February 21, 2015

Creative Spark Winter 2015 Issue Reveal!

I love being on the design team for Znet Shows!  They are a great company with a wide variety of beads at reasonable prices.  They sell retail and wholesale, so there is something for everyone. For the winter issue of Creative Spark,  the participants were split into several categories. I was placed in the cultured sea porcelain category.  

My inspiration for my Winter Collection (which I call "Tea Garden") was the Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco. The porcelain reminded me of the china cups for the tea.  The garden was full of butterflies. 

I created a necklace, bracelet, and some earrings.



Here are more links to the awesome jewelry making supplies at ZnetShows:


So much beautiful jewelry is waiting for you to view in the Winter Issue of Creative Spark! Also, helpful tutorials await you. Please click on the link and take a peek at all the beautiful jewelry the design team members have created.


Creative Spark Fall 2014 Winter 2015

February 7, 2015

Pine Ridge Treasures Checkerboard Blog Hop

Congratulations to Stephanie McGinley!  She is the winner of the Checkerboard Blog Hop Giveaway


This is going to be a great hop! I love red and black as a color palette.

The talented participants had two kits to choose from - one containing a mix of cultured seaglass and Tiaria crystal, the other a mix of cultured seaglass and glass pearls. They were asked to create jewelry or other art using as many beads from the kit as possible.  The majority of these beautiful beads were from ZnetShows.  Check out their  selections: ZnetShows Cultured Seaglass, ZnetShows Tiaria Crystal  and ZnetShows Plated Metal

I ended up selling all the kits I had for the hop, and neglected to keep one for me.  I like to participate in the hops, so I made a red and black themed necklace and earring set with Czech glass.  Not the same beads as in the kits, but the same color palette! 


It just would not be a blog hop without a giveaway, right?  Leave a comment (by midnight EST February 14th) on this post and let me know what color palette is your favorite for making jewelry. I will draw a name on February 15th. The winner will receive a bead package from me full of special goodies!

Without further ado, here are the participants:
 
Your hostess:  Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist
Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations
Toltec  Jewels, Jewel School Friends
Heather Richter, Desert Jewelry Designs
Candida Elkins Castleberry, Spun Sugar Beadworks
Mischelle Fanucchi, Micheladas Musings
Kari Asbury, Hippie Chick Design
Susan Anderson, La Main Tresor
Kathy Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Ann Schroeder, Bead Love
Kim Dworak, Cianci Blue
Margaret Pelech, Margaret Pelech's Post
Lisa Prewitt Knappenberger, LiRaysa Designs
Annette Rivers, Mama Owls Mess
Carol Briody, A Beads Life
Miranda Ackerley, MirandAck
Karin Grosset Grange (France), Ginkgo et Coquelicot
Katrina Scuderi Taylor, I Wanna Go Out

February 2, 2015

Checkerboard 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
Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations
Toltec  Jewels, Jewel School Friends
Heather Richter, Desert Jewelry Designs
Candida Elkins Castleberry, Spun Sugar Beadworks
Mischelle Fanucchi, Micheladas Musings
Kari Asbury, Hippie Chick Design
Susan Anderson, La Main Tresor
Kathy Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Ann Schroeder, Bead Love
Kim Dworak, Cianci Blue
Margaret Pelech, Margaret Pelech's Blog
Lisa Prewitt Knappenberger, LiRaysa Designs
Annette Rivers, Mama Owls Mess
Carol Briody, A Beads Life
Miranda Ackerley, MirandAck
Karin Grosset Grange (France), Ginkgo et Coquelicot
Katrina Scuderi Taylor, I Wanna Go Out

November 15, 2014

Clay and Metal Blog Hop Reveal!

Blog Hop giveaway winners are: 1). Rebecca Ednie - Beautiful components from Sharyl McMillian-Nelson and 2). Shaiha Williams - lovely bead kit from Lisa Lodge.  Congratulations, Rebecca and Shaiha!

The reveal is finally here!  I have been looking forward to this blog hop for quite a while.  Three years ago, Sharyl Mc-Millian Nelson was one of the first artists I connected with on-line when I started making jewelry.  She was always very helpful and encouraging. We have followed each others "jewelry journeys" these past few years.  Sharyl is not only a talented jewelry artist, she is also a talented component maker. I am proud to be able to host a blog hop featuring her awesome components. Here is an example of her altered metal, and handmade polymer clay items:

 
https://www.etsy.com/listing/202922023/purple-and-blue-hammered-brass-oval?ref=shop_home_active_17
Hammered Brass Ovals

https://www.etsy.com/listing/204923703/olive-green-polymer-clay-heart-pendant?ref=shop_home_active_11
Polymer Clay Set
 I asked Sharyl to write a short bio so you could get to know her better.  Here it is:

Sharyl McMillian-Nelson has been making jewelry since her graduate school days, but in 2011 she began a business and online store using the name, “Sharyl’s Jewelry.” As her jewelry business and interest in art beads grew, she began making and selling handmade metal components, wire findings, and polymer clay beads and pendants too.

Recently, she opened 2 “Metapolies™” stores, one on Etsy and one on ACM.  Are you wondering about that curious new store name?  

       
METAL + POLymer clay = METAPOLIES!    

       It’s  pronounced  “Meh-TOP-oh-leez.”


Her focus is on artisan-made, one-of-kind pieces.  Her work has been published in “Bead Trends,” “Step-by-Step Wire Jewelry,” “Jewelry Stringing,” and the online “Bead Chat” magazine.

She currently has stores in the following online locations:

     Metapolies™  (Etsy)    http://www.etsy.com/shop/Metapolies    (jewelry & components)

     Metapolies™ (ACM)   http://artisancomponentmarketplace.com/metapolies/   (components only)

     Sharyl’s Jewely (Artfire)  http://www.sharylsjewely.artfire.com   (jewelry & components)

To keep up-to-date on all the latest Metapolies™ and Sharyl’s Jewelry™ news, sales, publications, and more:
please follow her blog: http://sharylsjewelry.blogspot.com/
and business Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sharyls-Jewelry/139920432784411

Moving on to the blog hop...

I made a pair of earrings using Sharyl's nifty starfish charms:
Natural Shell Starfish Dangle Earrings

Of course their is a giveaway!  In fact, there are TWO giveaways! Sharyl has put together an awesome prize package featuring her components, and I have put together a fun bead kit of goodies. All you need to do is to leave ONE comment on this post to enter. I will draw the two winning names on November 23rd, 2014, so have your entry in by midnight on the 22nd. The first name drawn will win Sharyl's prize, and the second will win my bead packet.


Please hop around the blogs and see everyone's awesome creations:
Your hostess:  Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist
Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes
Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations
Shaiha Williams,   Shaiha's Ramblings
Toltec  Jewels, Jewel School Friends
Heather Richter, Desert Jewelry Designs
Kim Dworak, Cianci Blue
Karen Grosset Grange, Ginkgo et Coquelicot
Ann Schroeder, Bead Love
Lisa Prewitt Knappenberger, LiRaysa Designs
Carol Briody, A Beads Life
Miranda Ackerley, MirandAck
Kari Asbury, Hippie Chick Design
Susan Anderson, La Main Tresor
LeAnne Loftus, First Impression Design
Leithleach Seodra, Alainn Jewelry