Saturday, May 2, 2015

Bead Peeps Swap Blog Hop Is HERE!!! And A Giveaway Too.

I think that most people know what this is and what to do but I  will give a little info in case you don't. Bead Peeps is a facebook group that I belong to and Linda Anderson cooked up a little fun for the members who wanted to join in and exchange some beads and create something from those said exchanged beads. 

My partner for this exchange and hop Loretta Carstensen If you give her name a little click it will take you to her blog. Okay a quick bit of info on Loretta she's retired, likes to travel with her hubby, lives in Utah and creates beads and pendants with polymer clay.

Okay also I will show you again what we swapped. This first picture is what I sent to Loretta all 4 pendants were made by me 2 are soldered butterfly wing pendants,one soldered peacock feather pendant, a pendant made from cutting and doming a vintage tin and adding that to a hand painted wooden bezel, then of course matching beads glass,crystal,ceramic and loads of vintage beads that I LOVE!

 This is what Loretta sent to me to work with wooden beads,leather cording, a couple of tiger eye beads, some beautiful lamp work beads and her polymer clay pendant and matching beads.

Okay to be honest here I was way beyond stumped with what to do, as I seem to always be whenever I do a swap like this. I will share my obstacles with you.  First of all I adore color the brighter the better and these happen to be very neutral in color. Secondly I don't often work with animal prints but I love and often use elements of nature. Third I have been off the chart busy so finding time to create was a little tough.  So I decided to hustle and get everything I needed done so that I could stay home all day Sunday and work on making some jewelry for this hop.

I will tell you that when I was working ideas just started  coming to me some good, some not so good at all. The necklace with the pendant that Loretta I'm sure painstakingly made was the one that gave me the most trouble, Oh I had ideas  3 to be exact and I was not at all happy with a single one. Yup that means the necklace you will see is my fourth try,but I LOVE the way it turned out!
So I was able to use the polymer pendant and the leather I was sent and some added beads and chain from my beady stash.

 Next up is how I used the tiger eye yup just one for the next piece oh and the clasp I was sent too. I was so inspired by the necklace that I had to make earrings (I was able to use the handmade ear wires Loretta sent me in these) and a bracelet to match.
This is how I used the Tiger eye bead and the Clasp.

Earring made from coordinating beads that I used in the necklace and the handmade ear wires Loretta sent me.
Bracelet has coordinating beads  and a brass tube that I added patina to so that it looked a touch weathered and not so shiny new.

And then two more bracelets one using a very pretty lamp work oblong shaped bead and the other with two leopard printed lamp work beads. I'm not a huge fan of most Lamp Work beads but these were very lovely I now have a new appreciation for them and will be using them a touch more. I especially love the one with the oblong shaped bead that bracelet is totally going in my personal jewelry box.

This is my keeper. I made it to fit me.

You can see those lovely leopard beads up in the front and then a spattering of added beads

I wanted to give a great huge thanks to Loretta for sending me beads that would stretch my creativity, as this is a challenge based swap, meant to put beads not typically used by your partner into their hands. I still have some leftover beads that I am going to tuck away until the time they call to me a beg to be made into a pretty little something!

Oh I almost forgot about the giveaway the rules are simple all you have to do is comment and when you do follow my blog and you will be entered to win this necklace. Please leave me a way to get in touch with you in case you are the winner. I will draw on May 20th.

 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


  1. Congratulations on finishing the swap and hop! It is always good to challenge yourself and work with new beads. You did a great job

  2. I love what you did with the stash, Rosa. You are so creative and
    talented. It was fun using the beautiful feather pendants that you made. Everyone loves them.

  3. You always end up creating gorgeous jewelry during the hops. It seems that overcoming obstacles is good for your muse.

    And I would love to enter for the necklace.

  4. What a wonderful array of jewellery,i love the tigers eye necklace and earrings. All three of those gorgeous bracelets look fab and i bet they would wear well together.

  5. Your designs are spectacular. I'd think you work with animal prints and earth tones all the time. Beautifully done.

  6. Loving these! Especially the tiger's eye set! Gorgeous!

  7. Maria - these pieces are PRECIOUS! You should be SO PROUD of yourself! You stretched beyond yourself and learned something new - I'm so PROUD! =) That was music to my ears!

    Beautiful work!

  8. Very pretty pieces. Loves the colours :-)

  9. Gorgeous pieces! Understated animal prints! Your 4th attempt really was the charm!

  10. Love this collection. Beautiful colors and that polymer pendant is stunning

  11. I wouldn't believe that you don't usually work with earth tones and animal prints because you seem to have a natural talent for it. I love all of your creations....just beautiful1

  12. Beautiful work! Everything turned out lovely--and I'm so impressed that you pushed yourself so much. It really does look like you work with these shades all the time. Wonderful! :)

  13. You have a wonderful eye for color. All of your pieces are beautiful. I am glad you made yourself something. Well done!

  14. Beautiful work! You did a really great job being so out of your comfort zone :)

  15. I thought i had commented on this a couple of days ago!!! But You did a wonderful job and I love your designs! Great Job!!! Be Blessed!

  16. All the designs are so beautiful - you did well with the earthy tones! I particularly like the second necklace and your keeper bracelet :)

  17. Love all the earthy tones.. the animal print necklace is great

  18. The beads you sent and received are all amazing. Sometimes it does take several tries till you come up with just what you want. The necklace is gorgeous! I love the mix of components. I really like the way you chain with the lampwork bead to create the bracelet.

  19. I love the warm colors. The designs flow nicely.

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