Past blog hops and challenges
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Below is some information about Patriot Day taken from Wikipedia:
In the United States, Patriot Day (known in full as Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance) occurs on September 11 of each year, designated in memory of the 2,977 killed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Initially, the day was called the Prayer and Remembrance for the Victims of the Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001.
By presidential decree, the American flag is flown at half-staff at the White House and on all U.S. government buildings and establishments throughout the world; flags are also encouraged to be displayed on individual American homes.
Additionally, a moment of silence is observed to correspond with the attacks, beginning at 8:46 A.M. (Eastern Daylight Time), the time the first plane struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. The Corporation for National and Community Service is available as a clearing house for volunteer for service opportunities.
Because Patriot Day is not a federal holiday, schools and business do not close in observance of the occasion, although memorial ceremonies for the victims are held.
I am going to leave the sign-ups through August 3rd. Be sure to leave your name, blog address, and email or way to contact you.
I will also be looking for a badge for the blog hop. (anyone know how to make one?)
Thanks for stopping by.
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Anyone interested in participating in a blog hop for Patriots Day, September 11? Red, White, and Blue.
I am always interested in making patriotic jewelry and thought others might be also.
We can do it either of two ways.
Michael's is having their Bead Gallery beads on sale 50% off through 7/26 or it can be a beads of your choice.
If we do Michael's beads, I will choose the beads.
Please leave a comment by Tuesday, July 22, so I can make an announcement on Wednesday, July 23 in the evening.
Thanks for stopping by.
Saturday, July 19, 2014
I have never worked with either gemstone but the Snowflake Obsidian called to me first and this piece just seemed to flow together. I used the Snowflake rounds and rondels along with turquoise howlite and red seed beads.
I was able to make two sets of earrings to go along with this necklace, each different than the other. One set is just the Snowflake Obsidian round, red seed beads, and the turquoise howlite on an eyepin.
The second set is Snowflake rondels with turquoise howlite and red seed beads with dangles.
My next piece used the Black-line Jasper ovals and diagonally drilled squares (diamond shaped??) stones to make a necklace. I used the ribbed silver-plated spacers that Lisa sent in the kit along with the leftover purple glass beads I had from the recent Michael's Challenge blog hop.
I have two sets of earrings for this necklace and I have another necklace laid out already to string using the rectangle Black-lined Jasper beads. I hope to update the pictures by Monday evening.
Thanks for stopping by and be sure to visit the other participants:
Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs
Be sure to stop back by August 2 for the reveal of the Summer Carnival Blog Hop and on August 3 for the Chicks Choose Chicklets Blog Hop.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Today is the day for the reveal for Andrew Thornton's Good Earth Challenge. Each of the participants purchased a bead kit from Andrew that was stuffed with goodies.
Included in the kit is a Luxury Bead Blend that consists of Japanese Miyuki seed beads, Toho seed beads Czech glass. African recycled glass, jasper, agate, gold plated daisy spacers, quartz, Chinese crystal, goldstone, Swarovski crystals, ventage sequins, German glass, vintage Japanese glass, Swarovski crystal pearls.
The kit also features a selection of Japanese hex-cut seed beads, premium Czech glass (both new and vintage), vintage brass rounds, Indian glass, Irish waxed linen, a vintage Hamilton gold bead, artisan ceramic rounds. (Bead descriptions are from Andrew's blog.)
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
When Heather called this a challenge, she meant it. I would never have selected these beads to go together but that is what a challenge is. My friend Evelyn and I decided to split the beads between us to see what we could come up with. The only thing that we came close to making the same were the earrings. You can see her creation here.
I had a vague idea of what I wanted to make and just laid it out. I used the rondels as spacers, the amber rectangles as the focals beads, and the purple glass beads as an accent on either side of the amber rectangles. I then alternated the green ceramic, the cut horn beads, and the aqua opaque beads up the sides of the necklace.
Below is a picture of the complete set to include earrings.
The earrings. Just nice simple ones.
We will using the Linkz up tool on Heather's blog so be sure to visit to see the other participants: Humblebeads
Thanks for visiting and come back tomorrow as a I will be revealing what I made for Andrew Thornton's Good Earth Challenge.
Also be sure to come back on Saturday, July 19th for the reveal of Lisa Lodge's Gemstones and Metal blog hop.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Nan Smith, the hostess, is Canadian and I know there will be other Canadians participating. There are artists from Europe and Australia. The USA has several artists representing various states. When the blog hop was announced I knew I wanted to participate but was not sure which state I wanted to represent. I have lived in California and currently reside in the Pacific Northwest, two great states that actually have some things in common.
They each grow grapes and are leaders in the wine industry.
The grow pine trees that have their own ornaments - pine cones.
They can make snowmen.
Each state has a large military force based there.
Each has recreational boating and naval shipyards.
Because of the closeness to the sea, each has their own seabirds. Roosting on telephone poles.
One state has leaves that turn colors in the fall.
Both states grow pumpkins in the fall.
One state exports wood overseas.
I hope you have enjoyed the representations on the states that I have lived in.
Be sure to visit the other artists to see which parts of the world that they represent:
Nan Smith (hostess|) nanmade.blogspot.ca
1. Ana (Portugal) acbeads.blogspot.ca
2.Rita (Orlando) JewelSchoolFriends.com
4. Robin Reed (Indiana) willowdragon.blogspot.com
5. Lilik Kristiana (Indonesia ) pcbylik.blogspot.com
7. Karen Mitchell (South Australia) www.overthemoon-design.com
10. Johana Nunez (Puerto Rico) http:artincendi.com
11. Kepi (Alberta) kepirasmussen.blogspot.ca
15. Kay Thomerson (Texas) kayzkreationz.blogspot.com
17. Carolyn's Creations ( )carolynscreationswa.blogspot.com (you are here)
20.Inge Van Roos (California) ingetraud.wordpress.com
23.Mary Harding (New York) maryhardingjewelrybeadblog.blogspot.com
24. Bouchra Rebai (Algeria) bouchrarebai.wordpress.com
Thank you for stopping by. Be sure to come back again on July 10th for Andrew Thornton's Good Earth Challenge but you are always welcome to drop and see what I have been up to.