Past blog hops and challenges

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Patriot Day Red, White, and Blue Blog Hop reveal

Today is the day for the reveal of Patriot Day red, white, and blue blog hop.  I made several pieces.  The easiest ones to make were the red, white, and blue seed bead ones.  These just kinda of flowed.  I made a memory wire bracelet using the beads in the red, white and blue pattern.

I then made some hoop earrings.

I struggled a little with the next piece.  I had purchased several of these red, white, and blue pendants a couple of years ago.  I never felt I had the right combination of beads and I am not sure that this picture shows it off well.  I put a bead cap on the pendant along with red and blue jade beads and the white seed beads,  I then strung the beads.  This is a fairly short necklace so I used a toggle clasp with an extender.

I then made two different earring pairs to go with this necklace.

Thank you for stopping by.  I have two blog hops next week, one on Thursday, September 18 and another on Saturday, September 20.  Please be sure to come back and see what I have made.


Sunday, September 7, 2014

Blue Fantasy Blog Hop

Yea!!!! I finally was about to get my finished jewelry pictures inserted into my post.

Today is the reveal of Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist's Blue Fantasy Blog Hop.  As is usual, I purchased a bead kit from Lisa that had beautiful blue beads and brass findings.  The idea is to use the beads from the kit to make some Blue Fantasy pieces.  Pictured below are the beads that I received in the kit from Lisa.

Blue Fantasy kit beads

I used the aqua cultured sea glass beads first.  I used the light aqua bone shaped beads as the center piece of the necklace and added the round dark aqua sea glass along with the light aqua faceted rounds.  

I used brass-lined seed beads as spacers along with the teardrop shaped toggle clasp that came in the kit.

I used some of the left over rounds along with the small oval brass beads and the brass spiral beads from the kit and brass lined seed beads to make a memory wire bracelet.

I was also able to make two pairs of earrings from some of the leftover bone beads and the aqua rounds.  I added a pair of angel wings to some dark aqua rounds to make one of the pair of earrings.

I just realized that I did not take a separate picture of the earrings.  I will add these later.
I had to think about what I wanted to make with the dark blue crystals.  

I always think of crystals as being very elegant.  I thought about it for a couple of days and decided to add some pearls.  I had some white round pearls and some cream rounds and teardrops.  I tried the white pearls with the crystals and didn't like the result.  So I tried the cream pearls and with suggestions from my friend Evelyn, I decided on using the rounds with the teardrop in the center.  I used some crystal seed beads as spacers.

I made some hoop earrings with the pearls and crystals.

I had enough crystals left to make a matching bracelet.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to visit the other designers to see what they did with their bead kits.
Your hostess:  Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist
Kim Dworak, Cianci Blue
Karen Grosset Grange, Ginkgo et Coquelicot
Veralynne Malone, Designed by Vera
Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
Heather Richter, Desert Jewelry Designs
Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations  (You are here)
Candida Elkins Castleberry, Spun Sugar Beadworks
Shaiha Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings
Eleanor Burian-Mohr, The Charmed Life
Gloria Allen, Wings and Beads
Laurie Vyselaar, Lefthand Jewelry
Terri Wlaschin, Dances in Fog
Lisa Prewitt Knappenberger, LiRaysa Designs
Toltec Jewels, Jewel School Friends
Raissa de Guzman, Abloro
Jill Bradley, Jilly Beads

Be sure to come back next Thursday, September 11 for the Patriot Day Blog Hop.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Blue Fantasy Blog Hop - will be late

I am sorry but I will be posting my pictures later today.  For some reason my pictures are not downloading to the computer or my Kindle so that I can insert them into my post.

Here are some pictures of the beads that I received from Lisa.

As you can see, I had some beautiful beads to work with.  Please be sure to come back and see what I made.

Thanks to   stopping by.