Past blog hops and challenges

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Bead Stampede bead show in Tacoma

I visited the Bead Stampede bead show held at Freighthouse Square in Tacoma WA.  The group of sellers was small but different enough that everyone should be able to find something.

I found some blue vintage German plastic connectors along with some pretty turquoisey blue beads (I forgot to ask what kind they were) that I plan to use with the connectors.  I also found some purple bicone beads.

Then I found some lampwork beads from Lara Lutrick.  She had a nice display of Halloween/autumn beads where I found lots of goodies.

I also found a couple of Christimas beads that she had hidden away.

Lara's next door neighbor (they were sharing a table) Lori Bergmann also had lampwork beads and I found a bunch of spacers that I could use with Lara's beads.  Lori also had brown spacers which I can never find so those were snapped up quickly.  Both ladies are on facebook and are semi-local (they live north of me but not a ridicous distance away) so I think I will be buying more beads from these ladies.

Lori's spacers.

Here's where I ran out of time.  It was 4:45 and they close at 5.  Not enough time to see what the other two or three vendors had or to revisit the other vendors.  I did manage to get in one last purchase from another lampworker, More Than Beads, another semi-local artist.  I always enjoy seeing what Donna has been making.

Thanks for stopping and be sure to stop by the bead show if you are in the Tacoma WA area.


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Dark Bloom Challenge Blog Hop reveal

Today is the day for the reveal of Andrew Thornton's Dark Bloom Challenge blog hop.

To participate, you had to purchase a Design Kit.  This kit features a selection of Japanese hex-cut seed beads, premium Czech glass (both vintage and new), iron corrugated rounds, an iron filigree bead, lampwork glass, Irish waxed linen, a gunmetal toggle, vintage moon-glow lucite, and recycled African glass beads.  The kit also includes a Luxury Bead Blend.

Each kit comes with a special, handmade component that remains a mystery until it arrives at my door! The Mystery Component might actually be more than just one bead or pendant.  It's always a surprise.  The Mystery Component is publicly revealed about a one month before the actual reveal day.

For this challenge, Andrew made polymer clay coin pendants.  He saw a similar stylized flower motif on an old Roman vessel and thought that he would translate it into a jewelry component.  He used a dark purply-black base and then hit the raised details with violet Gilder's Paste.

I always try to do Andrew's beads justice and am never sure that I succeed.  I was able to make a bracelet which I forgot to get a picture of, a second bracelet which I did get a picture of, a necklace, two pairs of earrings, and some wine glass charms.

For the necklace I used the mystery component, the Czech glass beads, the recycled glass beads and the gunmetal toggle clasp.

I next made a set of four wine glass charms using the matte seed beads (pink, purple, and gray) from the luxury mix.

I made a bracelet from some of the smaller beads.

I made a couple of pairs of earrings.

I have a few leftover beads that I will be using in the next couple of weeks and I will have an "after the blog hop reveal".

Thanks for stopping by.  Be sure to visit the other participants in the Dark Bloom Challenge. 

Karin Grosset Grange
Carolyn Lawson
Holly Baldwin
Jeanne Steck
Ann Schroeder
Kari Asbury
Andrew Thornton, Laurel Ross, Alison Herrington, Geri Colgrove, and Crystal Lombardo Farrell
Here is a link to Andrew's blog:  dark-bloom-challenge-reveal


Thursday, August 7, 2014

Dark Bloom Challenge reveal postponed

Andrew has had to postpone the reveal for the Dark Bloom Challenge until Thursday, August 14, 2014. 

But here is something to whet your appetite.

I made something with these beads.

and this bead.

and these beads.

and lastly these beads.

Be sure to come back next Thursday, August 14, 2014, to see what everyone has made.

Thanks for stopping by.


Sunday, August 3, 2014

Choosy Chicks Choose Chicklets Blog Hop reveal

Today is the reveal for Rita's Toltec Jewels for Jewel School Friends Choosy Chicks Choose Chicklets Blog Hop reveal.  Rita was generous enough to supply everyone with a chicklet bead that was made by Susan Kennedy of Sue's Beads that we were to use to make something.  I received a lovely lavender/periwinkle blue chicklet.

Oops! looks like I forgot to take a picture of the bead by itself.

