May 2, 2015


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Bead Peeps Swap and Hop Reveal 2015

At last, the big reveal for the Bead Peep Swap and Hop 2015.  I recently introduced my swap partner, Maria Rosa Sharrow, of
Willow Street Shops , and here is what she sent me.

Rosa handmade and soldered the Peacock and Butterfly feather pendants.  She also made the the fourth pendant by cutting and doming a vintage tin, and adding that to a hand painted wooden bezel.

This is what I sent Rosa, and you can see what she made with them at Willow Street Shop.  

My mind went in many directions while creating.  I received so many beautiful things I didn't know where to start.  I loved the colors in the Peacock pendant so found some beautiful blue accent beads to add to the stash and this is what I created with them.

Next I selected the brown shade butterfly pendent.  I wanted this to be very plain to showcase the beautiful butterfly pendant, so I chose some white wooden beads and a two pretty shell beads that I used to highlight the pendant.  It's very long and feather-light to wear.

All the necklaces are different lengths.  The next one is the shortest, about 20".  I used the brown and white beads that Rosa sent, and added some amethyst chips to pick up the lavender/purple color in the pendant.  I also added a Sterling Silver Love Charm.

I am still working on the last necklace with the Vintage Tin on Wood.  The beads Rosa sent to use in this piece are so bright and pretty.  I am doing some wire wrapping and using some chain in this design.  I will post that one when I finish it.

Thanks for spending time here.  Be sure to visit all the other participant's blogs.  You can find them here.

This is the list of the other participants:

Linda Anderson
Marica Zammit

Linda Anderson
Jessica Hocutt

Kristina Hahn Eleniak
Debbie Jeffries http://wordpress/debrasdivinedesigns/

Rosantia Petkova
Shalini Austin

Catherine La Vite
Annica Larsson

Lori Schneider
Divya N

Mowse Doyle
Fay Wolfenden

Kathy Lindemer
Claire Fabian

Janice Warden Bergeron
Natalie Davidson

Deb Fortin
Inge von Roos

Karen Mitchell
Robin Reed

Marie Covert
Alicia Marinache

Nan Smith
Johana Nunez

Kelly Hosford Patterson
Lori Blanchard

Sue  Kennedy
Shai Williams

Niky Sayers
Melissa Trudinger

Candida Castleberry
Erin Guest

Nicole Rennell
Ien Temaluru

Robin Showstack
Sam Waghorn

Marianne Baxter
Elsie Deliz-Fonseca

Shai Williams
Lee Koopman

Jayne Capps
Marti Conrad

Tina Bosh
Eleanor Thomas

Jeanne Steck
Gloria Allen

Rachel Mallis!blog/c1jlz
Andrea Glick

Stephanie Stamper
Chris Haussler

Betony Maiden
Kari Asbury

Jenny Kyrlach
Colleen Foley

Marybeth Rich
Marcy Lamberson

Dyanne Everett-Cantrell
Ginny Lones

Maria Rosa Sharrow
Loretta Carstensen

Dolores Raml
Michelle McCarthy

Louise McCormick-Glazier
Heather Richter

Tammy Adams
Shirley Moore

Seed Beaders

Susanne Stelljes
Sheila Prosterman

Pallavi Asher
Jami Shipp

Peggy Kosier
Andra Weber

Catherine King
Krafty Max

Sierra Barrett
Lois Sherwood

Katy Heider
Rebecca Robertson   (White)

Heather Richter
Brandy Collier

Stephanie Haussler
Lori Blanchard

Kathleen Breeding
Becky Pancake

Renetha Stanziano
Tami Norris

Ginger Bishop
Peggy Johnson

Mar 15, 2015

2015 Bead Peeps Swap and Hop


The awesome pendants ( and I received 4) were made by my partner Rosa Sharrow.  Beautiful butterfly and peacock  feathers framed in glass., and a pretty Asian feel pendant.  She also included many strands of beads to use with each pendant, and a beautiful pewter clasp.  Included in my package was a piece of handmade soap and handmade lip balm made by Rosa.  Thanks so much, Rosa.  I have my design head on right now.  Can't wait to get started.

Feb 12, 2015

2015 Bead Peep Swap N Hop

wow, I didn't realize how long it had been since my last post on here.  I'll have to get busy posting more often.

I have a good reason to post today.  I'm introducing my Bead Peep Swap N Hop partner, Maria Rosa Sharrow.  Maria  Rosa designs beautiful jewelry, which you can see on her blog  Read her bio for more interesting information on this talented lady.

Maria Rosa (I think she goes by Rosa) and I will be swapping beads and findings, some of which we make ourselves, to design and make pieces of jewelry.  I will keep you posted here on my blog as we progress.  You will get pictures of what we give and receive, and will see the final jewelry pieces at the big reveal.  There are many designers participating in this Hop, so you will have fun viewing all the designs on reveal day.  You might even be able to purchase a piece or two.  Stay tuned for more information.

May 10, 2014

Venison Bead Soup

This is the 7th time I have participated in the Bead Soup Blog Party, hosted by Lori Anderson, and one of my most challenging. Many thanks to my partner, Linda Sadler, who sent me some interesting bead soup, which included deer antlers and 22mm shell casings.  I made five or six attempts at designing with these items, and finally chose one.  Here are the ingredients.

Bead Soup Ingredients
Deer Antler Focals
Copper Clasp
Copper washer discs
22mm shell casings
Betel Nut Beads
Vintage Wood
Vintage Shell
Waxed Cotton
Indian Trade Beads
Sari Silk Ribbon

I used Waxed Cotton to attach the deer antler focal and knotted it through the beads to attach to the Copper washer discs.  Then I used Softflex to attach the rest of the beads to the copper washer discs and the clasp.  The 22mm shell casings were drilled and used in the earrings with the vintage shell and glass beads.  I added the Sari Silk to finish.  Ta Da!


Please continue on to the Bead Soup Blog Hop using this link to view other participants.  Thanks for stopping by.   

Apr 23, 2014

The soup is done!!!!

This has probably been the most fun, and challenging Bead soup I have ever made.  What am I going to do with Deer antlers and shotgun casings?  After about five different starts,  googling deer antler jewelry :), and dreaming about designs, I had success.  I am very pleased with my design, and can't wait for May 3rd to serve up some soup.

Mar 15, 2014

This is My Soup!

Linda sent a beautiful Copper clasp, and deer antler pieces to use as a focal.  That will be a challenge, but fun.  She also sent copper 22mm shell casings (her husband is a hunter), Czech glass beads, Vintage wood, stone, Betel nut beads Vintage shell and Sari Silk ribbon.  Fortunately I have until May 3rd to put this creation together.  The "soup" is simmering!

My Soup is Here!

I was so excited to receive my Bead Soup from Linda Sadler.  This lovely bag was made by Linda, and then she wrapped and labeled each item that she put in it.  Wait till you see what she sent me.