Saturday, March 25, 2017

Bead Soup Blog Hop ~ Hoarders Edition!


Welcome to Lori Anderson's
Bead Soup Blog party ~ Hoarders Edition.
My partner Carrie Stalcup sent me 
this lovely carved mermaid
 out of peach Aventurine.
She had been hoarding it for 15 years.
Wow!
Her true age is unknown.
I say, "Keep'em guessing."
Designing how I wanted to feature the focal 
was great fun.
In the end I went with a wire wrapped bail 
and carried 
the copper wire wrapping
 throughout the necklace.
Carrie also sent a lovely 
array of pearls to kept her company
on her journey to me.
Alas they parted and went their separate ways.  
But don't be sad, 
she made new friends with my
Czech glass beads, Greek copper patina 
beads and Greek fish hook link.
My peach jade beads seemed 
to play well with others and 
nicely complimented the focal.
As did the Amazonite beads
which reminded me of water.
I'm hoping her new friends make 
her happy.
Then this bracelet and earrings
 appeared with some of the pearls
Carrie sent.
Ocean Jasper, Czech Crystal,
silver plated findings.
Why not check out the other designers creations
Click HERE 
for the full list and links.

Thank You Carrie
for being a fantastic swap partner
and for all of the wonderful hoarded 
beads that you shared with me!

Thank You Lori for another amazing BSBH event!
And a Thank You
to your helpers,
Arlene Dean and Ann Sherwood!
You Did It!

One more piece got assembled today, March 21st.
Hand knotted with
Irish waxed linen thread.
White Shell items were also a gift from
 my Mom's friend in Florida, Kay.
Carrie, can  you see this as a fun 
Summer piece
with a classic white shirt or tank top?



Thursday, March 23, 2017

ABS - March Challenge

Armed Bird's Nest in Acacia Chile
Marianne North
1870
Oil on paper
Served as this Months Inspiration.
 Artist Bead - Gaea, Faceted Czech glass, 
Yellow Calcite, Yellow Jade,
Beads, with Copper finding accents.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

What I Sent My Swap Partner

I sent Carrie Stalcup
this  Earthenwood Studios 
Heart pendant.
I had been saving this pendant 
for some time. 
I selected beads that went with 
the colors as a supporting cast.
Red Maylay Jade, Czech Beads 
and a few Charms.
I also sent some bonus items. I hope she'll like.
Some of which she can put to good use 
with seed bead flora and fauna she makes.

At the last minute, I added a
 Earthenwood Studio Key Link. 
Now I look forward to the reveal date!

Carrei's photo of her goodies