I guess that means I need to get right into the description of what I made.  With the unusual color of the bead, I was having some troubles deciding what other colors to use with it.  I was able to find a strand of mixed color crystal bicones

Because I made it a three strand bracelet, I wanted a clasp that would handle the multiple strands so I chose a clasp that actually looks like a chicklet.

Overall the bracelet looks like this:

Be sure to visit the creator of these beautiful beads:

Guest of Honor & Featured Artist:  Susan Kennedy

Sue Kennedy's blogs:                               SueBeads...A Beady Girl's blog
                                                               Art Jewelry Elements
Sue Kennedy's website                            SueBeads
SueBeads Art Beads                                SueBeads
Be sure to visit the other bloggers to see what they created with Sue's beautiful beads:

Toltec Jewels                                 


Linda Anderson                             

Jennifer Reno                                 

Shirley Moore                                

Kristen Stevens                              

Marybeth Rich                               

Jael Thorp                                      

Melissa Trudinger                           

Andrea Glick                                  

Nan Smith                                      

Blanca Medina                               

Shai Williams                                  

Carolyn Lawson                               You are here.

Rana Wilson                                   

Robin Reed                                    

Robin Showstack                           

Sheila Prosterman                           

Karla Morgan                                

Kari Asbury                                   

Kelly Rodgers                                

Jayne Capps                                  

Mischelle Andrade Fanucchi          

Heather Richter                             

Chris Eisenberg                             

Kathleen Breeding                         

Linda Landig                                 

Crystal Thain                                 

Cheri Reed                                    

Heather d-Entremont                     

Dini Bruinsma                                

Lori Schneider                               

Tammy Adams                              

Melinda Orr                                  

Lennis Carrier                               

Cynthia Machata                           

Elizabeth Hodges                          

Debbie Rasmussen                        

Tanya McGuire                             

Charlie Jacka                                

Ev Shelby                                     

Sharyl McMillian-Nelson              

Jasvanti Patel                              

Be sure to look at other recent posts of mine.  The Patriot Day Blog Hop sign up post and my reveal for the Summer Carnival Blog Hop .

I will be having another reveal on Thursday, August 7, 2014, for Andrew Thornton's Dark Bloom blog hop.

Thanks for stopping by.


Saturday, August 2, 2014

Summer Carnival Blog Hop reveal

Today is the reveal of Lisa Lodge's Pine Ridge Treasures Summer Canival Blog hop. 

The participants purchased beads kits from Lisa and were to make something that represented a summer carnival to them. 

Here are the beads that I received:

Strands of crystal and cultured seglass.

It was difficult to decide what to make but the first item was a blue and white seaglass necklace with gold sparkly seed beads and clear crystals.  To me the necklace just sparkles just like the lights on the midway or the ferris wheel.

Next up is a cultured seaglass rondell necklace that reminds be of the polka-dotted clown outfits.

I dug into the destash that I got from Lisa and found some red and green rondells to use along with the blue and color-blocked the necklace.

The earrings I made to match are a little different style than I usually make, kind of swingy like the buckets on the ferris wheel.

Please be sure to stop by and visit the other participants.

Summer Carnival Blog Hop Link List

Please let me know as soon as possible if there are any errors - thanks.

Your hostess:  Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist
Kim Dworak, Cianci Blue
Karin Grosset Grange, Ginkgo et Coquelicot
Veralynne Malone, Designed by Vera
Ann Schroeder, Bead Love
Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
Kathy Zeigler Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Heather Richter, Desert Jewelry Designs
Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations
Candida Elkins Castleberry, Spun Sugar Beadworks
Catherine Yvonne King, Catherine's Musings
Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes
Shaiha Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings
Chris Eisenberg, Wanderware
Eleanor Burian Moore, The Charmed Life
Marianne Baxter, Simply Seablime Jewelry
Carole Carlson, Bead Sophisticate
Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreationz
Christie Searle Murrow, Charis Designs Jewelry
Dolores Raml, CraftyD's Creations
Marianne Hurley, Reads and Beads
Marci Allen Koziolek, Krafty Max Originals
Be sure to stop by and sign up the Patriot Day Red, White, and Blue Blog Hop scheduled for September 11.
Be sure to stop back by later today to see my reveal for the Haberdashery Hop put on by Melissa Trudinger of Bead Recipes.
Also stop back on Sunday, August 3, for the Choosy Chicks Choose Chicklets Blog Hop.