August 2, 2014

Summer Carnival Blog Hop Reveal!

UPDATE: Cory Tompkins is the winner of the Summer Carnival Blog hop giveaway. Congratulations, Cory!

This is going to be a fun hop!  Let's all go to the summer carnival!  



The talented participants were sent a variety of beads and plated metal goodies. They were asked to create jewelry or other art using as many beads from the kit as possible.  The beautiful cultured seaglass, Tiaria crystal, and most of the plated metal for this hop are from ZnetShows.  Check out their  selections: ZnetShows Cultured Seaglass, ZnetShows Tiaria Crystal  and ZnetShows Plated Metal

To get you in the carnival mood, I though I would include my "Carnival Swing" Earrings that were published in Bead Trends Magazine in 2013.  They were inspired by the swing ride that goes around in a circle and slowly lifts higher off of the ground.   

Carnival Swing Earrings - Published in Bead Trends Magazine in 2013

It just would not be a blog hop without a giveaway, right?  Leave a comment (by midnight EST August 9th) on this post and let me know what your favorite carnival ride or attraction is and why it's your favorite. I will draw a name on August 10th.  The winner will receive a bead package from me full of special goodies!

Time to check out all the lovely designs!

Your hostess:  Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist
Kim Dworak, Cianci Blue
Karin Grosset Grange, Ginkgo et Coquelicot
Veralynne Malone, Designed by Vera
Ann Schroeder, Bead Love
Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
Kathy Zeigler Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Heather Richter, Desert Jewelry Designs
Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations
Candida Elkins Castleberry, Spun Sugar Beadworks
Catherine Yvonne King, Catherine's Musings
Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes
Shaiha Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings
Chris Eisenberg, Wanderware
Eleanor Burian Moore, The Charmed Life
 Marianne Baxter, Simply Seablime Jewelry
Carole Carlson, Bead Sophisticate
Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreationz
Dolores Raml, CraftyD's Creations
Marianne Hurley, Reads and Beads
Marci Allen Koziolek, Krafty Max Originals

July 26, 2014

Summer Carnival 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
Kim Dworak, Cianci Blue
Karin Grosset Grange, Ginkgo et Coquelicot
Veralynne Malone, Designed by Vera
Ann Schroeder, Bead Love
Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
Kathy Zeigler Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Heather Richter, Desert Jewelry Designs
Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations
Candida Elkins Castleberry, Spun Sugar Beadworks
Catherine Yvonne King, Catherine's Musings
Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes
Shaiha Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings
Chris Eisenberg, Wanderware
Eleanor Burian Moore, The Charmed Life
Christine Stonefield, Sweet Girl Design
 Marianne Baxter, Simply Seablime Jewelry
Carole Carlson, Bead Sophisticate
Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreationz
Christie Searle Murrow, Charis Designs Jewelry
Dolores Raml, CraftyD's Creations
Marianne Hurley, Reads and Beads
Marci Allen Koziolek, Krafty Max Originals

July 19, 2014

Gemstone and Metal Blog Hop Reveal

UPDATE: Karin Grosset Grange is the winner of the Gemstone and Metal Blog Hop giveaway!

Woot!  I have been waiting for this reveal for a long time.  It's going to be extra awesome! These talented jewelry artists were sent a variety of shapes and sizes of gemstones (one type of gemstone per person) and plated metal goodies. They were asked to create jewelry or other art using as many beads from the kit as possible.  Most of the beautiful gemstones for this hop are from ZnetShows.  Check out their retail gemstone selections: ZnetShows Gemstones

What did I create?  My favorite gemstone is jasper, so I used some awesome faceted Mookaite jasper ovals to create a metal link necklace with metal toggle clasp.  The clay pendant was given to me a long time ago.  It looks like it may be a Marsha Neal pendant, but I am not positive.  I am not very good at creating links with metal wire yet, so I am fairly pleased with how this turned out. I love pieces that have an "earthy" feel to them.

"Hidden Earth" Necklace by Pine Ridge Treasures

It just would not be a blog hop without a giveaway, right?  Leave a comment (by midnight EST July 26th) on this post and let me know what your favorite gemstone is and why. I will draw a name on July 27th.  The winner will receive a bead package from me full of special goodies!

Time to check out all the gemstone creations!
Your hostess:  Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist
Kim Dworak, Cianci Blue
Karen Grosset Grange, Ginkgo et Coquelicot
Veralynne Malone, Designed by Vera
Katrina Taylor, I Wanna Go Out
Ann Schroeder, Bead Love
Terri Wlaschin, Dances in Fog
Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
Kathy Zeigler Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Heather Richter, Desert Jewelry Designs
Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations
Toltec  Jewels, Jewel School Friends
Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes
Shaiha Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings
Chris Eisenberg, Wanderware
Eleanor Burian Moore, The Charmed Life
Christine Stonefield, Sweet Girl Design

Robin Reed, Artistry HCBD
Laurie Vyselaar, Lefthand Jewelry
Cassi Renee Paslick, Beads: Rolling Downhill
Crystal Thain, Here Bead Dragons
Alicia Marinache, All the Pretty Things (May be delayed a few days)
Marde Lowe, FanciMarDesigns
Linda Anderson, From the Bead Board
Leithleach Alainn Seodra, Alainn Jewelry
Lisa E. Prewitt Knappenberger, LiRaysa Designs
Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs

July 13, 2014

Gemstone and Metal Blog Hop Link List

Here is the UPDATED link list (7/18/14).  Please use this list in your blog posts - thank you!
Your hostess:  Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist
Kim Dworak, Cianci Blue
Karen Grosset Grange, Ginkgo et Coquelicot
Veralynne Malone, Designed by Vera
Katrina Taylor, I Wanna Go Out
Ann Schroeder, Bead Love
Kathleen Breeding, 99 Bottles of Beads on the Wall
Terri Wlaschin, Dances in Fog
Margaret Pelech, Big Margaret
Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
Kathy Zeigler Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Heather Richter, Desert Jewelry Designs
Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations
Toltec  Jewels, Jewel School Friends
Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes
Shaiha Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings
Chris Eisenberg, Wanderware (May be delayed a few days)
Eleanor Burian Moore, The Charmed Life
Christine Stonefield, Sweet Girl Design

Robin Reed, Artistry HCBD
Laurie Vyselaar, Lefthand Jewelry
Cassi Renee Paslick, Beads: Rolling Downhill
Crystal Thain, Here Bead Dragons
Alicia Marinache, All the Pretty Things (May be delayed a few days)
Marde Lowe, FanciMarDesigns
Linda Anderson, From the Bead Board
Leithleach Alainn Seodra, Alainn Jewelry
Lisa E. Prewitt Knappenberger, LiRaysa Designs
Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs