
Melissa Muir                                
Laney Mead                                 
Tamera Norris                              
Andrea Trank                               

Marie Covert                              
Valerie Tilghman                         
Jean Baldridge Yates                 
Sierra Barrett                               
Patricia Robitaille                        
Leanne Loftus                              
Sally Russick                                  
Mallory Hoffman                    
Dini Bruinsma                               
Marde Lowe                                 

Hannah Annear                           
Patty Johnson                              
Valerie Norton                            
Ann Sherwood                            
Staci Smith                                    
Jen Purple                                     
Ruth Szapa                                    
CJ Bauschka                                  
Karla Morgan                               
Suz Hamel                                     

Laura Guenther                          
Elisabeth Auld                              
Martha Aleo                                 
Shiraz Biggie                                 
Brendalee Astells                          
Heather d'Entremont                   
Kelly Morgan                                
Lori Blanchard                              

Susan Kennedy                           
Rain Hannah                                 
Janice Warden Bergeron         
Melissa Packer                            
Jana Haverty                                
Cindy Ritchie                                
Marianne Baxter                        
Denise McCabe                           
Sharon Palac                                 
Cathy Buckley                              

Jennifer Van Horn                      
Crystal Rector                              
Susan Walls                                   
Penny Neville                              
Lisa Cone                                       
Heather Davis                              
Michelle Escano                          
Carmen Lau                                  
Janet Borzecki                             
Rhonda Hagerman                     

Katrina Taylor                               
Molly Alexander                         
Nicole Rennell                             
Chris McGilvery                           
Erin Prais-Hintz                            
Dawn Williams                             
Kate Dufour                                  
Robin Lynne Showstack           
Elizabeth Hodges                        

Adlinah Kamsir                            
Carol Dillman                                
Christine Hansen                        
Andrea Frank                               
Tracy Stillman                               
Denise Petersen                         
Veronica Campos-Hallstrom       
Madonna Liza Cruz-Comia      
Suzann Sladcik Wilson              

Terri Gauthier                              
Alicia Marinache                         
Barbara Bechtel                          
Hannah Rosner                           
Keren von Hoeren                      
Lea Avroch                                    
Maire Dodd