December 25, 2012

December Echo Creative Club Reveal

First of all:  A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  Thanks for taking time to stop by my blog and have a look at my very first entry in the Echo Creative Club!

A big thank you to Jeannie Dukic (Jewelry by Jeannie) for this opportunity.  Here is a quick recap:

Jeannie sent me the most lovely beads to work with. The 18mm size was larger than I had previously used in my jewelry designs.  I had been wanting to use larger beads, so this was a perfect opportunity!  Below you will see a picture of the beads in their packaging and out "in the open" for their close up. 

When I saw the beads, the first thing that came to mind was to pair them with freshwater ivory pearls. Then I remembered that I had some gorgeous oval ocean jasper stones.  Would the combination look well together?  I layed out the beads, and liked the look, but it needed a little "pizazz".  That's when I went really "out of the box" (for me).  Lime green peeled paint beads!! Somehow they just spoke to me.  I created a choker with copper chain and a handmade copper "s" clasp.

With the chocker completed, I wanted to make some matching dangle earrings.  I love kidney earwires, and the lime green really made them "pop".  Here are the earrings:

Please check out the beautiful creations made by the other club members!

Cindy Cima Edwards
Jeannie K Dukic you’re here
Jessica Klaaren

December 1, 2012

Floral Holiday Blog Hop Reveal

Today is the big day!  The reveal of the Floral Holiday Blog Hop.  The talented participants were sent a bead packet containing brightly colored lucite petals, leaves, flowers, and other beads. Their challenge was to create something holiday themed  (not necessarily jewelry) for whatever holiday(s) they celebrate in December. An example of one bead packet is shown here:

I did not make a piece of jewelry this time.  I was so excited about the hop, I forgot to save a kit for myself!  A big thank you to all of the participants - I am excited to see what they made, how about you! Please visit their blogs listed below.  Happy Holidays everyone!

Your Host: Lisa Lodge, Grateful Artist (Pine Ridge Treasures)

Courtney Breul, Beads by Breul

Jeannie Dukic, Jeannie's Blog

Kimberly Flood, Goddesses and Beads

Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs

Tanya Goodwin, A Work in Progress

Kathy Lindemer, Bay Moon Design

Alicia Marinache, All the Pretty Things

Toltec Jewels, Jewel School Friends